Communication in the Canadian Classroom (CCC)


Communication in the Canadian Classroom is a 12-hour program designed to support international graduate students in navigating the Canadian postsecondary academic environment. The four modules of the program introduce participants to: the theory and practice of intercultural communication in postsecondary classrooms; fostering productive relationships with supervisors; strategies for giving, seeking, receiving and responding to feedback; and tips for speaking with confidence, in person and online. Participants will build on their skills and experiences while engaging with peers in a supportive atmosphere.


Expectations of studying at a Canadian university, cultural differences in communication and feedback styles, speaking with confidence.


By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • identify the role culture plays in the classroom
  • understand the nature, norms, and values of the classroom at Western University
  • build on and apply strategies for speaking with confidence
  • enhance and acquire strategies to communicate successfully with supervisors
  • develop skills for giving effective feedback and for seeking and responding to feedback

What to expect

This program consists of:

  1. Four asynchronous learning modules on OWL. Each module becomes available on a Monday and participants are expected to complete it by Friday of the same week. Participants have 5 days to complete all activities in each module before they move on to the next module.
  2. One mandatory synchronous Zoom meeting on Monday July 5th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

Program Information

Upcoming Sessions

No upcoming session is scheduled at present.


International and new resident graduate students, international postdoctoral scholars


Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the program you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the program has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 
If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our help guide or contact

Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation


Completion Requirements

Participants who complete all 4 modules and the final test will receive a Certificate of completion.


Typically offered in October/ November and March each year.

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“The course was well structured, integrated plenty of resources, tasks and guidelines, and very interactive. I think, the course has all the components that you need be aware of to get into the Western Community.”

“Learning about the intercultural classroom was effective because we observed, discussed and analyzed the impacts of different communication approaches in an almost real scenario. It made me realize that there are different people in the classroom with different values and cultures which I must learn to respect..”

“Everything was very organized, and the details of each module are useful. I like the discussion part in every module that I could really think and talk about the content.”