English Language Evening Classes (ESL) 

Improve your English for personal, professional and academic success. The part-time program is nationally accredited and our instructors are TESL certified. 

You will:

  • learn in a relaxed academic environment,
  • have access to a computer lab and library with language-learning programs and resources
  • receive a certificate once you complete a class. 
  • NEW!  have the opportunity to take free workshops on special topics of interest!

University of Saskatchewan International Graduate students can apply for funding for evening ESL classes through the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. 

Language Skills Development

  • Improve your English grammar, vocabulary and mechanics through writing sessions and instructor feedback.
  • Learn how to write effective paragraphs and develop ideas into an essay. 
  • Offered four times per year in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Before you register, please call 306-966-4351 or email reception.uslc@usask.ca to schedule a placement test.

  • Develop fluency and confidence while practising your speaking and listening skills. 
  • Increase your vocabulary and use of functional language through various tasks and activities. 
  • Offered four times per year in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Before you register, please call 306-966-4351 or email reception.uslc@usask.ca to schedule a placement test.

  • Develop reading strategies to improve comprehension.
  • Increase your reading speed and expand your vocabulary. 
  • Offered four times per year in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.

Before you register, please call 306-966-4351 or email reception.uslc@usask.ca to schedule a placement test.

  • Develop listening and notetaking techniques for academic lectures.
  • Recognize characteristics of spoken English. 
  • Offered four times per year in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.

Before you register, please call 306-966-4351 or email reception.uslc@usask.ca to schedule a placement test.

Language Skills Refinement

  • Polish your English grammar, vocabulary, and mechanics through writing sessions and instructor feedback.
  • Learn how to organize academic essays for university or language proficiency exams. 
  • Offered four times per year in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Before you register, please call 306-966-4351 or email reception.uslc@usask.ca to schedule a placement test.

  • Enhance your speaking and listening skills while developing fluency and expanding your vocabulary.
  • Gain further confidence for work or study through presentations and discussions. 
  • Learn idiomatic language and have fun practicing in class!
  • Offered four times per year in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Before you register, please call 306-966-4351 or email reception.uslc@usask.ca to schedule a placement test.

  • Improve your accent for employment or public speaking.
  • Guided use of computer-based English pronunciation programs are included in class time. 
  • Offered four times per year in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

Before you register, please call 306-966-4351 or email reception.uslc@usask.ca to schedule a placement test.

Special Courses

  • Develop and practise skills for writing literature reviews, research proposals and research papers.
  • Enhance your academic writing style, formal vocabulary and mechanics while revising your own portfolio assignment. 
  • Offered three times per year in Fall, Winter and Spring on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

Before you register, please call 306-966-4351 or email reception.uslc@usask.ca to schedule a placement test.

CanTest

The Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees

2017 CanTest Dates: February 4, May 13, August 5, and November 4

Are you planning to apply to University or another post-secondary institution? Let us help you prepare for your CanTest English proficiency test.

  • CanTEST provides proof of your English proficiency for admission to the University of Saskatchewan.
  • It evaluates your Listening, Reading and Writing skills.

The test consists of

  • Listening: 40 to 45 multiple choice or short answer questions approximately one hour
  • Reading:
    • Skimming and Scanning: 15 items, 10 minutes
    • Reading Comprehension: passages (up to 650 words) with 20 to 30 questions (multiple-choice and short answer).
    • Cloze: 25 multiple choice items
  • Total time for parts 2 and 3 is approximately one hour.
  • Writing: 45 minutes to write on an assigned topic

How is CanTEST different from other tests?

  • Questions are based on a passage (dialogues, interviews, short lectures, articles, letters) and never on a single sentence. Each passage has 4 to 10 questions.
  • There are different kinds of questions: multiple choice, short answer, and labelling on a diagram.
  • CanTEST passages are longer. Reading passages are usually a full page. Listening passages are up to five minutes.
  • The dialogues are heard only once, but longer passages are heard twice.
  • There is a separate reading test for skimming and scanning.
  • The CanTEST is a paper-based test. Computers are not used.
  • Textual passages on the CanTEST come from real documents: newspapers, magazines, information brochures, textbooks, radio broadcasts, taped interviews, etc.
  • A practice test package including a sample listening test CD can be purchased from the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre. When you register, you will receive a free information booklet with some sample questions. You can also view the booklet here (requires Flash).
  • Testing is conducted by the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre

CanTEST scores

  • Results will be reported as a Band Score. There are 5 band levels. Half bands are also reported. You will be given a band score for each skill.
  • An average score of 4.5 in Listening and Reading and at least 4.0 in Writing is required for University of Saskatchewan admission.
  • The written tests are held on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. (12:45 p.m. sign-in). Locations will be announced the week before and signs will be posted at the Language Centre on the day of the test.
  • Please allow 4 hours to complete the test.

Additional Information

  • Registration: All candidates must register for the written test (includes listening comprehension, reading and writing). The deadline is 1 week before the test date. Register early as space is limited and usually fills up well up before the registration deadline.
  • Practice test materials are available for purchase from the Centre.
  • The Speaking Test has limited spaces available. Spaces will be offered to those who are successful on the written test. Speaking tests will be conducted one to two weeks following the written test.
  • Test Fees: $120 Listening Comprehension, Reading & Writing; $80 Speaking Test; a refund of 50% can be given if you notify the Centre at least one week before the test date.
  • Candidates are required to wait three months before taking the CanTEST Listening Comprehension and Reading Comprehension components again. The waiting period for the Writing and Speaking components is six full weeks. This policy applies to all CanTEST Test Centres.
  • Test Day: Candidates must bring their official receipt and their passport or photo identification to the test location at the scheduled time. Those without proper photo ID may be denied entry to the test. Also, bring your own pen, pencil and eraser.
  • Test Results will be available 10 days after your test date. Unofficial results will be e-mailed to the address that you provided. Official results will be sent to the institution of your choice on the same day if you indicated this on your registration form. A $10 fee is charged if you request to have the official results sent to an institution other than the University of Saskatchewan. The fee will also be charged if you request results to be sent to the U of S more than 2 months after your test date.
  • Scores are generally considered valid for 2 years.

For more information:

tel: 306-966-4351
fax: 306-966-4356