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Short Courses
for Skills Improvement

These online study 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 Englsih 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.

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EXELP 7132
Fundamentals of Graduate Writing
Online format
4 weeks
16 hours
C$325
Sept 14
open for registration
up until Sept 7

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

Schedule: 4 weeks
Mondays & Wednesdays, September 14 to October 7, 2020

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT (Edmonton time)
Japan: Tue/Thu, 9:00-11:00 AM
South Korea: Tue/Thu, 9:00-11:00 AM
Beijing, China: Tue/Thu, 8:00-10:00 AM
Vietnam: Tue/Thu, 7:00-9:00 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 7148
Grammar for Effective Communication
Online format
5 weeks
20 hours
C$395
Sept 14
open for registration
up until Sept 7

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


Schedule: 5 weeks
Mondays & Wednesdays, September 14 to October 19, 2020

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT (Edmonton time)
Japan: Tue/Thu, 9:00-11:00 AM
South Korea: Tue/Thu, 9:00-11:00 AM
Beijing, China: Tue/Thu, 8:00-10:00 AM
Vietnam: Tue/Thu, 7:00-9:00 AM

This online course will help upper-level English language learners develop their grammar skills in English. Through synchronous and asynchronous coursework, students will learn, practice, apply, and review common grammar items that are typically challenging for English language learners.

Students will develop an understanding of grammar rules, applications, and strategies that will help them write with precision and clarity. Engaging online classes and personalized instructor feedback and support create a supportive online classroom experience.

EXELP 7151
Applied Writing Skills for English Language Learners
Online format
5 weeks
20 hours
C$395
starts Sept 15
open for registration
up until Sept 7

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


Schedule: 5 weeks
Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 15 to October 15, 2020

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT (Edmonton time)
Japan: Wed/Fri, 9:00-11:00 AM
South Korea: Wed/Fri, 9:00-11:00 AM
Beijing, China: Wed/Fri, 8:00-10:00 AM
Vietnam: Wed/Fri, 7:00-9:00 AM

This course supports English language learners as they develop practical academic writing skills in English. Lessons will focus on three important features of writing: common grammar items, writing style, and applied writing skills such as summarizing and synthesizing information. Lessons will feature real examples of contemporary and academic texts. Students can apply these essential English writing tools to academic writing tasks.

Lessons will feature real examples of contemporary and academic texts. Students can apply these essential English writing tools to academic writing tasks.

EXELP 7150
Pronunciation for Effective Communication
Online format
5 weeks
20 hours
C$395
starts Sept 15
open for registration
up until Sept 7

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


Schedule: 5 weeks
Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 15 to October 15, 2020

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT (Edmonton time)
Japan: Wed/Fri, 9:00-11:00 AM
South Korea: Wed/Fri, 9:00-11:00 AM
Beijing, China: Wed/Fri, 8:00-10:00 AM
Vietnam: Wed/Fri, 7:00-9:00 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

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