English Language Support
The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) has two services in this program, designed to assist degree students, staff and their partners in improving conversation and pronunciation skills. These services are free and provided by volunteers.
Individuals who require formal English language training should contact the Queen’s University School of English.
English Conversation Group
Our award-winning English Conversation Group meets every Thursday, 5 – 6:30 pm at the International Centre.
The Group is intended to help degree students, workers and their partners who wish to improve their English grammar and pronunciation. Generally, the sessions include a group activity as well as small group discussions with volunteers. Students and staff (including spouses) are welcome to visit any group session at the QUIC any Thursday. Sign up is not required.
Here is what the Group facilitators have recently told us:
The Group received the 2009 Queen’s University Human Rights Office Initiatives Award in recognition of its long-standing contributions to community building and support for international students.
ELS One-on-One Assistance
Participants need to fill out the English Language Buddy Request and submit at the QUIC. Volunteers (Queen’s students) work with learners for approximately one hour per week, focusing on conversation. Volunteers are not academic tutors or teachers, but they are friendly and competent in the English language. The individual assistance program runs mostly between September and April each year.
This program is available, free of charge, to researchers, scholars, postdoctoral fellows, students enrolled in degree programs and their families.
If you are interested in practicing your English with a volunteer, please complete and submit:
Do you have a question? Contact the program coordinator for more information.