Conversational English – Be A Tutor!

COVID-19 Response

For current tutors and tutees:

  • We are moving this program online
  • Please check your email regarding how this program will be moving forward
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our coordinators at

Tutors and tutees MUST not participate in face-to-face contact for any reason. We will be mentioning tutoring alternatives in the emails you receive.

Stay safe!

The Conversational English (CE) program matches students and affiliates eager to improve their English skills with volunteer students for conversation-based tutoring. This program is ideal for those passionate about learning about language, culture, and international issues from their peers. Participants will meet in groups of two to four for two hours each week. As a group, you decide when and where to meet. Show your partners your favorite restaurants, get coffee before a Sunday study session, or walk along Lake Mendota!

The world is your classroom and you are your own teachers!


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Tutor Information

If you are a fluent English speaker and enjoy:

  • Making new friends
  • Learning about cultures across the world
  • Being an essential service for students on campus
  • Helping shape a supportive campus community

Then joining the Conversational English program is a perfect fit for you!

As a tutor, you will be matched with a small group of students and/or UW affiliates. Once we have matched you, you will receive an email with your partner’s names and contact information, as well as suggested meeting times. From there, it’s up to you and your group to decide when and where to meet. Please meet in public, safe spaces.

At your group meetings, it is your responsibility to facilitate conversations that are both inclusive and challenging. To ensure you are ready to lead a diverse group of individuals in a casual learning environment, we require tutors to attend a short training session. At tutor training, you will meet with our CE coordinators and receive a handbook with additional information.

If you ever need help, have questions, concerns, complaints, or good news, feel free to stop by or reach out to us at the GUTS office. The GUTS Conversational English staff can be reached directly by emailing We look forward to hearing from you!

Tutor Registration Form

This program is closed for registration for the rest of the Spring 2020 Semester.

Please check again at the beginning of the Fall 2020 Semester!

You may fill out this Google Form to apply to become a tutor. Conversational English Spring 2019 Tutor Registration will officially open January 15th, 2019. Please DO NOT register more than once. If you want to know whether your response was received, please reach out to us via email. Filling out the form more than once DOES NOT give you a higher chance of being matched.

Allison Garbacz

Conversational English

Program Coordinator

Connie Wang

Conversational English

Program Coordinator