Academic English Support Program

For UBC students who speak English as an additional language

The Academic English Support (AES) program offers free, one-on-one support to improve your academic English for success at UBC.

Do you need help improving your academic reading, writing or note-taking in class?

Do you want to participate more actively in class discussions?

If you are a UBC undergraduate or graduate student who speaks English as an additional language, we can help. The UBC Academic English Support (AES) program offers free resources to improve your performance in class by advancing your academic English skills.

Here's how it works:

We'll assess your English language skills to determine how we can help you:

  • Self-Directed Study: You will create an AES program learning plan and we will give you access to self-study websites, short online modules and online resources you can use to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  • Coach Assisted Study: You will attend an orientation session and create an AES program learning plan with a language coach. Your AES program learning plan will include access to self-study websites and short courses, and you will check in with your language coach as you move through the program.

To get started, follow the steps on the What's Involved page.

The Academic English Support program is an initiative of the Office of the Provost and the Vice-President Academic that is offered by UBC Continuing Studies in collaboration with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.