No matter what you are thinking about in terms of academics or career, you’ve got to be able to communicate–to put concepts accurately into words. Whether you’re writing a resume, a report, a critique, an essay, a proposal, or an application, whether you’re reasoning, analysing, or arguing, you must be able to understand and be understood.

With this in mind the English Language Section of the Modern Languages Department has designed its courses and programs to serve students of all languages and backgrounds.

Why study English Language at Bishop’s?

Want to Improve Your Written and Oral Expression? No matter what your discipline, no matter what your current abilities in speaking and writing, we can make you better!

The Rhetorical Tradition? Our courses in Advanced Composition and Speech not only give you the opportunity to improve your communicative skills, but also provide a larger historical perspective. You’ll see how rhetorical theory has evolved through the ages, and how current theorists view the act of communication.

All the teachers involved in Language and Composition take pride in engaging their students. Small classes–10-25 students–ensure that teachers know their students and actively collaborate with them in developing their abilities to communicate. All English Language courses and programs at Bishop’s rely on an eclectic methodology–a mix of formal instruction and communication activities. The accent is always placed upon students’ needs and authentic communication. Students are encouraged to apply their language skills in various extra-curricular activities.

Courses & Programs

The English as a Second Language Program offers courses in grammar, composition, oral expression, and academic skills. All courses have in common the aim of assisting students in all disciplines to improve their understanding of English language and communication. Within the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, a Major in English Language Studies is offered.

Major in Modern Languages: English Language Studies Component

In order to be accepted into this program, students must have attained at least an intermediate level of competence in English.

Certificate of Proficiency in English as a Second Language/Intensive English Language Studies

The Certificate of Proficiency in English as a Second Language may be pursued part- or full-time in the English Language Studies program and it comprises a sequence of courses in English as a Second Language. English Language and Composition, and/or English Literature.

Students who complete the Certificate will have attained a level at which they are capable of taking university course s in English, in addition to being able to use English comfortably on the job and in their leisure activities.

Ready to join us?

Need more information?

For the complete list of courses and more details, see the Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures section of the Academic Calendar.


For more information, please contact the Chair of the Department.