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ESL Foundation Program Virtual Delivery

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 has established a virtual delivery platform for the 2020-21 academic year.

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, students will experience the same high standards as our on-campus program. 

What is Virtual Delivery? 

Students enrolled in the Real Institute’s ESL programs will experience many of the benefits of traditional classroom learning, without leaving home. To participate in virtual classrooms and extracurricular experiences, students will 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. We aim to provide students with an immersive experience in a virtual environment using leading technology.

Virtual Programming 

Students attend approximately 20-30 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 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