SpeechCon 2022

We proudly present a 2-day event full of various activities including a workshop with the ESL Open Learning Centre (OLC), a social with York International, and a speech contest! Join us as we celebrate the end of this school year with multiple opportunities to develop and showcase your English language skills.

Check out the list of events we have below and register for as many events as you want! All events are 100% free and everyone is welcome to join.

Day 1

Wednesday, March 30th


Tips and Strategies for Academic Debates and Presentations
by The ESL Open Learning Centre (OLC)

Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT

This workshop facilitated by the ESL OLC instructors will introduce you to the strategies of preparing and delivering effective academic debates and presentations. During the workshop you will engage into interactive activities and learn how to:

  • Develop and explain a convincing argument and relevant evidence;
  • Use rhetoric to engage and persuade your audience;
  • Design and structure your speech according to academic conventions;
  • Overcome common public speaking challenges (for example, stage fright).

To learn more about ESL Open Learning Centre, visit https://www.yorku.ca/laps/eslolc/.

Speed Friending
with York International

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 EDT

Join us and York International for an afternoon of speed friending and games. In this event, you will be able to meet and network with fellow students and be able to play and win as a team.

We have a lot of activities in store for you! What are you waiting for? Grab the opportunity to socialize, network, and practice your communication skills with fellow students at York!

To learn more about York International, visit https://yorkinternational.yorku.ca/.

Day 2

Thursday, March 31st


Dialogue with Confidence
by Lingua Franca Mentor Ayesha

Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm EDT

The pandemic has affected the basic need of human expression through contact, hasn’t it? It is time we build our confidence to synthesize and express ideas. 

Join us in a hands-on topic-based discussion workshop where we aim to provide you with a friendly platform for public expression while allowing ESL students to talk and present their ideas with fluency and clarity to generate critical thinking. 

The goal of this workshop is to allow ESL students to:

  • Develop logical arguments and idea presentation based on the topics and resources provided
  • Practice and experience synthesizing information and delivery skills in topic-based group discussions

Speak It Out:
Impromptu Speech Contest

Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT

Is English your second language? Do you identify yourself as a current/previous ESL speaker? Do you want to showcase your skills or challenge your public speaking skills? Join and be a contestant for either or both impromptu and oration speech contest. Impromptu speech is given with little preparation to answer a question or provide an opinion on a topic. Oration speech is a type of formal public speech with a goal to inform or persuade an audience. For this type of speech, a question/topic will be provided a day before the event for the contestant to ponder upon and prepare. Winners will be announced at the end of the event.

Monetary prices and certificates will be awarded.

Note: Only current/previous ESL students can register as contestants. Everyone is welcome to attend the event.

Special thanks to

This event is funded by