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Mary McCaffery and Winnie Leung Discuss The Speakeasy Program” with CFMU


The Student Success Centre at McMaster University runs the Speakeasy Program, where they provide services to EAL (English-as-an-Additional-Language) speakers in order to improve their verbal and written English. Such service is important at McMaster and Hamilton where there are several students who speak English as a second or third language, having such an opportunity is helpful.

Some days ago, Winnie Leung, the SSL (Student Success Leader) for the Speakeasy program as well as Mary McCaffery, the Speakeasy program supervisor, sat down with Tumi Adegoroye for an interview at the CFMU studio. They both shed light on what the program is all about and the importance of having such a program at McMaster university.

They both touched on how to volunteer and be a speakeasy mentor. Mentors usually meet with their (EAL) paired partner once a week. The mentors assist with various things like learning about idioms to how to write a good thesis statement for your essay. Mary McCaffery talked about how most speakeasy mentors and their partners stay friends even after the program is over. Now lets talk about awesome! To be a mentor, registration on OscarPlus is required, previous experience is not required.

The Speakeasy program does have workshops, writing series, conversation circles and speakeasy socials which includes “Date with Speakeasy” and “Year-End Celebration”. Mary and Winnie explain how valuable these events are, as they could help people socialize, increase their confidence and learn about Canadian culture.

These two leaders both encourage students to join the speakeasy program, remove fear and take advantage of this service because you are always welcome. The speakeasy office is located at the Mills library 213D/E in McMaster University. For more information, email

Here’s the full interview below, Enjoy!

Written By: Tumi Adegoroye


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