About MEEC Non-Credit Modules

McMaster Effective English Courses (MEEC) are free, non-credit intensive ESL modules focused on the daily language needs of graduate student and postdoc learners at McMaster.

A new module starts every-other month, beginning in September. Courses are in high demand which may result in applicants being added to a stand-by list. You must be a current graduate student or postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University to join a course. You can take any or all modules once, pending availability of space.

These are fun courses for serious improvement of English skills! 

MEEC is sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies at McMaster University. MEEC is delivered by Paul Leegsma, MEEC Instructor/Facilitator with English Solutions Education Services.

Questions: mcmastereffectiveenglish@gmail.com 

2017-18 McMaster Effective English Course Schedule
Module Name Days of Week Time Dates* Registration
MEEC1

Communication & Presentation Skills 
(enrolment limited to 20)

Tuesdays, Thursdays

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. January 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
February 1, 6, 8 
Opens Dec. 22, 2018**
MEEC2  Grammar

Monday to Thursday

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 
March 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22
Opens Jan 26, 2018**
MEEC3 Metaphorical Language-Idioms & Phrasal Verbs 

Monday to Thursday

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

March 26, 27, 28, 29 
Apr 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30
May 1, 2, 3, 7

Opens March 9, 2018**
MEEC4 Pronunciation (enrolment limited to 20)

Monday to Thursday

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. May  8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31;
June 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19
Opens April 20, 2018**
MEEC1

Communication & Presentation Skills 
(enrolment limited to 20)

Tuesdays, Thursdays

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

June 21, 26, 28; 
July 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24,  

Opens June 1, 2018**
MEEC2

Grammar

Tuesdays, Thursdays

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

July 26, 31
August 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26

Opens July 6, 2018**

*Please check your availability for ALL NIGHTS and register ONLY if you are certain you can attend all nights for a module.

**Registration forms are not active until 1-2 weeks before a course begins, i.e., you can not register before that time. You should receive notices through the year from the School of Graduate Studies, indicating when the next course registration will become active. Please note that the course content is subject to change without notice and as the course proceeds.

Module 1

Module 1: Communication & Presentation Skills

This course will focus on vocabulary, phrases and non-verbal elements of communication with a particular emphasis on presentations (with some time also spent on conversation and discussion in the workplace context). The approach is practical and applied with a focus on the linguistic and cultural aspects of effective communication. During the course you will have the opportunity to give two practice presentations with instructor and peer feedback. 

Enrolment is limited to 20.

 

Module 2

Grammar for Academic Writing

This course will focus on advanced grammar for the academic writing context. Students will study from the text Real Grammar: A Corpus–Based Approach to English by Susan Conrad and Douglas Biber which provides an innovative and high-utility approach to studying grammar.

 

Module 3

Metaphorical Language (Idioms and Phrasal Verbs)

The Metaphorical Language (Idioms and Phrasal Verbs) course will help advanced level English learners focus on interpreting language metaphorically in English as a means for understanding common everyday idioms and phrasal verbs.

 

Module 4

Pronunciation

This course will help English learners review, increase awareness and practice major aspects of English pronunciation including the sounds of English, word and sentence stress, as well as sentence intonation patterns.

Enrolment is limited to 20.