Why study languages, literatures and cultures at Ryerson?
Aside from the fact that being able to speak more than one language makes you smarter and more open to others , and could even be beneficial for your mental health, being exposed to a variety of cultures and languages also increases your chances of academic and professional success .
Your grandparents, parents or even older siblings learned additional languages because they liked to travel, or simply out of curiosity. Nowadays, people who can speak more than one language are sought after for their flexibility, their adaptability and their cultural sensitivity. From pastime to job requirement, language and cultural skills are now considered a window onto an increasingly diverse world, and a way to open new doors on the job markets.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures uses a communicative approach that enables students to work on all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. This is the only way, in our opinion, to achieve proficiency. We have courses for all levels, including for true beginners, intermediate, advanced and even for native speakers. If you have never studied languages with us, please make sure to take our online placement test.
A note for high school counselors!
We would like nothing better than to have a chance to come and visit you, in your own school, to talk to your students about study opportunities. All you have to do is contact us, and it will be a pleasure to plan a visit, or even a virtual tour or lecture that matches your needs.