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English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Ryerson offers many English language resources for students that can be degree credit courses and individual and group support sessions. Many resources are offered online and through appointment.

Services and courses target specific needs. Some services and courses 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 reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English.


Native English Speakers

Native English speakers can get help and feedback on assignments they are working on by booking an appointment in the Writing Centre. Students can also choose to take a writing course (LNG 121) if they feel they need to improve their writing skills in English.


Students whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English can also receive help from Student Learning Support through writing and spoken language services. These services are available through appointment. Students whose first language is not English can also take one or more courses through our English language courses (LNG 111, LNG 112 and LNG 113).


The REAL Institute
Ryerson now offers programming through the REAL Institute for students who are academically qualified to apply for admission to an undergraduate university degree program but need to work on their English language proficiency.

The Ryerson ESL Foundation Program allows international students to study at the university level and improve their English skills. Students who complete the Ryerson ESL Foundation Program can move on to Ryerson degree programs with university course credit.


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