Are you a multilingual graduate student looking for a drop-in space to have informal conversations in English?

The English Conversation Communities for Grads (ECCG) gives graduate students a chance to practice speaking English in a friendly group environment. These groups are led by volunteer graduate students who are welcoming and supportive to hear your ideas.

Chat about Toronto slang and idioms, meeting new people, campus life, and other fun topics in a pressure-free environment. No registration required!

Note: ECCG has replaced CIE's former English Communication Program (ECP).

 

New! ECCG Facebook Group

Join our Facebook group to learn more about the graduate student facilitators, receive weekly updates on the sessions and share your most useful Toronto language tips.

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Eligibility

If you are a graduate student (degree or exchange) and English is an additional language for you, we encourage you to join the ECCG community. There will also be one hub for postdoctoral fellows.

You can also check out these helpful English language tips.

Schedule – Fall 2019 Semester

Mondays:

For all Graduate Students: September 30 – December 9, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Location on September 30: Rotman School of Management, 105 St. George Street, Room 151

Location from September 30 – December 9: Rotman School of Management, 105 St. George Street, Room 4057

Note: There will be no session on Monday, September 23 or Monday, October 14 (Thanksgiving Holiday).

 

For all Postdoctoral Fellows: September 23 – December 9, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Location: Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George Street, Baldwin Room

Note: There will be no English Conversation Communities on Monday, October 14 (Thanksgiving Holiday).

Tuesdays:

For all Graduate Students: September 24 – December 10, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Location: School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street, Student Lounge

Note: Tuesday sessions on September 24, October 1 and 22, and Novemeber 19 will take place at Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George Street

 

Thursdays:

For all Graduate Students: September 26 – December 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George Street, Baldwin Room

Topics for the Fall 2019 semester

Week of Sept. 23: Small talk and meeting new people

Week of Sept. 30: Building and maintaining new friendships

Week of Oct. 7: Food cultures, ordering, and gratuity in TO

Week of Oct. 14 (no Monday session): The 6ix: Sports, concerts, pop culture, and more

Week of Oct. 21: Non-verbal communication across cultures

Week of Oct. 28: Adjusting to new academic learning environments

Week of Nov. 4: Interpreting and using humour in conversations

Week of Nov. 11: How to navigate awkward or challenging conversations

Week of Nov. 18: Relationships and dating culture in Toronto

Week of Nov. 25: Email communication and online chatting

Week of Dec. 2: Toronto slang and idioms

Week of Dec. 9: Planning your holiday and winter activities

The topics above are only suggested themes for the discussions, so feel free to bring your own subjects and questions to each ECCG hub. The grad peer facilitators are there to support your spoken ideas and they value your contributions!

Student Testimonials

“The opportunity of speaking English and meeting people with different cultural backgrounds is useful.”

“I like that ECCG has many different meeting times so that if you can’t make it one day, you have 3 other days to choose from.”

“We can talk different topics with other students, which makes everyone (feel) comfortable.”

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Yaseen Ali at yaseen.ali@utoronto.ca.