The Conversation Partners Program (CPP)

The Conversation Partners Program (CPP) matches native and nonnative speakers of English for informal conversations. The partnerships are a great way for nonnative students to gain confidence in English, for native speakers to gain experience in communicating across language barriers, and for both native and nonnative speakers to expand their cultural knowledge, make friends, and build a network of professional contacts. To participate, students should be willing to commit to meeting their partner about one hour per week for a minimum of 6 conversations. We also feature fun events throughout the semester, like trivia night, tea time, game night, professional development, and a closing ceremony for community building.


Please let your students know the following dates:

  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
  • Orientation Option 1: February 15, 2018, 12:45 pm-2:00 pm
  • Orientation Option 2: February 28, 2018, 6:00 pm-7:15 pm


To download the flyer for Blackboard, Blog, or Course Site, please visit this link and click on the flyer at the bottom:


Note: CPP often has more nonnative than native students signing up so please encourage both nonnative and native speakers to participate.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact me via email: Thank you!




Elizabeth Minei, Ph.D.

Communication Studies

Director of the Conversation Partners Program

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