Economics

Economics English Conversation Club

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Are you a UAlberta student hoping to improve your English conversation skills? Are you looking to make new friends in Canada, but don’t know where to start?

Become a member of the Faculty of Arts’ Economics English Conversation Club (EECC) - it’s FREE!

Got questions? Contact us at econvo@ualberta.ca.

Who are we?

We are a Faculty of Arts club that provides UAlberta students opportunities to practice English conversation, develop international friendships, and prepare for future Canadian employment opportunities and other aspects of Canadian Life. 

The EECC offers free English conversation sessions for UAlberta students who meet the eligibility requirements.

Funded by the Department of Economics, EECC conversation sessions allow members to practice spoken English in a small group setting with two fluent English-speaking facilitators.

Eligibility

Any undergraduate UAlberta student, registered in a degree program, who has taken at least one Economics class at the University of Alberta is eligible to become an EECC member. Unfortunately, Open Studies and Graduate students are not eligible to join the EECC, but may consider participating in University of Alberta International's English Conversation Club.

Note: You will need to first register for an account in order to see the calendar and sign up for your sessions.

EECC Member Benefits

  • Become more confident and comfortable with using the English language
  • Practice, develop, and advance English conversation skills/vocabulary in a comfortable environment with other members and fluent English facilitators
  • Prepare for academic achievements (e.g., writing term papers, preparing presentations)
  • Develop international friendships and relations with peers, facilitators, and U of A staff
  • Prepare for potential employment (e.g., job interviews, networking, resume building, working with professors in grad school)
  • Become involved with the university student community

Other Supports Offered

  • Letter of Acknowledgement Faculty Recognition
    • Active participation in a specified number of conversation sessions per semester will be recognized by a formal Letter of Acknowledgement from the Department of Economics at one of our Acknowledgement Ceremonies.
    • EECC members can achieve a Level One, Level Two, Level Three or Level Four Letter of Acknowledgement based on the following criteria
      • Level One Participated in 10 Sessions
      • Level Two Participated in 20 Sessions
      • Level Three Participated in 30 Sessions
      • Level Four (new!) Participated in 40 Sessions; Co-facilitated one session
        • EECC level 4 holders will become EECC Ambassadors and receive a Record of Completion
  • Fun Monthly Social Events
    • Every month, the EECC offers social events for club members to hang out, make new friends, and be a part of the university student community.
  • Volunteer Opportunities
    • Receive volunteer hours from the EECC by helping the club grow and flourish!
  • University Partnerships
    • The EECC partners with different university organizations to provide members with diverse learning experiences. The EECC partners with the University of Alberta Career Centre, International Student Services, and various other Faculty officials.

Why join EECC?

Becoming more confident and comfortable with using the English language has tangible benefits that will contribute to your success in university and beyond. Writing term papers, working with professors in graduate school, developing new friendships, and successfully answering questions in a job interview are just some of the ways in which stronger English skills can help you. Even if you do not intend to find a job in Canada or another English-speaking country after you graduate, fluency in English makes you more employable almost anywhere, and is a valuable asset from an employer’s perspective. ESL students often fail to understand the consequences that can occur from limited English conversational skills, as high grades alone can’t always guarantee a job offer. Potential employers can be put-off by poor conversational skills, including lack of ability to make small talk, inability to understand the interviewers’ questions, and overuse of simplified language.

Being competent in English conversation is (in itself) no guarantee of a good job, but lack of practice can damage the employability of even the strongest students.

Member Testimonials

'Before I joined EECC, I didn't communicate with many people especially native English speakers...the more sessions I attended, the more comfortable and confident I became'
-Wujun Han, EECC Ambassador

'From EECC , I gained so many friends with the same hobbies and interests. It hasn't just provided a chance to practice English conversation skills, but has also changed my lifestyle and helped me make friends'
- Steve Lee, EECC Ambassador

Session Information

Winter 2019

Monday 1:00-1:50 PM

Tuesday 12:30-1:20 PM

Wednesday 4:00-4:50 PM

Thursday 4:30-5:20 PM

Location: Tory 1-125

Winter 2019 Conversation Topics 

Week 1 - Jan 28 Managing Unilife (University Life) (Bring a Friend Week + Coffee/Cookies)
Sub Topics: Healthy Lifestyle; Navigating School
Week 2 - Feb 4 Current Events (With a focus on Canadian News)
Sub Topics: Tech and Science; Arts and Culture; Campus News; Global News
Week 3 - Feb 11 Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
Sub topics: Everyday Conversation 
+ Speaking Styles (Group Work and Conflict Resolution)

Week 4 - Feb 18 READING WEEK

Week 5 - Feb 25 Debate

Week 6 - Mar 4 Career Week
Sub Topics: Resume Building, Internships, How to Make a Good Impression in the Workforce; How to Handle Workplace Conflicts

Week 7 - Mar 11 Entrepreneurship

Week 8 - Mar 18 Economic Tutor Topic Week

Week 9 - Mar 25 Debate Topic

Week 10 - Apr 1 Member’s Topic Choice