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Teaching Methods and Content

The program is based on a variety of instructional methods which reflect the most up-to-date principles and research in the field of second language teaching and learning. The methodologies used include collaborative learning and a project-based/simulation approach to language acquisition.

Our instruction aims at the development of specific language, socio-cultural, communication, and work-related skills, and at addressing a host of issues within the different levels of the learners’ communicative ability. The program also encourages students to work autonomously by offering a wide range of subjects, resources and virtual projects online.

Program and Course Organization

The preparatory Non-Credit Module for the basic and elementary levels is made up of three non-credit courses.

The Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication comprises a total of ten courses over five levels. Each level consists of two three-credit courses. The student must pass both courses within a level in order to continue to the next level.

Intermediate-Level Courses

At the intermediate level, each course is oriented toward either linguistic or communicative competence. This means that students will focus on structures of the language in the linguistic courses and will focus on the message in the communicative courses. These corequisite courses can be taken individually or concurrently.

Linguistic Courses

Communicative Courses

Written (and oral) grammar

Oral (and written) grammar



Written expression +

Written expression -

Oral expression -

Oral expression +

Written comprehension (reading)

Oral comprehension and pronunciation

Advanced-Level Courses

At the advanced levels, courses focus solely on either oral communication or written communication for professional purposes as shown below:

Written Expression

Oral Expression

Grammar and written structures

Grammar and oral structures



Techniques and strategies in written communication

Techniques and strategies in oral communication

Style and formatting

Listening strategies for comprehension

Planning and organization


Types of written communication (letters, summaries, commentaries, articles, reports, etc.)

Types of oral communication (meetings, interviews, presentations, etc.)

Program Structure

Preparatory Non-Credit Module – Basic, Elementary 1 and Elementary 2

60 hours per course (48 in class/12 online). Two evening classes per week or one on Saturdays.

  • CEGL 102: Basic English
  • CEGL 104: Elementary English 1
  • CEGL 106: Elementary English 2

McGill Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication Program

30 credits over 10 courses across five levels of proficiency.

3 credit per course*
39 hours per course

Fall and Winter: One class per week
Summer: Two classes per week

*Students in an undergraduate or graduate program should verify with their faculties whether credits attached to Continuing Studies courses are accepted towards their degrees.

Intermediate Low

  • CEEN 211: Functional English Grammar/Writing 1
  • CEEN 212: English Communication Practice 1

Intermediate Mid

  • CEEN 221: Functional English Grammar/Writing 2
  • CEEN 222: English Communication Practice 2

Intermediate High

  • CEEN 331: Functional English Grammar/Writing 3
  • CEEN 332: English Communication Practice 3

Advanced 1

  • CEEN 411: English Grammar and Writing Techniques
  • CEEN 412: English Oral Communication Techniques

Advanced 2

  • CEEN 421: English Written Communication Contexts
  • CEEN 422: English Oral Communication Contexts

Complementary Credit Courses - Advanced Module

  • CEEN 301: English Grammar in Context (could be taken after having successfully completed CEEN 221/222)
  • CEEN 401: English Vocabulary in Context (could be taken after having successfully completed CEEN 331/332)
  • CEEN 402: English Communication and Cultural Patterns (could be taken after having successfully completed CEEN 331/332)
  • CEEN 403: Strategic Communication in English (could be taken after having successfully completed CEEN 411/412)