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English Conversation Groups
English Conversation Groups (ECG) are run by trained student volunteers in a fun and friendly environment online. The program consists of five, weekly, one-hour sessions during Autumn and Spring sessions.
Spring 2020 Program via Zoom
The Spring 2020 program will begin in Week 4 (10 August 2020). Due to the current context, all sessions will be run via the video-conferencing platform Zoom. You can learn more about Zoom (including how to download Zoom on your device) here (opens in a new window).
ECG aims to assist international students and local students from a non-English speaking background to develop:
- confidence in English conversation
- a friendship network and cross-cultural understanding
- knowledge of Australian slang and presentation skills
- a greater understanding of the University
ECG facilitation will challenge student volunteers and allow them to gain:
- leadership skills
- new friends and greater involvement in university life
- credit for ten hours of volunteer work (a requirement of the TESOL course and The Academy)
- a certificate of completion.
Participants and facilitators will also be invited to an end-of-session celebration where they’ll be in the running to win prizes.
How do I apply?
For enquiries, please fill out our online enquiry form (opens in a new window).
"I really loved it. Being a management student, facilitating helped me to develop leadership skills relevant to my course." (Facilitator Spring, 2018)
"Becoming a facilitator helped me to improve my confidence… It’s rewarding to have this sort of contact with other students." (Facilitator Spring, 2018)
"I don’t feel lost anymore." (Participant Spring, 2018)
"The program successfully engages international students with non-English speaking backgrounds. (It) helps to improve confidence in speaking, effective communication, groupwork and discussion skills." (Participant Spring, 2018)
"As an international student who doesn’t have many friends in this country, this was a great opportunity to make new friends and practise presentation skills. We got to meet people from other courses too." (Participant Spring, 2018)