Resources for Multilingual Learners

EAL Specialist Instructor Online Resources Other U of M Resources

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Welcome to the Academic Learning Center's resources for multilingual learners. This section of our website outlines spcific English language development supports that the Academic Learning Center provides to all University of Manitoba, graduate and undergraduate students for whom English is not a first language. As well as directing you to additional resouces available within the Academic Learning Centre's website.

EAL Specialist Instructor

The English as an Additional Language specialist instructor in 201 Tier has an educational background in teaching English as an Additional Language. She has a Master's of Education focusing on second language teaching and learning (M.Ed.) and a certificate in teaching language learners (CTESL).

In addition, she has taught multilingual learners from a variety of language learning backgrounds, for over 16 years. She can assist you with any language related concerns that might affect your writing, reading and general academic success.

Here are some of the ways in which the EAL specialist instructor can help you.

  • Discuss your language needs and develop a plan to improve your English.
  • Analyze your writing and make suggestions about how to improve your grammar and vocabulary use.
  • Help you understand academic writing expectations, and assignment requirements.
  • Teach you strategies to understand difficult vocabulary, and learn new and appropriate vocabulary
  • Work with you to improve your pronunciation and oral communication, and teach you how to deliver better presentations
  • Teach you communication skills and expressions to build better professional relationships with your professors and staff at the University
  • Guide you through the paraphrasing and summarizing processes.
  • Help you understand referencing rules and the use of academic sources.

Sessions with the EAL specialist are customized for your specific needs so bring specific questions and concerns. You can schedule an appointment with Antoanela Denchuk by visiting the U1 Student Center in 205 Tier or make an appointment directly by visiting the graduate student schedule, in our online appointment scheduling system (WCO).

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Online Resources

Various links, writing and study tips pdf’s, videos and online workshops can be found in our LiveBinders. Online resources specifically chosen for English Language Learners, can be found in the ALC LiveBinder for Multilingual Learners. Graduate students will also find the Graduate Student LiveBinder useful for writing Master’s and PhD dissertations.

For quick reference visit the following sites. These sites have been selected for both the variety of information they offer and the ease of navigation within the site:

  • Purdue's OWL (Online Writing Lab) Resources, Handouts and Exercises - Purdue's OWL includes many EAL specific exercises and handouts for beginners and advanced learners. The site itself is subdivided for easy navigation including: general resources, online courses, Grammar and spelling, idioms, vocabulary and many other helpful categories. Its search function will also be helpful in finding exactly what you need.
  • EAL Links - A variety of links for both students and teachers of English as a second language. This site includes information on grammar, idioms and slang, and listening.
  • ESL pdf - This site contains over 200 free English grammar and vocabulary PDF worksheets for the classroom or self-study, including such categories as: vocabulary, verb tenses, articles, phrasal verbs, prepositions, adjectives and adverbs, holidays, and nouns/pronouns.

Pronunciation

The following websites can help you with the pronunciation of English and are recommended by UM English Language Centre Instructors.

Useful on-line dictionaries that have the words pronounced aloud (if the user has a speaker on his/her computer) are:

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Other Useful U of M Resources

English Language Centre

Offers programs and courses to EAL students to prepare them for academic English usage, as well as providing assistance to students already enrolled in classes. The following part-time courses are offered by the English Language Centre: Academic Essays, Conversation and Discussion, Critical Reading and Summary Writing, Grammar Review, Oral Presentations, Pronunciation, Research Writing for Graduate Students, Oral English for Graduate Students (Medicine), and Research Writing for Graduate Students (Medicine). For a schedule of their courses, visit the part-time course schedule section of the ELC website.

ThesisSPEAK

If you are a U of M student in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and you are preparing for a thesis presentation, you are eligible to participate in ThesisSPEAK (Sessions to Practice English And communicate Knowledge clearly) offered by the English Language Centre at the U of M. Contact: Cheryl Bodnarus by email or call 204-474-9941 for more information or to request a registration form.

International Centre

This is the main hub for international students at the University of Manitoba. The International Center offers programs and services to all international students before and after their arrival in Canada to make the transition easier and more enjoyable and, above all, successful.

University of Manitoba Toastmasters

Provides students with an excellent and fun way to improve their oral skills and to meet new people.

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If you have any questions, concerns or comments about this section of our website, please contact Antoanela Denchuk, the Academic Learning Center's EAL Specialist Instructor, at 204-480-1481 or at antoanela.denchuk@umanitoba.ca.