Conversation Partners is a program sponsored by the English Language Institute (ELI) that pairs multilingual learners of English with native or near-native English-speaking members of the Michigan Tech community. The program is open to students, faculty, and staff. Participants commit to one hour per week of one-on-one informal conversation in English.
Participants sign a contract with the ELI for one semester requiring them to meet their partner in public places on campus for a minimum of one hour per week.
How the Program Works
Option 1: Students enrolled in IESL courses or in HUXXX, and will automatically be assigned a partner.
Option 2: For other students, faculty, and staff who are interested in joining Conversation Partners please contact the ELI director, Heather Deering, who will discuss the process with you:
"Overall, meeting with my partner was a very enjoyable experience for me. I'm happy to have met such a great guy, & I learned many new things about China that I could not have known otherwise, and I'm glad that we will remain friends after this semester."
"It's always fun getting to know somebody from a different culture, and it's very gratifying to see how quickly their English develops. You make a difference in a very tangible way."