English Language Development Support

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CTL English Language Development Support (ELDS) aims to help students communicate more effectively for their academic needs, and to equip students with strategies and tools to participate actively and confidently in the academic community. Our programs are suitable for both native and non-native English-speaking students, as we have resources designed to advance all students’ Academic English skills and unique supports for multilingual students who are learning English during their time at UTSC.

ELDS Offers

Academic English Health Check (AEHC) is a quick and confidential diagnostic tool that helps you understand your level of Academic English and recommends ELDS resources to help you achieve your academic goals.

Please visit https://uoft.me/AEHC.

Reading and Writing Excellence (RWE) pairs you with an expert writing instructor for support in developing active reading, critical thinking and reflective writing skills. This four-week personalized program will help you understand and meet university-level expectations in a warm, supportive and collegial environment.

To learn more about the RWE program, including how to register, please visit https://uoft.me/RWE.

Reading Skills for Academic Success

The Reading Skills for Academic Success (RSAS) series is made up of four independent one-hour interactive sessions focused on developing academic vocabulary, techniques for organizing and retaining information, and critical reading and thinking skills. Students are welcome to attend all four sessions, or to choose any combination of sessions most relevant to their individual needs and goals. The goal of each session is to help foster a smooth transition from high school to university by introducing students to effective strategies for vocabulary expansion, close reading, and information processing skills necessary for academic success at university.

What can students expect to learn in the RSAS workshops?

RSAS workshops empower students by demonstrating techniques for effective active reading strategies, vocabulary expansion, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and advanced organizational skills such as notetaking, mind-mapping, and conceptual outlining. Together, this skillset is a vital component of academic success at university.

WINTER 2023 SCHEDULE:

Tip: Log into CLNx before clicking the registration links below. 

Session Title

Date

Time

Format (In-Person/Online)

Registration Link (CLNx)
Improve your Notetaking Skills Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM IN-PERSON (AC221) CLICK HERE
Improve your Notetaking Skills Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ONLINE (Zoom) CLICK HERE
Effective Mind-Mapping and Outlining Strategies Monday, Jan. 30, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM IN-PERSON (AC221) CLICK HERE
Effective Mind-Mapping and Outlining Strategies Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ONLINE (Zoom) CLICK HERE
Enhancing Your Critical Thinking and Critical Reading Abilities Monday, Feb. 6, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM IN-PERSON (AC221) CLICK HERE
Enhancing Your Critical Thinking and Critical Reading Abilities Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ONLINE (Zoom) CLICK HERE

Grammar for Academic Writing Workshop Series

The Grammar for Academic Writing (GAW) workshop series emphasizes the centrality of grammar and editing skills in university-level writing, exploring these skills at both the sentence and paragraph levels. This workshop series aims to facilitate a smooth, nurturing transition from high school writing skills to the expectations of undergraduate academic composition. This is achieved by providing students training and active opportunities to practice academic English grammar, effective editing, and the revising strategies necessary for academic success at the university level.

Who will benefit from this grammar workshop series?

Any students who wish to improve their grammatical and editing skills will benefit from the GAW workshop series. Multilingual students and/or students with limited familiarity of grammatical rules and best practices in the context of written academic English will find these workshops a welcoming space to advance their skills in these areas.

WINTER 2023 SCHEDULE: 

Tip: Log into CLNx before clicking the registration links below. 

Session Title

Date

Time

Format (In-Person/Online)

Registration Link (CLNx)
Avoiding Common Grammatical Errors Monday, Feb. 13, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM IN-PERSON (AC221) CLICK HERE
Avoiding Common Grammatical Errors Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ONLINE (Zoom) CLICK HERE
Editing and Revising Monday, Feb. 27, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM IN-PERSON (AC221) CLICK HERE
Editing and Revising Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ONLINE (Zoom) CLICK HERE

Academic Communication Workshops

What is the Academic Communication Workshop (ACW) Series?

The Academic Communication Workshop (ACW) Series is composed of two independent one-hour sessions to train students’ academic communication skills by introducing effective strategies for communicating with professors, participating in class discussions, delivering good presentations, and building professional networking.

Who is the ACW series for?

The ACW series is mainly designed for students who want to improve their communication techniques for academic success at the university level. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join our ACW series.

WINTER 2023 SCHEDULE: 

Tip: Log into CLNx before clicking the registration links below.  

 

Session Title

Date

Time

Format (In-Person/Online)

Registration Link (CLNx)

How to Communicate with your Professors Effectively

Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

IN-PERSON (AC221)

CLICK HERE

How to Communicate with your Professors Effectively

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ONLINE (Zoom)

CLICK HERE

Effective Skills for Presentations and Class Discussions

Monday, Mar. 6, 2023

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

IN-PERSON (AC221)

CLICK HERE

Effective Skills for Presentations and Class Discussions

Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2023

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ONLINE (Zoom)

CLICK HERE

Academic Integrity Workshops

What is the Academic Integrity Workshop (AIW) Series?

The Academic Integrity Workshop (AIW) series is composed of three independent one-hour sessions to help students make a smooth transition from high school to university, by discussing the importance of academic integrity, strategies for crediting original authors, representing others’ work properly, integrating the ideas of others into writing, and using quotes, paraphrases, and summaries effectively. Students are welcome to attend all three sessions, or to choose any combination of sessions most relevant to their individual needs and goals.

Who is the AIW series for?

The AIW is mainly designed for students who aim to raise their awareness of academic integrity and need to learn how to use evidence and cite sources properly. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend the AIW series.

WINTER 2023 SCHEDULE: 

Tip: Log into CLNx before clicking the registration links below. 

Session Title

Date

Time

Format (In-Person/Online)

Registration Link (CLNx)
Academic Integrity: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing Monday, Mar. 13, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM IN-PERSON (AC221) CLICK HERE
Academic Integrity: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ONLINE (Zoom) CLICK HERE
Citing Properly: APA Style Monday, Mar. 20, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM IN-PERSON (AC221) CLICK HERE
Citing Properly: APA Style Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ONLINE (Zoom) CLICK HERE
How to Cite Sources: Using MLA Monday, Mar. 27, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM IN-PERSON (AC221) CLICK HERE

 

Communication Cafés

Communication Cafés are welcoming, dynamic workshops with games and interactive activities specially designed to help you improve your academic and oral communication skills.

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Café Topic Date Time Registration Link
       

ELD consultations are confidential one-on-one meetings with a supportive instructor who can provide guidance, support, and resource recommendations to help you maximize your Academic English language skills. We love meeting our students and learning how to best meet your needs, and you are free to discuss your specific language support needs, ask questions and explore which supports best suit you and your learning style. ELD Consults can be booked on WCONLINE or you may reach out to Dr. Xiangying Huo if you have any questions. 

Review the attached instructions on how to book an appointment: ELDConsults_WCONLINE.pdf

Click here to access CTL Student Resources, including the following ELD resources:

  • Academic Reading resources for English Language Learners
  • Academic Vocabulary and Grammar resources
English Language Development Support
Get equipped with strategies and tools to participate actively and confidently in the academic community.