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English Conversation Program

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 program will run again in September.

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 to celebrating Lunar 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.

Student Academic Success Services (SASS) has partnered with the QUIC to offer English Academic Writing Support ‘Write Night’ workshops on Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the QUIC.
SASS offers English as Additional Language Support, academic skills and writing resources; appointments and workshops are available; SASS is located in Stauffer Library.

Newcomers to Canada may utilize ESL training offered by local agencies, such as LINC, Limestone 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.