English Language Program

What is English for Specific Purposes?

English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is a learner-centered approach to teaching English as an additional language, which focuses on developing communicative competence in a specific discipline such as academics, accounting, agrology, business, IT, teaching, and engineering.  Students are also exposed to Canadian workplace or academic culture and real world communication practice.

ESP programs differ from general English language courses and contain the following characteristics:

   1. Designed to meet the specific needs of the learners.
   2. Related in content (themes and topics) to particular disciplines or occupations.
   3. Use authentic work-specific documents and materials.
   4. Promote cultural awareness and seeks to improve intercultural competency.
   5. Deliver intermediate and advanced level language training.

ESP at the University of Winnipeg

The English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Program offers classes that focus on developing the language skills needed for success on the job or in post-secondary.

The ESP program at the University of Winnipeg (UW) is composed of two streams; English for Professional Purposes (EPP) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). We also offer a Foundations for ESP course, which prepares students to enter either stream.

Foundations for English for Specific Purposes 

This course is designed for students with a CLB level 5-6 who intend to move on to CLB level 7 courses in ESP at UW. Learn more 

English for Professional Purposes (EPP)

These courses focus on the development of job-specific English language communication skills for those who seek to enter or advance in their professions. To be eligible for EPP courses, you must have a Canadian Language Benchmark of 7 or 8. Learn more

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

If you plan to pursue a degree or diploma at a post-secondary institution, and English is not your first language, this program can help you develop your academic communication skills. In addition, successful completion of our Academic Writing course also meets the language requirement of UW. To be eligible for EAP courses, you must have a Canadian Language Benchmark of 7 or 8. Learn more


Do you want to become an independent language learner? Do you want to learn how to set, track and achieve your language goals? Do you want to learn strategies that will help you improve your English skills outside of a classroom? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then iEnglish is for you!

Discover the rewards of the iLEAP cycle:

identify your goals
Locate samples of language
Explore and learn new language
Act on what you learned
Process your learning

iEnglish is a specialized course that is offered once a year during the summer term. Classes are  conducted once a week during the evening from 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm.

Registration for iEnglish will begin in May, 2014.

Eligibility Criteria for All Courses

The ESP Program is fully funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and offered at no cost to qualifying individuals.

To qualify you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be a permanent resident of Manitoba and be able to show your permanent resident card
  • Have applied to be a permanent resident of Manitoba and be able to show your “Provincial Nominee” letter of approval and your letter of confirmation from Citizenship and Immigration Canada

You must also reside in Manitoba and have a Canadian Language Benchmark assessment and referral from the Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Centre (WELARC).

Please Note: All students must submit an application along with your referral from WELARC.

Contact Information:
     University of Winnipeg
     English for Specific Purposes
     515 Portage Avenue
     Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
     R3B 2E9
     Phone: (204) 982-1818

In Person: To meet with an ESP administrator please make an appointment by phone at 204.982.1818 or e-mail infoesp@uwinnipeg.ca.
     University of Winnipeg
     English for Specific Purposes
     Unit 5-471 Portage Avenue (Rice Centre)
     Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9