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English Conversation Program

What is the English Conversation Program?

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 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.

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.).

What can I expect?

The English Conversation Program provides you with the opportunity to:

How do I register?

The registration period for the Summer 2018 term will begin in May.

Sessions will begin again in early June. Please check back here in May to begin the registration process. We will do our best to match you with a group at that time.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to email


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,

What other students say about ECP

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!"

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