The mission of the Volunteer English Tutoring Program (VETP) is to provide free English conversation practice for Michigan State University's international students and scholars and their adult family members through conversation classes and conversation partners. VETP classes provide a friendly and relaxed learning environment in which participants can try out their oral English and practice their listening skills. VETP is part of Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP), a 501 (c) (3) organization.
Classes are held at different days and times during the week. See the schedule, below, and choose a time that fits your needs. Please contact the specific tutors of your choice before attending to make sure the tutor is not on vacation. Please contact your tutor if you will be absent or wish to discontinue attending the tutoring session.
A limited number of conversation partners are available for one-on-one conversation practice. You will meet with your conversation partner once a week for conversation, friendship and cultural exchange.
If you would like a conversation partner, please fill out the student application here. The VETP Director will email you back with more information.
Are you interested in becoming a tutor and being a conversation partner for an international student? Volunteer tutors act as conversation and discussion leaders in small groups ("classes") or one-on-one. Tutors act as guides to the language and culture of the U.S. You do not need to work through a textbook or assign homework. The VETP Director can give you ideas for topics to discuss or you can ask the students what they'd like to discuss. In the process, you will be modeling correct, naturally spoken English, and giving the student a chance to experience an authentic language exchange. For more information, contact Mary Hennessey at email@example.com
Or you can apply online here: VETP Tutor Application
VETP Fall 2015 Schedule of Classes
Most classes begin the week of August 31, 2015. Email the tutor to verify the first day of class.
|You may attend as many classes as you wish but please contact tutor before attending, as they may be on vacation. If you have any questions, please e-mail VETP at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Monday||10:30 a.m.- 12:00 noon||Ms. Jessicaemail@example.com||307 International Center, campus||
Focus on making conversational English flow naturally; American culture. No Class on Sept. 7
|1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.||Dr. Winderfirstname.lastname@example.org||307 International Center, campus||
Conversations about American culture and news, use of idioms and vocabulary. Class begins September 14.
|Tuesday||10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.||Mr. Tobeyemail@example.com||307 International Center, campus||Conversation, pronunciation, idioms, vocabulary... and whatever the students ask for! No class on Oct. 8 and Nov. 17.|
|Wednesday||10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.||Dr. Wolfefirstname.lastname@example.org||307 International Center, campus||
Conversations on food, music, cartoons, movies and other topics.
|12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.||Reserved – conservation partners||307 International Center, campus|
|5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.||Ms. Carpenteremail@example.com||307 International Center, campus||
Email tutor to see if there is room in the class. Discussion, vocabulary, pronunciation.
|Thursday||1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.||Mr. Almerfirstname.lastname@example.org||307 International Center, campus||
Conversation, idioms, read and discuss current news items. No class Oct. 22, Oct. 29 or Nov. 5
|4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.||Dr. Spenceremail@example.com||307 International Center, campus||
Conversations about adapting to life in America. No class Sept. 10, Sept. 17, or Oct. 15.
|Friday||1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.||Mr. McCarthyfirstname.lastname@example.org||307 International Center, campus||Discussion-based class covering current events, culture, and student questions. Although grammar will not be central, linguistic explanations will be provided when applicable. Begins Sept. 25|
|4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.||Join us for conversations at the OISS Coffee Hour!||McDonel Hall, Lower level||Begins Sept. 4|
|Sunday||6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.||Ms. Bungardemail@example.com||First Assembly of God of Greater Lansing, 2717 West Rd., E. Lansing, MI 48823.||Begins Sept. 27. Conversational speaking and listening, American culture and holidays, some reading and writing.|
Revised October 21, 2015
- Office Address
- Volunteer English Tutoring Program (VETP)
- Michigan State University
- International Center
- 427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 310A
- East Lansing, MI 48824
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 517-432-8243