Language Exchange Mates are matched into informal partnerships / small groups based on language preference that meet regularly throughout semester to learn, sustain or maintain a second language and another culture.

How does it work?

Language Exchange Mates has been designed to provide authentic speaking opportunities for UQ students who are interested in learning, developing or sustaining non-native languages. Participants can match in pairs or small groups to help one another to improve their target languages. It is expected that students meet for at least one hour per week for 7 weeks and focus half their time on each language. Matches are dependant on the diversity of students signed up.

Why should I get involved?

English as a Second Language Students

  • Improve your English language skills, confidence and fluency.
  • Advanced English speakers can meet Australians to learn everyday Aussie terms, phrases and culture.
  • Opportunity to share your culture with others.
  • Build your social networks through friendly interaction with other students.
  • Meet and talk to other students fluent in your native language.

Native English Speaking Students

  • Improve your foreign language skills, confidence and fluency.
  • Learn some basic language and conversational skills if you are planning to go on exchange / travel or work overseas.
  • "Use it or lose it".
  • Gain valuable conversational experience if you are studying a language.
  • Increase your understanding of other cultures.
  • Build global contacts and future professional networks.
  • Apply a second language to your resume and compliment your current studies. e.g. 1; Business students have much to gain much by learning an Asian language as they are our major international trade partners in an ever expanding global market. e.g. 2; Education students can demonstrate strong teaching and learning experience while overcoming cultural and language barriers.

How do I register?

Language Exchange Mates for Semester 2 are now open!

Register here

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