The MELD program is intended for international students whose primary language is not English and who wish to improve their oral and written communication skills, and succeed in an English-speaking university environment. Prospective students should have obtained one of the following minimum scores of English Proficiency (or equivalent) to register for this program:
Interested students with a lower English proficiency score should contact the program coordinator.
The McMaster English Language Development Diploma (MELD) provides a supportive environment in which international students can succeed. The diploma is a two-term, full-time intensive bridging program in English language development and acculturation. Students accepted into MELD will have qualified for admission to undergraduate studies in a specific program, but do not meet the English language requirements. They are given a conditional offer of admission to their program of choice, conditional upon successful completion of the MELD diploma. Once the diploma in MELD has been successfully completed, the student may register in the program to which he/she was given conditional admission.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a mini-conference and to develop a digital portfolio showcasing their learning..
$24,500 (including supplementary student fees)
Supplementary fees include:
Not included: Compulsory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) for students without valid OHIP or other Canadian provincial health insurance coverage
Total Number of Required Courses: 10
Academic Writing and Integrity
A writing course that focuses on the development of grammatically, lexically and stylistically appropriate English for writing summaries and short academic texts. Includes workshops on academic integrity.
Advanced Academic Writing
A writing course that focuses on the development of the appropriate language (grammar, vocabulary, style) and structure for essays and on analysing charts/graphs. Includes workshops on documenting sources and citation styles.
English Phonetics and Pronunciation
This course offers an overview of the principal differences in varieties of Standard English, with a focus on Canadian English. Students are given opportunities to examine and practise their spoken language skills in English through short individual and collaborative presentations.
Advanced Speaking and Presentation Skills
Students build appropriate speaking skills through a variety of individual and collaborative speaking and presentation exercises, based on academic content (oral reports, article summaries, video blogs, formal presentations).
Academic Reading and Listening Skills
In this course, students summarize and critically evaluate (both orally and in writing) a variety of texts in advanced academic English. The texts to be evaluated are both written and spoken.
Advanced Academic Reading Skills
This course further develops students’ skills in academic reading. The focus in this course is on the comprehension and critical evaluation of scholarly articles and texts from a range of disciplines.
Social Perspectives on Language
An exploration of a variety of language registers and styles. Topics explored through role-playing, the collaboration of peer-to-peer mentors, and guest speakers.
This course covers a variety of aspects of the university system and strategies for dealing with challenges that may arise, such as note-taking, time management, and studying for exams.
Sounds, Words & Meaning in Modern English
This course introduces students to the description and transcription of sounds in contemporary English, to the rules governing pronunciation, and to the study of word formation and meaning in contemporary English.
Sentence & Communication Structure in Modern English
This course examines the structure of contemporary English sentences, and how sentences are used to build larger meaningful units of written and spoken communication.
Program Director, Dr. A. Moro,
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Languages
Program Administrator, Ms C. Huelgas