The Conversation Partners program is designed to not only help internationals practice their conversational English skills, but to foster friendships and provide opportunities to learn about culture, language, and more. 

The following lesson plan ideas are written to help American and international friends begin conversations. Each lesson has a topic, a real-life resource or article that can be used to practice reading fluency and pronunciation, and discussion questions to help provide a framework for conversational practice. 

Conversation Topics and Plans

Click an image below to open the corresponding lesson plan. Please note: Files are in Microsoft Word (.docx) format so that you can edit and adjust to fit your circumstance. Please feel free to edit, replace with your logo, etc. 

Note: Lesson-building is in progress; check back for new lessons added weekly! 

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Initial Conversations

This lesson provides a framework to get to know your international friend using a guide called the "Five Fs". 

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Stress Management

Stress management is critical to our health. This lesson gives guidance to discuss ways to manage stress. 

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Getting Motivated

What motivates us? How do we stay motivated during times of discouragement? This lesson discusses views on motivation.

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Culture Shock

Discuss culture shock, how to adjust to a new culture, and what specific questions your friend may have. 

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Using Your Time

Time is limited! In this less you'll learn about your friend's views on how to manage time.

 

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Holiday Traditions

We all have traditions that make celebrating certain holidays unique. In this lesson, we'll share about traditions we enjoy. 

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Small Talk

Making small talk can be difficult for English learners. This lesson will discuss how to make small talk. 

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What is Rude?

What's rude in the United States is often not rude in another country or culture. This lesson will explore this topic. 

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Thanksgiving

In this lesson we'll discuss the Thanksgiving holiday, as well as what were thankful for! 

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