- To provide opportunities for international students to
spoken English with an American student outside the classroom;
- To promote intercultural understanding and awareness
students and international students;
- To provide opportunities for interested American students
about other cultures or languages;
- To help promote American students' interest in studying
- To help promote American students' interest in learning
For ESL students
Who can have a conversation
The Conversation Partners Program
is a voluntary program for ESL students. Any ESL students
this program can apply by filling out the Conversation Partners-ESL Student Application Form form. The form should be
out and turned in to Marcus Bell in Room 113, Woods Hall.
can also pick up the form in her office.
What do ESL students
do with their conversation partners?
ESL students participating in
this program meet with their conversation partners an hour a
week to have
a conversation with their conversation partners on a topic both
are interested in--Suggested topics are listed in the following
reference. Mutual respect is expected of both parties.
For American students
Who is eligible to be
a conversation partner for an ESL student?
This is a volunteer program
on the part of the American students. Any Murray State students
interested in the program can apply by filling out the
Conversation Partners-American Student Application, which is also available in Marcus Bell's office, Room 113, Woods
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
What do conversation
American students selected to
participate in this program meet with their assigned ESL
students an hour
a week during the regular semester. They can talk, go to a
a sports game, go grocery shopping, etc. Students should not do
about things that the other party does not feel comfortable
respect is expected of both parties.
For both ESL students
and the American students
Suggested topics are as follows:
For beginning level
students (Levels 1 & 2)
- Hobbies and interests
- Sports, music, and movies
- Electronic gadgets
Please try to use everyday vocabulary
words and very simple sentences because the students' English is
level students (Levels 3 & 4)
- Telephone/cell phone etiquette
- Compliments and responses
- Request for help
- Offer of help
You can also use the suggested
topics for beginning level students for a little in-depth
For advanced level
students (Levels 5 & 6)
- Attending school in the student home country/in the
- Animals and environment
- Fashion and styles
- Doctor appointments
- Social events, such as parties, weddings, funerals
You can also use the topics
for the beginning and intermediate level students for a more
You can also go to www.eslcafe.com
for conversation topics and ideas.
Whom to contact?
If you are interested in the
ESL Conversation Partners program or have any questions about
please contact Marcus Bell at email@example.com
or 2261 (campus phone) or stop by his office at 113 Woods Hall.