If you are new to the English Conversation Partners Program, you will need to attend an orientation session. There are two types of orientations, for facilitators and for participants. Facilitators lead the conversation sessions, and participants are those interested in practicing speaking.
Faciliator Orientation Sessions
Tuesday February 5th, 2:30-3:20pm
Friday February 8th, 9:30-10:20am
Participant Orientation Sessions
Monday February 11th, 9-9:50am
Tuesday February 12th, 2-2:50pm
Friday February 15th, 9:30-10:20am
Monday February 18th, 4:30-5:20pm
Tuesday February 19th, 2:30-3:20pm
Wednesday February 20th, 10-10:50am
Thursday February 21st, 3-3:50pm
To sign up, please go to https://ecpumd.setmore.com/
Returning Participants and Facilitators
If you are a returning facilitator or participant, please fill the correct form for Spring 2019: Participant - Spring 2019, Facilitator - Spring 2019. You have likely filled this form out in the past, but it is important to complete it again.
Groups will meet for the first time the week of February 25st - March 1st.
Welcome or Welcome Back!
Come Join the Conversation with the English Conversation Partners
We connect the University of Maryland community for authentic cultural exchange through English conversation.
For ten weeks during the semester, participants meet with their fluent English speaking volunteer in one-on-one or group sessions. During conversation sessions participants practice their oral English through discussions on various topics and other activities planned by the volunteer. Participant orientations will take place the week of February 11th to February 15th, with make up orientations the week of February 18th to February 22nd. Facilitator Orientations will take place the week of February 4th to 8th.
If you are interested in participating, please fill out this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/wV7vo4ua68orcurF3
The end of the semester is here! It has been a great semester and I look forward to seeing you at the party!
If you were a part of the ECP program this semester or would like to participate in the future, you are welcome to attend the end of semester party this Friday Dec. 7th at 3:30pm. https://goo.gl/forms/jIvx6BdpwnXqZpPJ3
If you are interested in participating in the Spring, and did not participate this fall, please complete this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/3rLp95QJJgoEzv933
Lastly, there will a be a new website starting this Spring, so when in doubt, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you haven't attended an orientation session, you must complete this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/lhGP2Ovl5dNvMnBz1
You can sign up on ecpumd.setmore.com.
Remember you can only sign up for one session at the moment. You will meet with the same volunteer at the same time every week. Your volunteer will contact you soon.
Come One! Come All!
The English Conversation Partners will start back up with the Fall Semester. Dates for the student and volunteer orientations should be posted in August. Everyone will need to attend one of these orientation sessions. New members to the program who wish to practice English should attend the student orientation. Native English speakers who wish to be partners for the program should attend the volunteer orientation.
If you have any questions please contact email@example.com
I hope you all have a fantastic summer!
This is just an update on when the sessions will start. Our conversation sessions should start next week. Students should be able to sign up for volunteers tomorrow 9/27. I will send out an email when everything is set. If you know of anyone who would be interested in volunteering please let me know.
Our upcoming orientation sessions for students will be on the following dates. If you are a volunteer who missed the orientation sessions you are welcome to attend one of these sessions and I will fill you in on the differences between the two presentations. We ask that everyone who participates in the program attend one of these sessions. If you have any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday September 15th from 4:30-5:30 pm in H.J. Patterson 2114
Monday September 18th from 5:00-6:00 pm in 1102 H.J. Patterson 1102
Thursday September 21st from 5:00-6:00 pm in 1102 H.J. Patterson 1102
Friday September 22nd from 4:30-5:30 pm in H.J. Patterson 2114
I wanted to let you all know that the ESOL program is in the process of becoming a registered student organization through the University of Maryland. The name of the student organization is the English Conversation Partners at the University of Maryland. We are undergoing this process in the hopes of reaching even more students and being able to put on better programs. As a student organization we would also have access to more meeting locations. This will not change any of the programming that we put on, and we are still going to welcome volunteers from the College Park community.
(Update) Our application as a student organization was accepted and so we are starting to change the wording on our flyers, emails, and websites to reflect the student organization's name "English Conversation Partners at the University of Maryland" or ECP for short. I will have more information at the orientation on the benefits/opportunities provided to us as a student organization.