English Language Studies

Study English for Success at University

We offer a wide range of English Language Studies programs accredited by Languages Canada and designed for students and professionals at all levels of their English language learning.

Our programs focus on developing the English skills needed for success in university. Improve academic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills while also learning how to do research and gaining an introduction to Canadian academic culture.

English Language Courses and Programs

Study English for university at a university. Gain the English and academic skills you need for success at university, or improve your English language skills with one of our courses or workshops offered to students and the Halifax community.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Do you want to improve your English language skills?  Students do not have to be conditionally accepted into a Dalhousie degree program to take Dalhousie’s EAP Program. EAP could be the right fit for you.  

English for Students & Professionals
Are you a student or professional looking for an online English language program that offers English for Specific Purpose (ESP) classes and academic module options?

Advanced English Courses
Are you studying, working or living in Halifax? Are you looking for opportunities to improve your English, but do not have time for a full course? Our Advanced English courses may be exactly what you're looking for. 

Academic Credit Courses
Do you want to improve your English communication and academic skills? What about working on your writing and research skills? Our selection of credit courses could be of help to you.

Language Support for Students, Staff & Faculty

The English Language Studies Department provides on-on-one language support for Dalhousie faculty, staff, visiting scholars or post-doctoral fellows. Many members of the Dalhousie community would like to further develop their English language skills for lecturing, conference talks, writing for publication, research collaboration or for carrying out their workplace duties at Dal.

As a student, we offer free workshops every Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm that you can access during the Winter term. Visit the schedule of workshop topics to learn more. 

Contact us for a consultation. You will then be paired with one of Dalhousie English Language Studies' instructional staff and together develop a language development plan focusing on the aspects of academic, disciplinary or professional language that are most relevant for you. Then you will carry out your learning plan in a series of private tutorials. This is a fee-based service.

For information or for a consultation, please contact Jennifer Macdonald

Professional Development for Educators

We offer courses and programs specifically aimed to prepare educators to meet the demands of teaching English or teaching in English.  Our courses and programs are created for educators and include the Professional Development Certificate in English Medium Instruction (PDC-EMI) as well as customized courses to meet the requirements of each institution. Learn more about professional development opportunities for you.

Other Programs

Fundamentos Académicos para la Universidad (FAU)
Año de transición entre la secundaria/bachillerato y la universidad que permite cubrir los requisitos lingüísticos y académicos de admisión a los programas de pregrado e Canadá. Haz clic aquí.

A Trusted Institution

The Dalhousie ESL Programs are accredited by Languages Canada. It is also a Designated Learning Institute by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (O19091594822). Click here to view our certificate.

Dalhousie ESL Programs abide by:

Regulations are amended frequently. Please check the list of Regulations by Act to see if there are any recent amendments to these regulations that are not yet included in the aforementioned consolidations.

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