English Conversation Groups: Facilitator

Virtual Program 

Harness the power of conversation – virtually – to help newcomers learn English and succeed in the workplace!

English Conversation Circles are offered through a collaboration between the SFU Surrey-TD CEC and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. BC Settlement and Integration Services (BCSIS). BCSIS is a settlement service that supports newcomers to settle and integrate into the community. Participants include temporary foreign workers, refugee claimants and immigrants who have now become Canadian citizens but may still be facing language barriers. By removing language barriers, through weekly conversations, BCSIS clients can integrate better into their workplaces and understand more about their rights and responsibilities at work.


Every Tuesday

10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Up to 4 hrs/week


Via Zoom 

Your role:

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to help facilitate our English Conversation Groups program this semester!

In this role, you will:

  • Acquire knowledge about the goals of the English Conversation Groups and the challenges faced by newcomers in the workplace; 
  • Acquire knowledge about the English Conversation Groups curriculum;  
  • Apply learned knowledge of the program curriculum by facilitating engaging and participatory conversations; 
  • Apply learned knowledge of English Conversation Groups curriculum by coming up with new ideas, or by altering existing conversation topics to meet the needs and interests of the participants attending the program; 
  • Apply communication, interpersonal and professionalism skills by facilitating conversations where all participants are able to practice their English skills.

Other benefits:

  • Develop interpersonal, communication and teaching skills;
  • Help others while improving your own soft skills;
  • Obtain credit on your SFU Co-Curricular Record.

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR)! The CCR is an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record at www.sfu.ca/students/get-involved/recognition/co-curricular-record

Program dates:

The English Conversation Groups will run every Tuesday.

  • Sessions will run from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm 
    • There is some prep work to be completed outside of these hours, at your own convenience. Volunteers often choose to spend 1 to 2 hours per week on this prep work.      
  • Virtually via Zoom 
  • From May 21st to June 25th, 2024

Students are encouraged to volunteer for more than one term, to get the most benefit out of this opportunity! 

Mandatory Training:

Volunteers must attend the following Volunteer Orientation session with the ECG Lead Volunteer on:

  • Tuesday, May 14th
  • From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Online (via Zoom)


Please note, students from other universities & colleges may apply, but priority is given to current SFU students (undergraduate, graduate, or continuing studies) and SFU alumni.

To thrive in this role, applicants should:

  • be fluent in English (CLB level 9-12);
  • be respectful and non-judgmental;
  • be friendly and reliable;
  • be encouraging and patient;
  • have access to the internet and computer;
  • Education or experience related to teaching or adult learning is an asset.


If you are interested in this opportunity, please click the 'Apply Now' button below and submit your initial expression of interest.

You will then receive an email from SurveyMonkey containing our full application form which must be completed as soon as possible.

Deadline to apply: Sunday, May 12th | 11:59 PM

Please Note: If the required number of volunteers for this opportunity is reached before the above deadline, this posting may be taken down.



Collection Notice: The information collected as part of the application process is under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468). It is related directly to and needed by the University to administer the volunteer program through the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre. The information will be used to screen volunteer applicants, refer applicants to opportunities of interest, and update applicants with information related to volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information please contact Associate Director, Partnerships and Programs, 250-13450 102 Avenue, Surrey BC, V3T 0A3, 778-782-8082.  

Ready to learn about volunteering with the community as an SFU ambassador? Join the Community Engagement Volunteer Training Program.

Learn more

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record at www.sfu.ca/students/get-involved/recognition/co-curricular-record.