The English Communication Program (ECP) is a non-credit program that gives you the opportunity to develop your communication skills in English (especially verbal/spoken), gain insight into Canadian culture and life at U of T, and share cultural experiences.


This program is open to all international and exchange students at U of T.


How it works Program timeline
Schedule 2017 ECP Summer Session (starting late May)
Class Descriptions Classes available this summer
Attendance & Refund Attendance & refund policy for the English Communication Program
English tips Practical guide to English in Canada

How it works

Classes are facilitated by volunteers who have teaching, cross-cultural, and international experience.

There are three ECP sessions throughout the year:  

  • Fall (September to November/December)
  • Winter (January to March) 
  • Summer (May to July)

Most series of classes are ten weeks long and students meet once each week for 2 hours.

The fee for each regular ECP class series is $15 (for registrants who already pay U of T student incidental fees).

2017 ECP Summer Session

Most series of classes for the Summer 2017 Program will begin in late May (please check the class descriptions for different start dates). Additional class offerings and special opportunities may be added if available and may start later (check below or with the ECP Office for updates).

Registration will begin on April 11, 2017.

Register online by clicking any of the series of classes below (please review the descriptions for information about each individual class series and timing of classes before registering).

Class Descriptions

English in the City (EC1)

This class meets at a different city spot in a different neighbourhood each week. Practise English in real life situations and chat about social issues, popular culture, fashion/styles, cultural differences, world politics, etc. The focus is on enhancing communication skills and in developing confidence using English.Gain insights into Canadian culture and share cross-cultural experiences.Beyond the registration cost, expect to spend about $10.00 per class on city transportation, coffee or lunch.You can expect to do some walking, so dress comfortably! This class series is on Wednesday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. starting May 31.

Register for English in the City.

Practise Speaking English for Post-Doctoral Researchers (PD1)

This series of classes gives International Post-Doctoral Researchers practice talking about their research and other topics in English. The class will cover English grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary expansion and will provide opportunities to practise speaking. The goal is to help participants improve their English speaking and listening skills important for academic presentations, answering questions, interviews, and conversations with co-workers, supervisors, and new friends in Canada. This series is on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting May 24.

Register for Practise Speaking English for Post-Doctoral Researchers.

Practise Speaking English for Post-Doctoral Researchers (PD2)—Specialized Classes

This series of classes is for speakers of Mandarin and Cantonese who are further developing English communication skills and prefer specialized communication classes. These classes give International Post-Doctoral Researchers (and interested Graduate Students) the opportunity to improve their English speaking skills in discussing their research and other topics.  There will be a combination of in-class discussions and out-of-class field trips.  Each participant/learner will also have the opportunity for a personal coaching session to work on their pronunciation.  (Please note that Graduate Students will need to contact the CIE ECP Office in order to register.) This series is on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting May 25.

Register for Practise Speaking English for Post-Doctoral Researchers (Specialized Classes)

Attendance policy

Due to the high demand for our classes and out of respect for the many students who wish to take our classes but cannot get in, we have implemented the following attendance policy:

If you miss two classes without notifying your instructor or the ECP office you will be dropped from the class and a student from the waiting list will be admitted in your place.

Refund policy

No refunds will be given after the second scheduled class, or due to class cancellation.

Please also note that refunds are usually processed once per month.

English language tips

This page provides some basic information and vocabulary to help you navigate University and city interactions in English.  

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