Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

What happens in a one-on-one appointment for ELD or RWE?

Your ELD personal consultation with Dr. Elaine Khoo will help you identify your language development needs for effective academic communication. You may be assessed to establish the type of ELD support most relevant to you. You will also be guided in developing a plan of action to address your needs. Your RWE appointment, on the other hand, focuses on your academic writing skill development based on the writing you do through the Reading and Writing through E-mail (RWE) program. Both these appointments help you develop the skills you need based on your personal learning styles and preferences.

What is the ELDC?

The English Language Development Centre is an academic success support partner for UTSC students. ELDC works with students to develop their Academic English and communication skills, such as academic writing, academic reading, critical thinking, oral communication, academic vocabulary, listening comprehension, and academic participation strategies.

How can I find out when the workshops are held?

All ELDC co-curricular programming is listed on the intranet. You can also view the events calendar on our homepage. You can also download a schedule of our workshop dates, times and locations from our homepage.  For the ELDSLI, visit our website and follow the links to register. For credit courses, visit the UTSC calendar and look under Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Where are the ELDC Offices? Where are the workshops held? How do I register?

ELDC Offices are located in AC310 (2 doors away from the bookstore), but ELDC workshops and Cafes are generally held in AC221 or AC219 (2 doors away from the library). The Academic English Health Checks are additionally held in the BV 498 computer lab. Sign up for all sessions on the intranet. Drop-ins welcome if space is available.

If a student participates regularly in ELDC programming, can they receive recognition? Are ELDC programs eligible for the Co-Curricular Record (CCR)?

Yes! The Communication Café Series (including Discussion Skills Cafés and Vocabulary Cafés), the Reading and Writing through Email (RWE) program, the WordPlay Series, and the Facilitation Training Program all offer a certificate for participants who meet the requirements. All of these programs are also eligible for the CCR, and participants who are awarded a certificate, will also receive a notation of their CCR transcript. Students enrolled in the ELDSLI who achieve the greatest levels of improvement and engagement throughout the program, and during their first term of university, are eligible to be considered for an ELDSLI scholarship and acceptance into the ELDSLI Scholars’Circle.

What is the difference between ESL classes, or English Academic Preparation (EAP) Programs, and the ELDC?

For one thing, ELDC is not about preparing students for university admission...we recognize that students are already here! Students need to develop their success skills immediately, and they need to develop their language and    communication skills in relation to their courses and university life. ELDC’s programs are designed for university and academic success. While ESL programs focus on helping learners to acquire the language for general daily life and conversational English, ELDC focuses on the academic and professional communication skills that students need in order to engage fully in their university life, and do well in their courses. ELDC works on a holistic model, which means that we understand that critical thinking, reading, interacting, communicating (orally or in writing), and becoming part of an academic community are skills that often develop together. In addition, ELDC is not limited to those who assess themselves as English language learners. We welcome a diversity of students with a range of English language communication competencies to participate in our programs. Language development, thinking, and communicating are life-long skills that require continual development within different contexts, with different purposes, and with different groups of people.

I have been accepted to UTSC! Does ELDC offer any summer programs that can help students to prepare for university?

The English Language Development Summer Learning Institute (ELD SLI) is a unique non-credit program that offers students the opportunity to learn the valuable academic communication and critical thinking skills they need to be successful at university. Through a carefully designed and stimulating curriculum, students learn effective strategies and language development skills, as well as make important networking contacts that will give them a head start when they begin their programs in September. Register through http://ctl.utsc.utoronto.ca/eld/sli

Are there any leadership programs offered through the ELDC?

ELDC offers two leadership and peer facilitation programs: 1. The Facilitation Training Certificate Program(FTC) is an opportunity for highly committed students who have attended the Communication Cafes series to participate in training designed to develop peer facilitation skills` and to take up a leadership-mentoring role in our academic community.   2. The English Language Learning(ELL) Peer Partner program provides an opportunity for students who wish to contribute back to  ELDC and UTSC by sharing their experience and knowledge with incoming students who are seeking friendly support to help develop their English language and communication skills. Peer partners play a crucial role by facilitating ELD activities and supporting the development and networking of students within the community.