English Language Support (ELS)

  • ELS

    ELS is a support service for non-native speakers of English enrolled in courses at Capilano University and is designed to assist students with their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. The Centre has been created to assist both students and faculty:

    I. Student Support

    ELS provides 30-minute face-to-face learning support sessions in LB 117 by appointment only. LB 117 is located down the hallway past the washrooms.

    Types of Support Offered:


    Grammar/Writing Listening/Speaking

    Clarification of course assignments

      Overview of academic writing styles

      Overcoming pronunciation challenges  

      Academic text comprehension

      Academic writing/grammar

      Conversation confidence building

        Guidance with critical thinking

        APA and MLA citation

        Academic listening strategies

          Learning and retaining new vocabulary

          Sentence structure

          Group discussion strategies


          Editing checklist development



          Hours for Fall term 2017 (Sept.18 - December 7)
           Mondays (last day December 4) 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.; 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
          Christine Hoppenrath
           Tuesdays (last day December 5) 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Christine Hoppenrath  
           Thursdays (last day April 20) 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
          Christine Hoppenrath
          • LB 117 is located down the hallway past the washrooms.
          • Appointments are required as there is limited capacity.
          • Students can schedule two 30-minute support sessions each month.

          To make an appointment:

          1. Go to the ELS appointment calendar and check for available 30-min. time slots in Christine's schedule.

          2. Contact Christine at els@capilanou.ca to request an available time slot and one alternative time to improve your chances of getting a booking.

          Note: Students are limited to two support sessions a month..

          Learning Resources:
            Check out our fantastic collection of language  resources on  ELS Moodle !

          II. Faculty Support

          Our ELS Faculty liaison, Rachelle Jorgenson is available to attend departmental meetings to inform instructors about the ELS Centre and provide advice regarding the specific learning needs of non-native speakers of English.  

          A. In-class Workshops
          You can team with Rachelle to provide in-class workshops designed to target learning challenges specific to your curriculum.

          To reserve an in-class workshop or have Rachelle speak at your departmental meeting, please contact rachellejorgenson@capilanou.ca.

          B. Campus-Wide Workshops
          ELS offers a variety of campus-wide workshops for non-native speakers of English enrolled at Capilano. All ELS Workshops are on Wednesdays from 11:30am-12:50pm in BR 322:

            Sept. 27 - ELS Pronunciation: Speaking Smoothly
            Oct. 4 - ELS Speaking: Academic Discussions & Debate
            Oct. 11 - ELS Grammar: Refining Sentence Structure
            Oct. 25 - ELS Writing: Avoiding Plagiarism - Paraphrasing & Quoting Evidence
            Nov. 1 - ELS Writing: Writing Cohesive Paragraphs
            Nov. 8 - ELS Speaking: Oral Presentations
            Mar. 15 - ELS Workshop: To Be Determined

          In-depth descriptions of these workshops can be found on the events page or check out “Student Success Workshops Calendar” found all over campus.

          C. ELS Referral Form
          Capilano University course instructors can fill out the referral form for a student when the instructor would like the student to visit ELS to work on a particular language issue. The student then takes the form to the ELS instructor. Once the activity has been completed by the student, the ELS instructor can sign the form to verify to the course instructor that the student completed the activity.