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English Conversation Program

The English Conversation Program is designed to assist degree students, staff and their spouses/partners in improving cultural language awareness, and conversation and pronunciation skills. These services are free and provided mainly by VOLUNTEERS.

English Conversation Group

Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the QUIC.
Please note the new QUIC location in Mitchell Hall.

The Conversation Group meetings are intended to help degree students, int’l staff and their partners who wish to improve their English language skills. The sessions include group  activities and discussions. International students and staff (including spouses) are welcome to visit any group session. Formal registration is not required.

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 2009 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.

English Conversation Partners

Peer helpers are volunteers (Queen’s student leaders) who work with learners for approximately one hour per week, focusing on conversation in a cultural context. Peer helpers are not academic tutors or EAL teachers; they are friendly and competent in English language and cultural awareness.

This program is available, free of charge, to international students, researchers, scholars, postdoctoral fellows, students enrolled in degree programs and their spouses/partners.

Do you have a question? Please contact the program coordinator for more information.

Volunteer with the English Conversation Program