Listening and Speaking Center

Listening and Speaking Center (LSC)

Language Exchange

Students at a tableWhat is the Language Exchange?

The Language Exchange is a program that promotes language learning through student partners sharing their native languages and cultures.

Listening and Speaking Center offers this program  each quarter except the summer quarter.

How the Language Exchange Works:

It's simple! You exchange your native language for the language you are learning in one or more 60-minute sessions in AT313.

For example, if you are learning English and your first language is Japanese, you will meet with an English native speaker who is learning Japanese and practice your languages together.

This program is a lot of fun. In fact, some partners have been meeting for more than a year.

How is this program different from Cross Cultural Partners (CCP)?

Like CCP, the Language Exchange fosters cross-cultural friendships and communication between ESL and non-ESL students.

In addition, the Language Exchange strives to give students who are learning a new language—be it English, Mandarin, Japanese, Italian, etc.—an opportunity to practice outside of their classes with a native speaker of that language.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application form.
  • After receiving a confirmation email, please come to AT 313 for a short interview as soon as possible.

For more information:

Please read the following Guidelines and Suggested Topics

Student feedback:

In the spring 2014 quarter, 64 students came together to the LSC to share their languages which included English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. As a result, Language Exchange coordinators were able to form 8 groups of languages: French-English, German-English, Japanese-English,  Korean-English, Mandarin-English, Russian-English, Spanish-English, and Vietnamese-English. The Language Exchange participants conducted 167 meetings.

You can read the following student comments for more information.

Please contact us at (408) 864-5385, come to AT 313 or send us an e-mail at

We look forward to seeing you in the Language Exchange program.

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Listening and Speaking Center
Building: AT313 
Contact: Kanako Suda
Phone: 408.864.5385

Last Updated: 1/4/16