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English Language Resources: Home

English Language Resources Homepage

This Libguide collects English language learning resources for students, staff and faculty. At OCAD U, students whose first language is not English are designated ELL, or English Language Learners, also sometimes known as ESL (English as Second Language) or multilingual.

It contains material such as books, magazines, journals and multimedia material found in the Dorothy H. Hoover library as well as e-books, films, podcasts and websites that can be accessed online.

These materials can help learners to improve their reading skills, vocabulary, speaking, listening, pronunciation and writing in English, in addition to accessing the ELL services such as tutoring and workshops at the Writing and Learning Centre. 

Featured Resource

Library Vocabulary

Are words and phrases such as call number, catalogue, and course reserve new to you? If so, here are some tools that translate and give definitions of common library vocabulary and phrases.

A Guide to Using the Library

Borrowing Library Materials

If you want to borrow library materials in person, here's a guide on how to sign out and renew items from the OCAD U libraries.

Search Tips

If you want to search the catalogue before your visit for print books, journals, magazines, DVDs, VHS, exhibition catalogues and artist books, use these tips to get started.

How do I Research?

If you're unsure about how to start your research, check this Libguide on getting started, finding books, finding articles, creative research and using keyword and subject search terms. 

Our tutors can help...

Undergraduate and graduate OCAD U students whose first language is not English can use the ELL services at the Writing and Learning Centre tobook an appointment with an ELL tutor to:

  • work on reading strategies, academic writing style, preparing for presentations and any other language challenges 
  • make an individual English Language Learning Plan or take an English Language Mini-Series for improving vocabulary and grammar

Writing & Learning Centre

Contact us at:

Room 510, Level 5
113 McCaul St
416-977-6000 Ext. 229

Fall/Winter Term Reception Hours:
Monday to Thursdays 9:00am to 5:00pm and Fridays 9:00am to 4:00pm

Closed weekends and holidays