Queen's School of English


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Celebrating 75th Anniversary 

Queen's School of English is celebrating 75 years of teaching English language to students from around the world. All of our students are immersed in an English-speaking environment.

  • Queen’s Summer School of English

    Most of the initial Summer School of English students were French-speakers from Quebec

  • Queen's School of English 1960s

    Teachers and students in 1960s

  • QBridge Students 2014

    QBridge students enjoying summer in 2014

  • QBridge Students 2014

    Group picture of the QBridge 2014 students

  • Study session at the library

    QSoE provides the knowledge to succeed in the academic and professional world 

  • Maple syrup trip

    Maple Maddness: Our students had an opportunity to celebrate our 75th anniversary while learning about maple syrup.

  • Field trip, maple syrup extraction process

    Maple Maddness: QSoE students learned the traditional way of making maple syrup

One of the oldest institutions of its kind in Canada, Queen’s School of English has provided language instruction to generations of international and domestic students. In the early 1940s, the Queen’s Department of Extension, which was responsible for providing additional educational services, such as language courses for adults, created the Queen’s Summer School of English (QSSE), adding to the summer program offerings. The initial QSSE students were French-speaking religious members from convents and monasteries in Quebec who were also teachers in schools in Quebec.

Over the years, the QSSE student base shifted from domestic to international. In the early 1980s, there was a greater demand for English programs during other seasons, not only in the summer. This resulted in a name change from the Queen’s Summer School of English to the Queen's School of English (QSoE).

Famous staff and alumni of the QSoE include novelist Jeanette Turner Hospital (an instructor in the early 1970s), The Tragically Hip (who were socio-cultural monitors, Queen’s students who assist with social and cultural activities), and Imperial Prince Norihito Takamado (a student in the late 1970s) from Japan.

Today, Queen’s School of English prepares English as a Second Language (ESL) students with the language skills necessary for academic success in the Canadian post-secondary context. In addition, QSoE continues to work closely with various departments at Queen’s University, providing them with English language support for their students and staff.

How We Are Celebrating

Maple Madness

The 75th anniversary celebrations began with an all school trip to the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area to join Maple Madness celebrations on April 1, 2017. Everyone enjoyed time spent in the sugar bush, learned how maple syrup is made, and feasted on freshly made pancakes topped with locally produced maple syrup.  We returned to the School of English for the launch of the QSoE 75th anniversary video, maple –themed refreshments and souvenir jugs of QSoE 75th anniversary Maple Syrup to remember the day.

75th Anniversary Picnic – July 7, 2017

Please join us at the Queen’s School of English 75th Anniversary picnic on July 7, 2017.  We will be celebrating with a barbeque, cake and summer games.  More information about location, time and details of the event to be posted soon. 

New QSoE Office Opening

QSoE is moving to a new suite of offices during summer 2017.  The new space is currently under construction and we are waiting to unveil our new space. Stay tuned for updates and an invitation to the Opening Reception!