Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE) Department of English

Language Partner Program

The Language Partner Program (LPP) is designed to support the curriculum of the ENGL 110 and ENGL 111 classes. The LPP provides students from diverse backgrounds a structured way to engage in cultural integration activities. You'll complete several course-based activities outside of class with your partners.

The LPP was developed in 2014 with the Chinese Language Program. While PLaCE and the Chinese Language Program continue to form the core of the LPP, PLaCE has sought to integrate students from several other programs, including American Studies, Introductory Composition at Purdue (ICaP), the Writing Lab, and International Programs (especially Study Abroad and MIX).

To date, around 1,000 students have participated in the LPP, and student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Participating in the LPP is a highlight for many students. The following excerpt from a student reflection essay epitomizes the positive learning experiences made possible by the LPP:

"I believe that it taught me something very important that I have forgotten for a long time. The reason I came to Purdue was not just about studying or getting grades. It was also establishing a relationship that I would've never achieved when I was just sitting at home. International relationship or friendship experience is something so valuable that it could not be bought or sold, no matter how much you pay for it. Knowing and understanding cultural differences becomes your strength, knowledge, even an identity that defines the kind of person you become."

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