Studying English at Glendon is different from studying it at many other places because of the wide scope of areas you can explore within our program.

Learn about literature from a multitude of countries, and from medieval to modern times. Focus on the inner workings of the language in linguistics and language studies courses. Concentrate on dramatic texts from many English-speaking countries.

We also offer a full range of courses in English as a second language.

  • In our program, not only will you actively use the language to interpret texts, but also to create them. You will have a chance to write in a variety of forms, and learn to use the new media that occupy an increasingly important place in language.
  • The Discipline of Teaching English as an International Language Certificate (DTEIL) has a practicum component where students travel to Cuba for 2 to 3 weeks to gain hands-on experience teaching English to international language learners.
  • A Glendon tradition, the bp nichol Reading Series invites Canadian authors to present their work. Past guests have included contemporary playwright Judith Thompson, prize-winning novelist and short-story writer André Alexis, and playwright Jason Sherman, winner of the Governor General’s Award. Most recently, the Series featured Yvette Nolan, an Algonquin actor, playwright, director and dramaturge.
  • The Michael Ondaatje Reading Series has featured poet Rob Winger, novelist Gil Adamson, playwrights Andrew Moodie and Hannah Moscovitch, National Post columnist Christie Blatchford, poet Susan Musgrave, and authors Barbara Gowdy and Nino Ricci.


Professor Cynthia Zimmerman

Professor Cynthia Zimmerman most enjoys teaching and writing about contemporary women playwrights. Her most recent work, Reading Carol Bolt, is an anthology of plays and a tribute to this important Canadian writer and was launched December 2010 at Toronto’s Factory Theatre.


JasminJasmin transferred to Glendon from the UK in her second year. Since then, she has thrown herself into her love of literature, and started building her writing career.

Follow Jasmin as she continues to pursue her passion of learning about the inner workings of language ››

Emily became an English major after reading Willa Cather’s My Àntonia in her first year at Glendon. She hopes to someday share her interest in literature as a professor of English.

Follow Emily’s academic journey››

In the News

Fourth year English Studies student Emily Leahy receives prestigious Killam Fellowship

The Killam Fellowship, awarded by Fulbright Canada, will fund Emily’s semester-long exchange to Arizona State University. Read more here »

D-TEIL program celebrates 10 years of international teaching practicum in Cuba

Since 2006, students from Glendon’s Teaching English as an International Language class have visited the E.J. Varona University of Pedagogical Sciences in Havana, Cuba, for an International Teaching Practicum. Learn more»

Open Your Mind: A Q&A with professor Igor Djordjevic

Professor Djordjevic is among York University professors who champion fresh ways of thinking in their research and teaching practice. Read the full interview »

Program Highlights

English Studies is available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts.

The ESL OPEN LEARNING CENTRE —GLENDON offers support to students learning English.

Consider enhancing your degree with the Certificate in the Discipline of Teaching English as an International Language.

Popular English degree combinations include Drama Studies, Linguistics, History, and French Studies.

The Visiting Playwrights Series

The visiting Playwrights Series welcomes actors, playwrights, directors and dramaturges to share their experiences with the students.

You can read about recent appearances: for 2016-2017 Jordan Tannahill Pamela Sinha , Jordi Mand and from previous years Visiting Playwrights Series -Glendon Theatre.

The Michael Ondaatje Reading Series

The Michael Ondaatje Reading Series welcomes poets, novelists and playwrights to speak at Glendon. Previous presenters include National Post columnist Christie Blatchford, poet Susan Musgrave, and authors Barbara Gowdy and Nino Ricci. For 2015 we received Greg Hollingshead, David Bezmozgis and Susan Swan .

For 2016 we have a new guest: Liz Howard

The Janet Warner and Eric Rump Travel Award

The purpose of the award is to aid a Glendon student who wishes to travel somewhere outside of Toronto with an academic aim in mind. Apply now »

The bp nichols Reading Series

A Glendon tradition, the bp nichol Reading Series invites Canadian authors to present their work. The event is named after the distinguished and much-loved poet who taught in Glendon’s English department in the 1980s. After his death in 1988, his colleagues named the readings series in his honour. You can read about a recent appearance by playwright and actor Andrew Moodie here.

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Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) Codes
iBA Bilingual: YGG
iBA Trilingual: YGH (Upper-year entry)