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The Conversation Partners Program offers current students and the local community with an opportunity to learn about a different culture while helping an international student to learn about the local culture and practice their conversational skills.

  • Conversation Partners are English- speaking volunteers, often university students, who meet with one or more IEP students 2-4 hours each week for informal conversation.
  • Meetings may be conducted one-on-one or in a group. The partners or group may choose to meet fewer or a greater number of hours each week, depending on their particular schedules and interests.
  • Conversations are informal, and there is no predetermined “curriculum” per se. However, the Office of Intensive English Programs provides partners with a handbook of tips and ideas, suggested conversation topics, pronunciation practice sheets, and other resources that they often find useful.

Upon request, the Intensive English Program at Southeast Missouri State University will recruit and assign conversation partners to Program students who can benefit from structured conversational practice.

For further details on this program, you may contact the Intensive English Programs at (573) 986-6894 or e-mail at
Conversation Partners Application


International Village Admin Building 101

Intensive English Programs
One University Plaza, MS 2000
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701