English conversation: Practice and improve your conversational English with the Conversation Partners Program, Talk & Connect, and Conversation Groups

"Your ability to speak clearly is enhanced by reading (not listening) to books and by writing and journaling in complete sentences. Texting, voice dictation and audio books are wonderful but degrade articulation. Conversely, structured writing aids structured speech."

Dr. Andrew Huberman, Professor of Neurobiology and Ophthalmology at Stanford University.

About the English Conversation Partners Program

The Conversation Partners Program is an exciting opportunity for multilingual students to practice and improve their conversational English through semester-long partnerships with student volunteers.  These volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and are committed to helping you enhance your English skills.

Personalized support

Your EAL Peer Educator will provide personalized guidance and support tailored to your needs. Whether you want to work on pronunciation, expand your vocabulary, or boost your confidence in conversations, they will be there for you.

Improve your English proficiency in a friendly and inclusive environment

The program creates a friendly and inclusive environment where you can freely practice your English without fear of judgment. It's a space to make mistakes, learn, and grow. Additionally, through regular conversations with your peer educator, you will gain exposure to different perspectives, cultures, and experiences, enhancing your university journey.

Language growth and lasting connections

By participating in the Conversation Partners Program, you will improve your English proficiency while forming lasting connections and friendships with fellow students. It's an opportunity to expand your social network, explore diverse cultures, and create meaningful memories. Join the Conversation Partners Program today and embark on a rewarding journey towards fluency, confidence, and cultural exchange.


What students are saying about how they benefited from participating in the program

“I could improve my pronunciation and intonation a little bit because I had a chance to speak to a native English speaker.”

“I learned about the best practice for getting alone with people in Canada and at SFU.”

“I made new friends and had some social time weekly, which was really good for me during the pandemic.”

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record.

English practice sessions

Talk & Connect: Fall 2023

Come join our English practice sessions every Monday and Wednesday! 

Whether you want to engage in English conversations, refine your presentation skills, work on pronunciation, or simply connect with fellow students, we've got you covered. Regardless of your English proficiency level, our supportive environment is here to assist you. 

Don't hesitate – book a session today to enhance your English skills!

Drop-in times are also available! 

Mondays:  10:30-11:30am;  2:30-3:30pm

Wednesdays:  10:30-11:30am;  3:30-4:30pm



English conversation groups

Let's Talk Food! Fall 2023

We have food every day.

Something as mundane as food can spark interesting conversations. Let’s Talk Food! is a workshop in which we discuss and share our passion for food. Share with us your favourite dishes, ingredients, and cooking methods.Tell us how certain types of food give you that nostalgic feeling or remind you of a distant memory. Discuss why you do not like certain foods with your peers. You can also listen to your peers’ food-related stories. You may be convinced to try some new foods yourselves. Foods represent a part of our diverse cultures.Foods connect traditions with moderns. Foods transverse any borders.

Come and join Let’s Talk Food! to let food bring us all together.

Register here: Let’s Talk Food! 


Let's Talk Life!  (Not offered in Fall, 2023)

We believe everybody has a story to tell, life experiences that make you who you are. 

Let’s Talk Life! is a discussion-based workshop about sharing and learning how different situations contribute to our development.Daily occurrences that are just another day for you might be the perfect motivation for others Share a story yourself, learn how to put your experiences in front of the world, or just listen to your peers share their stories and learn from their experiences. 

Join us as we share and discuss how challenges can be turned into opportunities and every stone on your journey in life can be turned into a milestone.