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English Conversation and Communication

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;
  • pursue your goals;
  • self-regulate; and
  • make choices based on your own critical thinking.

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.

Semester-long commitment required.

Let's Talk! English Conversation Group

Tuesdays, September 17-November 26, 2019, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm in Bennett Library, Room 7200

Let's Talk! is a weekly workshop facilitated by volunteer peer educators. The goals are to provide an opportunity for students to practice their spoken English in a friendly group setting.  Although designed with international EAL students in mind, Let's Talk is open to all SFU students, both undergraduate and graduate. Interested faculty, including visiting professors, are also most welcome. Register online or drop in.

The Plurilingual Café

Thursdays, September 19-November 28, 2019, 12:30 pm-1:20 pm in West Mall Centre, Rm 1390

The Plurilingual Cafe 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. Register online or drop in.