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The ELC will deliver Part-Time Academic English Courses (PTAEC) remotely for Fall 2021 term. Covid-19 (Coronavirus) - Information and updates can be found at http://umanitoba.ca/coronavirus

Part-Time Academic English Courses through the ELC include 30 hours of remote instruction. All courses will be delivered remotely for the Fall 2021 term. All instructors are highly qualified and experienced in teaching English for academic purposes.

On average, there are 12 to 15 students in most classes. However, the Research Writing For Graduate Students, Oral English for Graduate Students, Pronunciation, and Oral Presentations courses are limited to a maximum of 10 students.

These courses are meant for UM students who have already met the English proficiency requirement for their degree program and would like to build on their current skills and polish their academic English so that they may succeed in their degree courses. Community members who wish to take these courses must meet the English proficiency requirements stated by UM admissions.

Part-Time Academic English Courses through the ELC will not appear on your UM transcript. However, students who attend at least 80 per cent of the classes will receive a completion letter.

Because Part-Time Academic English Courses are not considered a full-time academic program, you cannot use them to apply for a student visa.

Course fees and payment options

  • Course fee: $150.00 per course

The ELC office accepts online credit card payments. After payment is confirmed, you will receive a copy of the payment receipt via email. Payment must be completed for your registration to be considered complete.

Withdrawal and refund policy

If you are unable to attend a course you have registered for, you must request an official withdrawal by emailing us at elc@umanitoba.ca. If you stop attending a course without officially withdrawing, you will fail the course.

In order to receive a refund, you must request an official withdrawal by emailing us at elc@umanitoba.ca before a course begins. If this condition is met, we will refund your payment minus a $10 withdrawal fee. No refunds will be given after the first class has been completed.

Cancellation policy

We reserve the right to cancel any course if there is insufficient enrolment. Students will be notified of any cancellations via email three business days prior to the start of class. Students may register for another course in the current term if the new course has space available. The registration fee will be transferred to the new course. To request a transfer, you must contact us by email at elc@umanitoba.ca or by phone at 204-474-9251.

Registration, schedules and courses

To register for a Part-Time Academic English Course through the ELC, please complete the PTAEC registration form (PDF) and submit it to the ELC by email at elc@umanitoba.ca.

Registrations for Part-Time Academic English Courses are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrolment is limited, so be sure to register early in order to reserve a spot. If your preferred class section is full, we will put you on a waiting list and notify you if a space becomes available.

You will receive confirmation of your registration and class location via email two to three days before the course start date.

Students must be at least 17 years of age to register. Students may enrol in a maximum of two courses per term. You will need to make sure that the class times do not conflict.

Oral English Courses

ESLC 0260: Conversation and Discussion

In this course, students practice speaking skills necessary for maintaining conversations and participating in discussions. Practice includes effective questioning and requesting, giving opinions, asking for clarification, and offering suggestions. Common Canadian idioms are also studied.

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ESLC 0270: Pronunciation

The purpose of this course is to provide students with insight into their strengths and weaknesses in pronouncing North American English, with an emphasis on improving comprehensibility. Focused practice on specific high priority sounds and intonation patterns will be provided in class. The instructor also suggests techniques for continued improvement after the course concludes.

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ESLC 0250: Oral presentations

In this course, students practice the speaking skills required for participation in university seminars. Students learn strategies that native speakers use in organizing information, expressing opinion, agreeing and disagreeing and questioning and answering questions. The course covers both informal impromptu speaking and formal presentations. In addition, a number of related communication skills such as body language and pronunciation are covered. Students practice these structures and skills through discussions and both formal and informal speeches. Constructive feedback on individual speech is provided throughout the course.

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ESLC 0292: Oral English for Graduate Students

The purpose of this course is to provide students with initial insight into their strengths and weaknesses in pronunciation and to assist students in improving their comprehensibility. Focused practice on specific problem areas are provided in class. Students learn and practice strategies for improving intonation, stress, rhythm, pacing, and non-verbal communication for the effective delivery of oral presentations, for leading seminars, and also for interacting in informal and professional contexts. For Graduate students only.

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ESLC 0294: Intercultural Communication *NEW*

In this course, students will engage in activities that focus on developing intercultural communicative competence. All language is firmly connected to the cultural context in which it is used. Students will gain insight into how cultural context influences a speaker’s choice of words, phrases and actions, and how appropriate and effective the communication will be. Students will explore a range of intercultural situations that commonly occur on campus (introducing oneself, meeting classmates, talking to professors) and in daily life (small talk, negotiating, apologizing). By engaging in communicative activities, class discussions, and cultural self-reflection, students will expand their understanding of themselves and others as cultural beings (with unique perspectives, values, beliefs), and become more confident when communicating in intercultural situations.

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Academic Writing Courses

ESLC 0230: Effective Academic Writing

In this course, students focus on the writing process and develop skills needed to write organized and coherent academic texts. Pre-writing, drafting, editing and revision, paragraph and essay/document organization, and integration of quotations are discussed and practiced. Sentence level grammar, based on student needs, are an ongoing area of instruction throughout the course, along with some exposure to useful academic vocabulary and phrases. Regular written and oral feedback will be provided with attention given to individual needs.

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ESLC 0240: Critical Reading and Summary Writing

Research shows that good reading skills can lead to well written assignments. In this course, students learn reading strategies to understand and retain information, to understand the organization of reading passages, and strategies for learning and retaining vocabulary. Building on these basic strategies, students develop skills to critically analyze texts. In addition, students practice and develop paraphrasing and summarizing skills. Students receive ongoing feedback throughout the course.

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ESLC 0220: Grammar Review

This course directly responds to the grammatical errors that prevent effective written communication on both the sentence and paragraph level. At the start of the course, the instructor assesses a sample of each student's written work. The findings from this assessment determine the grammatical functions covered in the course. This responsive syllabus prioritizes error types and focuses on the grammatical errors that most seriously affect clear communication of ideas. Developing skills for identifying errors and self-editing are regular features of the class. Students are encouraged to discuss specific grammatical concerns and challenges with the instructor.

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ESLC 0210/0112: Research Writing for Graduate Students

Students practice writing and analyzing discourse patterns common in graduate level writing. Students study genres of their discipline in order to better appreciate the nature of research writing. Students also examine vocabulary and grammatical structures common to academic writing, as well as develop editing skills. For Graduate students only.

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Remote classes (videos)

Watch our students taking classes remotely!

Research Writing for Graduate Students class

Oral English for Graduate Students class

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Textbooks are available in the UM Bookstore in University Centre and should be purchased before the start of class.

Student testimonials

Video testimonials

Ping-Faculty of Engineering

Ping (English)

Ping (Chinese)

Matthew-Asper School of Business

Matthew (English)

Matthew (Chinese)

Wenxuan-Asper School of Business

Wenxuan (English)


Wenxuan (Cantonese)

Written testimonials

Zhuoma (English)

Hello, my name is Zhuoma and I am from Tibet.  I study Education in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  In Fall 2020, I took the Part-Time Academic English course Oral English for Graduate Students, offered by the English Language Center at the University of Manitoba. During the course, I learned some basic English pronunciation rules, such as syllable stress, reduced sounds and pitch, that have the potential to help students sound more natural when speaking English. More importantly, one of the focal points of this course content is to learn how to deliver an engaging and effective speech in public using various strategies such as proper body language, visual aids and the speed of your speech. Another reason I like this course is that the instructor is highly responsive to students’ different needs and is knowledgeable about different cultures. Overall, this course is rich in content and inclusive in classroom atmosphere. Last but not least, this course was delivered remotely which allowed me to have more time flexibility and stay at home comfortably while also learning some useful knowledge. In a word, I highly recommend this course to fellow grad students.     

Contact us

English Language Centre
Room 520 University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2