Communication Development Programs

The Canaccord Learning Commons offers a variety of programs to help students develop their communication skills throughout their time at UBC Sauder.

Writing coaching

Staffed by professional business writers, writing coaching provides writing assistance to students of all years and ability levels on both a one-on-one and small group basis. Students can get help with composition, as well as constructive feedback on professional and academic writing assignments. The program runs weekly throughout the winter and summer terms in the Canaccord Learning Commons (CLC). This is not an editing service, and coaches may not have time to look over all aspects of your work, but they can help you self-edit, read for clarity, and focus your thoughts. In consideration of others, students are limited to one appointment per week.

LPI Preparation workshop

The CLC is not offering LPI workshops this term. However, if you need support please see below (under CDP hours) for specialized coaching assistance.

WRDS 150 Support

The CLC is no longer offering WRDS 150 workshops from March until the end of Term. Students taking WRDS 150 should attend these weekly sessions to practice their langauge skills and gain insight into successful reading and writing strategies. Topics will vary week to week depending on the course curriculum.

Speaking improvement program

These one-on-one sessions are meant for students looking to improve their oral communication skills, particularly students new to studying and working in English. This might be improving pronunciation, including making words sharper by improving individual sounds and correcting syllable stress. Our Coach can also help students improve clarity and impact of responses in interviews or while engaging in converstations and small talk, and incorporating proper pausing and intonation patterns into longer pieces of speech. These sessions will be most helpful if you bring something (an article, a presentation, interview questions) that you want to focus on. Feel free to bring a friend if you want to practice together. The Coach will tailor the appointment to what it is you want to improve.

Appointments are 20 minutes long.

Two-minute Topics

Do you want to be prepared for presentations or speaking in front of a group? Do you want to improve your ability to think fast and put your thoughts into words?  Come to this workshop, select a topic and start speaking!  A coach will give you feedback on all parts of your speaking (content, grammar, pronunciation, and delivery). 

Small Talk and Conversation Strategies 

Do you want to connect with people in a variety of situations but you don’t know how to begin the process?  Do you feel awkward at a networking event when you don’t know what to say? Do you want to become a better conversationalist?   Come to this workshop to learn how to begin, join, leave, or extend a conversation. Also, learn what body language is important to keep a conversation going. These skills are important in business!

CDP Hours - Programs are offered at the following times during the winter term:

For a full listing of times and locations, and to sign up, check COOL under Workshops

Writing Coaching

  • Monday 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 12:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Friday 12:00 – 4:00 PM

All sessions held in CLC 219


The CLC is not offering LPI workshops this term. The LPI process has changed and students who do not pass the LPI test are advised to take WRDS 150. If you are seeking assistance with the LPI test, please email us at and we will connect you with one of writing coaches who will setup an appointment with you. 

WRDS 150 Support

From March until the end of the term the CLC is no longer offering WRDS 150 workshops.

Speaking Improvement Program

  • Tuesday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

All sessions held in CLC 314

Two-minute Topics

  • Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

All sessions held in CLC 314

Small Talk and Conversation Strategies

  • Monday 12:00 to 1:00 PM   

All sessions held in CLC 314

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