Office of International Affairs

Summer ESL

English as a Second Language (ESL)

For students (high school or undergraduate) who want to improve their English in an English-speaking environment at a Global Top 100 university. Our 4-week program will be offered July 9th - August 6th, 2017. Read below for more information on this program as well as our 3-week and 2-week programs. 

Summer ESL Students

Summer ESL Students

  • 30 hours a week of language instruction (15 hours in class, 15 hours practical application per week)
  • instruction includes grammar, reading, writing, vocabulary, and conversation
  • highly qualified and experienced instructors
  • small, friendly classes for individual attention
  • afternoon tutorials taught and facilitated by McMaster English graduate students
  • initial placement test (from placement test, classes are organized by age, English level and a balanced mix of students from different countries)
  • welcome and graduation ceremony
  • competitive program fees
  • accommodation on campus in university residence
  • use of university facilities and services, including Wi-Fi
  • visits to local historic and scenic sites
  • full schedule of organized excursions and recreational activities (a three-day sight-seeing trip to Quebec/Thousand Islands, is an optional extra)
  • final assessment and achievement report
ESL Students in Residence

ESL Students in Residence

  • To improve oral and listening English skills
  • To increase fluency with English reading and writing skills
  • To enhance formal and practical English skills
  • To introduce Canadian culture and history in a fun and informative way
ESL Students at Hamilton Beach

ESL Students at Hamilton Beach

Our Intensive English Summer Programs are designed for pre-university and university students abroad who would like to combine a high quality English language development program with an intercultural experience. Classroom activities integrate listening, reading, speaking and writing skills at an appropriate level from beginner to advanced.

In addition to in-class ESL instruction, students will enjoy activities in small groups led by McMaster University students. These activities will be both educational and fun, helping to apply and improve students' language abilities while introducing them to different aspects of Canadian life. Activities range from organized sports, to trips to the mall, movie theatres or restaurants, where students will have maximum opportunity to practice their English in real-life settings.

Students will also be able to experience Canada's beautiful outdoors, with trips to local provincial parks, and places of special scenic interest such as the Royal Botanical Gardens. Trips will be arranged to Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum and other places of interest.

ESL Summer Students

ESL Summer Students

ESL Program Dates Fee (CAD)

4 week

July 9- August 6, 2017 $3,800

3 week

July 16-August 6, 2017 $3,400

2 week

July 16- July 30, 2017 $2,900

3 Week (Intensive)

August 1 - August 23 $3,650

OPTION:  Eastern Canada Trip: (based on double occupancy)

$500

Program fees include: tuition, meal card, accommodation, excursions, airport pick-up and drop-off, access to recreational facilities, and university health insurance.

Payment Information: A non-refundable deposit of CAD$300.00 must accompany the application form. The deposit should be in the form of a certified Bank Cheque or Money Order payable to McMaster University. The balance must be paid one month before the beginning of the program.

For information on current fees, please see the application form.

English Teachers Training Program (ETTP)

For teachers of English who have English as a Second Language

Our intensive summer English Teachers Training (ETT) Program is designed to combine a high quality academic component with first-hand experience of living in Canada. Classes are conducted in small groups to ensure maximum attention to each program participant’s interests and requirements. Activities outside the classroom are conducted in such a way that participants have opportunities to apply their new English skills and knowledge.

The English as a Second Language for Teachers program focuses on improving teachers’ English language abilities in the context of English language, literature and culture. Additionally, teachers will be trained in teaching methodology to aid them in becoming more efficient and effective English teachers in their home-country educational institutions. The program is taught by highly qualified and experienced instructors with access to the superb facilities provided by a world-class university.

Program fees include: tuition, meal card, accommodation, excursions, airport pick-up and drop-off, access to recreational facilities, and university health insurance.

Payment Information: A non-refundable deposit of CAD$300.00 must accompany the application form. The deposit should be in the form of a certified Bank Cheque or Money Order payable to McMaster University. The balance must be paid one month before the beginning of the program.

For information on current fees, please see the brochure or application form.

  • Small classes
  • Certificate of Graduation
  • Highly qualified and experienced instructors
  • Welcome/Graduation/Farewell ceremonies
Russell Archive

Russell Archive

This program is designed for those who areteaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in their home country and who want to refine their own English skills while learning, reviewing and applying teaching methodology.

Program participants will learn and apply:

  • accurate and appropriate usage of oral and written discourse;
  • speaking, listening and reading strategies;
  • advanced grammar; and,
  • advanced academic and practical vocabulary.

Participants will also:

  • develop understanding of EFL pedagogical issues, classroom management concerns and techniques;
  • be introduced to a wide range of textual, visual audio and on-line resources; and,
  • upon completion of the program, have an understanding of their own individual areas of challenge in teaching
  • English, along with monitoring and correction techniques to deal with them.