Language practice outside of the classroom is an essential element to Chinese language progress. Therefore, CLE provides students the opportunity, by request, to be assigned a Chinese friend as a studying partner. Students and Language Partners partake in many social activities, allowing students to not only practice Chinese with native Chinese speakers, but to also develop cultural understanding and long-term friendships.
Most Language Partners are English language students. Typically Chinese and English students will split the time evenly between communicating in Chinese and English. CLE makes every effort to consider student ages and interests when assigning Language Partners. Additionally, we also attempt to match proficiency levels as equitably as possible. For instance, beginning level Chinese students will be matched to a Language Partner with more proficient English skills and vice versa. This helps to promote an enjoyable and beneficial exchange.