Are you a multilingual graduate student looking for a drop-in space to have informal conversations in English?

The English Conversation Communities for Grads (ECCG) gives graduate students a chance to practice speaking English in a friendly group environment. These groups are led by volunteer graduate students who are welcoming and supportive to hear your ideas.

Chat about Toronto slang and idioms, meeting new people, campus life, and other fun topics in a pressure-free environment. No registration required!

Note: ECCG has replaced CIE's former English Communication Program (ECP).

students conversing around table


If you are a graduate student (degree or exchange) and English is an additional language for you, we encourage you to join the ECCG community. There will also be one hub for postdoctoral fellows.

You can also check out these helpful English language tips.


The English Conversation Communities program will begin in September of 2019. Please check back then to see specific locations and timings.

Topics for the Fall 2019 semester

Please check back in September 2019 to learn about the schedule of each week’s conversation topics. To give you a sense of the topics discussed, here are some examples of last year’s subjects.

  • Small talk and meeting new people
  • Email communication and online chatting
  • Food cultures in Toronto
  • Relationships and dating cultures
  • Non-verbal communication across cultures
  • Interpreting and using humour in conversations
  • How to navigate awkward or challenging conversations

Note: The topics above are only suggested themes for the discussions, so feel free to bring your own subjects and questions to each ECCG hub. The grad peer facilitators are there to support your spoken ideas and they value your contributions!

Student Testimonials

“The opportunity of speaking English and meeting people with different cultural backgrounds is useful.”

“I like that ECCG has many different meeting times so that if you can’t make it one day, you have 3 other days to choose from.”

“We can talk different topics with other students, which makes everyone (feel) comfortable.”

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Yaseen Ali at