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English Conversation Program

The English Conversation Program is designed to assist international students, post-docs, staff and their spouses in improving spoken language, pronunciation and conversation skills. Student VOLUNTEERS meet with participants each week at the QUIC.

The English Conversation Group meets every Thursday at 5:30 pm.


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Our topics range from the sublime and serious to the ridiculous and humorous. No matter what the theme, everyone laughs and enjoys themselves. In the past themes have ranged from staging mock debates in election years, to celebrating Chinese New Year by finding your perfect match according to the Chinese horoscope. We’ve discussed homesickness and culture shock, gotten dressed up for Halloween, designed vacations for those wanting to flee winter. We love to have suggestions from our participants and are happy to design our sessions around them. With each topic we include a few related idioms, occasionally a pronunciation point and new expressions.

The QUIC Conversation Group 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.

Queen’s University offers additional ESL/EAL English as Additional Language support (writing skills, reading, pronunciation, study skills, and more) at Student Academic Success Services (SASS) in Stauffer Library.

Note: Individuals who require formal, academic English language training should contact  Queen’s University School of English.  Newcomers to Canada can utilize ESL training offered by local agencies, such as LINC, Limestone Community Education, and KEYS.  Social and conversation programs are periodically also offered by Kingston Immigrant Services. Please check directly with each agency to find out about eligibility, what program is currently available, their schedule and other details.

Volunteer with the English Conversation Program