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Make a quick and efficient leap in your grammar, pronunciation, or writing skills

Short Courses
for Skills Improvement

These online study courses are for you if…

you are looking to improve your English grammar, pronunciation, or writing.

Whether you are a practicing professional, a university student, or simply looking to enhance your command of the English language, these short course are open to both domestic and international students who need to make a quick and highly productive leap in their grammar, pronunciation, or writing skills.

Focus on improving your skills in a specific aspect of Englsih language communication.

Our instructors use an active, student-centred communicative approach to help students improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Gain access to our Student Engagement Centre, a unique place for students to make friends, take part in extra language activities and engage with the community in Edmonton.

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Quick course topic
course duration
availability
EXELP 7148
Fundamentals of Graduate Writing
4 weeks
16 hours
C$325
July/August – online
4 weeks
16 hours
C$325
Sept 16 – online
  register by: Sept 9

Total cost per course: C$325 – includes access to our Student Engagement Centre.

Schedule: 4 weeks


This online study course is created specifically for postgraduate student (you must have have completed an undergraduate degree to register) and focuses on the two key features of strong academic writing: clarity and precision.

Develop and refine your writing skills for academic reports, articles, and dissertations. We will cover grammar items and writing strategies that support clarity and precision, and use authentic samples of academic texts from the students’ disciplines to help them understand different features of the academic style.

Throughout the course, the instructor works with students’ own written drafts, as well as model writing from the field, to enable students to learn to recognize and correct their own grammatical errors.

While the course content is customizable to meet the needs of the individual cohort, here is a sample of the standard grammatical content for the course:

  • Information flow
  • Logical connectors
  • Subordinating conjunctions
  • Articles
  • Verb tenses
  • Passive voice
  • Hedging
  • Relative clauses
  • Conciseness
  • Nominalization
  • Abstracts, introductions and conclusions
EXELP 7148
Grammar for Effective Communication
5 weeks
20 hours
C$395
July - online
Sept - online

Total cost per course: C$395 – includes access to our Student Engagement Centre.


Schedule: 5 weeks each
Option 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, July 13 to August 17, 2020
Option 2: Mondays & Wednesdays, September 14 to October 19, 2020

9:00 am - 11:00 pm MST (Edmonton time)
Japan: Tue/Thu, 9:00-11:00 AM
South Korea: Tue/Thu, 9:00-11:00 AM
Beijing, China: Tue/Thu, 8:00-10:00 AM
Vietnam: Tue/Thu, 7:00-9:00 AM

This online course will help upper-level English language learners develop their grammar skills in English. Through synchronous and asynchronous coursework, students will learn, practice, apply, and review common grammar items that are typically challenging for English language learners.

Students will develop an understanding of grammar rules, applications, and strategies that will help them write with precision and clarity. Engaging online classes and personalized instructor feedback and support create a supportive online classroom experience.

EXELP 7151
Applied Writing Skills for English Language Learners
5 weeks
20 hours
C$395
July - online
Sept - online

Total cost per course: C$395 – includes access to our Student Engagement Centre.


Schedule: 5 weeks each
Option 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, July 13 to August 17, 2020
Option 2: Mondays & Wednesdays, September 14 to October 19, 2020

9:00 am - 11:00 pm MST (Edmonton time)
Japan: Tue/Thu, 9:00-11:00 AM
South Korea: Tue/Thu, 9:00-11:00 AM
Beijing, China: Tue/Thu, 8:00-10:00 AM
Vietnam: Tue/Thu, 7:00-9:00 AM

This course supports English language learners as they develop practical academic writing skills in English. Lessons will focus on three important features of writing: common grammar items, writing style, and applied writing skills such as summarizing and synthesizing information.

Lessons will feature real examples of contemporary and academic texts. Students can apply these essential English writing tools to academic writing tasks.

EXELP 7151
Online Pronunciation
5 weeks
20 hours
C$395
July - online
Sept - online

Total cost per course: C$395 – includes access to our Student Engagement Centre.


Schedule: 5 weeks each
Option 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, July 13 to August 17, 2020
Option 2: Mondays & Wednesdays, September 14 to October 19, 2020

9:00 am - 11:00 pm MST (Edmonton time)
Japan: Tue/Thu, 9:00-11:00 AM
South Korea: Tue/Thu, 9:00-11:00 AM
Beijing, China: Tue/Thu, 8:00-10:00 AM
Vietnam: Tue/Thu, 7:00-9:00 AM

This online course will help upper-level English language learners develop their grammar skills in English. Through synchronous and asynchronous coursework, students will learn, practice, apply, and review common grammar items that are typically challenging for English language learners.

Students will develop an understanding of grammar rules, applications, and strategies that will help them write with precision and clarity. Engaging online classes and personalized instructor feedback and support create a supportive online classroom experience.

Looking for custom-designed courses?
Customizable courses for groups

We can adapt an existing short-term course to fit the specific expertise and language-level of your student group.

Examples of past collaborations include:

  • Graduate writing for Medicine
  • Higher education instructor language skills
  • customized courses for universities
  • customized courses for governments
  • customized courses for business groups