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 May 6th, 2019: Mondays and Thursdays 11:00am – 3:00pm 
  • Location: The CLC in room 219.
  • Register in COOL.

Professional Communication Coaches provide 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.

Please bring a piece of written work to use during their appointment.

Note: this is not an editing service.

Speaking/Pronunciation Coaching

  • This workshop is not available in the Summer of 2019.  
  • Location: The CLC in room 314.
  • Register in COOL.

Professional Communication Coaches provide assistance to students of all years and ability levels on both a one-on-one and small group basis.

• Do you wish you could communicate more efficiently?
• Do you want to make sure you are speaking accurately?
• Do you want to tell a better story about yourself so that you can feel more confident in an interview?
• Do you want to sharpen your pronunciation skills?

Bring something challenging (an article, a presentation, a chapter in a book, interview questions) that you want to work on. Feel free to bring a friend or group members if you want to practice together.

Special Topic Workshops

  • This workshop is not available in the Summer of 2019.  
  • Location: The CLC in room 219 (Monday and Wednesday) and 314 (Tuesday and Thursday).
  • Register in COOL. 

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?

Time to select a topic and start speaking!

At this workshop, 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.

Small Talk & Conversation Skills Workshop:

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?

This workshop will help you more confidently begin, join, leave, or extend a conversation and help you develop strong body language for professional communication.


Speaking Professionally Workshop:

Do you want to increase your confidence and comfort speaking with others at professional events?
Do you want to express your opinions in an organized way?
Do you want to improve your interview skills?

The Speaking Professionally Workshop Series will address common business themes and how you can set yourself up to succeed in a variety of professional settings. See workshop title for the focus of this session.

Writing Professionally Workshop:

Written communication is difficult and professional writing requires practice.

The Writing Professionally Workshop Series will provide opportunities to complete and receive feedback on a variety of business-writing tasks. See workshop title for the focus of this session.


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