Learning Centre

The FHIS Learning Centre is a free service available for students of all levels and languages of the FHIS curriculum (French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish).

We offer student-centered conversation practice, tutoring (i.e. grammar and vocabulary questions), and help with the continued development of core skills (i.e. speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in order to become proficient in the languages that we teach.

Our services are now offered online

Due to physical distancing protocols, the Learning Centre will be offering tutoring sessions and language tables online until further notice.

Online Tutoring

Tutoring is available for French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese in Winter Term 2.

Book an online tutoring session:

  1. Self-enroll in the FHIS Student Resources site: canvas.ubc.ca/enroll/8RWFX4
  2. Click on "View Course Calendar" (on the right side)
  3. Click on "Find Appointment" (on the right side)
  4. Click on your desired appointment time and then click "Reserve" (on the bottom)
  5. Take note of the Meeting Link provided in the meeting details. You will be using this link to access your appointment when the time comes.

  1. At the time of your appointment, click on the Meeting Link that was provided in the meeting details on Canvas.
  2. Choose "Continue on this browser" as it does not require you to download the application.
  3. The video meeting window will then pop up.

Complete the Student Experience Survey, which the tutor will send you. All responses will remain anonymous.


Online Group Conversation Sessions

Group conversation sessions will be offered for French and Spanish in Winter Term 2. These sessions are an opportunity for you to practice your conversational skills in a relaxed learning environment and are open to all levels.

Book an online group conversation session:

  1. Self-enroll in the FHIS Student Resources site: canvas.ubc.ca/enroll/8RWFX4
  2. Click on "View Course Calendar" (on the right side)
  3. Click on "Find Appointment" (on the right side)
  4. Click on your desired session and then click "Reserve" (on the bottom)
  5. Take note of the Meeting Link provided in the meeting details. You will be using this link to access your appointment when the time comes.

  1. At the time of your appointment, click on the Meeting Link that was provided in the meeting details on Canvas.
  2. Choose "Continue on this browser" as it does not require you to download the application.
  3. The video meeting window will then pop up.


Preparing for Tutoring Sessions

Depending on the skill you want to develop, there are different ways to prepare for your tutoring session so that you can make the most out of it:

Students use listening and speaking skills to communicate with the tutor and others attending any given conversation-based session. For such exchanges, grammatical accuracy is not the focus, though tutors will make suggestions if communication is hindered due to grammatical errors. Conversation topics are chosen by the student(s) present and pertain to topics covered in FHIS language and conversation classes.

For questions related to grammar, vocabulary, and language usage, students are asked to have their textbooks, specific questions, and/or previously graded assignments at hand. Tutors will then provide students with brief explanations and strategies to problem solve and arrive at their own answers.

For help with reading and writing strategies, students are asked to have their textbook, assignment instructions, 2 copies of the writing piece in progress, and a list of their specific goals for the session at hand. It is good practice to consider 1-2 points per session and some students may choose to visit the centre more than once for each particular assignment.


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