English Language Partner Program

The English Language Partner Program (ELPP) pairs

English language learners 

with

student volunteers 

to practice speaking English and create opportunities for cultural exchange
This is a great opportunity to meet new people, engage with the uLethbridge international community, and learn about different languages and cultures!
Partners meet for approximately one hour per week, although hours are flexible and students set their own schedules.
Meetings may be either virtual or in-person depending on the preference of both parties. 

Reasons to join the English Language Partner Program

  • It's free!
  • It is a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends
  • You will improve your English skills and feel more confident speaking
  • You can learn about Canadian customs and share your own culture

Preparing for a Session

  • It is helpful to have a topic prepared
  • Explain your goals: Conversational skills? Help with a lesson? Do you need to prepare for a presentation?
  • Make certain that you have clearly identified your objectives to your language partner
  • Make the sessions applicable to your needs

After the Session

  • Tell your partner if you found the material helpful or have any suggestions on what you would like to do differently

Benefits

  • Helping a student from a different cultural background is a great learning experience for both you and your partner!
  • You will increase your intercultural competency, build leadership skills, and make new friends
  • You can add this position to your MyExperience record

Time Commitment

  • The volunteer term lasts for the duration of the semester
  • We recommend that you try to meet with your partner at least once per week, but the program is flexible with your schedule. If there is a week where you will not be available, that is fine! Please just be sure to communicate that with your partner(s)

First Meeting With Your Partner

  • You and your partner should decide together when you will meet and for how long
  • If suitable arrangements cannot be made, or if you have any other concerns, contact the Program Coordinator
  • You may wish to continue with the same partner into the next term or request a new partner

Becoming a Volunteer

  • If you wish to become an English Language Partner, click here to fill out an online application form
  • The Program Coordinator will contact you 

Eligibility

  • This program is open to any University of Lethbridge students with strong English language skills

Support and Services

  • The Program Coordinator is always available to help
  • ESL books are available at the International Centre, as well as the University and Public Libraries

When your Application has been Approved

  • It is your responsibility to get in touch with your partner to set a date and time for your introductory meeting; it is best to choose a neutral public place on campus
  • After the first meeting, you should inform the Program Coordinator about your first meeting and describe your schedule for the term.

Keeping a Log

  • The Program Coordinator will supply you with a log sheet for you to record the dates and times of your sessions, and your number of hours
  • Both you and your partner must initial the log sheet and submit it to the Program Coordinator at the end of the session
  • When your commitment ends, a letter of reference will be provided on request if a log sheet of the semester's activities is provided