ALC Resources for Multilingual Learners
This section of our website outlines the English language development supports that the Academic Learning Centre provides to all UM graduate and undergraduate students.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about this section of our website, please contact


In our workshops you can learn strategies to develop your academic writing, reading and study skills. Some of these workshops are specifically designed with multilingual learners' needs in mind. The online workshops and the in-person workshops are free and can be accessed online.

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The Academic Learning Centre offers a variety of tutoring sessions to support your academic success at the University of Manitoba.

Peer writing tutors

Our peer writing tutors in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library, the Science and Technology libraries and the Albert D. Cohen Management Library can help you with various course-specific writing tasks. You can register and schedule appointments with a tutor through our online appointment booking system, WCOnline. These one-to-one tutoring sessions are free. If you are an undergraduate student, you may have two, half hour appointments per week.

The tutors can help you

  • Understand your assignment guidelines more clearly and help you plan your assignments
  • Understand how to write academic papers
  • Review your writing and give you feedback on how to improve the  clarity and organization of your paper
  • Show you useful resources
  • Show you how to cite in APA, MLA and Chicago
  • Show you how to paraphrase, quote and summarize

Study skills tutors

Our study skills tutors can help you become a more successful student. They can teach you how to organize your time better, study for exams more efficiently, take effective notes, and improve your memory and concentration. These one-to-one sessions are free to all University of Manitoba students. To see an academic skills tutor check our Migizii Agamik schedule in WCOnline

Content tutors

Content tutors are available to help you with difficult courses such as Economics, Statistics, etc.  To find a content tutor please check our Migizii Agamik schedule in WCOnline

Graduate student tutors

If you are a Master’s degree or PhD student you can book an appointment with one of the five ALC instructors. In a graduate student tutorial instructors can provide feedback and instruction on how to improve the organization, clarity, sentence structure, style conventions, and thesis and manuscript conventions. Please note that we are not a copyediting service.  To schedule an appointment please call our office or make an appointment online in the Tier schedule in WCOnline

Online tutor

You can submit your paper to one of our online writing tutors. The tutor will read your paper, and respond to your concerns. The tutor will give you written feedback within two days (Monday to Friday). You can find more information about the ALC online tutor here.

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EAL Specialist Instructor

The English as an Additional Language specialist instructor has an educational background in teaching English as an additional Language. She has a Master's degree in Education with a focus on second language teaching and learning (M.Ed.), a certificate in teaching language learners (CTESL) and many years of experience teaching multilingual students. The EAL specialist instructor can: 

  • Analyze your language needs and work with you to develop a plan to  improve your academic English.
  • Analyze your writing and make suggestions on how to improve your grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary use.
  • Help you understand assignment requirements and academic standards.
  • Help you with your writing and reading assignments.
  • Teach you strategies to understand difficult vocabulary, learn new vocabulary and use vocabulary correctly.
  • 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 and discuss academic integrity conventions.
  • Help you understand referencing rules and the use of academic sources in writing.

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 Centre in 205 Tier or you can make an appointment directly by visiting the Tier Schedule in WCOnline.

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Programs and Resources

In addition to our various workshops and seminars, undergraduate and graduate students can enroll in academic reading and writing guided tutorials.

Writing with Integrity Tutorial (WIT) for Graduate Students

The Writing with Integrity tutorial is a multiple session tutorial for multilingual graduate students who want to improve their understanding of using sources. In this tutorial, students will learn to paraphrase, summarize, synthesize and reference sources correctly. Students can take the whole tutorial or take only specific modules. . For more information email

Reading to Write Program (RWP) for Undergraduate Students

This online university preparation program is suited for new undergraduate UM students who want to gain some exposure to academic reading and writing tasks. Participants work with a writing tutor and receive online feedback on a series of 4 weekly academic tasks. There is no grade or penalty, but students should expect to spend at least 3-4 hours per week reading and writing for each weekly activity. This program qualifies for Co-Curricular credit, but does not qualify for degree credit. This program is usually offered in July or August. For more information contact 

The Reading for Fluency Resource (RFG)

The Reading for Fluency Guide is a resource for multilingual students and other UM students who want to become better readers. This self-guided, extensive reading resource provides links to books that been especially designed for language improvement and are available at our UM libraries. Students who engage in active extensive reading gain multiple exposures to frequently used vocabulary and grammatical structures which can improve language and cultural proficiency, reading speed and comprehension of English texts. This is a self-guided reading program, but students can meet with the ALC EAL specialist instructor to discuss the book or have a more guided reading experience. For more information download the RFP manual (PDF) or email


ALC has developed an extensive collection of handouts and tip sheets to help you with many of the academic tasks you’ll encounter in university. Tip sheets on how to develop a thesis statement, manage your time better, take multiple choice tests, etc. are a quick way to learn how to improve your performance in university courses.


Various links, writing and study tips pdf's, videos and online workshops can be found in our digital binders. Online resources specifically chosen for undergraduate English Language Learners can be found in the Undergraduate Student LiveBinder . The Graduate Student LiveBinder contains useful writing, research and language resources for Masters and PhD students

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Online Resources

The following 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.


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.


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 Centre for the Advance or Teaching and Learning 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 Centre 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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