Find speakers of your target language on campus. Learn, share, practise, exchange and improve your language skills.
The Conversation Exchange Scheme is a language sharing community for speakers of all languages on campus. The scheme is a Facebook group which allows you to connect with speakers of other languages. It is open to all registered Edge Hill students and members of staff who wish to improve their language skills in their target language. As this is an exchange initiative, you are also expected to share your own language with others.
- Join the Conversation Exchange Scheme Facebook group.
- Post on the group.
- Connect with speakers of your target language.
- Meet up on campus with speakers of your chosen language and improve your language skills.
How to join
The scheme is open to all registered Edge Hill students and members of staff. To join the scheme, follow the instructions below:
- Search Edge Hill University Conversation Exchange Scheme group on Facebook.
- Request to join the group where you will be asked to provide your student number or, for members of staff, your Edge Hill email address.
- Once the Language Centre has checked that you are an Edge Hill student or member of staff, we will approve your request to join the group.
- Once a member of the group, you should write a post introducing yourself to the rest of the group.
- This should prompt compatible language partners to connect with you. They can do so by commenting on your post. You should also do the same by responding to other relevant posts.
Please do not try to join the group if you are not an Edge Hill student or member of staff. You must have a Facebook account to join this group.
Use of the group
The purpose of the group is to help speakers of all languages on campus to connect and share their languages, but the group is also intended to promote conversation about language-learning, and to allow individuals with common interests to converse about relevant topics.
Speakers of your target language
There may not always be speakers of your target language available. If this is the case, feel free to post again after a suitable period of time.
There is no minimum language level to join the Scheme but you should have some basic knowledge of the target language, or be in the process of studying the language.
Connecting with other participants
You may connect with more than one person. The person who helps you with your target language may not be the person who you are helping with your language. You may therefore have a different role in different partnerships or groups.
Once you have connected with member(s) of the group, you should set up a first meeting in a public place on campus so that you can begin to practise your language skills. You may wish to meet in a social, flexible setting such as the Hub, or if you are looking for a quieter space, you may wish to use the Language Lounge (LP0.09).
You should use the first meeting as an opportunity to get to know your language partner(s) and to discuss what you would like to achieve from the meetings. Here is a suggested checklist of what to cover in your first meeting:
- Previous experience of each other’s language
- Your aims and targets of the meetings
- Decide on weekly meeting times
- Decide on how you will split the time between each other’s language (if applicable)
- Decide on topic for next meeting
The Conversation Exchange Scheme Facebook group is a closed group which you must request to join. Only registered Edge Hill students and members of staff will be permitted to join. When connecting with other participants online and in person, you must take necessary safety precautions.
Getting the most out of your meetings
- Prepare for each meeting and spend time after each meeting reflecting on what you have learnt.
- Plan what you will talk about in the next meeting.
- Use a variety of sources and platforms, such as content on social media or YouTube to provide topics for discussion.
- Be willing to correct your partner’s mistakes and encourage them to correct yours.
- If you are studying a language module, or an evening course on the Language Steps course, use the meetings to practise content you have studied in class.
- If you are going to be late for a meeting or cannot attend, please ensure you contact your partner as soon as possible so you do not let them down.