Academic English Skills

Our team offers support for undergraduate and graduate students with English as an additional language. 

If you learned to speak English after your first language or you are multilingual, our team are here to help you develop academic English skills.

We can work together on your writing, speaking, reading, and listening skills.

Not sure where to start? Fill out our introduction form and we'll write back to get you started.

All of our academic English help is free for Queen's students.

Individual appointments

We can help you improve your academic English. Every appointment is focused on your goals, but popular topics include grammar lessons, academic writing trends, pronunciation, and presentations.

You don't have to book more than one appointment at a time, but most students choose to come back on a regular basis.

To book an EAL appointment, use our online reservation system.

When we work together on your writing, we can

  • explore general writing skills, grammatical conventions, and cultural expectations.

  • identify trends in your writing, answer specific questions you have about writing, or practice applying writing strategies together.

Book your appointment now!

When we discuss your speaking, we can

  • work on general speaking skills, English pronunciation, and presentation strategies.

  • give you feedback on your presentations, help you practice the sounds of English, and share strategies for speaking confidently in class.

Book your appointment now!

 

When we discuss your listening skills, we can

  • collaborate on understanding lectures and conferences, finding key ideas when listening to professors, and speaking with other students in class.

  • practice strategies for understanding difficult vocabulary, participating in group discussions, and responding to what you've heard.

Book your appointment now!

When working on your reading skills together, we can

  • discuss how to get the most out of your readings and become a more efficient reader in English.
     
  • practice taking effective notes, provide strategies for understanding academic vocabulary in textbooks and journal articles, and explain how you can integrate ideas from readings into your own academic work.

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Weekly Programs

Students discuss a text at Write Nights

Write It

  • What? An interactive academic writing workshop

  • How? We focus on a different writing topic every week and practice different sentence-level strategies and choices by editing a paragraph together.

  • When? Tuesdays from 12:30-2:00 p.m. EST (in person)
    or Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. EST (online)

  • Where? In person at the Queen's International Centre or online on Zoom (See the schedule)

Students speaking at event

Speak Up

  • What? An interactive academic speaking skills group

  • How? Practice skills for seminars, tutorials, and discussions to increase your confidence when speaking!

  • When? Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m. EST

  • Where? In person at the Queen's International Centre

students having a lively conversation

Academic Connections Certificate

  • What? A certificate program for overcoming academic culture shock

  • How? Uncover academic expectations at Queen's by participating in a series of programs and services about academic success and the university's academic culture.

  • When? Complete the certificate on your own time, over one or two academic terms.

  • Where? Online (Sign up for the certificate on onQ)

Looking for more connections?

Connect with other multilingual students at the Queen's University International Centre's Conversation Group. Learn idioms and expressions, practice vocabulary, and meet students from all around the world.

Connect with the stories of international students whenever you choose by listening to our podcast, International Voices at Queen's. Episodes  cover topics like housing, accented English, and culture shock.

Not in Kingston?

No matter where you're studying or what commitments you have outside of university, Paper Drop, our written feedback service, can help with your writing.

  • What is it? A chance to receive written feedback on your academic work. Feedback is given on the use of style, grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and conventions of academic English. This is not an editing service but a chance to reflect upon written feedback and develop your skills.
  • Who can use it? Students who are looking for support with academic English but find it challenging to book an academic English skills appointment.
  • How does it work? If you think you’re eligible to participate, email eal.sass@queensu.ca for more information.

“I have benefited a lot from the Write It workshops! It was like a course for me. The things I have learned from these workshops helped me to edit the writing myself. Although I still make mistakes, I believe I will be better and better! Everyone there are super dedicated in learning.”

Shirley W
Cultural Studies '22