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English Conversation Program

The English Conversation Program is designed to assist international students, post-doctoral fellows, staff and their spouses/partners in mastering spoken language, pronunciation and skills for daily communication. Student facilitators meet with participants each week either in person (at the QUIC, on campus) or online on Zoom.

The Spring program started on May 5, 2022. Advanced registration is required – we are now accepting registration to a waitlist until May 16 – international participants, please register HERE

Questions? QUIC@queensu.ca

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 for Spring 2022 

Thursdays, 5:30 pm at the QUIC workshop room. 
Session 1 – May 5: Introductions. How to introduce yourself to others effectively?
Session 2 – May 12: What is your favourite sport and fitness activity? 
Session 3 – May 19: What celebrations and holidays do you most enjoy?
Session 4 – May 26: What do you want to know about Queen’s traditions?
Session 5 – June 2: Tell me about your travels! Favourite Canadian destinations.
Session 6 – June 9: Short presentations on topics of your interest.
Session 7 – June 16: Let’s talk about education and schools, and your experience!
Session 8 – June 23: Games and presentations. 
If you need to meet online let us know in advance upon registration. 


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.