Writing Instruction at the
University of Toronto
Arts and Science Credit Courses
Arts and Science Non-Credit Courses
new SGS Non-Credit Courses
Engineering Non-Credit Courses
Writing in English as a Second Language
Arts and Science Credit Courses
The Faculty of Arts and Science offers a number of credit courses in writing, including some in creative writing as well as in composition and professional writing. Look in the calendars for the St. George and
U of Tat Mississauga campuses for further information about courses mentioned here.
If you are in a professional faculty, check your own calendar to see whether you can take one of these courses as an elective. (See also the creditand non-credit courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering, listed below).
For information about ENG 100H (Effective Writing) and ENG 269Y (Writing: Purposes, Strategies, Processes), see the St. George calendar entry under "English". Innis College now offers two courses on academic and persuasive writing: INI 203Y (Foundations of Written Discourse, formerly Clear Discourse) and INI204Y (The Academic Writing Process). They are listed in the calendar under "Innis College."
Rhetoric and Professional Writing
U of T at Mississauga offers a minor program in Professional Writing. Courses in the program are key components of the new program in Communication, Culture and Information Technology. They include these titles:
- WRI 203H (Expressive Writing)
- WRI 303H (Specialized Prose)
- WRI 305H (Professional Writing and Computer Communications)
- WRI 307H (Science and Writing)
- WRI 301H (Social and Professional Languages)
- WRI 390H (Independent Studies)
- WRI 391H (Independent Studies)
Innis College has developed a range of courses on writing, with a focus on rhetoric and professional communication. These are their main offerings:
- INI203Y (Foundations of Written Discourse, formerly Clear Discourse) is designed to teach students to write persuasively and to recognize persuasive strategies in writing they analyze.
- INI 300Y (Strategic Writing: Theory and Practice) is designed to teach students to communicate effectively in business, government, and not-for-profit organizations.
- INI 301Y (Contemporary Issues and Written Discourse: Rhetoric and the Print Media in Canada) focuses on the ways in which the print media in English-speaking Canada shape social issues.
- The Faculty of Arts and Science offers two credit courses in creative writing, ENG 369Y (Creative Writing) and ENG 371Y (Individual Studies, Creative). Look under "English" in the Arts and Science calendar for further information.
- Another course for creative writers or translators (not offered in 2002-3) is INI 311Y (Seminar in Creative Writing and Literary Translation) taught by Roger Greenwald at Innis College.
- Victoria College offers a credit course in creative writing, VIC 350Y (Creative Writing: A Multicultural Approach), which uses lecture/discussion and workshops to teach writing of poetry and fiction.
- The School of Continuing Studies at U of T has an array of courses on Creative Writing. The curriculum covers a wide range of approaches and types of writing, with courses taught by established writers.
- The Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence offers a non-credit course in creative writing for University of Toronto students. For Spring 2003, the writer-in-residence will be A.F. Moritz. For further information, call 416 978-2895.
Arts and Science Non-Credit CoursesStudents in the Faculty of Arts and Science may take a FREE non-credit course that will give them extra experience with specific types of writing. If they complete all the assigned coursework, they will receive a notation on their transcript.
- WRT 300H (Writing for Scientists), a six-week course offered in both Fall and Winter terms, will teach you the essentials of scientific writing through hands-on practice. The instructors will provide detailed comments on your work and one-on-one consultation. Use the link above to see how to sign up via the SWS.
- new WRT 301H (Critical Writing and Critical Reading) is a new non-credit course open to all Arts and Science undergraduates. It will be offered in Spring term 2003. Check the link for news.
- new WRT 305H (Writing for ESL Students) is a thirteen-week course that offers many opportunities for practice as well as instruction in academic discourse. It covers reading and oral skills along with the core skill of writing clearly. Two sections are available, one in each of fall and spring terms for 2002-3.
School of Graduate Studies Non-Credit CoursesThe new Office of English Language and Writing Support at SGS has set up a wide range of free non-credit courses. They offer practice and instruction in the types of oral and written communication done by graduate students. Some courses are intended specifically for non-native speakers of English. Check for the updated list of courses (and other types of instruction) at the ELWS website. Choose the course that best suits your needs, and sign up fast -- spaces are limited!
Engineering Credit Courses
Technical WritingSee the Engineering calendar for descriptions of these courses and information on requirements and eligibility.
- APS 185 (Technical Writing in English)
- ENG 182 (Effective Technical Writing)
Written and Oral Communication
- ESC 300 (Written and Oral Communication) aims to prepare you for the communication challenges you will face as Engineers by helping you to convey technical content clearly and convincingly to a wide range of audiences. Open only to Engineering Science students.
Engineering Non-Credit Courses
- ESE (English for Science and Engineering) is a four-week non-credit summer course for entering non-native speakers of English who know they need to communicate well. For details see the ESE website.
- APS 184 (Academic Writing) is a non-credit course required of incoming students who do not pass the English Placement Test.
- LAC 300 (Professional Writing Seminar) is a five-week intensive course designed to help students improve their written communication skills in preparation for thesis writing, PEY, graduate school and job applications, and for the realities of communication in the professional world.
- The Language Across the Curriculum program offers a five-week Oral Communication Workshop for Engineering students. The goal of the workshop is to build skill and confidence in oral presentations through practice in a low-key non-pressured atmosphere.
For Graduate Students
- JDE1001Y has been newly redesigned to suit the needs of graduate students in Engineering who are already competent in using English. Those needing more practice in English are advised first to take courses listed in the English as a Second Languagelistings. JDE I is an intensive small-group seminar meeting for at least three hours weekly. it gives instruction and practice in communication skills for success in course work, professional presentations, publications, the dissertation, and the workplace. Upon successful completion, students receive a notation on their transcripts. JDE II is restricted to students who have completed JDE I and are actively engaged in writing their theses. Those who demonstrate clearer writing and progress in the thesis also receive transcript notations. Read the FAQs to learn more about the course.
Courses in English as a Second Language
U of T at Scarborough offers several credit courses that are specially designed for university students whose first language is not English. All courses require the permission of the instructor. To find out more about the courses and the procedures for enrolment, visit English for Academic Purposes.
- LGGA10Y (Current Approaches to the Academic Writing Process) highlights the importance of relevant content, coherence, and standard documentation in academic writing of various types, using samples to illustrate differences between good and poor writing. Students are also introduced to methods of conducting research.
- LGGA19H (Writing Practicum) is a complement to the above course. It provides intensive hands-on practice in identifying the purpose of assignments; choosing topics; generating, developing and organizing ideas; conducting research; and editing drafts for grammatical and mechanical problems.
- LGGA11Y (Introduction to Canadian Culture and Society) aims to introduce students whose first language is not English to Canadian culture and society through guest lectures, non-fiction, and fiction, with an emphasis on multicultural writings.
- LGGA112Y (Language and Power) examines the relationship between language and power in society by analysing various kinds of discourse, including academic and journalistic writing and everyday conversations. Students will gain practice in both writing and speaking.
The new Office of English Language and Writing Support at the School of Graduate Studies includes free non-credit courses for non-native speakers of English as part of its offerings. Check the ELWS webpage to see the array of programming at this new operation.
See the News page for information on specialized workshops and courses that may be offered free of charge from time to time. Arts and Science students should also consider taking the free non-credit course WRT 305H listed above, offered in Fall term.
The School of Continuing Studies offers non-credit courses on academic writing for students learning English. People who successfully complete the 15-week course called Academic Preparation are exempt from further English facility testing for admission to undergraduate programs. For more information about fees and starting times see the website or call the Coordinator at 416 978-2494.
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