Language Support

Language Support

The UCalgary and Calgary community has resources, events, and programs for language learning, practice, and sharing.

COVID-19 updates

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Getting language support

Visit the websites below to learn more about specific offerings. Most of the following resources are free. Contact the responsible offices to see if any fees will be charged.

Do you have a resource to add? Contact iss@ucalgary.ca.

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Resources for UCalgary students

Join the English Corner to practise communicating in English and meet other students who also want to improve their English. This drop-in event is open to everyone of all English-speaking levels. The English Corner is sponsored by the Bahá’ís of Calgary in partnership with the UCalgary Faith & Spirituality Centre.

During the summer (June-August) it runs every Wednesday, 7:30- 9 pm MST. Visit the FSC Events Calendar to sign up.

This is a volunteer-run drop in program that focuses on practical English for daily conversation. It runs during the academic year. Visit the SU Events Calendar to find the next offering.

Practice your language skills in casual, social environments by joining a student club or committee, sports team, fitness class, volunteer program, or faith community. Here are a few examples.

The Student Success Centre provides individual writing support and workshops for international or permanent resident students who would like to improve their English. 

Visit their events calendar to see upcoming international student events.

Use this database to find organizations or resources.

The Students' Union has a searchable database of independent tutors who can help with a range of subjects. Tutors are current or past UCalgary students.

This term-based program pairs students to share or learn a language. After you're matched, you meet once a week with your partner. Applications usually open at the start of fall and winter terms.

Writing Support offers creative coaching to help you become a more effective communicator. They recognize the role that writing plays in inquiry and learning, and offer:

  • one-on-one writing support appointments
  • Graduate Writing Community
  • undergraduate writer space
  • and more

Resources in the Calgary community

The Calgary Public Library offers several programs open to residents of Calgary aimed at helping adults, youth, and families with children. Some programs require registration, while others are drop-in. The Calgary Public Library also provides access to newspapers and books in many languages. Check out these resources:

Different organizations may provide resources in various languages or English Llteracy programs. Some examples include:

Note: some programs are limited to Permanent Residents or citizens.

Join a group to meet people, make friends, practice a language, and explore your interests. There are several groups for people in Calgary who are passionate about practicing English or other language skills. Some examples include: