International Student Programs
The YWCA of Calgary offers full and part-time classes for international students (ages 18 and older) and professionals.
The newest classes being offered are Computer Literacy classes.
* General ESL - Focus on practical, spoken English; develop language learning strategies; improve reading and writing of Canadian English.
* Communication Skills - Practice Canadian expressions; learn to communicate in formal and informal * situations.
* Reading & Writing - Improve reading comprehension; develop clearer and more effective writing; build grammar skills and vocabulary.
* Pronunciation & Fluency - Learn to speak clearly and fluently; improve oral confidence; learn proper word stress & intonation; listen to and copy Canadian English speakers.
* Grammar - Fundamentals of English grammar; using grammar in speaking and writing.
* Computer Literacy - Foundational skills for learners with no or little knowledge of computers; improve English skills using computer ESL programs.
If you are interested in living with a Canadian family, please contact the YWCA of Calgary's homestay contact:
We can provide a letter verifying registration in our program for those students who have registered with us; however, because we are not a certificate program, we cannot do anything further to sponsor student visas.
If you need additional information about student visas in Canada, you can get it from the following website: www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/index.html
YWCA Fitness on 5th
Students in our classes are eligible to purchase a monthly pass ($15 per month) to use the fitness facilities at the YWCA of Calgary’s Fitness on 5th.
spring Term 2013
Assessment Fee (non-refundable): CAD $50
IMPORTANT NOTICE: ESL classes are available only to those 18 years and older
April 15 - June 23 (10 weeks)
Communication Skills 1 : Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
In this course, students will learn to comprehend the main ideas as well as engage in short conversations, report personal information and express opinions. The course includes blended learning through computer technology.
Oriented to intermediate level learners, the course provides interactive activities featuring Canadian and cross-cultural communication, including various presentation venues, as well as drama and debates. The course includes blended learning through computer technology.
|Monday & Wednesday
(Beginner / Intermediate)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CAD $460
Tuesday & Thursday
3.15 p.m. - 5.15p.m CAD $320
Reading/Writing & Grammar
This course is intended to assist students develop and use reading strategies, build vocabulary, and learn to recognize and form grammatical structures and sentence patterns, within the familiar thematic context of shared personal and cultural experience. The course includes blended learning through computer technology.
|Tuesday & Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.. CAD $480
3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. CAD $300
ESL : Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
The basic level emphasizes the rules of English grammar, diction and pronunciation and enhances the students reading and writing abilities. The course introduces Canadian culture, idioms and expressions. The student learns how to communicate effectively, if simply.
The intermediate level places a major emphasis on cultivation the student’s reading and writing abilities. The student’s English vocabulary will be significantly increased, as well as their ability to write using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Upon completion of an ESL 3 course, the student will be able to easily comprehend verbal information as communicated through statements, stories, lectures, etc. The student will be more than adequately prepared to express his/her opinions and be adept at describing events in a competent manner both orally and in writing.
All courses include blended learning through computer technology.
|Monday – Thursday
(Beginner / Intermediate)
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CAD $780
(Intermediate / Advanced)
Monday & Wednesday
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. CAD $460
Tuesday & Thursday
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. CAD $ 480
Pronunciation & Speech Clarity 2 : Intermediate
This course teaches sounds as part of the rhythm and stress used in English and focuses on difficult sounds from a variety of perspectives. Students learn to understand the relationship between the English spelling and sound systems. The course will also deal with word and phrase stress, rhythm, intonation, and reductions in rapid speech as well as use of dictionary pronunciation keys. The course includes blended learning through using computer technology.
3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. CAD $320
ESL : Beginner/Intermediate
ESL at the basic level emphasizes the rules of English grammar, diction and pronunciation and enhances reading and writing abilities with an introduction to Canadian culture, idioms and expressions. The student will learn how to communicate effectively, if simply.
ESL at this level places a major emphasis on cultivation the student’s reading and writing abilities. The student’s English vocabulary will be significantly increased, as well as his or her ability to write using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. Actively engaging in classroom debate and discussion will result in the student’s improved pronunciation of English.
Both courses include blended learning through using computer technology.
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. CAD $400
Computer Literacy : Beginner/Intermediate
The basic computer course introduces students to Office 2007 to create word documents, mange computer files, send and receive email, and search the internet for information and available community services. The course also provides an avenue for students to use available ESL software to enhance their English while practicing their acquired computer skills.
The intermediate level is designed to teach advanced computer functions, file management and labelling skills, effective internet searches, creating PowerPoint presentations, and developing computer maintenance skills. The course also provides students access to effective ESL software to practice and improve their English proficiency via technology.
6.00pm -9.00pm CAD $240
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CAD $240
Pronunciation & Fluency : Intermediate
This course teaches rhythm and stress used in English and focuses on difficult sounds, accent reductions as well as use of dictionary pronunciation keys. The course will also deal with word and phrase stress, rhythm, intonation, and The course includes blended learning through using computer technology.
9.00 am – 12.00 pm CAD $240