Student Support

ELDC offers a suite of co-curricular academic support programs. These are GPA- free, not for credit programs that are open to all UTSC students.



Reading and Writing Excellence (RWE) Program

Reading and Writing Excellence (RWE) Program

Learn how to enroll in this innovative support program.

Photo of Students taking part in an ELDC event.

Seminars and Events

Learn more effectively by identifying strategies that work for you.

A Description of our Café Programming

Communication Café

Build your oral communication skills in a relaxed and social environment.


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

Your ELD personal consultation with an Academic English language specialist 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 Excellence (RWE) program. Both these appointments help you develop the skills you need based on your personal learning styles and preferences.

In what way would the RWE appointments differ from a Writing Centre appointment?

In an RWE appointment, the tutor works with you on your individual writing development needs based on the e-mail writing that you have been doing in the past week. The daily exchanges online that you have with your tutor on areas of your academic writing helps you to quickly develop the writing skills you need for all your different subjects. In a Writing Centre appointment, you bring in your assignment at whatever stage you need help.

How do I get into one of these ELD seminars or Cafés?

Your homepage on the Intranet will list the upcoming seminars and Cafés for the next 10 days. You can click on the link there and sign up. If you wish to know the whole ELD seminar and Café schedule for the whole semester, please see the calendar.

Do I have to pay my tutor?

No, this is a support provided at no extra charge to all U of T Scarborough students.  

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 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.

Are ELDC programs eligible for the Co-Curricular Record (CCR)?

Yes! The Communication Café Series (including Discussion Skills Cafés), the Reading and Writing through Email (RWE) program and the Facilitation Training Program are all eligible for recognition on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR). 

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.

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.