English Conversation Group

Despite what the program name implies, the English Conversation Group (ECG) is not all talk. It is also fun, friendship and learning. Newcomers to Canada – immigrants, refugee claimants, and visiting students, anyone who needs help to improve their English conversation skills, finds it at the Wednesday evening conversation drop-in at 88 Main Street (7 to 8:30 pm). The student (newcomer) participates in one-on-one conversation with an English-speaking volunteer. No lessons, no homework, no exams, just everyday conversation and invaluable practice for the student. How is this fun? Ask the participating students and volunteers. They just seem to enjoy themselves. There is tea, coffee and cookies, which help keep things relaxed and informal. Friendship? It just happens. As for learning – it flows both ways in these conversational encounters. The student gains confidence in speaking an unfamiliar language and the volunteer gets to know and welcome people from all parts of the world and develops a better understanding of their cultures and customs.

I am an immigrant, and almost every week I sit in conversation with newcomers to Canada – fellow immigrants, refugees, students, teachers, anyone new to our city who has a need to improve her or his English-speaking ability. I like being part of this, helping a newcomer make progress in conversational English in order to become better equipped to participate more fully in the community. I like it too, because the ever-changing conversations give me a unique opportunity to learn about other countries and their cultures.” – Participant

With little bridges of conversation the English Conversation Group speaks welcome, fosters understanding and brings the diverse communities within our community a little closer together.

 

Time commitment:

The group meets for conversation every Wednesday evening for 1.5 hours. Weekly attendance by volunteers is not mandatory.

Skills/Qualities:

A decent command of English and a friendly disposition

Training:  None required

Contact:  Michael Richard             613-744-2429     michaelrichard2008@hotmail.com

Sessions run from September through the end of June.