Conversation Partner Program — A Student Favorite

EC Boston has relaunched its Conversation Partner Program for its Winter Session! Our Conversation Partner Program gives our students the opportunity to be paired up with a native English speaker to gain that authentic Boston experience. Partners meet at least once a week to chat about interests, including hobbies, music, movies, culture, language and more. Partners meet at different locations throughout the city of Boston to practice their English while also forming new friendships. The program is designed for students studying with EC Boston for at least 8 weeks; as this allows the partnership to really grow and contribute toward students’ English language learning and their experience studying in the United States. Our Student Services Coordinators interview a wide variety of volunteers from the local community. We have musicians and scientists and university students and retirees and everything in between! We background check all of our volunteers, we provide detailed training, and we get to know our volunteers. And of course, we know every single one of our students very well. This way, we can be sure to create the best possible partnerships between our students and our volunteers! Many of our past students have said this is their favorite memory of their time in the US. We have wonderful teachers and exciting, challenging classes, but our Conversation Partner Program is something truly unique. When a student participates in this program, suddenly they’re not just studying English in the United States. Rather, they’re experiencing English in the United States. They’re meeting up with a native-speaking friend for coffee and chatting about local food. They’re grabbing a drink at a local (Irish!) bar and talking about music. They’re meeting up in one of Boston’s world-famous museums or art galleries and learning history together. This is what we mean when we say … Read more

Conversation Partners Program improves English Speaking Skills

When and where did you find out about the Conversation Partners Program at EC Boston? I knew this program by a bulletin board of my school. What was your motivation in joining the program? I wanted to talk with native american because I’m not good at listening to fast English. Besides I thought it will be great if I can get native american friend. What have you done with your partner? We had dinner together sometimes and watched movie so far. It was very great because she explained us american culture and introduced her friends. It helps me that we can understand each other by both languages. Do you think the program is helpful? I think it was great that I was able to get a native american friend and what is better, she can speak Japanese. Would you like to say anything to future students or participants in the program? I enjoy my school life with my friends and my great teachers. The location of EC Boston is very good and convenient. Our long-term students in the Intensive English program in Boston enjoy participating in this program. We have three start dates – one in the fall, winter, and summer semesters. Only long-term students are eligible to apply. We pair one or two students with a local Bostonian in hopes that both participants will practice English and the student’s native language. It’s a great way to meet people, practice English, enjoy the city – and it’s completely FREE!