What 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:
We will contact you via e-mail with information about your exchange schedule and partner(s).
*LE applications will be available at the beginning of the fall quarter.
For more information:
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.
We look forward to seeing you in the Language Exchange program.
Listening and Speaking Center
Contact: Kanako Suda