Length of Study

14 weeks per term

Study Options

Full-time or part-time

Credential Granted

EAL Academic Studies prepare students for academic upgrading, employment, college or university. No credential granted.


Fall term (September)
Winter term (January)
Spring term (May)

The Academic Schedule for the EAL program in spring term is different from the academic schedule for other programs. Please contact the office for specific start and end dates for each term.


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More flexibility. More accurate placement. And more choice in what you want to study. You may be at a different level for reading and writing than you are for listening and speaking, and in each case, you will be placed in the level best suited to you.

A placement test will determine your starting level. Higher-level courses focus on English for academic studies. They are designed for English language learners who wish to complete high school studies, continue to post-secondary studies or re-enter their professions in Canada. The lower-level courses focus on English communication skills necessary to function successfully in the community and the classroom. 

The English as an Additional Language (EAL/ESL) program is open to domestic and international Students. More information is available in the Admissions page >> Check Requirements.

If you are a full-time student, you will be able to select one reading/writing course, one listening/speaking course and one focus course. If you are a part-time student, you can choose whether to study reading and writing or listening and speaking. You can even choose to take just a focus course.

If you are looking for academic upgrading for domestic and international students, please visit www.macewan.ca/preparation.

A variety of other special purpose English language training is offered through the School of Continuing Education.


ALBERTA WORKS – Learner Support Funding for domestic students

Alberta Works funding is limited; potential students are encouraged to contact the program regarding availability.

Applying to the English as an Additional Language program does not guarantee a funding spot.

Visit Alberta Works for more information.