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

  • Starting September 10th, 2018:  Monday-Friday, 12pm-4pm. 
  • Location: The CLC in room 219.
  • Register in COOL starting September 5th, 2018. 

Staffed by professional Communication Coaches, writing coaching provides 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.

While students are encouraged to bring a piece of written, academic work with them to use during their appointment, this is not an editing service.

Speaking/Pronunciation Coaching

  • Starting September 10th, 2018: Tuesday 1pm-4pm and Thursday 1pm-3pm
  • Location: The CLC in room 314.
  • Register in COOL starting September 5th, 2018. 

Staffed by professional Communication Coaches, speaking coaching provides assistance to students of all years and ability levels on both a one-on-one and small group basis.

This service is appropriate for students looking to improve their English language speaking, as well as students who are looking for assistance improving the overall clarity or effectiveness of oral presentations/interviews/public speaking.

Students are encouraged to bring a piece of work (assignment, interview prep, presentation, etc.) to focus on.

Special Topic Workshops

  • Starting September 10th, 2018: Tuesday & Wednesday 4pm-5pm and Thursday 11am-12pm & 12pm-1pm.
  • Location: The CLC in room 314.
  • Register in COOL starting September 5th, 2018. 

One-hour long, small group workshops will address rotating topics, including:

Extended Speaking Practice:

 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!  You will receive feedback on all parts of your speaking (content, grammar, pronunciation, and delivery). This is great practice if you want to join a Toastmasters Group.  Register on COOL under Workshops and bring your friends and presentation group mates.  (Maximum 6 students per workshop)

 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?  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!  Register on COOL under Workshops or drop in and bring your friends.

An Overview of the LPI Exam:

 In preparation for writing the LPI exam, this workshop provides an overview of all aspects of the exam and looks at strategies to improve scores.  Register on COOL under Workshops and bring your friends.

A Closer Look at the LPI Essay:

 The essay is an important part of the LPI exam.  Come to this workshop for advice on how to select a question, outline your ideas, and organize your essay.  Register on COOL under Workshops.\

Speaking Professionally:

 Do you want to increase your confidence and comfort levels when attending a professional event? Do you want to express your opinions in an organized way? Do you want to improve your interviewing skills by telling a better story about yourself?  Come to this workshop to participate in a variety of business speaking tasks and receive constructive feedback from a Communications Coach. Register on COOL under Workshops.

Writing Professionally:

Written communication is difficult and professional writing requires practice.  These workshops provide opportunities to complete business-writing tasks. Attendees will get professional feedback on all aspects of their writing. Sign up on COOL under Workshops.

Please check 'COOL' for when we offer each topic. 


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