English as an Additional Language

Learn English for everyday communication!

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You must have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status to enroll in this program.

These four interactive courses will help you develop your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. English is the language of instruction, which has been shown to favour language acquisition.

If you would like to pursue studies at Université de Saint-Boniface (USB), these courses will allow you to improve your proficiency so that you can meet the admission criteria for various programs, for instance, the Health Care Aide Certificate and the Diploma in Practical Nursing.

Learners 16 years and up may register for these courses.

NOTE: USB is a Francophone institution; therefore, all information related to its services are in French.

Acquire essential language skills through a variety of interactive activities linked to social, educational, and professional life experiences.


Coming soon: September 2025

You will explore topics related to your immediate personal needs. You will learn simple everyday vocabulary alongside simple grammar and syntax. Furthermore, you will identify certain language registers.


Coming soon: January 2025

You will explore topics related to familiar situations of daily life. You will learn common everyday vocabulary, as well as some moderately complex grammar and syntax. Additionally, you will recognize certain language registers.


You will explore topics related to predictable and less predictable contexts. You will learn abstract, concrete, and some specialized vocabulary in addition to moderately complex grammar and syntax. Moreover, you will adapt communication to use different language registers.


You will explore topics related to less predictable contexts. You will learn abstract, concrete, and technical vocabulary along with some complex grammar and syntax. You will also adapt communication to use different language registers.

ALA 1 and ALA 2 end with an in-house skills exam. If you pass this exam, you will be able to register for the next course. ALA 3 and ALA 4 include the Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic). This standardized exam will serve as proof of your proficiency and is recognized across Canada.

Unsure which course to register for? We accept standardized exam results, or we offer a placement test.


  1. Click on the name of the exam you took.
  2. Compare your results to the recommendation.

Canadian Academic English Language Test (Computer Edition)

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (Full General Test)

Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test

International English Language Testing System (Academic Version)

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada Program

NOTE: Your standardized exam results cannot be more than two years old. If they are, you will be required to take our placement test.


  1. Visit the Évaluations langagières webpage at https://pl.ustboniface.ca/.
  2. Create an account.
  3. Email the Continuing Education Division (CED) at dep@ustboniface.ca to confirm:

a. you are interested in the English as an Additional Language program;

b. you have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status;

c. you have created an account for the placement test.

  1. Once we have granted you access to our test, read all important information about each module.
  2. Book an appointment for Module 1.
  3. Complete Modules 2 and 3.

To receive a course recommendation before registration closes, you must finish all modules by:

  • August 27, 2024, for fall courses;
  • December 19, 2024, for winter courses;
  • April 29, 2025, for spring/summer courses.

NOTE: USB is a Francophone institution; therefore, all instructions related to the webpage and to the placement test are in French.

Delivery method: hybrid (online and in person)


  • Three 3.5-hour classes per week (two evening classes online and one evening class in person) and one 7.5-hour class per term (one Saturday class in person).
  • One 1-hour tutoring appointment per week.
  • Courses run for 13 weeks.

In total, you will spend 144 hours in the classroom and 12 hours in tutoring. You can choose the dates and times of your tutoring appointments.


September 10 - December 7, 2024  avril 2024

ALA 3 : Schedule to be determined

Registration opens : July 15, 2024

Registration closes : August 30, 2024


January 14 - April 12, 2025

ALA 2 : Schedule to be determined

ALA 4 : Schedule to be determined

Registration opens : November 1, 2024

Registration closes : January 3, 2025

USB is closed from December 21, 2024, to January 1, 2025, for the holidays.


May 13 - August 9, 2025

ALA 3 : Schedule to be determined

Registration opens : March 3, 2025

Date limite pour s'inscrire : May 2, 2025



This program is not funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). To learn more about free English as an additional language courses, please visit the Language classes funded by the Government of Canada webpage.

The cost of the required textbook is not included in your fee.

Each course: $650

If you successfully complete ALA 3 and ALA 4 and if you enroll in a college or university program at USB, you will be eligible for a scholarship! For more information, visit USB’s Scholarships webpage.


Each course has a required textbook. You can buy yours at the bookstore La Librairie À la Page. Please note the listed prices are subject to change: Catalogue (coming soon)


To take part in the online evening classes, you must have:

  • a computer or tablet capable of participating in video conferences, running multiple applications simultaneously, and sending and receiving emails;
  • a compatible camera, microphone, and headphones;
  • a stable and reliable Internet connection.


eCAMPUS is a learning platform where your instructors will share:

  • the link to your online classrooms;
  • the link to the Tutoring Centre’s booking system;
  • all course notes;
  • all worksheets;
  • all instructions, deadlines, and evaluation rubrics for your homework.

We will create an account for you using the first name, last name, and email address on your registration form. You will receive an email with your username and temporary password between 7 and 10 business days after enrolling in a course.


Have a question about our programs? See the following links.

General Information

Registration Information

Placement Interviews

Refund Policy

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Continuing Education Division
Université de Saint-Boniface
200 De la Cathédrale Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba CANADA R2H 0H7
Phone: 204-235-4400

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