To support international students and limited English speaking students, the Conversation Partners Program matches non-native speaking students with native-speaking conversation tutors to improve conversation and comprehension skills in spoken American English. The Conversation Partners Program also offers students who possess some fluency in foreign language the opportunity to practice and improve speaking with native-speakers of Spanish, French, Chinese, and other languages as available.

During one-on-one sessions, students and conversation tutors hold topical discussions and informal conversations. Conversation tutors help their students improve listening skills, expand vocabulary, check comprehension, explain colloquialisms and, in general, support their assigned students’ linguistic skill-enhancement.

Students interested in the Conversation Partners Program should make a request by visiting the Academic Success Center or emailing asc@springfieldcollege.edu.

The Conversation Partners Program is a part of the College’s larger support system for non-native speaking students. Interested students may enroll in coursework in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and TOEFL preparation, or may consult with professionals experienced in ESOL and language acquisition. If you have questions contact the International Center at (413) 748-3215.