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Conversation Partners

Interested in Conversation Partners?

What it is

Participants in Conversation Partners meet with an assigned partners once a week for casual cross-cultural conversations about a variety of fun topics.

Whenever possible, we pair students seeking to practice their US-style English with lifelong English speakers.


How it works

–Attend one 45-minute information and orientation session (See below)

–Fill-out an application. 

–Meet with your assigned partner for 1 hour per week for ten weeks to talk about topics of your choice or topics from our list of recommended subjects

–Turn in a list of meeting times & dates at the end of the semester 


Who can be a partner

Anoka-Ramsey students age 18 and older and Anoka-Ramsey staff, faculty, and administrators are all eligible.


How to get started

Please attend one of our orientation meetings.

Here is our Fall 2015 orientation schedule: 

 2nd Week of Class
 Tue, Sep. 1, 11–11:45 a.m.  The Riverview Room SC 200
 Wed, Sep. 2, 12–12:45 p.m.  The Riverview Room SC 200
 3rd Week of Class
 Mon, Sep. 7,  2–2:45 p.m.
 The Riverview Room SC 200
 Tue, Sep. 8, 12–12:45 a.m.  The Riverview Room SC 200
 Wed, Sep. 9, 1–1:45 p.m.  The Riverview Room SC 200
 Thurs, Sep. 10 2–2:45 p.m.
 The Riverview Room SC 200

Looking for something or someone?

Check-out the Resources page

See "More in This Area" on the left-hand side of this page.


Contact your faculty mentor

If you are current participant, you've probably been assigned a faculty mentor.

You can find your mentor's contact information by checking the confirmation email that we sent when we assigned you a partner.


Contact the Partner Coordinator

The Partner Coordinator can answer questions about your partner's contact information or send you a copy of your confirmation email.  

The partner coordinator's contact info is available under "People to Contact" on the right-hand side of this page.


See your handbook

Your Conversation Partners Handbook includes copies of the meeting log, tips on dealing with difficulties, and a long list of possible conversation topics.

You can find a PDF copy under "Forms I need" on the right-hand side of this page.


ARCC Students Conversing


Brian Okstad

Program Coordinator

Rm. S201, Coon Rapids Campus