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English Conversation


During COVID-19, Student Learning Commons services continue.
For the complete range, including consultations, support, workshops, handouts, and groups, see SLC services continue online.  


Thank you for your interest in the Student Learning Commons English Conversation Services. In light of SFU's move to online classes for the Summer 2020 term, we will offer our English Conversation Partners Program and Plurilingual Café in a virtual format using Zoom.


SFU Zoom account

To join a meeting, you will first need to create an SFU Zoom account. Details on how to create an SFU Zoom account can be found here.

Zoom Hardware and Software Requirements

You will need a computer or smart phone with a web camera and microphone as well as access to the Internet. Earphones are highly recommended to avoid sound problems while you are taking your turn to speak. You can add comments or ask questions by using the chat feature. For Plurilingual Café, your microphone will be muted, but you will be able to speak by pressing the space bar on your keyboard. If you are participating via a smart phone app, you can swipe the screen and the talk button should appear in the middle of the screen. 

If you would like to have a turn (i.e., ask a question or make a comment using the microphone), please press the "raise hand" icon (found under "Participants") and wait for the host to call on you. When the host calls on you, press the space bar on your keyboard to speak.  If your Internet connection is slow or unreliable, you may be able to improve the quality by turning off the video.

The Conversation Partners Program

The Conversation Partners Program is for English as an Additional Language (EAL) undergraduate and graduate Simon Fraser University students who wish to be paired with a student volunteer to practice and improve their conversational English. Peer Educators are a diverse group of students from a variety of linguistic, cultural, and disciple-specific backgrounds who are committed to helping you:

  • speak English more confidently;
  • improve the quality of your learning experiences at SFU;
  • feel better connected to the university community;
  • take control of your own learning

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.

Plurilingual Café

The Plurilingual Café is a weekly workshop facilitated by volunteer peer educators. The goals are to recognize and celebrate the rich plurality of EAL students everyday language practices and interactions. Tasks are designed to support student learning by fostering intercultural awareness among the participants, offering opportunities to learn more about each other’s languages and cultures, and by creating spaces for the use of languages other than English as tools for learning. This workshop is open to all SFU students, both undergraduate and graduate. Interested faculty, including visiting professors, are also most welcome.