Speaking English & Pronunciation

The York University English Language Institute’s Speaking English & Pronunciation Program is for intermediate/advanced English language learners. In each session, participants will discuss a reading, work with vocabulary, become familiar with idioms and less formal language, explore ideas, and make short presentations. The instructor will review certain grammar points; however, the primary focus is on increasing confidence and fluency in English, while speaking about a wide range of interesting topics. This course also includes pronunciation practice that focuses on tricky consonants and vowels, open and closed syllables, stress at the word and sentence level, contractions, reductions and linking, and working with changes in pitch and tonality. Registrants for this course should already have a good grasp of English and a keen interest in developing and enhancing their speaking and pronunciation skills.

Part-Time English Language Studies are short programs, with 4 hours per week of direct instruction and additional work to be completed out-of-class. They are focused on a specific aspect of English, with a tightly organized curriculum and stated learning outcomes that provide a clear indication of what the course is about and what participants can expect. Courses are taught by highly-qualified and experienced ESL instructors and use up-to-date materials, technologies and instructional techniques. To permit detailed individual feedback, class size ranges from 8-15 students.


Will I receive a certificate?

Yes. Participants will receive a certificate for each Part-Time English Language Studies they successfully complete.

Will I be granted a study permit?

No. Part-Time English Language Studies include 4 hours of instruction each week. This does not fit the requirements of a study permit application.

Will I need to write an initial test?

No. In the Business Writing program, however, applicants are asked to meet informally with the program coordinator in order to assess their level of English.

When is the full payment due?

For all Part-Time English Language Studies, payment is due on initial registration.


There are no upcoming dates for this program at present. Please check again later or request further information below.

Confidentiality and Financial Security

Given the experiential and practical nature of the courses and the application of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) to York University, The School of Continuing Studies works to ensure that instructors and participants acknowledge and respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that may be presented in the context of instruction. Instructors will limit the amount of personal information that is collected, used or disclosed in their sessions, and will ensure that all identifying personal information (including proper name, address, etc.) is omitted from all written documents in order to protect personal privacy and confidentiality. Instructors should not bring or share personal or other confidential files or records with the class or allow students to do so.

We are committed in protecting your privacy and your financial security, and we do this in several ways:

  • Your credit card information is never received or stored by our system. Only your financial institution has access to your credit card information.
  • Your Student Portal is password-protected. To access any personal and academic information, you must enter your username and portal password.

York University Privacy Policy

How to Register

Online: Available sessions
Bank Transfers: Please contact the English Language Institute if you intend to pay by bank transfer. Please be aware that most international bank transfers requests will be charged a bank transfer fee. Please ask your bank for details. Students are responsible to ensure the money they have sent to the English Language Institute covers any bank transfer fees.
Money Order: The Money Order should be made payable to York University. Please mail the original Money Order to our office at the following mailing address:
York University English Language Institute
Suite 035 Founders College
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario

Please send required documents to our fax number: 416-736-5908 or email at yueli@yorku.ca

Fees & Payment Deadlines

There are currently no upcoming dates for this program at this time. Please check back later.

University Policy on Student Conduct

Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy, collegiality and mutual respect and to refrain from actions that would be disruptive to such a relationship;
It is the responsibility of the instructor to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom and the responsibility of the student to cooperate in that endeavour; and,
The instructor is the best person to decide, in first instance, whether such an atmosphere is present in the class and may at their discretion, take steps that they feel are appropriate to resolve an issue or dispute.

In any case, where a student feels that this policy has been violated, they are urged to: notify the instructor of the course/program as soon as possible. Students may be asked to provide a detailed written description of their complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the English Language Institute for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at: http://www.yorku.ca/scdr/



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