Writing Topic: ESL Resources

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Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)Queen's School of English (SOE)Centre for Teaching and LearningThe Writing CentreKingston Area ResourcesSome Helpful ESL Websites

Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)


  • Provides a support service for the Queen’s community which is “internationally informed and culturally sensitive”
  • Provides English language support for those wanting conversation and pronunciation help in the form of an English conversation group and a one-on-one buddy program (check the website for sign-up, meeting times, and places)

FREE (but not open to Queen’s School of English Students)
Also see English Language Support and Links section of QUIC’s website for helpful information on how students can improve their English in general.

Queen’s School of English (SOE)


  • Offers four programs of full-time study for students of English as a Second or Foreign Language during the academic year and in the summer
  • Most programs and courses are only available to SOE/International Students attending the School; however, there are a few part-time courses open to ESL students attending
    Queen’s (not enrolled at the SOE), as well as members of the Kingston community:

Pronunciation and Conversation (not for graduate students)
(2-week, 30-hour module)

Introduction to Business Communication Course
(24-hour module offered during a series of Saturdays)

The SOE also offers two courses for International Graduate Students:

Pronunciation Skills
Presentation Skills

Check the SoE website for cost, dates and times offered.

Centre for Teaching and Learning


  • Check out the CTL website for resources and current offerings for grad students.
  • The CTL also offers SGS-801: Principles of Academic Writing. Taught by The Writing Centre’s own Dr. Rosalind Malcolm, this course is offered to Queen’s University Teaching Assistants; one section of the course is devoted to ESL students.

The Writing Centre


Queen’s Learning Commons


  • We offer tutorials, ESL workshops, and ESL resources. Students can also make an appointment to discuss specific questions or concerns they may have with the Senior Tutor/ESL Program Coordinator.

Please note: Free ESL workshops are also offered through the Learning Commons Workshop Series (workshops can also be applied toward a QLearn Certificate). Check out the QLC website, or follow the Workshops/Talks link on the Writing Centre website.

Kingston Area Resources

St. Lawrence College

ESL Pre-Academic

  • English as a Second Language/English for Academic Purposes Program

Limestone School of Community Education


  • Limestone Education Centre offers classes in the four ESL skill areas, as well as Pronunciation and TOEFL Preparation, to beginner, intermediate and advanced students

Some Helpful ESL Websites

Purdue University’s Website


  • many online resources posted on this wonderful website; check out the ESL link

Oxford Dictionaries



CBC Learning English

  • Learning English with the CBC: audio clips and lessons designed to help ESL students learn to speak and read English, based on a variety of topics about Canada

BBC Learning English


  • BBC News website dedicated to helping ESL students improve their English

CAUTION: This website uses British English, so pronunciation and some vocabulary
are different than American English.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)


Sounds of English


  • pronunciation help

Dave’s ESL Café (fun!)




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