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Advanced English Courses (Non‑Credit)

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

ESL Writing for Graduate Students

Upcoming Course

Date Location Cost Registration
Jan 23 - Mar 06, 2018 College of Continuing Education, 1459 LeMarchant St - 2nd Floor Halifax, NS Halifax, NS $100 Tax Exempt Register Now

Tuesdays, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (no class on Feb 20, Study Break)

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.

ESL Speaking and Pronunciation for Graduate Students

Upcoming Course

Date Location Cost Registration
Jan 25 - Mar 08, 2018 College of Continuing Education, 1459 LeMarchant St - 2nd Floor Halifax, NS Halifax, NS $100 Tax Exempt Register Now

Thursdays, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (no class on Feb 22, Study Break)

In this 12-hour non-credit course you will focus on improving the speaking and pronunciation skills needed for graduate study. Through interactive activities and exercises, lab time and instructor feedback, you will develop all aspects of academic speaking. The course will include elements of pronunciation at the word, phrase and sentence level. Other topics covered will include the skills of speaking about academic research, presenting, 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.

Advanced Grammar

Upcoming Course

Date Location Cost Registration
Jan 22 - Mar 05, 2018 College of Continuing Education, 1459 LeMarchant St - 2nd Floor Halifax, NS $100 Tax Exempt Register Now

Mondays, 4:30pm to 6:30pm (no class on Feb 19, Study Break)

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.

Oral Communication

Upcoming Course

Date Location Cost Registration
Jan 24 - Mar 07, 2017 College of Continuing Education, 1459 LeMarchant St - 2nd Floor Halifax, NS $100 Tax Exempt Register Now

Wednesdays, 4:30pm to 6:30pm (no class on Feb 21, Study Break)

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.

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Preparation Course

Upcoming Course

Date Location Cost Registration
Jan 23, 30 &
Feb 06
College of Continuing Education, 1459 LeMarchant St - 2nd Floor Halifax NS
Free for
Dalhousie students
Register Now

Tuesdays, 4:30pm -6:30pm
Note: This course is open for students who are enrolled in any Dalhousie Graduate Programs.

This course will help you prepare for the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) academic communication competition. In a series of three two-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.