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Cross Cultural Partners

Success Stories

pair 3The success of CCP is a result of the personal relationships created through cross-cultural partnerships. When students meet with their partners during informal meetings, the conversations about family, music, campus life--or whatever topic they choose--promote understanding and friendships.

For many ESL students, these partnerships are their first experience with native English speaking individuals. As a result of their participation in CCP, ESL partners report improved self-confidence, better retention, and increased academic success.


Currently, more than 30 different languages are represented in CCP. The community college experience at De Anza is enhanced by such diversity, as the quotes below reveal.


Testimonial from ESL Students:

I have never participated in CCP since this quarter. I am happy to finally participate in this program. I have never try to speak too much in class because sometimes I try to respect it. I like to talk and I just had a few times to do it. I like this program because you have the opportunity to met new people and talk about different topics. I have no trouble to start a conversation with a person that I do not know. Then, my experience was good and I enjoy the time that I spend with my partner Betty. We talked about our hobbies, what we like and what we do not like, about our classes and our future classes. That was awesome to talk with new people and know each other. Definitely I can do it again! Thank you CCP for all your work and the opportunity given to the students to met new people. :)

- Mariela, Mexico
ESL 273 (Fall 2017)


"My partner who is from Taiwan is a very nice person. We did not have any difficulty while we were planning to our meeting schedule. Our class schedule was matched perfectly. My CCP experience was effective for my speaking. Now I am feeling myself more comfortable when I talk with people. Actually I do not have any chance to speak with people because all of my friends are from my home country. Thanks to CCP I gained some new friends from different parts of the world which is one of the most valuable benefit that I had from De Anza College. I like communicating with other people, and much of my life consists of me with my friends but In the United States because of my poor speaking most of time I felt myself insufficient. After CCP I am open to meet new people with no prejudice. I will try to find new friends because I know communicating with people is a good way to become social and comfortable around people. This is the best way to improve speaking and being more socialized."

- Tugba Kuzu, Turkey
ESL 252 (Winter 2016)


"My partner is a pretty good guy. He is also the president of the ccp club. He is so responsible. We have talked together even more 5 times. What we were talking about was about music ,movie and something like that. We both like kpop. By the way, because of his influence, I joined in the ccp club. I went to its meeting every Friday, and I am now the secretary of the club. And when we made an appointment, we would just walk around the college and Kevin introduced a lot about the college that made me know deeply about the college. Sometimes we just sat the chair or stair to chat. When I was the officer, we talked about the club like how to make the club much better. In short, I had a good time with CCP."

- Jun Yang, China
ESL 252 (Winter 2016)


"I love this program so much! Thanks to all of you who support this program for us international students, I had an amazingly enjoyable time with my CCP partner. Without your help, I wouldn't have any American friends. I really appreciate you giving us such an amazing opportunity to get to know American friends! This program not only helped me improve my English, but also motivated me to keep studying English hard! Please keep this wonderful program!"

- Risako Numamoto, Japan
 (Fall 2014)


CCP is really a good program to English learners, especially to the ESL students. This was my second time to participate the program, and I had to say it was really great. During the participation, I got the chance to communicate with the native speakers comfortably, and more important I learnt a lot about America and improved my oral English. Peyton was really a great partner, and we had a great time during this quarter. We covered many topics, like food, traveling, education. Since we had totally different cultural background and personal experience, we learnt a lot from each other. Thanks again for all the supports from CCP program."
- Shengjian Li, China
 (Fall 2014) 

Thuy Chu

" I can talk to my partner comfortably. My English speaking skill has improved. After a few times we met, I feel more confident to speak English with other native English speakers at De Anza College. Furthermore, I have learned something interesting about Malaysian culture. Thank you CCP for everything."
- Thuy Chu, Vietnam
ESL 251 (Winter 2012)





"CCP's value to me is "wonderful opportunity to learn English and also know different culture".First time, I joined in this program to get extra credits for my ESL class. However, this program is more worthwhile than just for class credits. It could be a part of learning and an opportunity to make new friend. I had an amazing partner and he is my close friend now. I am happy to know him."

- Chika Sato, Japan
ESL 261 (Winter 2012)


A CCP student

"My biggest misconception of America that [it] is a country ruled by white man has changed forever because of the CCP Program. I learned that America is a big giant machine. Each part represents every country in the world and without one, it wouldn't work."

- Laurence Pascual
ESL 161 (Spring 2002)






"Through this partner program, I learned that I had some stereotypes about American teenagers. Erika is not like the American teenager that I imagined. Just as there are a lot of different people in Japan, there are various people in the United States. To be frank, I didn't like American teenagers very much. I thought I cannot make American friends and I didn't want any either. However, now I changed my mind that I probably can make American friends. This was a big change. I thank to this program."

- Wako Takahashi, Japan
ESL 151 (Fall 2001)

Testimonial from English-Speaking Partners:
CCP Partners eating at an event.

"I feel very grateful to have a chance to participate in this program. As an English tutor, I feel the responsibility to help others with English and learn from the process. And this is a great program that make this studying process more interesting. And also, I am really glad to have Mitra, my CCP partner, as my friend and I really enjoy sharing each other' culture."

- Tianhua Zang, China
Student Volunteer (Winter 2012)


"What is natural for me does not come so easily for those people struggling to come to terms with a new language, especially one as difficult as English. I can see that it would be quite a barrier to being able to participate in American society were someone not able to speak the dominant language."

-Andrew Tichiner
Political Science student (Spring 2002)


"We had great conversations and learned a lot about each other. I found it amazing that even though there was an age difference and a complete difference in cultures that we still had things in common. There were times when it seemed like our conversations were cut short and we didn't have enough time to finish. I think this program has been a wonderful learning experience and I would love to continue talking with her even after the end of this quarter."

-Mandi Mack
Speech student (Winter 2003)

Cross Cultural Partners
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Last Updated: 2/22/18