One-on-One Conversation Partners

The following information is provided as a courtesy of the American Language Institute (ALI). The ALI is not responsible for any agreements or arrangements made between students and Conversation Partners. 

The list below provides the names and contact information of USC students who are available for one-on-one conversation partner sessions. These meetings give international students the opportunity to practice their oral skills one-on-one with a native English speaker. 

If you are an international student interested in hiring a Conversation Partner, you may directly contact the student(s) of your choice from the following list and set up a meeting time that fits your schedule. The meetings will be held on the UPC campus. Please note that the One-on-One Conversation Partner Program is meant to be used as an educational resource and that only persons associated with USC may utilize this service.

The mandatory cost for these private sessions is $10 per hour (60 minutes) and is non-negotiable. The ALI does not receive any portion of these payments; all business is between the partnering students.

The ALI does not schedule, monitor, or take responsibility for the quality or management of these personal extra-curricular sessions. The department does, however, welcome feedback from participating students. Comments and/or suggestions can be entered in the box at the bottom of the page or emailed to Shelly Hacco at 

Joseph Chan

Joseph is a first-year graduate student at Rossier School of Education; he is pursuing a Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs. He grew up in Cerritos, CA and has a background of academic advising, counseling, tutoring, research, and assessment. In the summer of 2013, Joseph taught English to university students in China, an experience that gave him the opportunity to understand different cultural dynamics and construct a curriculum that was both engaging and fun. Joseph serves on Rossier Student Organization, his department's graduate student government branch. He is also a graduate intern at the Career Center and is a fieldwork intern at Asian Pacific American Student Services. He likes to stay involved in the academic community, but also is able to find time to mentor and develop those who may be unaware of the vast resources USC provides. Joseph is looking forward to meeting all the new faces this year!

Katherine Chang

Katherine is a Junior majoring in Music Industry and minoring in Korean Studies. She was born in Taiwan and moved to New Jersey when she was three, then moved again to Taiwan during her Sophomore year of high school, so she understands the difficulties of getting used to a new culture! She loves to travel and has traveled to over 10 countries in the past few years. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, cooking, and listening to music. Katherine has also interned at many companies in different fields such as Marketing, Education, and Music. Katherine loves learning about new cultures and meeting new people, so don’t be shy and contact her!

Linda Chow

Linda is a native Southern Californian, born and raised in Los Angeles (only 15 minutes away from USC!). She is senior majoring in Policy, Planning and Development with a focus in health management. During her free time, Linda enjoys exploring Los Angeles and other neighboring areas, watching movies, and being outdoors. She loves meeting new students and learning about different cultures. She is very excited to meet you!

Zach Clouse

Zach, a senior from small town Missouri, majors in International Relations with a minor in Slavic Language and Literature (Russian) and East Asian Language and Culture (Mandarin). He enjoys meeting new people and sharing different experiences, and can definitely identify with the difficulties of learning another language. He especially likes reading Sci-Fi novels, exploring different places, and cultural exchanges, so feel free to contact him for an interesting conversation!

Maggie Deagon

Maggie is a sophomore pursuing a double major in Spanish and Social Sciences (with an emphasis in Psychology) and a minor in Korean Studies. Since she was born and raised in Los Angeles, she has been exposed to many cultures, and she developed a strong interest in learning more about the world around her and the people it holds. Last summer, she traveled to Korea with the Global East Asia program and fell in love with the culture (and the food). Her hobbies include running, reading, watching movies, cooking/baking, and writing. She is eager to travel more, learn more languages, and make more friends from around the world. She loves to try new things—especially new foods—and looks forward to learning more about you!

Nicolas Doyle

Nick is a graduate student in the MAT TESOL program here at USC. He comes all the way  from New York and loves the diversity, weather, and food in Los Angeles. He has taught English in Madrid and has 2 years of experience teaching English to adults and PhD students in Northwest Ohio. He was worked with students of many different age levels, backgrounds, and levels of English. He speaks fluent Spanish and conversational French. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Spanish and Psychology. He loves pop culture, drinking coffee, making friends, studying languages, and meeting new people.

Jocelyn Eng

Jocelyn is a junior year from Seattle, WA studying Computer Science and Business Administration. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, running, and eating. Jocelyn has experienced a variety of American cultures, from her studies in Boston to summers working in Honolulu. She loves any chance to meet to new people and looks forward to sharing experiences and helping you improve your English!

Jasmine Espindola

Jasmine is currently a sophomore and plans to pursue an engineering major. As a San Diego native, she loves going to the beach frequently, going out for long walks, and enjoys watching sunsets. She is very eager to get to know LA more and plans on exploring the different aspects of it and making it her home. She is fluent in Spanish and is currently learning Portuguese and plans to study abroad in Brazil. She enjoys reading, listening to new different types of music, and doing arts and crafts. She also loves to cook and likes playing basketball. She is very excited to get to meet you and hopes to help you have an amazing year in whatever way she can.

Patricia Flanagan

Patricia is a freshman at USC majoring in psychology. She grew up in the small town of Kimberling City, Missouri and was first exposed to a lot of cultural diversity when she moved to the nearby city of Springfield for high school. She loves learning about other cultures and discussing cultural differences. She sings in the Oriana Choir and wants to use her free time this semester to find some fun things to do around L.A.  She enjoys one on one conversation and is excited to get to know some new people. She has a flexible schedule and a friendly personality, so don't hesitate to contact her.

Zaki Khan

Zaki Khan is a Junior studying Business Administration at the Marshall School of Business. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and wouldn’t have it any other way. He is a soccer fanatic but also loves following the NBA, NHL, and various college sports. He is the current president of Kicks for Kids at USC, but in his free time, Zaki likes taking spontaneous drives through the mountains or along the coast, listening to new music, exploring LA food culture, and hanging out with friends. He loves meeting new people so please drop by my sessions and say what's up!

Shalea Klepner

Shalea is a senior majoring in Cinematic Arts Critical Studies, with a Korea studies minor. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is delighted to know so many people from across America and the world at USC! In her free time, she enjoys baking cupcakes, listening and dancing to music, improv acting, and eating delicious food. She enjoys meeting and talking with new people and is happy to make even more friends!

Skye Kriger

Skye is a Junior studying Human Biology from Los Angeles, California. She is fluent in Japanese and lived in Japan for three years during her childhood, and also took 4 years of Chinese in high school. She loves the ocean, is on the club rowing team at USC, and is also passionate about food and different cuisines from around the world. She loves sports and working out and can often be found at the Lyon Center. She hopes to find a career in Physical Therapy or Athletic Medicine. Skye loves meeting people from all different backgrounds and talking about culture. She is very excited to meet you!

Victoria Martinez

Victoria is a freshman at USC, majoring in Biological Sciences so that she may pursue a medical career as a pediatrician. She is from Orange County and loves exploring all the events throughout LA. She loves playing soccer, going to concerts, meeting new people, and is always up for an adventure. Victoria has enjoyed being a surf instructor, volunteering with children in Baja California, and interning in a veterinary office throughout high school. She is excited to join plenty of clubs in college as well as meet new people and learn about their cultures, so feel free to contact her!

Audrey Moore

Audrey is a second-year student excited to be studying International Relations (Global Business) for her major and Spanish as a minor.  She has traveled to 20 countries outside the U.S., and is an avid language-learner.  In her free time, she loves to listen to music, take/edit digital photography, or go on boba runs!  Milkshake runs at GroundZero are just as awesome!  She has experience working with students in ESL programs from her high school, and has had a blast learning cultural tips from her international friends here at USC. Having lived abroad for three years herself, she completely understands how difficult immersion in a new language and culture can be; but, she also knows how exciting this new adventure at USC can be, and is ready to help students take this challenge head on!  So feel free to contact her, she is excited to meet you!

Dominique Murdock

Dominique Murdock is a first year grad student with the Rossier School of Education studying Teaching English to Second Language Speakers. Dominique is a native of Detroit, Michigan but has recently decided the west coast can adopt her. She has an overwhelming passion for humanity, and hopes one day to impose tolerance on the world.  Just last year, Dominique was a 3.7 student at Howard University in Washington, DC where her exposure and interaction with the global society was stimulated. As a Gates Scholar, Dominique has had the privilege of volunteering with peers from all over the world. She is a lover of travel, language, and culture and aspires one day to write a novel curtailing her journeys. Murdock, as her friends like to call her, is a lover of life and an advocate for vitality. She would absolutely adore the chance to be your English buddy and hopes that you are excited about meeting her too!

Anna Ngo

Anna Ngo is a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering (Petroleum). She is from Houston, Texas but is loving the Los Angeles atmosphere. She has been dancing and playing basketball since she was five years old. However, she loves all sports and enjoys cooking and exploring. The one thing she loves the most is engaging herself in new cultures and experiencing new things. Therefore, don't be afraid to stop by to introduce yourself!

Meghna Rajeev

Megs, or Meghna, moved to the US from Saudi Arabia two years ago and loves USC! She's a junior studying Business Administration and Communication Design. In her free time, she writes, goes to movies with her friends, and explores LA because it's such a vibrant city with so much to do. She's always been passionate about English, and she'd love to help you out, even if it's just for a chat! She loves teaching and meeting new people, so feel free to contact her :)

Laurie Sample

Laurie is a graduate student majoring in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She is originally from London, but has spent most of her life as an expat, and has lived in thirteen countries including South Africa, Japan and Colombia. Her major passion in life is travelling. She has visited 54 countries to date, although her goal is to reach 100! She is a dedicated foodie and loves international cuisine. She loves hiking and plans to climb Mt. Whitney before graduation. She has been a teacher since 2008 and says that the best part of her job is getting to chat with interesting people from different backgrounds.

John Schutte

John Schutte is an undergrad graduate who is on staff with the University Religious Center. He is from Tipton, an unknown town in the middle of Missouri. Needless to say, he has found his LA life exciting thus far. John enjoys traveling and new cultures. He has lived for 3 months in Thailand and one month in Kyrgyzstan. His interests also include reading, basketball, and spending time with friends. John is a follower of Christ who is passionate about his work with Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at USC. He is excited and dedicated to serving international students through conversational English interaction.

Brandon Shelley

Brandon Shelley is an Air Force ROTC cadet studying Neuroscience. He was born in Japan but grew up in Huntington Beach California. Brandon is a very spontaneous person and even his closest friends cannot predict where in the world he will end up next. He loves traveling and has visited over 10 different countries and lived in 3 of them. Brandon's many hobbies include surfing, SCUBA diving, dirt biking, snowboarding, and pretty much any activity under the sun. He has friends from all over the world and cannot wait to make more!

Angela Shen

Angela is a sophomore from Albuquerque, New Mexico majoring in communication. She loves traveling and learning about different cultures. She enjoys dance, watching movies, and exploring LA. Angela is always willing to meet new people and try new things!

Samantha Smith

Samantha is a Senior from New Jersey; majoring in Business and minoring in Japanese. She has a large amount of experience teaching English! In her free time, Samantha enjoys hanging out with friends, going out to eat, and listening to music. She has interned at a non-profit organization in Japan this past summer, where she worked with interns from 24 different countries, so she has some insight on dealing with new cultures. Samantha loves learning new things and enjoys meeting new people!

Alexa Spatidol

Alexa is a junior majoring in Art with a concentration in Design. She is from New Jersey but is enjoying her time on the beautiful west coast. In her free time she loves to draw, try new foods, and run! She's currently training for her first marathon,the LA marathon in March. Alexa is excited to meet new people and learn all about different cultures.

Christine Xu

Christine is a senior, born in Los Angeles and raised in Arcadia, currently majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology.  She has a great love for reading, exploring the city, trying new foods, and meeting people from all walks of life. One of her most memorable experiences was an engineering elective she took in spring 2013—every Thursday she was in a global classroom of students from the U.S., China, Korea, Germany, and Israel. They worked together on innovation-based projects through webconferencing and got the chance to meet each other in person at their final project presentation in Korea—not a bad way to spend a semester, if you ask her. Christine is very much looking forward to meeting you as a Conversation Partner and is more than happy to show you around LA and try new foods while helping you with your English!

Susan Yang

Susan is a current senior at USC double majoring in International Relations and East Asian Area Studies, and minoring in business. She was born in Seoul, Korea, but raised mainly in Rancho Cucamonga, California. She speaks fluent Korean and is currently learning Mandarin. She also works at the American Language Institute as an undergraduate student consultant to help international teaching assistants improve their teaching and language skills. She enjoys working with and talking to international students, and hopes to study abroad in some of their native countries. In her free time, Susan enjoys online shopping, painting, and watching TV.


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