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Be an IEP Conversation Partner

Intensive English Program (IEP) 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 and learn about another culture. It also gives Wilkes University international students in the intensive English Program (IEP) a chance to practice their English and learn about American culture.

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 — 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 sporting event, etc.

Some suggested activities include: 

  • Meeting for coffee;
  • Eating lunch together on campus;
  • Asking your partner to teach you to cook some of his/her native food;
  • Inviting your partner to join you and your friends for an activity;
  • Going to a Wilkes sporting event.
This is a great way to expand your cultural awareness, have fun and enjoy getting to know someone from another country  Contact Dr. Kimberly Niezgoda, kimberly. niezgoda@wilkes.edu  or stop by the Center for Global Education and Diversity Table at Club day to sign up.