English Conversation Program

The English Conversation Program (ECP) is available in the Fall, Winter, and Summer terms, the main objective of the English Conversation Program is to enhance spoken English skills and to increase confidence in using conversational English.

*To continue to support the program, we will be hosting sessions in an online format. Groups will meet regularly on a weekly basis, however you will meet through Zoom. Details about your weekly meetings will be provided to you from your Facilitator in late May

Please check Western's COVID-19 website regularly for updates. We also encourage you to visit our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page for International Students.

Program Information

Program Structure

This program is offered to all Western students and members of Western's community for FREE!

English Conversation sessions last 2 hours, once per week, for 8 weeks each term. Participants are matched in groups of 4 - 10 people with 1 Facilitator.

English Conversation sessions are facilitated by trained student volunteers, called Facilitators, in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Facilitators 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:
  • Practice conversational English outside the formal classroom or work setting
  • Improve your English communication skills (speaking & listening)
  • Increase your confidence & comfort level when using English
  • Increase your knowledge of Canadian culture, customs, idiomatic expressions, etc.
  • Decrease your anxiety of speaking English in a group
  • Meet people from different areas of the university community
  • Enhance your intercultural understanding and social network
Some popular conversation topics & activities covered in sessions include:
  • Canadian Culture & History
  • Idioms & Canadian Expressions
  • Social Issues & Politics
  • Popular Culture, Entertainment & Media
  • Cultural Comparisons
  • English Grammar, Pronunciation & Vocabulary Expansion
  • Practice Presentations
  • Debates
  • Telephone Skills
  • Ordering at Restaurants & Cafes
  • Games

Students having a conversation




  1. Registration for the Summer 2022 term will start on May 2 and end on May 21, 2022.
  2. Confirmation of registration will be sent to participants at the end of May.
  3. Groups will begin in the last week of May and continue until the end of July. 

How to Register

Registration for the program is now closed. Please sign up to be placed on the waitlist. We cannot guarantee you will be placed. If there is an opening, we will consider those who signed up first. Thank you.


Waitlist Registration


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


Students are expected to attend their group each week. If you need to miss a week, inform your Conversation Facilitators 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.


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, Ext. 89309, iesc@uwo.ca .