The LTO, in partnership with English Language Support, and the Writing & English Language Proficiency Working Group have developed this page for faculty members teaching students who use English as an additional language (EAL).
Many Ryerson students use English as their second (or third or fourth) language, and some are still in the learning stages of mastering English. Some also need to make a cultural transition to a different type of educational system. The presence of students from EAL backgrounds is an important part of Ryerson’s academic and cultural make-up. These students bring different perspectives to the learning process, they create links with diverse communities, and they bring meaning to the term internationalization.
These webpages provide information and advice about working effectively with the multilingual population at Ryerson:
- Who are English as an Additional Language (EAL) Learners? [pdf]
This handout looks at the different literacy backgrounds of EAL students, what challenges they face, and discusses ways to prevent problems before they arise.
- Language Differences & Error Correction [pdf]
It is useful to know something about the nature of the English language in order to better understand the major differences between English and other world languages. Common errors in English are often a result of a non-native English speaker's mother tongue. This handout may help instructors to anticipate the characteristic difficulties of EAL learners, and to better understand how these difficulties arise; error correction is also discussed.
- Supporting EAL Writers [pdf]
EAL students' problems usually do not involve a lack of ideas. Their primary writing problems typically involve difficulty expressing concepts and ideas in English. This handout discusses Assignment Design and how to provide Effective Feedback.
- Resources for Teachers of EAL Students
Books, websites, and tutorials that may be helpful for you and your students.
- Frequently Asked Questions
If you can't find the answer you're looking for in the above documents, check our FAQ, or use our submission form to ask your own question of our ELS experts.
Support for English as an Additional Language (EAL) Learners
Contact English Language Support for more information about supporting Ryerson students who use English as an additional language:
English Language Support
VIC-B17 (Victoria Building - Lower Level)
Telephone: (416) 979-5000 ext. 4682