Discover the ESL Open Learning Centre

Our mission is to provide English language support to enrolled students at York University. This support aims to cover the four skills, as well as assistance in students’ ongoing academic assignments. The ESL OLC has also initiated community-building activities to help students connect and form lasting friendships. 

We offer FREE English language support for any registered York University student who is currently learning English as a second or additional language in a York University ESL program or is currently enrolled in academic undergraduate or graduate degree programs.  To get started drop by our office to register/book an appointment or class or visit our website to register/book online.


Services

Theme Classes (Mornings)

Pronunciation

These appointments are generally small groups. These classes are in the form of short tutorials covering specific areas of English pronunciation, including word and sentence stress, intonation and rhythm, as well as idiom and natural speech in English. Tutorials are thematic and centre around natural speech patterns and conversational themes common in Academic Life at York. These are drop-in classes and there is no preparation or homework. Just attend and have fun.

Academic Debate and Discussion

These appointments are generally small groups. These classes are thematic and cover a wide range of topics relating to Academic Life at York. Students will practice interpersonal conversation, short argumentative and group discussion skills. This class is perfect for those wishing to improve their interaction skills in collaborative dialogues with native speakers. These are drop-in classes and there is no preparation or homework. Just attend and have fun.

 Academic Listening and Discussion

These appointments are generally small groups. These classes are thematic and cover a wide range of topics relating to Academic Life at York. Students will begin by listening and discussing authentic academic issues in the form of TED Talks and practice short argumentative and group discussion skills. This class is perfect for those wishing to improve their lecture listening skills and interaction skills in collaborative dialogues with native speakers. These are drop-in classes and there is no preparation or homework. Just attend and have fun.

Academic Reading and Discussion

These appointments are generally small groups. These classes are thematic and cover a wide range of topics relating to academic and everyday reading. Students will begin by reading short essays  and discussing authentic academic and global issues in the form of newspaper and magazine articles, social media posts and practice reading strategies and developing comprehension and vocabulary building skills. This class is perfect for those wishing to improve their academic reading strategies and be familiar with approaching different types of everyday reading materials. These are drop-in classes and there is no preparation or homework. Participants are welcome to suggest reading materials to tackle in class.


Small Group Services (Afternoons)

Assignment Help

These appointments are generally small groups. Students can bring their class assignments for extra help with research, outlining, organization and composition. Students are required to post their assignment as an attachment when making an appointment.

Presentation Practice

These appointments are generally small groups. Students can bring their presentation assignments for extra help with research, outlining, organization and delivery practice. Students are required to post their slides and assignments as an attachment when making an appointment.

Grammar Help

These appointments are generally small groups. These classes are in the form of short tutorials covering a wide range of common grammatical issues, including adverb, adjective and noun clauses, as well as issues relating to English verbs and nouns. 


Community Activity 

Every Thursday and Friday, students can attend the ESL Cafe where they can play a specially-designed conversation game developed by our instructors. The game allows students to share their own cultural knowledge as well as explore their experiences here in Canada. The game is designed to help students connect with others while practicing their interpersonal conversation skills. The game is helpful for moving through the different phases of culture shock and is perfect for new students. These are drop-in classes and there is no preparation or homework. Just attend and have fun.


Learning Commons

Students needing quick help can visit our kiosk at the Scott Library 2nd floor where they can talk with one of our instructors. This service is for students conducting research for a class assignment or writing up a paper or any other academic-related tasks. This is a drop-in service and does not require a booking.

Please note that while our tutors and facilitators are happy to help you enhance learning strategies related to writing, we are not able to edit written work. Our focus is to enable you with strategies to enhance your communication skills outside the ESL OLC.


Our Schedule at a Glance

M T W Th F
9-10 Listening & Discussion

Pronunciation

Discussion & Debate Discussion & Debate

Pronunciation

Discussion & Debate

Listening & Discussion
10-11 ESL Cafe

Listening & Discussion

Reading & Discussion

Grammar Help

Discussion & Debate Presentation Practice

Listening & Discussion

Listening & Discussion

Pronunciation

ESL Cafe

Assignment Help

Pronunciation
11-12 Assignment Help

Grammar Help

Listening & Discussion

Listening & Discussion Debate & Discussion

Grammar Help

Debate & Discussion

Assignment Help

12-1 Assignment Help

Grammar Help

Assignment Help Assignment Help

Presentation Practice

Assignment Help
1-2 Assignment Help ESL Cafe

Presentation Practice

ESL Cafe

Assignment Help

2-3 Assignment Help

Grammar Help

Assignment Help ESL Cafe
3-4 Grammar Help

Assignment Help

ESL Cafe

Presentation Practice

ESL Cafe

Grammar Help

Assignment Help

ESL Cafe
4-5 Presentation Practice ESL Cafe

Presentation Practice

ESL Cafe

Presentation Practice

Assignment Help

ESL Cafe