English Language Support

The Library offers dedicated assistance to participants with English as an additional language (EAL). If English isn't your first language and you are a graduate or undergraduate student in a degree program, a postdoctoral fellow, a visiting scholar, a faculty member, or a staff member, you can access the Library's EAL programs and services.

  • Do you need help with reading, writing, listening, or speaking in English?
  • Are you confused by Canadian university expectations?
  • Are you experiencing difficulty in pronunciation and communication?
  • Would you like long-term editing strategies to help you write more effectively?

If so, you can:

  • Book an appointment to discuss reading, listening, speaking, or writing. For reading, listening, or speaking, select a consultant with "English Language Support - EAL" in their bio. For writing, you can book with any of our consultants. 
  • Register for a workshop

Workshops

Students in degree programs as well as postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, faculty members, or staff members are eligible to participate in all Library workshops. Below are the programs designed specifically for participants with English as an additional language (EAL).

EAL Graduate Writing Camp

EAL Graduate Writing Camp is a one-week program designed to help EAL graduate-level students develop long-term editing strategies to help them write more clearly in their graduate proposals, dissertations, or major research papers. This program is offered in the Summer semester. 

Talk Like an Academic

Talk Like an Academic is a series of seven workshops that are designed to help EAL graduate-level students develop English communication skills and confidence while they practice interacting in six different academic oral communication contexts. This program is offered in the Winter semester.

Write Like an Academic

Write Like an Academic is a series of six workshops that are designed to help EAL graduate-level students develop their academic writing skills and confidence while they practice interacting in six different academic written communication situations. This program is offered in the Fall semester.

Pronunciation Group

Pronunciation Group is a series of sessions designed to help participants with English as an additional language (EAL) to improve their pronunciation for conversation and presentations. This program is offered in the Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters. There are four groups available throughout the year.