Make a quick and efficient leap in your grammar, pronunciation, or writing skills

Short Courses
for Skills Improvement

These online courses are for you if…

you are looking to improve your English grammar, pronunciation, or writing.

Whether you are a practicing professional, a university student, or simply looking to enhance your command of the English language, these short course are open to both domestic and international students who need to make a quick and highly productive leap in their grammar, pronunciation, or writing skills.

Focus on improving your skills in a specific aspect of English language communication.

Our instructors use an active, student-centred communicative approach to help students improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Gain access to our Student Engagement Centre, a unique place for students to make friends, take part in extra language activities and engage with the community in Edmonton.

  • online delivery
  • short course duration: 16-20 hours
  • pay as-you-go

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EXELP 7132
Fundamentals of Graduate Writing

Online delivery
4 weeks; 16 hours

Jan 19 start

open for registration
up until Jan 11

Total cost per course: C$325 – includes access to our Student Engagement Centre.

Schedule: 4 weeks
January 19 to February 11, 2021

Edmonton time: Tue/Thu 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MT
Japan: Wed/Fri, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
South Korea: Wed/Fri, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Beijing, China: Wed/Fri, 9:00 am-11:00 am
Vietnam: Wed/Fri, 8:00 am-10:00 am

This course is designed for international graduate students who require customized language support to refine their academic writing skills.

At the beginning of the course, participants submit a piece of writing (up to 10 pages) from a thesis chapter, candidacy proposal or another piece of academic writing. Each participant will receive one-to-one feedback on their submitted writing. This submission also serves as a needs analysis that allows the instructor to customize instructional topics and strategies for the class.

Throughout the course, the instructor works with students’ own written drafts, as well as model writing from the field, to enable students to learn to recognize and correct their own grammatical errors.

While the course content is customizable to meet the needs of the individual cohort, here is a sample of the standard grammatical content for the course:

  • Information flow
  • Logical connectors
  • Subordinating conjunctions
  • Articles
  • Verb tenses
  • Passive voice
  • Hedging
  • Relative clauses
  • Conciseness
  • Nominalization
  • Abstracts, introductions and conclusions
EXELP 7150
Pronunciation for Effective Communication

Online delivery
5 weeks; 20 hours

Jan 18 start

open for registration
up until Jan 11

Total cost per course: C$395 – includes access to our Student Engagement Centre.

Schedule: 5 weeks
January 18 to February 22, 2021

Edmonton time: Mon/Wed 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MT
Japan: Tue/Thu, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
South Korea: Tue/Thu, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Beijing, China: Tue/Thu, 9:00 am-11:00 am
Vietnam: Tue/Thu, 8:00 am-10:00 am

This course supports English language learners who want to develop their pronunciation skills for successful interpersonal communication. The course will focus on increasing speech intelligibility, and will draw students’ attention to elements of pronunciation that can lead to miscommunication.

Students will develop an awareness of their own individual strengths and weaknesses in pronunciation, and will build strategies for expanding their pronunciation skills beyond the classroom.

eBook used in class: Well Said Intro (2nd Edition)

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Customizable courses for groups

We can adapt an existing short-term course to fit the specific expertise and language-level of your student group.

Examples of past collaborations include:

  • Graduate writing for Medicine
  • Higher education instructor language skills
  • customized courses for universities
  • customized courses for governments
  • customized courses for business groups

We go beyond “classroom study”

In addition to their classes, all ELS students have access to our Student Engagement Centre. The centre and its daily workshops, activities, and engagement experiences are included in your tuition fee.

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Centre overview

Workshops and activities highlights

Find out what’s happening each week with "Simon Says"

Join in and say 'hello' to the SEC instructor, plus get a chance to meet students from other classes

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ELS volunteers are amazing!

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Meet Zuzana: this term's SEC instructor

Watch her first message to find out what the UAlberta campus looks like at the beginning of the fall term 2020

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