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English for Professional Purposes

English Language Programs


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


English for Professional Purposes

The landscape of immigration in Canada is changing. Every year, the number of skilled professionals immigrating to this country increases. Manitoba has identified immigration as a cornerstone of our economic and social development and internationally trained workers are an important source of talent to fill our province's shortage of skilled labour.

To help facilitate the integration of Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) into Manitoba's professional workforce, the University of Winnipeg (UW), in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, has established The English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Program. ESP is an enhanced English language program designed to provide IEPs with exposure to Canadian professional contexts and field specific language communication training in order to help students best use their technical expertise in Canada. Students also learn about cross-cultural awareness, particularly as it applies to the workplace.

Currently, we offer professional purpose courses for those with a background in:

Each course is offered two nights a week on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.Courses run over 12 weeks and are 72 hours in duration. To register for English for Professional Purposes courses, you must have a Canadian Language Benchmark Level 7 or 8.


English for Internationally Educated Accountants

English for Internationally Educated Accountants focuses on English language and communication skills needed for success as an accountant working in Manitoba and in field specific academic programs such as the Certified Professional Accountants certification program.

This course focuses on building sector specific vocabulary, academic study skills and cross-cultural awareness related to the accounting sector and its practices. Topics include:

  • The cultural differences of the Canadian workplace
  • The accounting culture in Canada
  • Accounting organizations in Canada
  • Ethics and accounting
  • Interviews and meetings
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Delegation in the Canadian context
  • Negotiation in the Canadian context
  • Giving of instructions
  • Business idioms

 


Language and Communication for Internationally Educated Agrologists (LACFIEA)


This course is for participants who have international training or experience in an agricultural occupation and are planning to resume their agricultural career in Manitoba. LACFIEA focuses on language skills needed to practice agrology in Manitoba and in field specific academic programs, such as the IEAP Program.Those with a background in farming, agricultural engineering, animal science, plant science, entomology, agronomy, agribusiness or agricultural economics can benefit from this course. Participants should also be in the process of having their credentials recognized by Manitoba Institute of Agrologists.

This course focuses on building sector specific vocabulary, academic study skills and cross-cultural awareness related to the agrology sector and its practices. Topics include:
  • Agricultural issues.
  • Workplace integration and employer expectations.
  • Professional culture.
  • Fundamentals of effective presentations.
  • Expressing opinions.
  • Giving instructions

 


English for Business and IT Professionals (EBP & IT)

This course is for internationally educated business professionals or entrepreneurs with a background in the management of a commercial or industrial business or, those who have international training or experience in information and communication technology (IT) and are planning to resume their IT career in Manitoba.

This course focuses on building sector specific vocabulary, academic study skills and cross-cultural awareness related to the business and IT sector and its practices. Topics include:
  • The cultural differences of the Canadian workplace
  • The business and IT culture in Canada
  • Marketing in Canada
  • Ethics and business
  • Interviews and meetings
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Delegation in the Canadian context
  • Negotiation in the Canadian context
  • Giving of instructions
  • Interviews and client relations
  • Technical writing


English for Engineering Professionals (EEP)

This course is for foreign trained engineers who live in Manitoba and are planning to resume their engineering career in Manitoba. It focuses on English skills needed for success as a professional engineer in Manitoba, as well as field specific academic level programs such as the IEEQ Program. Participants should be in the process of having their credentials recognized by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba.This course offers occupation-related speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The class includes guest speakers, multimedia materials for language practice, and "culture and communication" topics.

This course focuses on building sector specific vocabulary, academic study skills and cross-cultural awareness related to the engineering sector and its practices. Topics include:

  • Telephone skills
  • Workplace and culture integration
  • Soft skills vs Technical skills
  • Conducting and participating in project meetings
  • Making a clear explanation
  • Management styles
  • E-mail writing


English for Internationally Educated Teachers (IET)

This course helps internationally educated teachers develop communication skills needed for a classroom context while gaining knowledge of the K-12 system in Manitoba. Participants must be planning to resume their teaching careers in Manitoba and should be in the process of having their credentials recognized by the Professional Certification and Student Records Unit.
This course is delivered in class and online. While the topics are similar, the in-class course focuses on speaking and listening while the online course focuses on reading and writing. Participants can choose to take either one or both components of the course simultaneously.

English for Internationally Educated Teachers consists of three sections offered during the Fall, Winter and Spring terms. Students can register to start taking the course in any of the three terms:

Fall Section: Mapping Out the School Year
Winter Section: Exploring Diversity
Spring Section: Assessment, Evaluation and Communication

The English for Internationally Educated Teachers course focuses on building sector-specific vocabulary, academic study skills, and cross-cultural awareness related to the teaching sector and its practices. Topics include:
  • Differentiating assessment
  • Giving feedback
  • Telephone skills
  • Student-led conferences/Parent teacher interviews
  • Giving a forming/informal presentation
  • Informing parents of student progress
  • Resolving conflict
  • Teacher training in technology
  • Special needs education/Aboriginal Education
  • Interview skills

 

English for Professionals (EFP)

This course is for internationally educated professionals who have successfully completed a minimum of one of the following ESP courses at UW:
  • English for Business and IT Professionals
  • English for Internationally Educated Accountants
  • English for Engineering Professionals
  • English for Internationally Educated Teachers
  • Language and Communication for Internationally Educated Agrologists

Building on key skills introduced in the course prerequisites, this course will further develop students’ language and communication skills in a professional context through active speaking and writing skills and communication strategies.
Topic areas include:
  • presentations
  • meetings
  • performance reviews
  • job interviews
  • delegation
  • business writing
  • relevant legislation pertaining to labour standards, workplace health and safety, regulated professions, human rights and other laws related to working in and/or operating a business.
 Students can expect to improve their English in the following ways:
  • communicate more confidently
  • speak more accurately and fluently
  • participate more successfully in meetings
  • improve professional writing in English
  • expand professional vocabulary
  • improve understanding of grammar
  • network with greater confidence
  • work successfully in a cross-cultural environment