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English for Academic Purposes

English Language Programs


Please note, this program is available to newcomers with permanent resident status only. 


English for Academic Purposes

This program consists of courses that are designed especially for individuals whose first language is not English who wish to attend a post-secondary institution in the future.

We offer the following courses for Academic Purposes:

  • English for Academic Writing (Part I and II)
  • English for Academic Learning and Speaking (please note that this course consists of two parts)


English for Academic Writing

This is an advanced writing course for academic purposes. This course consists of two twelve-week sections. It focuses on the development of academic writing skills needed to succeed in an undergraduate, post-secondary context. Skills and topics include:

  • The writing process
  • Paraphrasing & summarizing academic texts
  • Comprehending and critically analyzing academic texts
  • Independently formulating thesis statements and developing complete essays on a variety of topics
  • Writing grammatically correct essays which demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the topic
  • Documenting sources using APA style guidelines
  • Using appropriate academic vocabulary in writing

A student who successfully completes both Part I and Part II of English for Academic Writing with a minimum grade of C+ meets the language requirement of UW and will receive three unallocated credits towards a UW degree or diploma.

English for Academic Learning and Speaking

This is an advanced level speaking and listening course for academic purposes. This class will develop students' English language skills while building the study, technology, critical thinking and meta-cognitive skills needed to thrive in a university environment. 

The class consists of two twelve-week parts: English for Academic Learning and English for Academic Speaking.  Students may enter the course at the beginning of either part. A student who successfully completes both sections of English for Academic Learning & Speaking will receive three unallocated credits towards a UW degree or diploma.

Skills and topics include:

  • Understanding the format and structure of lectures
  • Actively listening to lectures and taking notes
  • Understanding and using academic vocabulary
  • Using study strategies
  • Comprehending and critically analyzing academic texts
  • Using academic sources
  • Giving a formal and informal presentation
  • Discussing and debating on academic topics
  • Pronunciation and intonation
  • Using appropriate grammar in an oral context
  • The Canadian culture of a post-secondary context