Welcome to the CTL English Language Development Support

Fall 2020 ELD Supports

The English Language Development (ELD) Support for Fall 2020 is fully online so students can get help and support no matter where you are located during the pandemic.

3 types of support are available:

  1. Reading and Writing Excellence (RWE) program: Personalized support from expert writing instructors to help students develop the academic reading and critical thinking skills as well as write to meet university-level expectations. Registration for the next cycle is now available and space is limited. Invest in your transformation for 4 weeks. To enroll in the program, CLICK HERE and complete the registration.

    Please note: You will need to click ‘enroll’ to access the orientation module. Once in the module, if you wish to join the program, you can fill in your registration and availability form to be matched with a personalized tutor.

  2. ELD Consultations: Confidential one-on-one virtual consultation. Book a consultation [here]. Instructions on how to book an ELD Consultation can be found on the ELD Support Consultation page [here].
  3. Online English Discussion Circles - Are you looking for opportunities to develop and practice your speaking, academic communication and conversation skills in English?
    The Online English Discussion Circles offer a welcoming environment for undergraduate students who are looking to connect with other students, discuss interesting topics and build skills and confidence in their English language conversation and oral, academic communication skills. Instructor-facilitated sessions are supported by friendly student peers and limited in size to ensure everyone can participate. Sessions are limited to 15 participants per session. Sign up for one – or both. More to sessions come!

    Session #1: Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 9:00am - 10:00am (Toronto, Eastern Time) 

    Topic: You belong here... but where is “here”?
    We know you belong at UTSC, but where is UTSC when COVID-19 has made us join class remotely from all over the world? What are the connections and rituals that make us local to UTSC, whether we've spent a few years on campus or have yet to set foot on it. Join us as we discuss how we can be in two places at once, and how to “belong” from a distance.  our zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event.

    Session #2: TBA (Toronto, Eastern Time)

    Topic: Don’t get boxed in! Connect, stand out – even online.
    It seems like we’ve all become little rectangular pieces of our online class, meeting, and tutorial screens. Come join us for a facilitated discussion in which, together, we will consider who we are and how we can stand out, even in the virtual room. This peer supported discussion group offers lots of opportunity to practice speaking as you converse with your peers while providing instructor guidance on strategies to improve your speaking in an academic setting.

For more information on Learning Online, visit our new Academic Learning Support page: www.uoft.me/AcademicLearningSupport


CTL English Language Development Support aims to:

  • Help students communicate more effectively for their academic needs
  • Enable students to confidently participate in classes, tutorials and campus life
  • Equip students with strategies and tools to participate actively in the academic community

Who can benefit from our programs?

  • All students who wish to improve their academic communication skills and leadership potential
  • ESL students who wish to improve their language skills quickly
  • Mature and returning students who wish to polish their academic skills
  • Students wishing to improve their communication skills in order to secure better co-op placements
  • Students who wish to communicate more confidently
  • Students who wish to improve their critical thinking skills through language development


CTL English Language Development Support programs for students.

CTL English Language Development Support Programs

CTL English offers a suite of co-curricular academic support programs. These are not-for-credit programs that are open to all UTSC students.

ELD Consultations. These sessions are FREE and available to all undergraduate and graduate students.

ELD Consultations

These sessions are FREE and available to all undergraduate and graduate students.

Academic English Health Check


Learn about the Academic English Health Check and Sign Up for your AEHC Here