Join the program as an EAL student

Improve your spoken English. Meet new people. Share cultural experiences.

Connect with your community while practicing your English skills! The English Conversation Partners Program is open to SAIT students in any program. Students must have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLB) 7 or IELTS Band 5.

Students may be waitlisted depending on the number of available volunteer partners.

❗️Student registration for the Spring 2024 semester has now closed. Registration for the Fall 2024 semester will open on August 5, 2024.

Join the program as a volunteer

Expand your global perspective. Build community. Support student success.

Take part in a memorable cross-cultural experience while helping a SAIT student practice their English language skills!

Volunteers can be students in any program, alumni or SAIT employees. You must be fluent in English and ready to share your Canadian cultural experiences and learn about other cultures.

Participating as a student volunteer in the program is a recognized co-curricular activity.

❗️Volunteer registration for the Spring 2024 semester has now closed. Registration for the Fall 2024 semester will open on July 8, 2024.

Program details

Program participants can expect to connect with their conversation partners for about one hour of informal conversation each week throughout the semester.

There is no formal schedule or method for conversation. Meet in person. Use MS Teams, Zoom or a phone call. Chat once a week or every day. Exchange recipes, talk books or share travel experiences. We'll provide some conversation starters and other helpful tools.

EAL students will be asked to complete an entry and exit survey, and all participants will be asked to complete a semester-end survey.

ℹ️ This program is not an academic tutoring or counselling service. If you are in need of these services, please contact Academic Coaching, Tutoring or Student Development and Counselling.

Additional support for EAL students

English Language Tutoring

Unlock your English potential with help from an expert tutor. The Tutoring for English as an Additional Language (TEAL) program offers friendly support to help you improve your English language skills. Sessions are drop-in, and no registration is necessary. Let us guide you to success in your academics and boost your confidence along the way.

Get involved

Make the most of your time at SAIT!

Contact us at

Student Engagement Office


Monday - Friday | 8 am - 4:30 pm

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a view of the moutains and stream in between

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SAIT is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of Treaty 7 which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Îyârhe Nakoda of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Goodstoney.

We are situated in an area the Blackfoot tribes traditionally called Moh’kinsstis, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. We now call it the city of Calgary, which is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.