Advanced English Courses (Non‑Credit)

We offer several non-credit courses open to anyone studying, working or living in Halifax.

 

Academic Writing for Graduate Students

In this 12-hour non-credit course you will focus on improving the written communication skills needed for graduate study. Through interactive activities and exercises, lab time and instructor feedback, you will develop your academic writing skills. Sentence structure, coherence and flow, vocabulary use and strategies for genre awareness will be among topics covered. The course will be capped at 15 students. Undergraduate students and students from other universities will be admitted with permission from the instructor.

Upcoming sessions

Date Location Cost Registration
May 13 - June 24, 2019
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Mondays, 6:35pm - 8:25pm (May 20, 2019 Victoria Day, University closed)

Date Location Cost Registration
July 08 - 29, 2019
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Mondays, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Date Location Cost Registration
August 19 - 22, 2019
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Monday - Thursday, 09:00am - 12:00pm

Date Location Cost Registration
October 09 - November 20, 2019
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Wednesdays, 6:35pm - 8:25pm (November 13, 2019 Fall Study Break, no class)

 

Academic Speaking for Graduate Students

In this 12-hour non-credit course you will focus on improving effective speaking and communication skills needed for graduate study. This course features speaking activities in a variety of contexts to help you develop strategies for discussing academic research, making presentations, and facilitating in-class discussion in English. The course will be capped at 15 students. Undergraduate students and students from other universities will be admitted with permission from the instructor.

Upcoming sessions

Date Location Cost Registration
May 14 - June 18, 2019
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Tuesdays, 4:35pm - 6:25pm  

Date Location Cost Registration
July 08 - 29, 2019
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Mondays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Date Location Cost Registration
August 19 - 22, 2019
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Monday - Thursday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Date Location Cost Registration
September 17 - October 22, 2019
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Tuesdays, 6:35pm - 8:25pm

 

English: Structure, Logic, and Rules

In this 12-hour non-credit course you will review and expand your knowledge of English grammar. Topics will include the grammar points at the word and sentence level that are most commonly misused by advanced learners of English. Class time will include interactive activities and exercises, lab time and instructor feedback. The course will be capped at 15 students. Prerequisite for this course is minimum IELTS 6.5, CEFR C1, CLB 8 or full admission to a Halifax university at the undergraduate or graduate level.

NOTE: This course was previously entitled "Advanced Grammar".

Upcoming sessions

Date Location Cost Registration
May 14 - June 18, 2019
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Tuesdays, 6:35pm - 8:25pm

Date Location Cost Registration
July 09 - 30, 2019
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Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Date Location Cost Registration
September 16 - October 28, 2019
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Mondays, 6:35pm - 8:25pm (October 14, 2019 Thanksgiving Day, University closed)

 

Effective Oral Communication

In this 12-hour non-credit course you will focus on improving your speaking skills for a variety of formal and informal contexts, both on campus and off campus. You will improve your fluency, spoken grammar and vocabulary, and practice strategies to improve communication in your daily life. Class time will be very interactive, with activities and exercises and lots of personalized instructor feedback. The course will be capped at 15 students. Prerequisite for this course is minimum IELTS 6.5, CEFR C1, CLB 8 or full admission to a Halifax university at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Upcoming sessions

Date Location Cost Registration
May 30 - July 04, 2019
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Thursdays, 4:35pm - 6:25pm

Date Location Cost Registration
July 09 - 30, 2019
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Tuesdays, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Date Location Cost Registration
October 09 - November 20, 2019
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Wednesdays, 4:35pm - 6:25pm (November 13, 2019 Fall Study Break, no class)


English Pronunciation

This 12-hour non-credit course focuses on improving pronunciation skills through interactive activities and exercises, lab time, and instructor feedback. In this course, you will work on key elements of pronunciation at the word, phrase and sentence level. Other topics covered will include stress patterns of words, and overall intonation of phrases and sentences, all of which contribute to effective communication. The course will be capped at 15 students. Undergraduate students and students from other universities will be admitted with permission from the instructor.

Upcoming sessions

Date Location Cost Registration
May 29 - July 03, 2019
Mona Campbell Building $100 Tax Exempt Register Now

Wednesdays, 4:35pm - 6:25pm

Date Location Cost Registration
July 10 - 31, 2019
Mona Campbell Building $100 Tax Exempt Register Now

Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Date Location Cost Registration
September 16 - October 28, 2019
Mona Campbell Building $100 Tax Exempt Register Now

Mondays, 4:35pm - 6:25pm (October 14, 2019 Thanksgiving Day, University closed)


Business Communication

This 12-hour non-credit course focuses on improving the skills you will need for the international workplace. The focus is on written and oral skills for employment for those who use English as a second or additional language.

Upcoming session

Date Location Cost Registration
October 10 - November 21, 2019
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Thursdays, 6:35pm - 8:25pm (November 14, 2019 Fall Study Break, no class)

 

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Preparation Course

This course will help you prepare for the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) academic communication competition. In a series of two three-hour sessions, you will work on the content and delivery of your 3MT presentation with a special emphasis on the linguistic challenges for grad students whose first language is not English. The topics you will focus on include improving the accuracy of your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, developing fluency, and improving your overall presentation skills. Lots of instructor guidance and feedback will be given, and a certificate of completion will be issued for those who attend all three sessions.

NOTE: This course is open for students who are enrolled in any Dalhousie Graduate Programs.

Upcoming session TBA.