Conversation Partner Application - CEE Program

Conversation Partner Application - CEE Program

Who can apply?

Both Illinois students and non-students are welcome to participate. We especially encourage engineering students. 

Do volunteers need to be native speakers of English?

Not necessarily, but volunteers must 1) sound like native speakers and 2) have a strong knowledge of American culture. If you have lived in the US (or other English-speaking country) for less than 5 years, you are probably still developing this linguistic and cultural fluency, and this is not a good volunteer choice for you.

What sort of time commitment are we talking about?

Convopartners must meet for 1 hour each week. You and your partner(s) will choose a day/time that is convenient for each of you. If you can dedicate just one hour a week to helping an international student on campus, please continue to the questions!

Dates of the program

This ConvoPartner opportunity begins in the first week of August and continues until the beginning of September. If you are available during this time period, please continue!

Part 1 - General Information

 
limited to 25 characters.

 
limited to 25 characters.

answer must be an email address

 
limited to 25 characters.

(If you don't have a NetID, type 'none')

(If you don't have a NetID, type 'none')

 

answer must be phone number with area code like 217-333-1000

 

answer must be numeric

 
limited to 2 characters.

required10. Were you born in the US?

required10. Were you born in the US?

 

12. Did you attend high school in the US?

12. Did you attend high school in the US?

 

 

 

16. How did you learn about this program?

16. How did you learn about this program?

17. Have you been a ConvoPartner with the IEI before?

17. Have you been a ConvoPartner with the IEI before?

Part 2 - Group-Making Information

Depending on our pool of ConvoPartner volunteers, you may be matched with 1-3 international CEE students who are beginning at the university this fall.

 
limited to 35 characters.

 

20. What are your hobbies and interests?

20. What are your hobbies and interests?

required21. Would having a male student as your partner be a problem? ( All of our CEE students are male.)

required21. Would having a male student as your partner be a problem? ( All of our CEE students are male.)

 

Part 3 - Add the MANDATORY orientation meeting to your calendar!

As a convopartner, you must attend a required Orientation meeting on campus. The CEE meeting will be on Tuesday, August 1st from 5-6 PM.  MAKE A NOTE IN YOUR CALENDAR NOW! You will meet your partners at this meeting, so you don't want to miss it!

More about the orientation meeting:

At this meeting you will also learn more about your responsibilities as a volunteer with the convopartner program. Before the course for CEE students begins, you will receive an email reminding you of this obligation, and, of course, the exact location of the meeting. If you cannot attend due to your work or class schedule, other arrangements can be made. However, please do your best to be available for this important meeting!

Thank you!

You can get a copy of your application by email as confirmation that your application was received. You'll get some emails from me (Kristin Bouton, CEE Program Coordinator) when the CEE course begins. -Thanks for signing up!

Include your email address in your submission to:

  • Get a copy of your answers