The Language Centre

English for Personal and Professional Communication

This course is for:

  • Those above the age of 16 who would like to improve their general English communication skills for travel, study or personal interest
  • Those who have an interest in improving their cross-cultural and intercultural communication skills
  • Undergraduate and graduate students who are studying English in their home country
  • Those who work in an English environment and/or would like to improve their general English skills
  • Those who would like to learn more about Anglophone Canadian culture
  • International Students, Landed Immigrants, New Canadians and Francophone Canadians

Course Objectives

The goal of the EPPC program is to prepare students to read, write, speak and listen to English well enough to succeed in environments where English is used as the medium of communication. During the program students may participate in the following activities depending on the needs and interests of the class:

  • Discussing current events
  • Listening to guest speakers and classmates
  • Learning and practicing slang and idioms
  • Meeting and/or interviewing Canadians and classmates from around the world
  • Practicing for examinations like the TOEIC and TOEFL tests
  • Giving individual and/or group oral presentations and practicing other speaking skills
  • Learning and practising new vocabulary
  • Listening to audio-and videotapes
  • Improving their pronunciation and use of grammar
  • Learning about and experiencing Canadian culture
  • Participating in organized excursions

The EPPC program focuses on helping students develop stronger listening and speaking skills, as well as improving their reading, writing and use of English grammar and structure.

Note: Although this course will help you improve your English skills for professional interaction, this is not a Business English course.


On the first day of class, students are tested and placed into the level best suited to their needs. The Intensive English Program consists of six levels and students are placed into these levels according to proficiency. In Levels One to Three of the Intensive English Program, both EAP and EPPC students focus on developing accuracy and fluency in general English and cross-cultural communication skills. To enter Level One, students should have at least a high beginning level of English. In Levels Four to Six, students may choose the more communicative EPPC program or focus on academic language and study skills in the EAP program. Orientation to Saint Mary's University and the city of Halifax takes place during the first few days of the semester.

Special Features

  • Year-round courses offered in 8 week sessions
  • An intensive program of 25 hours per week supplemented by individual and group tutorials and our Conversation Partner Program , as available
  • Six different levels of instruction according to individual needs
  • Academic and cultural orientation at the beginning of the semester
  • Small classes: average class size 15-16, maximum 18
  • Full university facilities including libraries, book store, health clinic and computer laboratories
  • Access to Saint Mary's world class recreational facilities including fitness centre, health club, courts, etc.
  • Full-time International Student Advisor and Department of Student Services

We recommend that you register for at least 2-3 sessions. If you wait to register for later sessions until you arrive, the semesters you require may be full. Register early to avoid disappointment.