Program Description

The Conversation PARDner Program (CPP) is a peer program that promotes intercultural competence through virtual conversations on Zoom. The CPP pairs upper-level domestic students with incoming international students. Each pair schedules conversations via Zoom or another video-type social media, 1 hour per week, for 6 weeks in the summer. Participants are encouraged to practice language-learning activities provided by the English for Academic Purpose Center and reinforce topics included in the bi-weekly summer e-newsletter sent to all incoming international students through the Office of International Student Advising. CPs will continue to engage the international participants during the International Orientation and lead the Group Chat sessions during the fall semester.

Program Objectives and Goals

By the end of the program, the CPs will:

  • Develop an awareness of cultural differences
  • Develop intercultural competence in the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with people of other cultures
  • Obtain knowledge in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

By the end of the program, the non-native English speaking students will:

  • Improve speaking skills in terms of fluency and speech comprehensibility
  • Improve listening comprehension skills
  • Gain confidence in communicating in English
  • Develop intercultural competence in the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with people of other cultures

Hear why students decided to join the CPP

Group Chat Sessions

Click here to see the group chat schedule for the FA2022 semester. 

Student Handbook

Conversation Pardner Program Student Handbook

Our CP Team

Mackenzi Berner ‘2023
Major: Government and Law with Spanish and History double major
Hobbies: Playing tennis, writing (poetry), watching crime shows, listening to music
Campus involvement: Refugee Action, EXCEL Research (History), Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Club Tennis
Sej Cho ‘2023
Major: Neuroscience
Hobbies: Working out, soccer, watching Korean movies, playing video games (League of Legends, TFT)
Campus Involvement: Recreation Services, Lafayette Leadership Education Committee, Psychology Lab Assistant, Independent research 
Susanna Hontz ‘2024
Major: International Affairs, Asian Studies Minor
Hobbies: playing trumpet, traveling, listening to music, watching movies, and playing tennis 
Campus involvement: Refugee Action, Asian Cultural Association, International Students Association, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, and Pep Band
Helena Koffigoh ‘2023
Major: Neuroscience/International Affairs/Econ with Chinese minor
Hobbies: Playing PC games, reading, music (all genres), basketball and diving, photography, travel!
Campus involvement: Posse, Neuroscience Club, International Student Association, LEADERS Club


All questions about the program are welcome. Please feel free to contact the program coordinators: Tingting Kang, Director of EAP Center at or Janine Block, Assistant Director of Intercultural Development at