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English Conversation Program

The English Conversation Program is designed to assist fluent speakers, such as degree-seeking international students, post-doctoral fellows, visiting researchers, and their spouses/partners in mastering spoken language, pronunciation and skills for daily communication. Student facilitators meet with participants weekly, for 8 weeks. Most meetings take place at the QUIC.

Space is limited and subject to availability.

Advanced confirmed registration is required for all meetings. 
The registration request form is available here.

There is more to support you in your learning:
The Speak Up Program with the SASS/QUIC is also available: please click here
Programs for students at the School of English can be viewed here.

The QUIC Conversation Program received the Queen’s University Human Rights Office Initiatives Award in recognition of its long-standing contributions to community building and support for international students.

photo of Queen's University student volunteers in the English Conversation Program session at the QUIC
group photo of English Conversation Program participants

Conversation Meeting Schedule: Fall 2022 

Thursdays, 5:30 pm at the QUIC workshop room.
Space is limited. Advanced registration is required.
Session 1 – Sept. 22: Introductions. How to introduce yourself to others effectively?
Session 2 – Sept. 29: What is your favourite sport and fitness activity? 
Session 3 – Oct. 6: What celebrations and holidays do you most enjoy?
Session 4 – Oct. 13: What do you want to know about Queen’s traditions?
Session 5 – Oct. 20: Tell me about your travels! Favourite Canadian destinations.
Session 6 – Oct 27: Let’s talk about education and schools, and your experience!
Session 7 – Nov. 3: Short presentations on topics of your interest.
Session 8 – Nov. 10: Let’s talk about Winter in Canada.  


Student Academic Success Services (SASS) has partnered with QUIC to offer writing workshops and appointments specifically designed for English as an Additional Language (EAL) students.

To explore the SASS services for English as Additional Language students visit https://sass.queensu.ca/eal/

Newcomers to Canada may utilize EAL training offered by local agencies, such as LINCLimestone Community Education, and resources at the Kingston KEYS Job Centre.  Social and conversation programs are periodically also offered by Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA). Please check directly with each agency to find out about eligibility, program availability, their schedule and other details.