Intensive English Program - Conversation Partner Program
The IEP Conversation Partner program provides Wilkes University students, faculty and staff the opportunity to get to know someone from another country. It offers the opportunity to learn about another culture and to help an international student learn about the American culture, while Wilkes University international students studying in the intensive English Program (IEP) get the chance to practice their English. The Conversation Partner program is a great opportunity to spend one or more hours a week learning about each other’s cultures and making new friends. Your international partner does not expect you to entertain him/her, but just to be a conversational friend. You do not always have to make special plans for your partner’s benefit, but just include him/her in some of your usual activities.
The conversation partners determine the time and location of their meetings. Students are expected to meet in public places (anywhere on campus or in Wilkes-Barre), visit cultural events (concerts, plays, exhibitions), go to a sports event, etc…
Some Suggested Activities:
- Meet for coffee;
- Eat lunch on campus together;
- Ask your partner to teach you to cook some of his/her native food;
- Invite your partner to join you and your friends for an activity;
- Go to a Wilkes sporting event.
This is a great way to expand your cultural awareness, put some valuable intercultural experience on your resume, and have fun while enjoying getting to know someone from another country Contact Dr. Kimberly Niezgoda, email@example.com to sign up, or stop by the Center for Global Education and Diversity table on Club day.