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Conversation Partners

Interested in Conversation Partners?

What it is

Conversation Partners pairs ARCC students who want to practice US-style English with other students, faculty, or staff members for casual, weekly conversations.


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 2014 orientation schedule: 

 2nd Week of Class
 Tue, Sep. 2, 12–12:45 p.m.  The Riverview Room SC 200
 Wed, Sep. 3, 1–1:45 p.m.  The Riverview Room SC 200
 Fri, Sep. 5,  9–9:45 a.m.  The Riverview Room SC 200
 3rd Week of Class
 Mon, Sep. 8,  1–1:45 p.m.  The Riverview Room SC 200
 Tue, Sep. 9,  12–12:45 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



Ann McArdle

Partner Coordinator

Rm. SC122b, Coon Rapids Campus