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ESL Foundation Program Virtual Delivery

COVID-19 and Virtual Learning

Ryerson University and the Real Institute are dedicated to the health and well-being of our academic community. To continue supporting our students' learning goals during COVID-19 closures, the Real Institute's ESL Foundation Program has established a virtual delivery platform for our Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms. 

When students enrol at the Real Institute they can expect high-quality programming with a student-centred approach to learning and development. Through virtual delivery of the ESL Foundation Program for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms, students will continue to experience the same high standards as our on-campus program. 


What is Virtual Delivery? 

Students enrolled in the ESL Foundation Program for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms will experience all of the benefits of traditional classroom learning, without leaving home. To participate in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 virtual classrooms and extracurricular experiences, ESL Foundation Program students require a stable internet connection, a laptop or desktop computer equipped with a camera and microphone, and access to select Ryerson applications. 

Virtual learning involves interactive ‘classrooms’ where students meet and communicate with their instructors and peers in real time, using live streaming technology. The ESL Foundation Program aims to provide students with an on-campus experience in a virtual environment using leading technology. 


Virtual Programming 

Students attend approximately 20 hours of English as an Additional language classes each week, via the live streaming platform, Zoom. Students are given their timetable at the beginning of the academic term. Each week instructors provide students with a breakdown of class time, including camera-on time, group work, assessments, and learning outcomes. Before or after scheduled class time, instructors hold weekly virtual office hours, providing students with the opportunity to strengthen their English language progress through one-on-one support. 

In addition to classes, students have the opportunity to connect with Real Institute International Peer Supporters and staff, as well as the Ryerson community through regularly scheduled virtual events. During orientation, and throughout the 12-week academic term, students have access to support and opportunities to develop and advance academic skills, learn about the Ryerson community, and network with students across the university and around the world. 



  • Virtual orientation, tailored to the needs of students improving English language proficiency
  • Interactive, live streamed classes with experienced instructors
  • One-on-one instructor support, through virtual office hours
  • Peer support from experienced Ryerson students
  • Transition workshops, offered throughout the term 
  • Opportunities to connect with undergraduate programs, services and events 
  • Academic advising, with program staff