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 112 by appointment only. LB 112 is in the student commons area directly behind the library’s main desk.

    Types of Support Offered:




    • 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 Spring term 2017 (January 16 - April 26)
     Mondays (last day April 24)
    3:00-4:30 p.m.
    Corey Muench
     Tuesdays (last day April 18)
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    Christine Hoppenrath

     Wednesdays (last day April 26)
    10:00-11:00 a.m.
    Corey Muench
     Thursdays (last day April 20)
    11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Christine Hoppenrath

     Fridays (last day April 21)
    1:00-2:00 p.m.
    Christine Hoppenrath

    • LB 112 is located behind the main desk of the library.
    • 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 Corey’s or Nila's schedule.

    2. Contact Corey or 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. Spring 2017 workshops will be held on Wednesdays, 11:30am -12:50pm in BR 323:

      Jan. 25 - ELS Pronunciation: Speaking Smoothly
      Feb. 1 - ELS Speaking: Academic Discussions & Debate 
      Feb. 8 - ELS Grammar: Refining Sentence Structure                                                             
      Feb. 22 -  ELS Writing: Paraphrasing & Quoting Evidence                                                         
      Mar. 1 - ELS Writing: Writing Cohesive Paragraphs                                                                           
      Mar. 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.