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English Conversation Program & Summer Conversation Groups

English Conversation Program

Available in the Fall and Winter terms. The main objective of the English Conversation Program is to enhance spoken English Skills and to increase confidence in using conversational English.

Program Structure

English Conversation sessions last 2 hours, once per week, for 8 weeks each term. Circles are held at various locations on-campus. Participants are matched in circles of 4-9 people based on the session time they register for.

English Conversation circles are facilitated by trained volunteers in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Conversation Leaders may prepare conversation topics, activities, or games based on the interests of each participant.

Who can join?

Members of Western's community whose first language is not English can join (for example, registered international students, spouses, post-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars/researchers, etc.). Priority will be given to students.

What can I expect?

The English Conversation Program provides you with the opportunity to:

Attendance

Students are expected to attend their group each week. If you need to miss a week, inform your conversation leaders as soon as possible.  If you are no longer able to participate in the program please let ecp@uwo.ca know right away so that we can assign a person from the waiting list to take your place.

Timeline

  1. Registration will take place September 6 to 12, 2018 and January 7 to 11, 2018.
  2. Confirmation of registration will be sent to participants the week after registration ends.
  3. Groups will begin in October and February and end in early December and early April.

**Looking for English language support in the Summer? Register for a Summer Conversation Group in May!**

How do I register?

Visit this page to register online. The registration period for Fall will take place in early September and in early January for the Winter term.                                                                         

New participants are required to attend a welcome meeting with an ECP staff or volunteer in order to complete their registration. Drop-in welcome meetings take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday to Friday during the registration period.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to email ecp@uwo.ca.

 

What students have said about the English Conversation Program

"I love being involved in the relaxed and friendly setting which makes me feel more confident in speaking out. Also, the English Conversation Leader understands the feelings of our problems as a second language learner."

"The workshop is very useful for me. I have a lot of opportunities to practice spoken English. I have learned more idioms and expressions."

"I learned a lot of idioms in the program and I thought it was really beneficial. Idioms and certain phrases are really difficult for ESL students to pick up in daily conversations. I especially enjoyed the idioms involving food! I had a lot of fun! Debates and discussions about certain topics were really good. Through discussions, I learned about Canadian points of view and also about other cultures."

"I found that it is not only me who has problems adapting to Western society. I felt comfortable speaking with the Conversation Leader and other students. I really enjoyed the program."

"Informal, relaxed, helpful and personable instructor... the teaching materials...and we can ask to learn about what are of most interest to us."

"Our conversation workshop was interesting and helpful ... some terrific conversations!"

 

Summer Conversation Groups

Summer Conversation Groups will give you the opportunity to improve your English communication skills, meet new people, gain confidence when speaking in a group and learn more about Canadian culture and life at Western.

Program Structure

Students will be matched into a group facilitated by 1 or 2 Conversation Leaders who are specially trained student volunteers. The Conversation Groups meet once per week for 2 hours. During meeting times, Leaders will offer a variety of discussion topics and activities for participants. Group members are encouraged to ask questions and give suggestions about the content of each group to help leaders plan for future sessions. The Conversation Group meeting room will have separate tables to allow for smaller group conversations (6-10 people or less per table).

Popular Conversation Topics & Activities

Do you have a topic you would like to discuss? Suggestions are welcome!

Who can join?

For the Summer Conversation Group program, priority is given to international and exchange students registered at Western. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If there are additional spaces available, other members of Western’s international community (who have submitted a registration form online) may be able to participate. If spaces are not available, a waiting list will be created.

Special Events

There are many festivals and outdoor activities during the summer months in London. Depending on the day and time of your Conversation Group, your Leaders may have the opportunity to arrange an off-campus meeting.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend their sessions each week. If you need to miss a week, please inform your Conversation Leaders as soon as possible. If you are no longer able to participate in the program, please email ecp@uwo.ca and let the coordinator know right away. It is important to do so, because we can then assign a person from the waiting list to take your place.

Timeline

  1. Registration will take place from May 9 to 18, 2018.
  2. Confirmation of registration will be sent to new participants the week of May 22, 2018.
  3. Conversation Groups will begin the week of May 28, 2018 and continue until the last week in July, 2018.

**Looking for English Language Support in the Fall/Winter? Join the English Conversation Program!**

How do I register?

For Summer 2018, there are 4 group options from which to choose. Register for as many groups that fit your schedule and would like to attend. If there is space, you may have the opportunity to attend more than one group.

Visit this page from May 9 to 18, 2018 to register for a Summer Conversation Group.

New participants are required to attend a welcome meeting with an ECP (English Conversation Program) staff or volunteer assistant in order to complete their registration. Drop-in welcome meetings take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday to Friday during the registration period.

[A list of the days and times will be listed here once available]

Completing the online registration form does not guarantee you a space in the program. After the registration period ends, we will finalize who will be assigned to each group and participants will be notified. If there are not enough spaces in the program for everyone who registers, we will notify those who have not been matched. A waiting list will be created.

Waiting List

If the registration period has ended, please register for the waiting list here.

 

Additional Information

Other English Language Support

Click here if you would like to view other English Language Support Services.

How can I become an English Conversation Leader?

Click here to find out more information regarding English Conversation Leaders.

Accessibility

Western is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Please contact us in advance if you have any particular accommodation requirements.  – IESC Staff, 519-661-2111 ex 89309, iesc@uwo.ca.