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Become a Language Conversation Partner

Apply now! Applications reopened for Arabic and Italian. Deadline September 1.

Apply to be an LCP

About Language Conversation Partners

Language Conversation Partners (LCPs) are Stanford students who meet with language students during one-to-one appointments to practice conversation in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, or Spanish. They are selected in a competitive process each Winter Quarter for the following academic year. We give priority to undergraduates but will also consider applications from graduate students. (If you want to tutor subjects, visit Become a Subject Tutor.)


What You’ll Do

Get trained to be an LCP

New LCPs must attend one evening of mandatory training the Friday evening of the first week of classes: Friday, September 29, 2017, 5-8 p.m. Dinner will be provided. (LCPs do not enroll in VPTL 120, the subject tutor training course.)

Your duties

Post at least five hours per week of availability in our scheduling system.  Students will make one-to-one appointments with you to practice speaking your language.  Scheduling of appointments begin each quarter on the first Sunday after classes commence (in other words, the beginning of week two) and end on the last day of classes. At the beginning of each quarter, make a short (paid) visit to each class you support to introduce yourself.

Language conversation appointments consist primarily of oral conversation practice.  You wouldn't be going over grammar or helping with homework.

All LCPs attend group meetings, typically once or twice per quarter, as scheduled by the Associate Director. They also meet individually with the Associate Director as needed.

Read the 2017-18 LCP Job Agreement [PDF].

What You’ll Get

  • Professional development: Become a responsible, responsive, resourceful employee.
  • Appreciation from your students
  • Competitive pay: Starting pay for undergrad LCPs in 2017-18 will be $17.00 per hour; for graduate student LCPs, $28.00 per hour. Continuting tutors and LCPs make an additional $1 per year (3 full quarters) of service.


  • Be a matriculated Stanford undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application (sorry, but incoming students aren't eligible to apply). Priority is given to undergraduates, though the position is also open to graduate students.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A strong commitment to helping peers learn
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, time management, and attention to detail
  • Fluency in the target language: candidates must pass an oral proficiency interview (OPI) with the Stanford Language Center, demonstrating ability to practice conversation with students enrolled in at least the first two years of coursework in the target language.


If you pass the group interview stage, you must also go through a language proficiency interview at the Language Center in the language(s) you wish to tutor.