English speaking and writing practice

We know that learning to navigate the classroom and a new culture in a language different from your home language takes time. You can practice speaking and writing in English in a friendly and supportive on campus or online environment, with feedback from communication experts by joining the English Practice Community on LEARN. The English Practice Community is made up of English Conversation Circles, Conversation Café, and Writing Practice. Participate in one or more of these programs; they complement one another.

If you feel you don't have time to fully participate in the English Practice Community, feel free to access and use the material on LEARN on your own.

For the Spring term, the English Practice Community runs from May 15 to July 24. We focus on new topic each week.

English Conversation Circles

As a student, a visiting scholar, or the spouse of a UWaterloo student, you are welcome to attend English Conversation Circles. There you will gather in small groups to practice talking, learn about everyday Canadian culture, and connect with others, guided by experienced facilitators. We meet on Tuesday afternoons from 4 to 5. Bring a mug as we provide free coffee and tea.

Sign up for any or all of the conversation topics that interest you on WCONLINE.

Writing Practice

Want English writing experience that is not tied to classroom assignments or marks? The Writing Practice program gives you the chance to read about a weekly topic, write a short response, submit on the LEARN discussion boards at your own convenience, and then get feedback from an instructor.

Comments are given on Wednesdays at 11am – 12pm and Thursdays at 9am – 11am. Detailed feedback will be emailed to you.  

Conversation Café

No registration required. Just drop in to SCH 228F on Tuesdays from 5:15pm to 6:15pm to informally discuss about a range of topics, including ones you suggest, or get some help composing your comments on the LEARN discussion boards. We’ll have coffee and tea available, so remember to bring a mug.

Conversation Cafés run May 15 to July 24.

Book an appointment
Communication Requirement (English Language Proficiency Requirement)
Sign up for a workshop
Use our resources