What is Part-time ESL?

We specialize in English language courses for all levels and academic skills. The University of Saskatchewan Language Centre (USLC) is nationally accredited by Languages Canada, Canada's national language education association. Our courses are open to everyone!

We have a variety of courses and workshops to meet your needs to improve your English language skills. Classes are offered three terms a year, are usually in the evening and are currently online. Workshops are 1-3 hours in length and target specific interest areas.

Our instructors are here to make sure that you meet your learning goals!

Which level am I?

It is important to self-assess your level so you get the most from your class experience. Use the guide below to state your self-declared level when you register.

  • I can say and write basic information about myself with words, phrases, or short sentences.
  • I can understand some simple instructions and questions by reading or listening.
  • I sometimes need help to have a conversation or write full sentences.

 

  • I can comfortably say and write information and details about myself and familiar topics in conversation or paragraphs.
  • I use a variety of sentences, grammar, and vocabulary but make frequent mistakes.
  • I manage in everyday living and other people mostly understand me.
  • I need help to use complex language or talk about unfamiliar topics.

 

  • I speak and write main ideas, details, and opinions about familiar and abstract topics in discussions, presentations, written paragraphs and essays.
  • I use complex sentences, grammar, and vocabulary but make some minor mistakes.
  • I work or study in English and want to expand my skills further.
If you do not know your level and want to talk to someone, contact ptesl@usask.ca.

Courses

Classes are online for safety and convenience. All materials are included. Students must have access to a computer with a camera, microphone, and headphones.

Course registration includes:
  • A program orientation
  • Access to tech support for classes and individuals
  • A certificate of completion
  • Access to USLC events/opportunities (eg. Speaker Series)

Current course offerings:

Level

Course name

Description

Class dates/times

Cost

Beginner

Beginner English

You will learn basic English for everyday life. You will learn to speak in English, ask questions, write short sentences, and read simple texts. You must be able to say and write a few sentences about yourself. You need to be able to read simple instructions and questions. This is an online class, so you must know how to use a computer. The teacher will meet you in Zoom three times each week. Expect 3-5 hours of homework each week. 

At the end of the course, you will be offered a placement test to determine how your skills have improved.

January 19 - March 30

Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays
10:00am - 11:00am (CST) 

$1,750 CAD

Intermediate English

English for Business Purposes
(intermediate and advanced levels)

This NEW course is for anyone who wants to improve their vocabulary and functional language to communicate confidently and appropriately in a Canadian business environment. This course will assist you in achieving your professional goals. You will improve your business speaking and writing skills including professional language and formal organization for presentations, meetings, and reports. This class is delivered remotely through a web conference link.

January 17 - March 28

Mondays
6:30 - 8:30pm (CST)

$450 CAD
Spoken English (short course)

This course will help you develop fluency and confidence while practising your speaking and listening skills. This course is for you if you want to increase your vocabulary, functional language, and idiomatic expressions through various tasks and activities such as discussion groups and oral presentations. This class is delivered remotely through a web conference link. 

February 8 - March 8

Tuesdays
6:30 - 8:30pm (CST)

$250 CAD
Pronunciation
(intermediate and advanced levels)

This private class will provide you with five hours of individualized instruction scheduled around your availability. You will learn to improve your accent for employment or public speaking. You will also gain an understanding of sound productions, stress patterns, rhythm, and intonation. This class is delivered remotely through a web conference link.

January 12 - March 30

Scheduled individually with the instructor. 

$450 CAD

Advanced English

 

Academic Writing

In this course you will improve your grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure and mechanics through structured writing sessions and instructor feedback. You will learn how to write effective paragraphs and essays. This class is delivered remotely through a web conference link.

January 12 - March 30

Wednesdays
6:30 - 8:30pm (CST)

$400 CAD
Spoken English

This course will help you develop fluency and confidence while practising your speaking and listening skills. This course is for you if you want to increase your vocabulary, functional language, and idiomatic expressions through various tasks and activities such as discussion groups and oral presentations. This class is delivered remotely through a web conference link.

January 12 - March 30

Wednesdays
6:30 - 8:30pm (CST)

$400 CAD
Graduate Writing
Note: This course is for University of Saskatchewan grad students only

In this class, you will develop and practise skills for writing literature reviews, research proposals and research papers. You will enhance your academic writing style, formal vocabulary and mechanics while revising your own portfolio assignment. This class is delivered remotely through a web conference link.

January 12 - March 30

Wednesdays
4:00 - 6:00pm (CST)

$450 CAD
English for Business Purposes
(intermediate and advanced levels)

This NEW course is for anyone who wants to improve their vocabulary and functional language to communicate confidently and appropriately in a Canadian business environment. This course will assist you in achieving your professional goals. You will improve your business speaking and writing skills including professional language and formal organization for presentations, meetings, and reports. This class is delivered remotely through a web conference link.

January 17 - March 28

Mondays
6:30 - 8:30pm (CST)

$450 CAD
Pronunciation
(intermediate and advanced levels)

This private class will provide you with five hours of individualized instruction scheduled around your availability. You will learn to improve your accent for employment or public speaking. You will also gain an understanding of sound productions, stress patterns, rhythm, and intonation. This class is delivered remotely through a web conference link.

January 12 - March 30

Scheduled individually with the instructor.

$350 CAD

Tuition and fees:

  • Students who are confirmed as registered will be required to pay class tuition/fees in full before the first class. Students will be sent a link to pay for their course(s).
  • Current USask graduate students can apply for funding for ESL classes through the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies here.

Refund Policy: The Language Centre will issue a refund, less a $50.00 CAD administrative fee, when notice of withdrawal is provided up to 7 days before the first class. NO REFUNDS are issued after that time. When courses are cancelled, students have the option to register for another course, transfer their payment to next term or to receive a full refund.

Customized tutoring

Starting at $350 CAD

If you are looking for individual instruction, consider one-on-one tutoring.

We will pair you with a tutor to help you identify your English learning needs and help you set goals to work at your level and your skills. Tutorials are delivered remotely through a web conference link.

All tutoring contracts are custom designed to meet what you need:

  • Five (5) hours of one-on-one tutoring with an experienced teacher
  • Individualized instruction based on your level, skills and English learning needs
  • Instruction delivered remotely through Zoom
  • At your own schedule

Please  us to request tutoring!

Specialized workshops

Current offerings:

- for intermediate/advanced levels

Wokshop name

Description

Workshop date/time

Cost

Grammar

In this 1-hour workshop we will review tricky grammar concepts, specifically verb tenses and complex structures, in order to express yourself clearly and accurately. You will fix common grammar errors in your speaking and writing. 

This workshop is delivered remotely through a web conference link.

Monday, January 10
12:00pm (CST)

$25 CAD
Pronunciation Basics

In this workshop you will learn some of the basic concepts related to pronunciation. You will also start the process of self-analysis and realistic goal setting in order to become more easily understood in your work or social environment.

This workshop is delivered remotely through a web conference link.

Monday, February 7
12:00pm (CST)

$25 CAD
Workplace Communication and Culture

In this full workshop you will learn communication strategies for the Canadian workplace, including body language and what not to talk about. You will understand key values and expectations in the Canadian workplace through comparison with your home country. You will leave the workshop with resources and practice exercises.

This workshop is delivered remotely through a web conference link.

Thursday, February 10
6:30pm - 9:00pm (CST)

$125 CAD
Reading Skills

In this workshop we will share tips on becoming a more effective and efficient reader for work, study, or pleasure. You will increase your comprehension of complex texts and reading speed through application of learned techniques.

This workshop is delivered remotely through a web conference link.

Monday, March 7
12:00pm (CST)

$25 CAD
English for Workplace Context

This full workshop focuses on specific language for common workplace activities such as meetings, presentations, and socializing. You will gain fluency and confidence through immediate practice and feedback. You will leave the workshop with resources and practice exercises.

This workshop is delivered remotely through a web conference link.

Thursday, March 10
6:30pm - 9:00pm (CST)

$125 CAD
Refund Policy: Workshops are non-refundable unless cancelled by the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre, then a full refund will be issued.

Contact us

University of Saskatchewan Language Centre

232 R.J.D. Williams Building
221 Cumberland Ave. N.
Saskatoon, SK  CANADA S7N 1M3

ptesl@usask.ca