English as a Second-Language Opportunities

The SUNY Potsdam Conversation Partners Program provides help for international students, or other non-native speakers of English, who need to continue to improve their English skills, which is the key to their success as students.


The Conversation Partner program matches each student with a "conversation partner" who will serve as a tutor, either one-on-one or for small groups. Tutors typically help students to: 

  • read and understand the meaning of passages from textbooks
  • listen and take notes
  • revise and edit written assignments
  • use research tools
  • understand American ways of thinking, our diverse culture and how to solve problems 

Partners often continue as friends when no longer matched as tutor and tutee.

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