EAL Resources

Useful UM Links

English Language Centre - Offers programs and courses to EAL students to prepare them for academic English usage, as well as providing assitance 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, please click on the part-time course schedule.

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 Practise English And communicate Knowledge clearly) offered by the English Language Centre at the U of M.

 

Please e-mail or phone Cheryl Bodnarus at 204-474-9941 or Cheryl.Bodnarus@umanitoba.ca for more information or to request a registration form.

University 1 International Student Mentorship Program (ISMP) - University 1 International Students who apply to participate in ISMP are paired with experienced international, or Canadian volunteer student mentors who provide academic support and help with adapting to life at the UM.

International Centre for Students - 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 Mantioba Toastmasters - Provides students with an excellent and fun way to improve their oral skills and to meet new people.

EAL Sites

The following web 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 naviagation including: general resources, online courses, Grammar and spelling, idioms, vocabulary and many other helpful categories. Its search function will aslo 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.

www.soundsofenglish.org/

elc.polyu.edu.hk/cill/pronunci.htm

www.manythings.org/mp/m09.html


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

www.m-w.com/

www.yourdictionary.com/

If you have questions regarding pronunciation, please contact Cheryl Bodnarus of the English Language Centre.