Language Support

Language Support

The UCalgary and Calgary community has resources, events, and programs for language learning, practice, and sharing.

Getting language support

Visit the websites below to learn more about specific offerings. Most of the following resources are free. Contact the responsible offices to see if any fees will be charged.

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Resources for UCalgary Students

The Faith and Spirituality Centre has a great drop-in space for all. Study, eat your lunch, meet new people, or simply relax. We have free snacks, coffee and tea, and a variety of activities.

Want to improve your English conversation, reading, and writing skills? We provide free one-on-one tutoring for adults who speak English as a second language (ESL) and individuals with developmental disabilities. To apply, email at 

Practice your language skills in casual, social environments by joining a student club or committee, sports team, fitness class, volunteer program, or faith community. Here are a few examples.

The Student Success Centre provides individual writing support and workshops for international or permanent resident students who would like to improve their English. 

Visit their events calendar to see upcoming international student events.

Use this database to find organizations or resources.

The Students' Union has a searchable database of independent tutors who can help with a range of subjects. Tutors are current or past UCalgary students.

This term-based program pairs students to share or learn a language. After you're matched, you meet once a week with your partner. Applications usually open at the start of fall and winter terms.

Writing Support offers creative coaching to help you become a more effective communicator. They recognize the role that writing plays in inquiry and learning, and offer:

  • one-on-one writing support appointments
  • Graduate Writing Community
  • undergraduate writer space
  • and more

Resources in the Calgary community

The Calgary Public Library offers several programs open to residents of Calgary aimed at helping adults, youth, and families with children. Some programs require registration, while others are drop-in. The Calgary Public Library also provides access to newspapers and books in many languages. Check out these resources:

Different organizations may provide resources in various languages or English Llteracy programs. Some examples include:

Note: some programs are limited to Permanent Residents or citizens.