Language Partners

The Language Partners Program pairs native English-speaking students studying a foreign language with students who are native speakers of that language and who desire to improve their English. The partners help each other in practicing and developing their respective second language capabilities, dividing their time equally between the two languages.

We assist learners in finding a match with other individuals, but once the partners have been identified, they decide on their own activities and scheduling arrangements. Partners do not have to be at the same proficiency levels in their second languages.

Interested members of the Brown community should contact Rachel Toncelli in the Writing Center with any questions. 

To apply, please fill out this online form. Interested individuals will be given a name and contact information of a person looking for a partner. From there, you’re on your own! Please note that while we make every effort to find you a partner, we cannot guarantee a suitable match. The Language Partners Program is open to all members of the Brown University community, students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars.

This program is a collaboration between the Center for Language Studies, the Writing Center, and the Department of East Asian Studies.

We are currently in need of partners for the combinations listed below:

I need native speakers of:

Looking for conversation in:


Mandarin Chinese




Chinese, English, and Korean


English, Spanish, Chinese


English, Portuguese, and Chinese


Hungarian and Swahili





If you know any students who might be interested, please email us.