Communication in the Canadian Classroom (CCC)


Communication in the Canadian Classroom is a 12-hour short course designed for international graduate students who would like to develop their English language skills for teaching. Workshop activities include discussions of cultural differences in the classroom, role plays involving giving feedback to students, and opportunities to practice expressing ideas concisely. Participants will develop their English communication skills in a supportive atmosphere among graduate students from a variety of disciplines and cultures.


Expectations of studying at a Canadian university, cultural differences in communication and feedback styles, effective presentation skills


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

  • develop English language skills for the classroom
  • identify and apply cultural differences in patterns of communication
  • recognize stages of culture shock and develop your own strategies for cultural adjustment
  • acquire strategies to communicate successfully with supervisors, peers, and students.

What to expect

This 12-hour course is held over 6 sessions, each lasting 2 hours in length. Sessions take place twice a week for three weeks.

Program Information

Upcoming Sessions

No sessions are scheduled at present.

Note: Previous sessions dates: September 17 - October 3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30pm - 6:30pm.


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. 
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Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation


Completion Requirements

Participants who complete all sessions will receive a Certificate of completion.


Usually offered in September, January, August each year.

Applies to following certificates

Western Certificate in Academic and Professional Communication

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“The Culture Shock and Giving Feedback to Students sections gave me information that helped me to put my experiences in Canada into perspective, and better deal with the adjustments that I would have to make. Also, the explanations of Canadian behaviours helped a lot.”

“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.”