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English Language Support for Faculty

English Language Support for Faculty is a group of programs for faculty whose first language is not English. Through these programs, you will have access to an English Language Specialist who will assist you with your English language needs. These needs can range from pronunciation, to vocabulary, grammar and writing.

The programs include one-on-one private sessions, one-on-one private online sessions, writing assistance, and group conversation sessions. The writing program is also open to native English speakers. The one-on-one, online, and writing programs are all continuous intake programs, meaning that interested faculty can enroll at any time of the year. All of the programs are confidential.

One-on-One Private Sessions

This program is intended to enhance the English speaking, grammar, vocabulary and writing skills of Ryerson faculty whose first language is not English.

The program will help improve fluency skills needed to effectively teach, acquire the necessary English writing skills to effectively provide student feedback, as well as enhance English writing skills for academic purposes. The Language Specialist will work individually and confidentially with you to help you improve your communication skills when interacting with students and colleagues in order to provide you with the best opportunity to be successful in your career at Ryerson University.

The Language Specialist will work one-on-one with you, observe classes and prepare customized training materials.

Program Structure: The program is a continuous intake program and includes pre- and post-self-assessments

Meetings with the Language Specialist run for 45 minutes once a week for 12 weeks. Following the 12-weeks, participants have the opportunity to continue with the program on a limited basis.

Online Meetings

If you have limited time on campus and would still like to join the program, the LTO is offering online meeting with the English Language Specialist, where you can work on enhancing speaking, grammar, vocabulary and writing skills. It is the same as the one-on-one meetings except that you meet the Language Specialist via Adobe Connect or, if you prefer, other web conferencing sites.

The Language Specialist will work one-on-one with you, visit classrooms if needed, and prepare customized training materials.

Program Structure: The program is a continuous intake program and includes a pre- and post self-assessment.

Meetings with the Language Specialist run for 45 minutes once a week for 12 weeks. After that, participants have the opportunity to continue with the program on a limited basis. Participants in the online program need to have access to a computer, microphone, speakers, and a webcam.

Writing

The writing program is intended for the professor who is confident with his or her speaking skills but would like assistance with their writing skills.

Program Structure: The program is a continuous intake program and includes and pre and post-assessment evaluation. You will need to communicate with the Language Specialist via email and he will provide you with written feedback within 3 days.

The program is designed to enhance your written communication skills with your students and it is not intended for editing documents. The Language Specialist may review a page of your work but will not edit a whole proposal, lecture, or research paper.

Conversation Group

This program has been specifically designed to aid non-native English speaking professors at Ryerson University in developing their conversation skills. Any faculty member who feels challenged with their oral communication and fluency skills should consider the conversation program.

This program will help develop English language fluency that can be used in the classroom, in meetings, and at home. This will be achieved through active participation in a number of workshops over a one-month period.

The conversation program will give you a chance to talk to other participants in the program while the English Language Specialist will be available to correct errors.

Program Structure: This is primarily a conversation class but there will be grammar, vocabulary and listening activities as well. It is offered for an hour, once a week, in four-week blocks.

TA/GA Conversation Group

This program has been specifically designed to aid non-native English speaking TA/GAs at Ryerson University in developing their conversation skills and is suitable for any TA/GA who feels challenged with their oral English communication and fluency skills.

This program will help develop English language fluency that can be used in the classroom, in meetings, and at home. This will be achieved through active participation in a number of workshops over a one-month period. The topics covered include: understanding students, Canadian culture, working with faculty members and providing effective oral feedback.

The conversation program will give you a chance to talk to other participants in the program while the English Language Specialist will be available to correct errors.

Program Structure: This is primarily a conversation class but there will be grammar, vocabulary and listening activities as well. In Winter 2015, the program will run weekly from 10:00-11:00am, from Monday February 23 to Monday March 16.

Registration will be limited to 12 students. Interested participants are invited to contact Lauren Wilson at lauren.wilson@ryerson.ca.

Tunu SodhiTunu Sodhi is the English Language Specialist for the Learning and Teaching Office. Prior to joining Ryerson University in August 2011, Tunu worked as an English as a Second Language teacher for 12 years.

Tunu has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Humber College and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) which he received from University of Cambridge via Language Studies International. His undergraduate degree is in Philosophy from Trent University.

 

 

Contact

Tunu Sodhi
English Language Specialist
Kerr Hall West 373
416-979-5000 extension 2862
tunusodhi@ryerson.ca

If you have questions about English Language Support for Faculty or TA/GAs please contact:

Lauren Wilson
Manager, Learning & Teaching
Kerr Hall West 373
416-979-5000 extension 6570
lauren.wilson@ryerson.ca