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Sauder School of Business - Canaccord Learning Commons Programs

Writing Coaching
Writing Coaching provides one on one coaching from a professional business writer. Bring a paper or business document you are working on and business writing professionals will coach through what aspects of your work can be improved and what you can do to improve your overall writing. Sign up on COOL, or drop in to CLC219, Monday-Friday from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

Special Topic Workshops​
One-hour long, small group workshops will address rotating topics, including:

Extended Speaking Practice
Small Talk & Conversation Skills Workshop
Speaking Professionally Workshop
Writing Professionally Workshop

Sign up on COOL or drop in.

Academic Success Coaching
The Canaccord Learning Commons provides coaching on academic challenges such as managing your time,
studying better or dealing with stress. Sign up for coaching appointments on COOL, or drop-in.

Speaking/Pronunciation Coaching
Professional Communication Coaches provide assistance to students of all years and ability levels on both a one-on-one and small group basis. Sessions will focus on making words sharper by improving individual sounds and correcting syllable stress. Sign up on COOL or drop in.

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Online Resources

Sharpening Your Writing Skills by Duncan Kent
Sharpening Your Writing Skills is an excellent workbook on business writing with exercises and answers,
online or as a downloadable PDF.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Well-known resource especially for APA research citations as well as a wide range of grammar and
writing topics.

David Appleyard English
A comprehensive and easy-to-use website covering numerous grammar topics.

Hear and practice pronunciation by searching for words in the Merriam Webster dictionary.


Business Writing Essentials (custom edition)
General guide to effective business writing presenting hundreds of authentic examples, good coverage
of formatting and layout. Available for purchase at the UBC Bookstore. 

Alternate title at David Lam Library reserve collection: Custom Text for Business Writing at Sauder School of Business.

Advanced Language Practice: With Key by Michael Vince
Extensive grammar practice with answers. Available on reserve at the David Lam
 and at

Additional Resources on the UBC Campus

Conversational English
Looking to simply practice your English language skills? Participate in the Tandem Language Program
running between January-April and September-December. The program matches two people who are interested in learning/improving their skills in the native language of their partner. As part of the program, you will meet with your partner for 1.5 hours once a week for 11 weeks. Participation in the Tandem Language Program is free and registration opens twice a year. View the Tandem Language Program FAQs for more information.

Full Time English Language Studies at the English Language Institute (ELI)
The ELI offers 8-16 week intensive English programs with start dates throughout the year. The ELI also
offers 3-4 week English for the Global Citizen programs throughout the year and English for Business Communications program in June/July. For more information, visit the ELI website: