Conversation Partner Program

  • Are you an ALI student interested in improving your English by having real conversations in English?
  • Are you a UMKC academic student, or a community member, who wants to help an ESOL learner improve their English?
  • Do you want to learn about another culture and/or country?
  • Do you have at least 1 hour every two weeks to spend in conversations?

If you answered “YES” to any of the questions above, then this program is for you!

What is the program?

The Applied Language Institute Conversation Partners Program pairs ESOL students with UMKC academic students and community members for English conversation.

The partners meet at least once every two weeks for one hour to practice conversation and learn from one another. Partners can meet in-person or online using Zoom, Skype, Face-Time, or another video chat program.

How do you sign up?

To sign up: click one of the links below to download an application. Send your application to

How do we match partners?

We try to match partners with similar interests or backgrounds. For example, if one partner is interested in agriculture, and another grew up in a rural area, maybe on a farm, they will likely be paired together.

We consider partners’ travel experiences, second language experiences, and other details. The more information you give about yourself on the application, the better we can do.

On the application, you will have the opportunity to indicate preferences about your partner. While we cannot guarantee that we can meet all of your preferences, we will try our best to consider them.

Looking for a Conversation Partner to teach you about Kansas City?

Check out the Kansas City Library’s Online English in Action program!

The KC Public Library Online English in Action program is an opportunity to practice your conversational English online for 1-2 hours a week. The program pairs intermediate to advanced English language learners with native English speakers so they can practice and improve their conversational fluency.

For more information, click here. You can contact the library about this program at (816) 701-3766 or