The University of Toronto provides its students with writing support in a variety of forms. Find out about the many writing resources that are available to help you with your written work, and take advantage of these resources. Here's an overview of the resources available this spring.
Writing Centres are U of T's key resource for individualized writing instruction. They're provided by your faculty as part of your academic program - not as remedial services, but as co-instruction alongside courses in the disciplines. Instructors in writing centres offer personalized instruction to help you improve your skills in planning, drafting, and revising academic work. Bring your work-in-progress from any course, and it will serve as material for this instruction. Whether you know you need improvement or are building up your proficiency for a career involving writing, whether you're a first-year student or a graduate student completing your Ph.D. dissertation, you are eligible to work with a writing centre in your own faculty. One tip: be sure to make appointments well ahead of time. Most writing centres will be open in the first week of classes. Check here for contact information.
Note: You may book an appointment either by visiting the writing centre home page in your college or faculty or simply by visiting the common online booking system. Just follow the instructions on the welcome page. You will find links taking you to all centres that you are eligible to use.
Some workshops are still being offered in the remainder of spring term. Follow the links for schedules.
- The Academic Success Centre offers lectures and workshops on general study skills. All U of T students may attend. Lecture topics include Time Management & Student Survival, Reading & Note-Taking, Memory & Concentration, Dealing with Procrastination, and Giving Oral Presentations. No Registration is required. Workshops are between one-and-a-half and two hours, and they require registration. Topics include Exam Preparation, Get Reading! Get Writing! and Know Your Learning Style.
- The SGS Office of English Language and Writing Support (ELWS) offers workshops on topics such as Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal, Writing Literature Reviews, Improving the Flow of Your Writing, and Writing Lab Reports. No registration is required, and all members of the U of T community are welcome to attend.
- U of T Libraries offers workshops on research and study skills. Open to the U of T community. Choose the workshops that interest you and register online.
English Language Learning (St. George Campus):
The Faculty of Arts and Science's English Language Learning program offers support to multilingual students. During the first 6 weeks of each term, Arts and Science students may participate in Reading eWriting, an effective method for expanding academic vocabulary and improving reading and writing skills while you are taking courses. Participants will read in English for a short time each day and then send a brief email to an instructor. Each year during the first five weeks of fall and winter term, students may participate in the Communication Café. This series of weekly cafes offers interactive language activities designed to develop vocabulary and discussion strategies needed in your courses. The next series will be offered in fall of 2013.
In spring and late summer each year, students may enroll for an 8-day non-credit course, ELL010H1F, Intensive Academic English. The course is specially designed for multilingual students who want to improve their critical reading, academic writing, speaking, oral presentation, and listening skills. To find out more about participating in any of the activities offered during the year by the ELL program, visit the ELL website.
English Language Development (UTSC):
The English Language Development Centre at UTSC offers programs to help students develop the level of oral and written academic communication skills they need to succeed at university. The suite of programs consists of the Café series (Communication Café, Vocabulary Café and Discussion Skills Café), the Personalized Academic Reading and Writing through Email (RWE) and seminars. These programs are offered all three semesters. Students can explore the Café series and decide which combination of the 10 modules of the Communication Café, 10 modules of the Vocabulary Café and 5 modules of the Discussion Skills Café work best for his/her needs. Sign up on the Intranet to register for a specific session.
To find out more about all activities offered during the year by the English Language Development Centre, visit the ELD web site.
U of T offers a wide range of writing courses. You can start Planning for the summer session or for next year.
Graduate students can still choose a non-credit course offered by the Office of English Language and Writing Support at the School of Graduate Studies. Check to see what is currently being offered, or look at the full range of courses.
Online advice is a hallmark of U of T writing instruction. Make the most of the material about academic writing created especially for U of T students. You'll find a wealth of advice files answering common questions among students at U of T.