Our students would like to practice speaking English as much as possible, so we provide a Conversation Partners Program to help students increase fluency. IEP students have an opportunity to meet with university students and volunteers who have an interest in other cultures. These meetings are held regularly for one hour and take place here at the university. This program is held in cooperation with several university organizations and academic departments, most notably the College of Professional Studies. Individuals from other colleges or departments may also volunteer.
IEP students are placed in small groups or paired with volunteers and given one or two of a variety of topics to help initiate conversation. Conversation can flow naturally from there. However, if students have topics they would like to discuss, this is encouraged also. Whether it is small talk or a serious discussion, speaking English is the goal.