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.

Take one or take all three!

English for Work-Life Success 1: New Job

September (36 hours)

Enhance your workplace English in this practical course. Develop language skills for job search and interviews. Navigate your first six months in a new job with confidence using language for meeting co-workers, requesting assistance or advice, and building positive work relationships.

English for Work-Life Success 2: Full Participation

January (36 hours)  

Develop intercultural communication and new language skills to confidently join in workplace conversations, presentations, and teamwork. Learn and practice English while studying language learning in the workplace and topics related to Canadian industries.

English for Work-Life Success 3: New Roles

May (36 hours)  

Elevate your English with language skills needed to mentor, supervise, and lead others. Explore new trends in work-related communication, feedback, and positive support of coworkers. Gain language and workplace culture skills to help yourself and others thrive in any work environment.

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

Registration for the May 2024 semester is now full. Registration will re-open in early August 2024 for the next course.

The next course will be on Saturdays from September 7 to November 23, 2024


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 each 36 hour course is $650.00. Funding support may be available, please contact ealworklifesuccess@ubc.ca.


Registration for May is at capacity. Registration will re-open in early August 2024 for the next course starting in September.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Karin Wiebe, EAL Access Initiative Coordinator, at ealworklifesuccess@ubc.ca