English speaking and writing practice

We know that learning to navigate the classroom and a new cultural space in a language different from your home language takes time. At the Writing and Communication Centre, you can practice speaking and writing in English in a friendly and supportive environment, with feedback from communication experts. We have three different programs so that you can create a flexible schedule and work at your own pace.

English Conversation Circles

English Conversation Circles allow you to gather in small groups with English-speaking facilitators to practice conversation, learn about everyday Canadian culture and connect with other students. If you are a  visiting scholar or if you are a spouse of a UWaterloo student, you are also welcome to attend.

Classes include:

  • learning about idioms and Canadian slang
  • conversation techniques, small talk and introductions
  • small group discussions and pair work
  • lots of opportunity for student input and questions 

Each session of the Spring 2017 English Conversation Circles will run for five weeks. Classes are on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Session 1: May 16 - June 13
  • Session 2: June 20 - July 18

Conversation Cafés

Drop by to practice your speaking skills on any topic for any purpose. We’ll have coffee and tea available. Mondays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in room 219, South Campus Hall. Conversation cafes run from May 29 to July 31.

Writing Practice

Want practice writing in English? The Writing Practice program gives you the chance to read and write in English, and then get feedback from an instructor.

Writing Practice ends Wednesday, June 14.

Check back here in September to participate in the Writing Practice program. In the meantime, book an appointment or attend a drop-in at the Library if you'd like feedback on your writing.

Book an appointment
Communication Requirement (English Language Proficiency Requirement)
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