Conversation partners bridge two worlds

Students break down language barriers

By Adriana Ibarra
On January 31, 2014

  • Adam Aldric Garcia, senior, performs at the Cork & Pig Tavern. Kimberley Parker

The Plaza Verde Clubhouse hosts Conversation Partners every Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

"Conversation Partners is for students and community members alike to come and talk with our international students," Graduate Assistant for the Center for International Studies Kayla Franke said.

There are different kinds of snacks and games from a different country, she said.  

People come to get to know the international students and build friendships with them while helping the students get a better grasp on the English language, she said.

"Conversation Partners provides the opportunity to meet people from different countries and see how other cultures are," junior Jiwon Kang said.

The environment is very accepting, friendly and everyone is welcome to attend, Franke said.

"It's great to get to see everyone's faces at least once a week because I have built friendships with the students here,"senior Tevin Simmons said.

Conversation Partners is important because more times than not the students on campus are the first impression of what America is like for the international students, he said.

"Last year I participated a lot and made some friends," Kang said.

During Conversation Partners the people who join participate in different activities to help stimulate conversation and give the international students a chance to practice English in a fun way, Franke said.

Everyone always has a good time and there is a large variety of people who come to participate, she said.

"I thoroughly enjoy coming to Conversation Partners, I learn something new every week and it has been a very rewarding experience," Simmons said.

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