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 is a great resource and offers ESL courses at various levels. They also offer tailored short-term group programs, assist international ESL students with housing, and run an activities program that connects students with local events and activities.
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 students, staff and faculty.