Conversation Partners FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Conversation Partner?

A Conversation Partner provides listening and speaking practice for the student by meeting with them for up to two hours per week and having a conversation in the language of study, without focusing on class content or course work.


Why would I request a Conversation Partner?

If you plan to go on an FSP/LSA/term abroad, feel behind in your language class, are embarrassed to speak up in class, having trouble with listening comprehension in class or drill, want to improve your accent, or want to maintain your language skills, Conversation Partners may help!


How do I request a Conversation Partner?

You can submit a request on our website: By filling this request form, you agree to the language pledge as stipulated in the request form.


How can I become a Conversation Partner?

You can submit an application on our website: All Conversation Partners must be recommended by a professor, even if you are a native speaker of the language.            


How much do Conversation Partners get paid?

Conversation Partners are paid $8/hr.


How often can I meet my Conversation Partner?

Conversation Partners are available for up to 2 hours per week.


Can I ask my Conversation Partner for help with coursework?

No, Conversation Partners are not grammar instructors nor tutors. Their job is to simply provide listening and speaking practice for the student in the language of study. If you need help on coursework, consider requesting a tutor.


Why haven’t I been matched yet?

We are working hard meet every Conversation Partner request! If you know of students that are “known” to speak the language of study in a native/near-native/proficient level, let us know, and we will try to recruit them for you.


I have trouble getting in touch with my Conversation Partner, or have concerns regarding the match. What should I do?

Please contact Tutor Clearinghouse with any of our concerns that you may have regarding the match (i.e. conflicting schedules, inappropriate match due to differences in learning or teaching styles, etc).