The main objective of the English Conversation Program is to enhance spoken English Skills and to increase confidence in using conversational English.
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 their schedules.
English Conversation circles are facilitated by trained volunteers in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Circle Leaders may prepare conversation topics, activities, or games based on the interests of each participant.
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.).
The English Conversation Program provides you with the opportunity to:
You will have to complete a registration form and book a 10-minute appointment to speak with an IESC staff. The staff will discuss your language level with you in order to place you into a circle that will best suit your needs. The assessment appointment is not a test.
Register in the International and Exchange Student Centre.
Registrations are accepted in September for the Fall term (October to early December), January for the Winter term (February to early April), and in May for the Summer term (June to early August). There is a non-refundable $5 program registration fee each term.
Registration takes place Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:
SIGN UP EARLY! Demand is high and space is limited. Space is based on your availability and the availability of volunteers.
Here's what participants of our English Conversation Program had to say about what they have found to be most interesting and beneficial:
"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!"View other English Language Support Services.