Request a Conversation Partner

Why Request a Conversation Partner?

  • You plan to go on an FSP/LSA/term abroad and want extra practice
  • You feel “behind” or not quite up to speed in language class but aren’t having trouble with the content as much as the speaking and comprehension.
  • You are embarrassed to speak up in class.
  • You are having trouble with listening comprehension in class or drill
  • You want to improve your accent
  • You want to maintain your language skills during a term when you’re not taking language classes

The job of the Conversation Partner is not to help with homework or course content. They are simply there to converse in the language of study and provide listening and speaking practice. If you need help with homework and/or course content, you should request a tutor.

Financial Aid

Any student may request a Conversation Partner if their goal is to improve their speaking/comprehension of a foreign language. In order to receive financial aid for the program, the student must provide a valid reason for requesting the Conversation Partner.

Valid Reasons for Requesting Financial Aid For a Conversation Partner:

  • To prepare for an LSA/FSP/term abroad
  • A professor recommended that you sign up for the program
  • You are having trouble with listening and comprehension in class
  • You are falling behind in class due to comprehension problems
  • To maintain language skills when not taking a language class

Request Process

  1. Fill out and submit the 17F Conversation Partner Request. Please submit one request form per language. By filling out your name and Dartmouth ID, you agree to the contract and language pledge as stipulated in the request form.
  2. Wait to hear back from the Tutor Clearinghouse—we will notify you once you’ve been matched.
  3. Contact your CP within a week of your match to schedule your first session.
  4. At your first session, bring a copy of the Conversation Partner Pledge and have the two of you sign the form. Submit the form to the Tutor Clearinghouse by visiting 224 Baker.

Working With a Conversation Partner

  • Students should not expect or ask their CP for help with class work or course topics. The CP exists for listening, speaking, and communication practice only.
  • Notify your CP if you will be late or need to reschedule a meeting. If your CP arrives late or misses a meeting more than once, please notify the Tutor Clearinghouse.
  • The Tutor Clearinghouse will fully subsidize up to two hours of meetings per week, per number of languages. Any meetings in excess of that will be at the student's own expense or will be considered “community service." 
  • Both members of the pair should keep an accurate record of all meetings. Any student who falsifies these records will be subject to disciplinary action by the College.
  • The language of study is to be the only language spoken at conversation partner meetings, except in those rare instances when it is impossible to do so. Both parties will sign a language pledge agreeing to this. The topic of discussion is at the discretion of the pair.