Q: How does the program work?
The language exchange partners program is a free program that connects students through language exchange. The success of the program depends entirely on participants and each person’s enthusiasm to learn a language. Students are matched up based on the language they want to practice and/or language that they are willing to share. Each student pair is encouraged to meet once a week for at least one hour to practice their conversation skills.
Q: How do I sign up?
Interested participants should fill out this information form.
Q: Will I be matched with a native speaker?
Since our program is based on students in WLC, we cannot guarantee that your language exchange partner will be a native speaker of the language you want to practice. You may instead be paired with another language learner at the same level as your own unless you have noted on the information form that you are willing to meet with someone at a language proficiency level lower than your own.
Q: Can you guarantee I’ll get a partner for the language I want to practice? Can I be matched with someone of a particular gender, age, etc.?
We do our best to accommodate everyone’s preferences—however, we can’t guarantee that there is someone in the program who is the perfect match. There is a chance in any given semester that another speaker of your target language may not be available.
Q: I filled out the information form however I have not received any information about my partner. What happens next?
We are a small team working to match several students in all of the languages we offer. We will send out information as soon as we have matched up all students for the semester. Thank you for your patience!
Q: What if my partner doesn’t return my emails or is too busy to meet me?
Please allow at least 48 hours for your partner to respond. Since all participants are busy Iowa State students, pairs/groups may not always be able to make their schedules work. If your partner decides to leave the program, please let us know and we will work to find you a different partner.
Q: How often should I be meeting with my partner(s)?
Ideally, participants should meet for a minimum of one hour per week.
Q: What should my partner and I talk about?
Partners are free to have an open conversation about any topic they chose. However, a list of suggested topics will be available each week in the Language Studies Resource Center (LSRC), 3142 Pearson Hall and online on our website.