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Writing and Language Support

We know our writing and language development improves when we get to talk about it with others at various stages of the process. 

We help you develop your academic writing skills and your approach to the writing process through meaningful conversations about your writing in individual appointments, workshops, and writing groups.

If you are a multilingual student and want to improve your English language skills, you can participate in individual and group sessions and access classroom instruction to help improve your writing, speaking and listening, oral presentation, and reading skills.

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Appointments

We offer three types of individual appointments:

For students who use English as an additional language. Build your vocabulary, fluency, and confidence. Meet with a member of the student staff and practice and improve your spoken English skills. Engage in structured language activities or have an informal conversation - you can also practice an oral presentation and receive critical feedback.

Meet with a member of the student staff and go through a written assignment. Staff serve as a "second reader" and will help you identify errors with grammar, usage, word choice, and style, helping you to become a more effective self-editor.

Meet with a trained writing consultant to discuss your academic writing. Ask questions, and get thoughtful, critical feedback that will help you move forward. Come in at any stage of the writing process.

Virtual Drop-in Hours

How it works

Can't find an appointment? Sign up for virtual drop-ins!

Drop-ins will be offered from September 28th until the beginning of the exam period. Our drop-in hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12-2PM, and Tuesday and Thursday 7-9PM.

Drop-ins are for same-day requests, and on a first come, first served basis. The Zoom link will be available for the duration of drop-in hours. If a consultant is available, they will see you immediately. If the consultant is already with a student, we will let you know when a spot becomes available. We will do our best to accommodate all requests. However, drop-in is not guaranteed. Get the link for our virtual Zoom waiting room by clicking the link below: 

  

Weekly Group Sessions and Non-Credit Classes

For students who use English as an additional language. These weekly group sessions build oral fluency and interpersonal communication skills through group discussions, real-life tasks, and presentations. Learn strategies for vocabulary development, general/professional communication, and gain confidence in your conversation and facilitation skills. 

The group runs weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays (excluding reading week) from 3pm to  4:30pm.

For students who use English as an additional language. These student-centred oral communication classes build confidence, fluency, appropriateness, and accuracy in spoken English. Engaging exercises and activities provide opportunities to build and practice skills, strategies, and techniques that will help you become a more effective oral communicator.

The group runs weekly on Tuesdays (excluding reading week) from 3pm to 5pm.

  

Foundations of Academic Writing and Grammar

Feeling intimidated by your writing assignments? Need help fine-tuning your grammar and essay writing skills?

We’ve designed a half-day workshop to help you develop your confidence and writing skills.  

We invite all Ryerson first-year students to join us for a crash course introduction to university-level writing and research. Topics include:

  • Harnessing high school writing skills for university success
  • Not your 5-paragraph essay: common university writing assignments
  • Introduction to scholarly research
  • The academic writing process
  • Common grammar errors…and more!

Although the program is designed with first-year students in mind, all Ryerson students are welcome!

The Foundations of Academic Writing and Grammar session is being offered online on October 22, 12pm to 4pm.

Are you struggling with writer’s block or procrastinating on your writing assignments? For two hours each week, students are invited to put away distractions, set achievable goals, and write! If you have questions about your writing or need some extra motivation, a writing expert will be available to support you. Drop by for a few sessions or join us every week.  All Ryerson students are welcome to attend. 

The group runs on Mondays from 1pm-3pm

Want to write like an activist? Join this weekly writing group for the opportunity to get together with peers and discuss social justice issues as they relate to academic writing and research. Each week, students will work on school-related writing assignments, as well as personal writing projects in a supportive and distraction-free setting. Weekly discussions will consider topics such as anti-racism in academia, social justice writing for social media, grammar as academic gatekeeping, time management for student-activists, and more! Writing support will be available if you need it. This group is open to all Ryerson students.

This group runs on Wednesdays from 5pm-7pm.

Conversational Connections

This program is a unique opportunity for students who use English as an additional language. Get matched with a volunteer, aged 60+, and practice your English language speaking skills 1-on-1 in a relaxed, informal conversational situation. Build your confidence and fluency, exchange cultural ideas, and gain an appreciation of intergenerational differences. This program is a partnership between Writing & Language Support and Programs for 50+ at the Chang School of Continuing Education. A short virtual interview will be arranged to clarify expectations