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 delivered 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.

Beginner

  • 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 need help to have a conversation or write full sentences.
  • CLBPT 1-4
  • CEFR A1-A2

Intermediate

  • 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.
  • CLBPT 5-7
  • IELTS 4.5-5.5
  • CEFR B1-B2

Advanced

  • 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.
  • CLBPT 8+
  • IELTS 6+
  • CEFR C1-C2
If you do not know your level and want to talk to someone, contact ptesl@usask.ca

Courses

All courses are online for convenience and international access. Students must have a computer/laptop with a camera, microphone, and headphones. Program materials are included. Note that classes are not recorded.

Course registration includes:
  • A program orientation
  • Access to tech support
  • A certificate of completion
  • Access to USLC events

Course name

Description

Class dates/times

Cost

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. For this course,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 test to assess how your skills have improved.

January 18 - March 29, 2023
Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays
1:00pm - 2:00pm (CST)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 11, 2023

$1,750 CAD

Course name

Description

Class dates/times

Cost

Pronunciation

This private class will provide you with six 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.

January 9 - March 31, 2023

Scheduled individually with the instructor.

$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.

January 17 - February 14, 2023
Tuesdays
6:30 - 8:30pm (CST)


March 20 - April 17, 2023
Mondays
9:30 - 11:30am (CST)

$275 CAD

Course name

Description

Class dates/times

Cost

Pronunciation

This private class will provide you with six 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.

January 9 - March 31, 2023

Scheduled individually with the instructor.

$450 CAD
English for Business Purposes

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 in order to communicate confidently and appropriately in a Canadian business environment.

January 10 - March 28, 2023
Tuesdays
6:30 - 8:30pm (CST)
$500 CAD

Graduate Writing
Note: This course is for current USask 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.

January 11 - March 29, 2023
Wednesdays
6:30 - 8:30pm (CST)

$450 CAD
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.

January 11 - March 29, 2023
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.

January 12 - March 30, 2023
Thursdays
6:30 - 8:30pm (CST)

$400 CAD

Tuition and fees:

  • 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 $300 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

- for intermediate/advanced levels

Short workshops - 1 hour

Workshop name

Description

Workshop date/time

Cost

Social Communication

This workshop will focus on the language and culture around communicating in social situations. You will understand greetings, practice small talk, and gain confidence.

Monday, January 23, 2023
2:00pm (CST)

$25 CAD
Vocabulary

This workshop will focus on techniques and resources for vocabulary learning. You will try new methods to expand your relevant vocabulary and retain new words.

Saturday, February 11, 2023
10:00am (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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023
7:00pm (CST)

$25 CAD
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.

Friday, April 21, 2023
10:00am (CST)

$25 CAD

Full workshops - 2.5 hours

Workshop name

Description

Workshop date/time

Cost

Academic Communication This full workshop focuses on specific language and conventions for oral and written communication on campus, including talking with peers and professors, group discussion strategies, and emailing. You will understand the Canadian education context through comparison with your home country, and leave the workshop with resources and practice exercises.

Monday, January 30, 2023
1:00pm (CST)

$125 CAD
Workplace Communication: Contexts
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.

Monday, March 6, 2023
1:00pm (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