Language & Culture Exchange


Language Exchange Students

About the Language and Culture Exchange

The Language and Culture Exchange is a unique opportunity to meet and converse with people of other language backgrounds and cultures. You may even make a new friend! In addition, there will be monthly social hour events for all participants via Zoom hosted by the coordinators, Janine Poreba and Marianne Borgardt.

How to Join

Step 1: Students self-enroll in the Canvas “course” shell for the Language and Culture Exchange, and review orientation materials and instructions posted by faculty mentors. (This is free!) 

To participate, use the self-enrollment link.

  • It’s free and noncredit, and it will not affect your transcripts in any way. Once you enroll, the program will appear in Canvas along with your current classes, and you will find instructions there on how to find and contact a partner.
  • There is no enrollment deadline. Join anytime during the semester.

Step 2: Students use Canvas to find and contact a partner. 

Step 3: Once two students have mutually agreed to be language/culture partners, they decide the times/location that they will meet weekly via Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, email or other methods to practice their language skills and/or learn about culture.

Orientation Meetings - Spring 2023

We will hold two live orientation meetings at the start of the program. The first orientation will be online via Zoom, so use the link below to attend this orientation session. The second orientation will be in-person on the SMC main campus.

Whether or not you can attend an orientation meeting, you can participate by using this link to self-enroll. You will receive instructions from the coordinators after you enroll.

Language and Culture Exchange Informational Video
Language and Culture Exchange Flyer
If you have any questions contact Janine Poreba or Marianne Borgardt of the ESL Department.