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INTERLINK’s Conversation-Partners Program

The INTERLINK Language Center at UNCG has recently begun a conversation-partners program. This new program is designed to connect international students studying English at INTERLINK with other students as well as staff and faculty members on the UNCG campus. Participants meet for at least one hour a week to discuss topics of mutual interest. Conversations are informal and allow people from different cultures and language backgrounds to learn from each other. As such, the experience promotes cross-cultural learning, international friendships, and language practice.

In the words of Yi-wen Tu, an INTERLINK student from Taiwan who is taking part in the program, "a conversation partner not only helps you improve your English, he or she also enriches your life." The program is being overseen by Dr. Brad Teague, assistant director at INTERLINK, with the help of Ariel Neumann and Jennifer Hemphill, volunteer coordinators from the Lloyd International Honors College.

At present, there are 40 participants (20 international students and 20 American students), with plans to increase involvement in the program during INTERLINK’s next term, which begins on October 18th. Interested individuals should contact Dr. Teague at bteague@interlink.edu.

Ayman Alrefaie, an INTERLINK student from Saudi Arabia, and Heidi Mize, an undergraduate student in the UNCG School of Education

Yi-wen Tu, an INTERLINK student from Taiwan, and Kelly Donovan, an undergraduate student at UNCG majoring in Spanish and International & Global Studies

 

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Volume 10, Edition 1, September 2010

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