English for Multilingual Speakers (EMLS) credit courses for graduate students
English Language Studies at Renison University College offers EMLS credit courses (formerly English as a Second Language (ESL) credit courses) for University of Waterloo graduate students whose dominant language is not English and who want to improve their English language skills.
- All courses are four hours per week for 12 weeks.
- No additional tuition fees are required.
- Students are graded on a credit/non-credit basis. A numerical grade is not indicated on transcripts.
- Times and locations of courses are listed on the Quest graduate schedule of classes.
EMLS credit course descriptions and outlines
- EMLS 101R, Oral Communication for Academic Purposes (PDF):
Improve your speaking fluency in both informal and formal settings by working on pronunciation, patterns of information presentation, vocabulary development, and non-verbal communication.
- EMLS 102R, Clear Communication in English Writing (PDF):
Develop your ability to write and edit sentences and paragraphs. There is a strong emphasis on grammatical accuracy and vocabulary development.
EMLS 103R, Effective English Pronunciation (PDF):
Learn about the English sound system. A focus on individual sounds (vowels and consonants) as well as syllable and sentence stress, rhythm and intonation will help you identify aspects of pronunciation that might improve your communication.
EMLS 601R, Speaking English for Professional Purposes (PDF):
This course supports graduate students in developing their communicative competence in oral assignments typical of graduate studies and many professional contexts. The course content addresses accent comprehensibility, vocabulary enhancement, theoretical concepts of oral communication, and speech preparation and presentation.
- EMLS 602R, Scholarly Writing in English (PDF):
This course develops the skills and knowledge students require to write effectively in graduate studies and many professional contexts. It provides instruction in grammatical accuracy, written fluency, vocabulary enhancement, and rhetorical patterns of writing.
- EMLS 621R, Speaking Effectively About Research (PDF):
Develop the oral skills required for thesis proposals, comprehensive exams, and thesis defences. Through oral-defence scenarios, students receive thorough feedback on their speaking, listening, and presentation skills to enhance their confidence and abilities.
- EMLS 622R, Thesis Writing in English (PDF):
Designed specifically for master’s and doctoral students, this course develops the skills students require to write theses and journal articles. A guided analysis of academic texts clarifies disciplinary conventions. Written assignments are directly related to students’ theses, and feedback is customized in small-group workshops.
How to enrol
- Visit the Quest graduate schedule of classes to see which terms, dates, and times EMLS credit courses are being offered.
- Enrol in EMLS graduate credit courses on Quest.
- If Quest states a permission number is required for the course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- To enrol in the undergraduate credit courses EMLS 101R, 102R, or 103R, complete a drop/add form.
- If you are a visiting scholar or post-doctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo, complete the Audit Application Form (PDF).
Note: You must be a University of Waterloo registered degree student in graduate studies to enrol in an EMLS graduate credit course.