This 3-week program helps students improve their English language communication skills. Students will gain confidence speaking and listening in English while learning about Canadian and Quebecois culture as well as exploring and discovering the wonderful city of Montreal.
Because this is a multi-level program, students will take an online placement test before the course begins. Conducted entirely on Zoom, students will participate in daily language classes and a weekly pronunciation workshop with experienced McGill instructors. Self-paced learning activities will engage students further with the language learned in class. There is also plenty of time to make new friends with McGill students as conversation partners. To meet people in the Montreal community, students will be matched with a local host family and see how a typical Canadian family lives.
Note: This program is for students who attend under a partnership agreement between McGill-SCS and their institution or agency.
In this unique remote program, you will gain a variety of English skills thanks to our active, practical and individualized approach to teaching and learning.
Our unique research-based approach is driven by the 5 following pillars:
When learning a new language, you need practical knowledge and skills that enable you to communicate in real situations. That’s why our classes focus on using real material on actual topics. Whether you want to work, study or just socialize in English, our classes will provide you with the practical knowledge and skills you need.
We know that every student is different. That’s why McGill instructors adapt and modify course material to your level and learning style, giving you personalized feedback to help you overcome the specific challenges you are having with your English each step of the way.
Since learning happens by doing, our classes use a task-based approach. Your class time will be spent speaking and understanding, allowing you to strengthen your language skills with every session.
Our lecturers know a thing or two about teaching English—with an average of 10 years of experience, your instructors are well equipped to provide you with the necessary tools to develop your language skills.
As language learning becomes increasingly digital, McGill uses the latest technology to help students develop their language skills. Thanks to apps and other online resources, language learning goes with you beyond the virtual classroom.
This program includes interaction with conversation partners through live interactive outings exploring Montreal and activities using English in an informal setting with McGill students. Examples of activities include:
"This was the first time for me to participate in an overseas program. Having many discussions and thinking about diversity in class were so exciting. My dream is to be an English teacher who actively leads students like in ECCA. The ECCA program is special for me still now."
"This program has made me more comfortable speaking English. I still keep in touch with friends I met during the program in English, and I have had many opportunities to use English in my daily life."
Academic Support: Dr. Sarah Leu, sarah.leu [at] mcgill.ca