About MEEC Non-Credit Modules

These are fun courses for serious improvement of English skills! 

Each MEEC session has a maximum capacity of 20 students, and is open to current McMaster graduate students and postdoctoral fellows only. 

These courses are in high demand and there is often a waitlist. If you believe your schedule will not permit the class time (6 hours per week) and at least 2 hours per week for homework, you should not take the course. You can take any or all modules once, pending availability of space.

Registration opens the week prior to the start of each module.

MEEC is sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies at McMaster University.

MEEC Instructor/Facilitator: Paul Leegsma, English Solutions Education Services

Questions? Email McMaster Effective English Courses 

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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.

Dates: October 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)

Please register online for Communication & Presentation Skills

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.

Dates: October 31 - December 13

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

Register online for Grammar for Academic Writing.


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.

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.