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English Language School


The English Language School offers

  1. English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at a range of language proficiency levels as both credit and non-credit courses.
  2. Academic Foundations (AF) courses designed for students who wish to enter EAP courses, but have not yet reached the required level of proficiency.
  3. Short-term study abroad courses for students seeking an immersive language experience, which include Communication Skills for Global Citizenship, English for Science and Technology and English for Nursing.
  4. Short-term customized programs of study to groups of language teachers or language learners. These programs are designed to improve not only English language skills, but often other related academic or professional competencies.

The English Language School is a key partner in the University of Alberta Bridging Program. This program provides students with the opportunity to combine university degree courses with English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes, allowing qualified applicants to improve their English language proficiency.

For more information, visit ualberta.ca/faculties-and-programs/english-language-school, or e-mail elsinfo@ualberta.ca, phone (780) 492-5530.

For course listings, see Course Listings  under English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes: Undergraduate Admission

The courses EAP 135 , EAP 140 , and EAP 145  form a progressive program designed to meet the English language proficiency requirement for undergraduate admission at the University of Alberta. Students who successfully complete these courses will be able to synthesize and analyze information from a variety of sources. They will also focus on developing the skills to present their ideas, both in writing and verbally, in accordance with first-year university standards.

For more information, visit ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/english-language-school, e-mail elsinfo@ualberta.ca, or phone (780) 492-5530.

For course listings, see Course Listings  under English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

English for Academic Purposes: Graduate Admission

The University of Alberta recruits, attracts, and welcomes the best and the brightest minds to its programs. As English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Alberta, proficiency in English is a prerequisite for graduate admission. All applicants are expected to demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission.

Students who successfully complete the course EAP 550 will have met the minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to a Master's or PhD program at the University of Alberta.

For more information, visit ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/english-language-school, e-mail elsinfo@ualberta.ca, or phone (780) 492-5530. For course listings, see Course Listings  under English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

English for Professional Instruction and Communication (EPIC)

English for Professional Instruction and Communication (EPIC) is a unit within the English Language School which provides language- and culture-related professional development opportunities to local, national, and international organizations in the post-secondary, government, and industry sectors.

We work closely with our partners to customize EPIC programs and courses to the instructional and/or communication needs of each client. Our partners value the flexibility of EPIC courses, which can be tailored to fit their schedules, availability, budgets, and delivery preferences

A number of EPIC programs and courses are available:

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

TEFL groups can refine their English language skills, and study the most up-to-date methodologies in teaching second languages. Courses can be customized based on each group's needs.

Topics covered in a TEFL course can include:

  • Principles for second language teaching
  • Task-based language teaching
  • Teaching grammar in a communicative classroom
  • Teaching pronunciation in a communicative classroom
  • Understanding heritage languages and second language learning
  • Novel approaches to teaching the four skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening

Advanced Professional Program in English-Medium Instruction (APPEMI) for Professors

This program is designed for higher education instructors whose native language is not English, but who use English to teach their disciplinary content. Instructors can expect to enhance their teaching skills and confidence, as well as their oral and written English, as they learn strategies to assist students in learning content through English.

For more information, visit ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/english-language-school, e-mail elsinfo@ualberta.ca, or phone (780) 492-5530.

Bridging Program for Undergraduates

The University of Alberta Bridging Program (BP) provides students the opportunity to combine university degree courses with English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes. BP is a program for excellent students who meet all of UAlberta's academic criteria but still need to improve their English skills in order to enter a degree program.

For more information, visit ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/english-language-school, e-mail elsinfo@ualberta.ca, or phone (780) 492-5530.

Homestay Services

International students quickly learn the benefits of participating in the Homestay Program while learning English. The program is specially designed for students who speak English as a second or additional language. Students live with a Canadian family, experience Canadian culture, and are able to practice their English beyond the classroom. Host families are carefully selected from the Edmonton community to ensure that they have a genuine interest in having a cross-cultural exchange. Both the host family and the student have a unique learning experience and often develop bonds that last a lifetime.

For more information, visit ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/english-language-school, e-mail elsinfo@ualberta.ca, or phone (780) 492-5530.

Placement Test

The English Language School (ELS) administers placement tests to international students whose first language is not English. These tests are conducted to give accurate assessments of prospective students' current language proficiency in English. Test results determine appropriate student placement in ELS programs.

For more information, visit ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/english-language-school, e-mail elsinfo@ualberta.ca, or phone (780) 492-5530.