Conversation Buddy Program

SMUís Conversation Buddy Program is an opportunity for ESL students of SMU to practice their listening and speaking skills with a native speaker of English in an informal, one-on-one setting outside of the classroom.

We ask that you volunteer a minimum of one hour per week to meet with your Conversation Buddy.  You may meet wherever and whenever you like, and there are no requirements for the type of activity.  We recommend, however, that you use this time to practice your speaking skills, rather than reading, writing, or grammar.

If you would like to have a Conversation Buddy, please look out for the e-mail announcement which is sent to all SMU students near the beginning of each fall, spring and summer term.  Once you receive the announcement, you may complete and submit the online Application Form.  Please send an e-mail message to Ms. Jennifer R. Smith at if you have any questions about the program.

We cannot promise to find a Conversation Buddy for everyone who requests one, but we will certainly do our best.  Have fun!