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The Conversation Partners Program

The mission of the Conversation Partners program is to promote multilingual students' socioacademic relationships, enhancing their English communication skills and sense of satisfaction with their educational experiences at SFU.

The Conversation Partners Program is for multilingual undergraduate and graduate Simon Fraser University students who wish to be paired with a student volunteer (EAL Peer Educators) each week to practice and improve their conversational English. Peer Educators are a diverse group of students from a variety of linguistic, cultural, and disciplinary backgrounds who are committed to helping you:

  • speak English more confidently;
  • improve the quality of your learning experiences at SFU;
  • feel better connected to the university community;
  • take control of your own learning

What students are saying about how they benefited from participating in the program:

“I could improve my pronunciation and intonation a little bit because I had a chance to speak to a native English speaker.”

“I learned about the best practice for getting alone with people in Canada and at SFU.”

“I made new friends and had some social time weekly, which was really good for me during the pandemic.”

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record.

English Conversation Groups

Let's Talk! 

Let's Talk! is an English conversation group facilitated by volunteer students (EAL Peer Educators). The goals are to provide  opportunities for multilingual students to practice their speaking and listening skills in a friendly group setting. Let's Talk! is open to all SFU students, both undergraduate and graduate. Interested faculty, including visiting professors, are also most welcome.