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Language Exchange Program

Are you an English language learner who wants to practice speaking English? Or a fluent English speaker who wants to learn about a different culture and practice another language?

The Language Exchange Program matches International English Language Program (IELP) students with members of the UW community for language practice and cultural exchange.

To learn more, see the section below that pertains to you.

English Language Learners (IELP Students)

Improve your English fluency, make a friend and learn about American culture by meeting weekly with a conversation partner.

How It Works

  1. Apply online
  2. We’ll do our best to match you with a fluent English speaker from the UW community who's  learning your native language. You’ll get an email with your partner’s contact information once you’ve been matched. Matches are usually made by the fifth week of the quarter.
  3. Contact your partner and make plans to meet in a convenient public place, such as a local coffee shop.
  4. Meet once or twice a week. You should spend half of the time speaking in English and the other half in your native language. If your partner is not studying your language, you may choose to speak English the whole time.

Apply Now

Fluent English Speakers (UW Community)

There are two ways fluent English speakers from the UW community can participate in the Language Exchange Program — as a conversation partner or as a classroom volunteer.

Conversation Partner Volunteers

Meet weekly with an international student to talk and perhaps also practice the student’s native language.

How It Works

  1. Apply online.
  2. We’ll do our best do match you with a students who speaks the language that you’re learning. You’ll get an email with your partner’s contact information once you’ve been matched.  Matches are usually made by the fifth week of the quarter.
  3. Contact your partner and make plans to meet in a convenient public place, such as a local coffee shop.
  4. Meet once or twice a week. You should spend half of the time speaking in English and the other half in the language you’re learning. If you are not learning your partner’s native language, you'll be speaking English the whole time.

Apply Now

Classroom Volunteers

Attend English language classes and help our teachers by providing conversation practice for students. Volunteers visit their assigned class one day a week.

How It Works

  1. Apply online.
  2. We’ll send a follow-up email about the days and times volunteers are needed.  You’ll be able to select the days and times that work for you.
  3. We’ll match you with your preferred slots and you’ll get an email informing you of the instructor, time and location.

Apply Now

Questions?

We're happy to answer any questions you may have about UW International & English Language Programs.

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