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Part-Time English Language Courses

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The School of Continuing Studies continues to develop programs for Canada’s internationally educated professionals whose first language is not English. Our hope is that our courses will allow individuals to leverage more of their international knowledge and experience to contribute to their future lives and careers.

What course is right for you?

English for Professional Purposes

SCS2531 Canadian Workplace Culture and Communication
Many newcomers become frustrated because they have no way to learn the unwritten rules for effective workplace interpersonal and group communications in Canada. This course is designed specifically to meet the needs of internationally educated professionals.  It teaches the essential communication skills required to survive and succeed within a diverse, highly competitive Canadian workplace.
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SCS 1120 Speaking Professionally (Formerly Professionally Speaking)
Improve your professional speaking skills – and your chances of success in the workplace – with this 10-week course. You’ll develop and practise business presentation skills so you can contribute more at meetings, conferences, networking sessions and other corporate events. You’ll build greater confidence through individual work, group interaction and feedback from your peers and instructor. You’ll learn to express yourself more clearly and concisely whether speaking in impromptu situations or making well-planned presentations. Expect about three hours of homework a week.
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SCS 1914 Professional Writing
What’s the most important quality Canadian employers look for in employees? If you said “The ability to communicate clearly and effectively,” you’re ready for this ten-week course. Lectures, discussions, e-learning tools and assignments will help you develop the communication skills you’ll need in today’s business environment. You’ll learn to anticipate and meet your audience’s needs. You’ll write letters, emails, memos and reports that are precise, clear and effective. You’ll emerge better able to inform, persuade, and seek information with confidence.
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English for General Purposes

SCS 1908 Listening Strategies
One way to improve your spoken English is through better listening skills. The more you understand when you speak to others, attend lectures and presentations or listen to media, the better you can respond. In this four-week course, you’ll learn to identify and retain key takeaways in all situations. You’ll assess your listening goals and explore ways to support them. You’ll listen to talks and podcasts and other real material and practise strategies that help you understand what you heard.
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SCS 0166 Pronunciation
Good pronunciation is key to ensuring that people understand what you are saying. Following an initial assessment of your pronunciation abilities, this course will work on developing your pronunciation awareness and skills in order to help you be understood, increase accuracy and become more fluent.
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SCS 1333 Refine Your Grammar I
Express yourself more accurately and eloquently by improving your English grammar in this 10-week course. You’ll get the strong foundation you need to write and speak more clearly, precisely and persuasively. You’ll explore the relationship between words in sentences, analyze structure and meaning, clarify common problem points and improve punctuation. You’ll get opportunities to practise with your peers and get helpful feedback. You’ll also learn what resources are best for ongoing grammar help. Expect three hours of homework a week.
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SCS 2559 Refine Your Grammar II
If you struggle with professional or academic writing – even after years of studying English – this course is for you. You’ll learn sophisticated concepts of grammar not covered in most language courses. You’ll apply them to produce effective, concise written work with newfound confidence. You’ll express yourself more clearly and persuasively by using varied, well-structured sentences and placing content more strategically. You’ll also develop editing skills to rid your work of errors. Expect up to three hours of homework a week.
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SCS 1911 Speaking English with Confidence (Formerly Speak Up)
If you’re ready to take your spoken English to a higher level – where you feel comfortable expressing opinions, arguing positions and making presentations – this 10-week interactive course is for you. You’ll improve your fluency and accuracy, so you feel more confident when speaking to others. You’ll develop speaking and listening skills in a relaxed group setting and learn to apply them outside the classroom. You’ll emerge with a set of skills designed to help you speak more naturally and comfortably.
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SCS 1121 Speaking Accurately
Build your language skills at work, home and elsewhere with this 10-week course. You’ll learn to speak English more accurately and eliminate common errors that obstruct even the best ideas. You’ll adopt and refine strategies that help you express yourself more clearly in personal and professional situations. You’ll take part in group discussions, make brief presentations and get valuable feedback from your peers and instructor. You’ll also review sentence-level grammar structures that present problems for both native and non-native speakers.
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SCS 1337 Writing Essentials I
Improve your written English for personal, professional and academic purposes with this 10-week course. You’ll refine your sentence structure, punctuation and verb tenses, and eliminate the most common errors that confuse readers. You’ll enhance your writing style with challenging weekly assignments. You’ll get detailed feedback from your instructor so you know what needs improvement and how English sentences work. You’ll also develop valued editing skills that help you revise your work. Expect at least five hours of homework each week.
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SCS 2640 Writing Essentials II
Hone the skills you learned in Writing Essentials I in this advanced 10-week course. You’ll learn to construct more precise and reader-friendly sentences and paragraphs. You’ll eliminate redundancies and errors and use outlining to plan more cohesive documents. Feedback from your instructor and peers, in-class activities and challenging assignments will sharpen your writing and editing skills. Whether you write for school, business, fun or profit, you’ll emerge with greater ability and confidence. Expect about five hours of homework each week.
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English for Academic Purposes

SCS 1912 Writing Effective Essays (Formerly Academic Writing)
Learn to write clearer, more coherent university or college essays with this 10-week hands-on course. You’ll practice the strategies and skills you need to write in a variety of academic genres. You’ll learn how to organize your paragraphs and papers, use more complex structures and analyze other writing to improve your own. You’ll study North American academic conventions, learn to write more persuasively and get helpful feedback from peers and your instructor. Expect about five hours of homework a week.
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SCS 1913 Academically Speaking
Students and teachers alike need strong speaking skills to succeed in English-language academic settings. If you need help getting the most out of lectures, tutorials, class discussions and study groups, this 10-week course is for you. You’ll improve your speaking skills so you can interact more comfortably and confidently with students, professors and colleagues. You’ll learn to express and support opinions, ask clear questions, provide fluent answers and monitor your performance. Expect up to three hours of homework a week.
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SCS 2402 Writing Research-based Essays (Formerly Advanced Academic Writing)
Write longer, more complex university and college with the advanced academic techniques you’ll learn in this 10-week course. You’ll learn to use published sources correctly to support your written arguments. You’ll formulate research questions and answer them by analyzing and integrating your sources. You’ll express your ideas more clearly and coherently and cite your sources accurately. You’ll get peer and instructor feedback, learn to write more persuasively and emerge better prepared to succeed. Expect five hours of homework a week.
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