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Become a Language Conversation Partner

Language Conversation Partners (LCPs) are current Stanford students who help foreign language students practice their conversation skills during one-to-one appointments. LCPs primarily support oral conversation practice; they do not go over grammar or help with homework. 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.

Applications for the 20-21 LCP cohort are now being accepted for Japanese and German LCPs only. All applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

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Languages Offered for Conversation Practice
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Why Should I Become a LCP?

  • Competitive Pay: Starting pay for undergrad LCPs in 2019-20 will be $17.00/hour, and pay for graduate LCPs will be $28/hour. Continuing LCPs make an additional $1 per year (3 full quarters) of service.
  • Flexible Schedule: LCPs manage and create their own schedule through TutorTrac with approval from the Assistant Director. LCPs are required to post at least five hours per week of availability between the start of week two and the last day of classes each quarter. 
  • Build New Relationships: In addition to meeting students individually, LCPs will also work closely with instructors in the Stanford Language Center and make short, paid visits to each class they support. They also meet individually with the Assistant Director as needed to develop conversations in their target language and acquire essential job skills to become responsible and responsive employees.
  • Professional Development: LCPs also attend group meetings, once or twice a quarter, and discuss how to best help students. As they help others practice their language skills, they will also grow as speakers and listeners in their target language.  Read the 2019-20 LCP Job Agreement [PDF].    
  • Support and Leadership Opportunities: LCPs meet several times a quarter with their language team to discuss course content and best conversation practices. Experienced LCPs can become Lead LCPs, who organize their language team and run team meetings.​

Applicant Requirements

  • Must be a current Stanford undergraduate, co-term, or graduate student. See hourly work limits for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Fluency in the target language     
  • A strong commitment to helping peers learn
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, time management, and attention to detail
  • See the Undergraduate and Graduate Student employment guides for hourly limits.
  • For further information regarding regulations for international students, contact the Bechtel International Center.

Application Process

1. Application: Complete the online application (which includes submitting a short essay, CV/resume, and official transcripts)

2. Recommendation: If you have taken a language class here at Stanford, submit a recommendation form to your language instructor at Stanford. If you have not taken a language class, ask for a recommendation from a Stanford instructor who is familiar with you and your work as a student—this person does not have to be a language instructor and does not have to have personal experience conversing in your language. 

3. Interviews: Candidates will be contacted to participate in a one-on-one interview with the Assistant Director and a role-play interview with current LCPs. Applicants that are successful will then be invited to complete an oral proficiency interview (OPI) with the Stanford Language Center.

4. Admission: Successful candidates will be informed in the middle of May and must complete hiring paperwork. If you are offered a position at the end of this process, you MUST return your hiring paperwork by the deadline on the offer letter.  If you miss the deadline, your offer will be rescinded. 

5Paperwork:  Refer to emails from the assistant director to learn about what documents you will need for completing your hire.

6. Training: New LCPs must attend one mandatory training day on Friday, September 25 from 5-8 PM (dinner provided). New LCPs do not enroll in VPTL 120, the 1 unit subject tutor training course in Autumn/Winter quarter.