English as an Additional Language for Work-Life Success

English as an Additional Language (EAL) for Work-Life Success is a series of three twelve-week English courses (36 hours total per course) designed to build language skills and confidence communicating in the workplace and other areas of life. Learners will gain new English skills, learning strategies, and a greater understanding of how communication works in Canadian workplaces. In addition, learners will practice new language while working in pairs and teams to explore work-related topics and problems.

The courses are offered through in-person classes on evenings or Saturdays, and include additional online learning resources.

course Highlights

  • Learners will develop new English language skills for use in the workplace and other areas of life
  • Learners will gain an understanding of how communication works in Canadian workplaces
  • Learners will acquire new strategies for self-directed English learning in the workplace

Admission requirements

To succeed in these courses, participants should be able to take part in everyday conversations through starting a conversation, taking turns speaking, making short phone calls, discussing plans, and expressing opinions with a little help from a stronger speaker. Participants should also be able to write short (one to two paragraph) informal and formal messages like invitations, congratulations, thanks, and offers to help.

The content is designed for adult learners: participants must be 18 years or older. This non-credit learning opportunity has no prerequisites. There is no conditional language assessment required for admission, but learners should be able to communicate at approximately a CLB level 6 or higher.

Upcoming courses

Dates & Time

January 14 to April 1, 2023

In-person classes every Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Classes are held in the EAL Learning Lab, room number EME 3124, located on the third floor of the Engineering, Management and Education (EME) Building, 1137 Alumni Ave. on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

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Program Cost

The cost for a 12-week course (36 hours total) is $350.00. Funding support is available.

Free transit tickets can be provided.


Registration is available on an on-going basis until course capacity is reached or course has started.

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact Karin Wiebe, EAL Access Initiative Coordinator, at karin.wiebe@ubc.ca or (250) 807-9176.