Speech Tutorials

The English Language Centre (ELC) offers two speech tutorials: SpeakEASY and ThesisSPEAK:

These are confidential programs with individualized one-on-one sessions with an English instructor, Cheryl Bodnarus, B.Ed., M.Sc. in S-LP, Cert. TESOL.


If you are a University of Manitoba Faculty Member (UMFA) or an instructor teaching a University of Manitoba credit-course (including graduate students who are teaching labs), you are eligible to participate in the SpeakEASY Program.

The focus is on improving comprehensibility so that clear communication is facilitated. The sessions are based on the requests and concerns of each participant and include optional classroom observations.

Length: 50-minute individualized one-on-one sessions. Sessions are scheduled weekly with no obligation to continue meeting.

Cost to Participate: Free (funding is provided by the ELC)

For more information or to register, phone or e-mail Cheryl Bodnarus at 204-474-9941 or Cheryl.Bodnarus@umanitoba.ca


If you are a U of M student in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and you are preparing for a thesis presentation, you are eligible to participate in ThesisSPEAK.

The focus of this program is on comprehensibility so that communication is clear. Students receive one-on-one sessions to practise spoken English and communicate knowledge clearly.

Length: three 50-minute individualized one-on-one sessions scheduled within a two-month period.

Cost to Participate: Because the program is funded by the ELC, the fee is only $30.00 for three 50-minute sessions.

For more information or to register, phone or e-mail Cheryl Bodnarus at 204-474-9941 or Cheryl.Bodnarus@umanitoba.ca


  1. Q: What is the focus of ThesisSPEAK?
    A: The focus is on achieving complete comprehensibility (understandability) when speaking English so that knowledge is communicated clearly.
  2. Q: What can I expect during the sessions?
    The sessions are one-on-one. The instructor will listen to you as you speak about your thesis and will explain how to increase comprehensibility when needed.
  3. Q: Where are the sessions held?
    They are held at the U of M campus the student prefers, either the Fort Garry Campus (in the B-Lot Trailer, located east of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library) or the Bannatyne Campus, usually in the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library.
  4. Q: What should I take to the sessions?
    . Have with you the materials you'll need for practising such as your notes on paper and/or a laptop.
  5. Q: When are the sessions held?
    Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Some days and times aren't available because of holidays, other events, or previously scheduled sessions.
  6. Q: How do I register?
    The registration period is continuous throughout each term. Please submit the completed registration form and payment to the address at the bottom of the registration form.
  7. Q: What if I would like to make sure (before I register) that three session times that are okay for my schedule will be available?
    If you would like, you may e-mail your available times to elc@umanitoba.ca to ask if your preferred times are available.
  8. Q: What if I register but I don't receive a confirmation e-mail?
    If you don't receive an e-mail to confirm your registration within three business days after you register, then e-mail the English Language Centre at elc@umanitoba.ca to make sure it was received.
  9. Q: After three sessions, can I register for three more sessions if I would like more practice?
    Yes, you may continue sessions if you register again. Each time you register, the registration process is the same.
  10. Q: What if I have other questions?
    If you have any other questions about ThesisSPEAK, e-mail the English Language Centre at: elc@umanitoba.ca