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English Language Resources: Reading material

Featured Reads

Start your fall term with getting out and exploring Toronto with the help of these new titles in the OCAD U Library!

Graphic Novels

Learning vocabulary is more enjoyable with comics. The library has a fantastic collection of graphic novels located between the call numbers PN6727 and PN6790 that explore themes of identity and belonging.

Reading Strategies

“If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” — Sherman Alexie

When English isn't your first language, reading is challenging if you don't know what to focus on. With time, it can become more enjoyable. Reading remains one of the most efficient ways to acquire new vocabulary and to view grammar in context. Check out the following resources for improving reading comprehension: 

Canadian high schools students are taught to respond and reflect on reading with these Read, Write and Think templates. If you completed high school outside Canada, they can be useful to see what skills are often assumed for students entering college and university. They also help you develop your opinions and critical thinking and move away from summary.

Online Reading Resources

Reading in the Community

Reading doesn’t have to be a solitary activity. Through being involved in student publications, finding book clubs or events in the city, there are many ways that reading can connect you to new communities.

Chiaroscuro Magazine is an online student publication that highlights the work and the achievements and the issues that affect OCAD U students.

OCAD U Student Press is a “student-run, award-winning publishing platform that celebrates the work and ideas of the OCAD University community.”

Project 40 is an arts collective whose members identify as part of the Asian diaspora. Their publications, such as Looseleaf Magazine and their online blog features many OCAD U graduates.

BlogTO is an online publication that features Toronto news, neighborhoods and events, and their "Best of Toronto" lists can help you find the best of everything in Toronto from All-You-Can-Eat Sushi and Art Supply Stories to Vegan bakeries and Yoga Studios.

NOW Magazine is Toronto's alternative news magazine, where you can explore the city’s arts and culture, bars and restaurants, festivals and events.

Akimbo is Canada's online source for visual art information that includes events and reviews. The Akinblog is a great place to become more familiar with critical art writing as well as Canada's gallery scene. 

Silent Book Club is a worldwide initiative where people meet and read together in silence. There are a few Toronto chapters if you’re too shy to talk to people but still have a ton of reading to do for class, or you can start your own.

Stories of Arrival

Are you new to Canada? You're not alone. These are stories about newcomers and immigrants and their search for a sense of home and belonging. 

Indigenous Perspectives