Students who speak English as an additional or second language may encounter challenges not anticipated by their native English-speaking counterparts. It is important to recognize that the journey is unique for everyone and there are many ways to be an EAL/ESL student. International students may be easily recognizable as EAL/ESL; however, it is possible that you grew up in Canada or attended high school here and speak English as a second or an additional language. Perhaps you attended a French Immersion school, speak an Aboriginal Language, or immigrated to Canada after early childhood. Maybe you are a Canadian citizen, but grew up overseas speaking the language native to the country you lived in. Regardless of your journey, EAL/ESL students face a variety of challenges.
If you are experiencing challenges relating to language, be sure to speak with your professor to explain the difficulties you are having. The University of Saskatchewan Language Centre offers part-time ESL courses and Saturday workshops at the intermediate and advanced levels. Their Saturday workshops focus on public speaking, business writing, grammar, pronunciation, and storytelling and language skills. Part-time classes and workshops are open to both international and domestic ESL students. Interested students may be:
- International students who have already completed their full-time program and want to improve academic English skills.
- International students who provided evidence of English language proficiency, yet want to brush up on academic English skills
- Domestic EAL students who attended an English speaking high school, yet want to improve academic English
The International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) can be an important support during your time at the U of S, because ISSAC is dedicated to fostering a welcoming, globally aware and engaged community at the U of S for ALL students, staff and faculty.
Beyond the many programs and services for all students at the U of S, ISSAC offers a Global Connections Student Lounge and Training room that is open to both domestic and international students. Spending time there is a great way to meet a variety of people and practice your English skills.