Learning Centre

What is the FHIS 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) necessary for students’ success in acquiring and becoming proficient in the languages that we teach.

Scheduling and Session Formats

To schedule an appointment, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to https://fhislearningcentre.arts.ubc.ca
  2. log-in with your CWL and password
  3. select your language (tabs are listed at the top)
  4. click on any blank space to book an appointment or simply check the schedule for Drop-in slots to attend a drop-in session.

– Drop-in: no appointment necessary; first-come, first-served in Ponderosa Annex E, Room 111
30-minute individual sessions

Tutors available for any given time period/language are equipped to help students with conversational uses of the language, questions related to grammar and vocabulary, and reading and writing strategies.


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.

Grammar and Vocabulary Acquisition

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

Reading and Writing Strategies

For help with reading and writing strategies, students are asked to come to sessions with their textbook, assignment instructions, 2 copies of the writing piece in progress, and a list of their specific goals for the session. 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.

Contact the Learning Centre at learningcentre.fhis@ubc.ca for general or specific inquiries and scheduling questions here.

Location **NEW**

Room #111 – 2034 Lower Mall
Ponderosa Annex E (Map)