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Improve your English

Language Proficiency Index (LPI)

To be eligible to register in first-year English courses, students must complete or be exempt from the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) requirement. If you score less than five on the essay section of the LPI exam, you may not be permitted to register in a full course load until your English ability improves.

UBC Extended Learning offers a non-credit composition and grammar course (Writing 098) designed to prepare students for university-level writing and to help them improve their score on the LPI. If you complete this course, you will receive an extended LPI deadline and priority on waitlists for first-year English courses. Visit the Academic Calendar for more information on LPI requirements for first-year English.

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Resources

Free options
Paid options

Conversation Partners

If you are looking to simply practice your English language skills (or any other language), you should join the Tandem Language Program. The program matches two people who are interested in learning or improving their skills in the native language of their program partner. If you are looking to improve your English language skills, you would be paired with a fluent English speaker who is interested in learning or practicing your native language.
As part of the program, you will meet with your partner for 1.5 hours once a week for 11 weeks. Participation in the Tandem Language Program is free, and registration opens twice a year. Visit the Tandem Language Program FAQ page for more information.

English Language Institute (ELI)

The English Language Institute (ELI) offers 16-week and 8-week English language programs with start dates throughout the year. The ELI also offers English for the Global Citizen and Business English with varying start dates. For more information, visit the ELI website, call 604.822.1555, or contact the ELI.

Community Programs at Acadia

Informal English conversation classes are offered at the Acadia/Fairview housing areas led by community members. Ask the Acadia Front Desk for schedules.

UBC Extended Learning

Courses offered in English Communication Skills from UBC Extended Learning are held at the Robson Square downtown campus - including 'Power Pronunciation', 'English Conversation for Confidence Building', and 'Enhancing Your Everday Vocabulary.'