Campus Conversation Partners

Hattori and Butts on a bench

Campus Conversation Partners is a program that pairs Castleton students who are learning English with native or near-native English speaking members of the university for one-on-one, informal conversation in English.


  • Helps students who are learning English improve their speaking and listening skills
  • Helps students whose origin is outside the U.S. to understand and adapt to U.S. culture
  • Promotes awareness of the partners’ respective countries and cultures
  • Gives both partners an opportunity to see the world from another perspective
  • Creates a rewarding new friendship

How it Works:

  1. Interested students—both English language learners and native/near-native English speakers - fill out a brief survey from the ISO.
  2. The ISO matches partners, based on this survey.
  3. The ISO introduces partners to each other at a first meeting. The partners sign a contract that requires them to meet for one hour a week for the remainder the term.
  4. Partners meet independently. If, at any point, a partner has a concern about the program, they should contact the ISO. 

If you have any questions, please contact Adrienne Matunas, Coordinator of Pathway Program by email or by phone at (802) 468-1371.

If you are an international student interested in this program, please fill out the form below and Adrienne Matunas will be in contact with you.