Ryerson offers a wide variety of English language resources for all students. They come in the form of degree credit courses offered through the Department of English, non-degree credit courses offered through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and free individual and group support sessions offered by the Writing Centre and English Language Support group in Student Services. Many resources are offered online.
Services and courses target specific student groups. Some are for native English speakers who need to work on their writing skills. Others are for students who are still learning English and need to continue improving their English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Native English speakers can receive help and feedback on assignments they are working on by booking an appointment in the Writing Centre. If they feel their writing skills need considerable improvement in order to do better in their program, they should choose to take a writing course (LNG 121), as this form of learning allows for more depth and breadth than drop-in sessions or individual appointments. If students do not wish a writing course to be calculated into their GPA, they can take a non-degree credit writing course through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
Students whose first language is not English can also receive help from the Writing Centre tutors and/or English Language Support (ELS) staff. ELS’s services are free for Ryerson students, but appointments are limited and cannot be used for systematic study. Students whose first language is not English can also take one or more Liberal Studies courses developed specially for them (LNG 111, LNG 112 and LNG 113) to help fulfill their degree requirements. If students want focused, systematic help in a specific area, such as grammar or writing, they can choose a non-degree credit course from among the many courses offered through Continuing Education. . Click here for further details on Ryerson’s ESL courses.
Effective Fall 2013, Ryerson now offers the Ryerson University Foundation Program (RUFP) for International Students for applicants who are academically qualified to apply for admission to an undergraduate university degree program but do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements.
The Ryerson University Foundation Program (RUFP) provides high-quality ESL programming that allows international students to study at the university level and improve their language skills. RUFP programming is customized to meet their needs, and includes academic advising services and cultural immersion activities. Students who complete the RUFP can move on to Ryerson degree programs with university course credit and a strong foundation for academic success.
- English as a Second Language (Admissions)
- ESL/EAL Placement Test
- ESL/EAL Certificate Program at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
- English Language Support
- Writing Centre