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Student Learning Commons: Registration form for multilingual students

Conversation Partners

Are you a multilingual student who would like to improve your English conversation skills in a one-to-one setting with a student volunteer?
The Conversation Partners Fall 2017 program is now open for registration and will begin the week of September 18, 2017.

The Conversation Partners1 Program is designed to support multilingual learners' English conversation skills as well as help them with their social and cultural needs as they transition into and through the university.

All current undergraduate and graduate SFU students are eligible.

How to register

Interested students must register each semester using the form below.

A limited number of spaces are available and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. If all available spaces become full, you will be invited to join a waitlist for the following semester.

Once we have found a partner for you, a Student Commons staff member will contact you by e-mail.

Meetings

All meetings take place on campus. Students make arrangements with their partners about where and when to meet. Students may choose to meet at the Student Learning Commons, Student Central, or one of the many coffee shops on campus.

Conversation Partners will meet every week until the end of the semester. To change a location or time, notify your Partner.

Registration Form

This service is only available to registered SFU students. Non-SFU students, including visiting scholars, post doctorate students and FIC students are not eligible.

Conversation Partners:

Find out more about them here.

Note: By submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read and understood, and agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions for Conversation Partners.

Terms and Conditions for Conversation Partners

Purpose:

Conversation Partners is designed to help multilingual students at Simon Fraser University to improve their spoken English.

Meeting times are one hour per week. These meetings are informal and will provide an opportunity for you to practice your spoken English, as well as for both participants to share cultural perspectives.

By signing up, you are making a commitment to meet with your partner every week for the duration of the semester. If you miss any meetings without notifying your partner, you may forfeit your opportunity to continue in the program.

Please Note:

  • Each student must be currently registered at Simon Fraser University.
  • The Conversation Partners program begins each semester. Priority will be given to new students.
  • This service is mainly available at the Burnaby campus, with a limited number of spaces available at the Vancouver and Surrey campuses. 
  • Writing or additional academic assistance is not part of this program, and it is not permitted under the terms of this agreement.
  • Please direct any suggestions or concerns to Tim Mossman, EAL Services Coordinator, Student Learning Commons at tmossman@sfu.ca.

1The Conversation Partner program has been adapted from the University of Guelph’s Conversation Partners program and McMaster University‘s Speakeasy Program.

Personal information collection notice

The information on this form is collected under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468). It is related directly to and needed by the University for services provided by the SFU Library. The information will be used to administer the Conversation Partners program. If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this information please contact please contact Gwen Bird, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, at 778-782-3265 or gbird@sfu.ca.

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