WordPlay: Critical Reading Workshops

What is WordPlay?

WordPlay is a series of fun, lively, non-credit workshops that help you to develop your critical reading skills. At each session, you will be invited to learn key reading strategies through conversation and interactive activities. Together with your peers, you will practice new skills in a welcoming, supportive atmosphere.


How can WordPlay help me?

Critical reading (the ability to understand, analyze, and critique written texts) is crucial to your academic success, no matter what your area of study. Each WordPlay session will focus on a particular critical reading skill. After a brief icebreaker and introduction, you will practice strategies for effective reading by participating in interactive activities. By the end of each session, you will have mastered a crucial reading skill and gained confidence in your abilities as a reader, all while having fun and making new friends.


Who may attend WordPlay?

WordPlay is open to UTSC students of all skill levels, backgrounds, and areas of study.


How can I sign up?

You may register for each WordPlay session on the Intranet. Check our ELDC calendar and/or the Intranet for the Fall and Winter schedule.


WordPlay Sessions 

Reading for Comprehension: Learn to identify a text’s main points and manage challenging vocabulary.

Reading for Structure: Learn how the structure of a text can provide you with helpful clues about its meaning.

Identifying Arguments: Practice reading for argument. Learn how to distinguish between a fact and a claim.

Taking Effective Notes: Practice helpful note-taking strategies to improve your critical thinking and writing.

Summarizing and Paraphrasing: Practice rephrasing an author’s ideas and learn strategies for avoiding plagiarism.

Reading for Subtext: Learn how to “read between the lines” and identify tone and connotation.

Evaluating Arguments: What makes an argument persuasive? Assess writers’ claims and practice making your own.

Taking Sides! Drawing on the skills you’ve practiced in WordPlay, compete against your peers in a fast-paced debate!



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).