About the English Language Centre

The English Language Centre is a resource developed by the staff of the International Study Centre at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. To learn more about our ELC instructors, click here.

Who We Are and What We Do

Our goal is to provide the resources and support you need to help you be a more confident, competent and independent learner, which will help you gain more command of the English language and be more successful in your studies at RRU and beyond.

The English Language Centre (ELC) offers free, academic English language support for international and domestic students whose first language is not English enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at Royal Roads University.  We offer one-on-one and/or group tutoring, workshops, and a variety of resources to help you develop your capacity to plan, organize, write, and revise academic papers and assignments. We will work with you at whatever stage you are with your assignment and/or paper. Here are some of the things that we do:

  • Discuss your assignment and plans to make sure you’re on track with assignment guidelines and expectations
  • Ask questions about your assignment, plan and draft
  • Help you identify your topic and clarify your research process and ideas
  • Work with you to organize and/or outline your assignment, helping you get a clearer picture of your start, mid and end points
  • Work with you at whatever stage you are with your assignment: pre and post submission
  • Work with you to identify problematic areas with your paper, directing you to more information or examples of correct usage in terms of organization, structure, grammar, syntax, punctation, vocabulary and critcal analysis
  • Identify problematic areas with APA formatting, in-text citations and referencing guidelines
  • Review paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting material
  • Identify problematic areas in terms of academic integrity
  • Offer a variety of resources to help you iimporove your English language skills

Length of Sessions

  • A scheduled appointment is 60 minutes
  • A drop-in appointment is 30 minutes

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Friday 9:00am-4:00pm

What to Bring

  • Student ID
  • Your assignment description and other course material to help define what your aims are for the paper/assignment
  • A hard copy of your marked or unmarked assignment/paper
  • A writing sample (if instructed by ELC teaching staff)
  • Specific questions or issues you feel need improvement

We work with hard copies of assignments or essays only.

What to Expect

The ELC offers relevant face-to-face feedback on marked and unmarked assignments to help you identify:

  • Reoccurring grammatical errors and syntax problems
  • Issues with organization and structure
  • Punctuation issues
  • Issues with ambiguous vocabulary
  • Cohesion and coherency issues in writing
  • Inconsistencies with logic, facts and details
  • Trouble spots with APA formatting, referencing guidelines and in-text citations
  • Possible legal or ethical trouble spots (plagiarism, failure to provide sources, or socially and/or politically inappropriate language around gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or other biased language)
  • Issues with redundancies and verbosity

What not to Expect

The International Learning Centre does not:

  • edit or correct grammar errors within the document
  • proofread or fix grammatical issues
  • comment on or change the content of your paper
  • speculate on a grade for a paper or assignment,
  • comment on a grade given by an instructor on a marked paper or assignment.

Workshops and Tutorials

If your class or a small group would like a mini-lesson or tutorial, the ELC offers bimonthy workshops on a variety of areas:

  • Speaking and listening tutorials, plus oral presentation tips and strategies
  • Academic reading, research and writing skills tutorials, plus grammar, syntax and punctuation tutorials
  • APA formatting and referencing workshops including help with avoiding plagiarism and using in-text citations
  • Tutorials on paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing including help with planning, outlining, organizing and drafting your paper/assignment
  • Help with understanding the assignment description
  • Tutorials to strengthen your critical thinking, reading and writing skills

What else the English Language Centre offers

  • Extensive online resources
  • Extensive resources available at the ELC
  • Bi-monthly workshops
  • Instructor resources