ESL English Conversation Pairs Program

English Conversation Pairs is a program in which native-speaker-of-English student volunteers are paired with English as a Second Language (ESL) students and asked to spend at least one hour a week together in conversation. The purpose of the program is to give ESL students more opportunities to converse in English outside of the classroom and to provide them with a person whom they can question about American language and culture. In addition, the native speakers benefit from the opportunity to get to know someone from another culture.

English Conversation Pairs has been quite successful. Participating ESL students have reported that their English has improved, and native-speaker students have enjoyed learning about other cultures and helping a fellow student. Both groups have been enthusiastic about the opportunity to make new friends.

 

Information for Non-Native Speakers of English

If you're like many Binghamton University ESL students, you may find that, for a variety of reasons, you have few opportunities outside of class to hear English being spoken and to speak it yourself. This lack of opportunities to practice English may slow down your learning of the language and perhaps prevent you from doing your best work in your courses. What can you do about this situation? One answer is to participate in the English Conversation Pairs Program.

There will be one organizational meeting Thursday September 17th at 4:45pm in the University Union Room 111, where you will meet your partner. After that, each pair will decide when and where they will meet. If you join this program, you should be committed to spending one hour a week in conversation with your partner, even if you are busy. You should also plan to call your partner sometimes to arrange your meetings; don't let your partner do all the work!

To fill out an application online visit: https://docs.google.com/a/binghamton.edu/forms/d/1oRaWb_UrAYsDLK6Yy29pOArYU6FhnR_qHhBOp1sSBfE/viewform

If you have any questions about this survey please contact the English Conversation Pairs Director Trena Haffenden at thaffend@binghamton.edu

Applications are due by Monday September 14th!

 

Information for Native English Speakers

If you would like to help a fellow student improve his or her English abilities and learn about another culture yourself, then you may wish to participate in English Conversation Pairs.  

ESL participants will be both undergraduate and graduate students. Some have graduated from American high schools but still tend to spend most of their time with speakers of their own language.

An organizational meeting will be held on Thursday September 17th at 4:45pm in the University Union Mandela Room. At this time, ESL instructors will meet with you to offer suggestions and assistance, and you'll meet your partner. You will receive information via email in the first few weeks of the semester regarding the organizational meeting.

To fill out an application online, go to:
https://docs.google.com/a/binghamton.edu/forms/d/19PvzeWvWdMKeYoxfm91RKbZyEAhFHnEzu4HqzF361x0/viewform

If you have any questions about this survey please contact the English Conversation Pairs Director Trena Haffenden at thaffend@binghamton.edu

Applications are due by Monday September 14th!

Last Updated: 8/28/15