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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.

International students, register here: https://queensu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1TcLsK2dopnR8J8

There is more to support you in your learning:
Come to a ‘Speak Up‘ academic presentation skills lab, to a ‘Write It’ session on Zoom, or to the ‘Write Now with SASS‘ in person advising!
For other workshops and appointments with the SASS team please click here. For programs for students at the School of English please click here.

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: Winter 2023 

Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the QUIC workshop room.
Advanced registration is required.
Session 1 – January 12: Introductions. How do I introduce myself to others effectively?
Session 2 – January 19: What is your favourite sport and fitness activity? 
Session 3 – January 26: All about Winter, sports and keeping well.
Session 4 – February 2: What do you want to know about Queen’s traditions and student life? We are also chatting about ‘food’ today.
Session 5 – February 9: Tell me about your travels! Favourite Canadian destinations.
Session 6 – February 16: Climate Change discussion. Your plans for reading week and the spring.
Session 7 – March 2: Let’s talk about student life.
Session 8 – March 9: Topic of choice (participant poll results).  Plus Spring Celebrations that interest you.

Student Academic Success Services (SASS) has partnered with QUIC to offer academic writing and speaking workshops (in-person and online workshops) and appointments specifically designed for multilingual, English as an Additional Language (EAL) students.



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.