Your Peer Leaders are all graduates of our intensive ESL program at GBC, and some are even current students. Consider them your partners in learning!They are very enthusiastic about assisting and encouraging you by passing on effective learning strategies, leading workshops and study groups, helping you practice what you are learning, building your confidence and giving you feedback. They are NOT an editing service, so they cannot edit your papers but they can ask you questions and give you advice and strategies on how you can improve your work.
Their schedule is posted on D304A and they welcome you to drop by anytime for a study group or a one-on-one session. The earlier you come to them to practice, the more improvement you'll be able to see They can also meet your study group in your classroom after school..think about it--study smarter, not harder!
Ceclia is our newest Peer Leader!! Welcome Aboard Cecilia!!
"Hi everyone! My major was in Organizational
Management and I became a tutor to help students improve their English; I enjoy helping people and hope that my knowledge and experience of learning English might help students to learn more effectively.
I love meeting new people and think that tutoring is a great opportunity to work with a variety of students from all over the world. I plan to go to the School of Business at George Brown College to further my education.
In my spare time I love reading novels and spending time with my family. I am glad that I’ve chosen GBC and believe that it is an excellent school to learn English." Alona organizes and facilitates our very popular and useful 'summary and paraphrase' workshop on Tues and Thurs. Check it out!!
"My name is Corina Espidio and I was born in Mexico. My native language is Spanish. I started learning English during my childhood thanks to my grandfather’s vision. He often told me that speaking English would open many and diverse doors to me. He was right! I completed a Diploma as an Executive Secretary in my country and after some years I also completed my bachelor studies in Archaeology. Being a peer leader has given me the opportunity to help others, and this experience has been very rewarding for me. Every day I try to learn something new and different which helps to make my life fulfilled. I am looking forward to helping you to achieve your goals."
“Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life” ~Henry L. Doherty
Corina will be leading the Peer Liaison Program this summer and may also join you on Wed in the Speak Up workshop!
"Hi, my name is Maryana, and I am from Ukraine. I have been an ESL student at George Brown College since last summer. Studying in GBC, I had a great opportunity to improve my English, to make lots of friends and to meet a lot of people from all over the world. Now, being a Peer Leader, I am looking forward to meeting all of you and to share all my knowledge and experience with ESL students. I along with the other Peer Leaders will be extremely happy to see and help you."
Good luck to each of you and remember, “Education is not received. It is achieved”. We are lucky to have Maryana here after school on Mon and Fri--why not form a study group to work with Maryana?
"Dear ESL students! I’d like you to know that you are very lucky because you study at this amazing college! Moreover, you are ESL students, so you have us, Peer Leaders, who will be more than happy to see you, support you and help to improve your English! I finished the ESL program in December 2009 after level 9 and now I study business at GBC. I really like to meet people from different cultures and learn more about their countries, traditions, customs. I also enjoy the atmosphere we have in our tutoring sessions where students feel our support and understanding. But the biggest benefit for me is to see how tutoring helps ESL students overcome frustration and fear while struggling with grammar or writing. So don’t be alone; come by to see your Peer Leaders and let us make your life easier!" Maya is currently a student in the Small Business Entrepreneurship program at GBC so she has lots of tips on how to be an effective and successful student in preparation for post-secondary courses!!
"Great to meet you!
I have a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and graduated last fall from Level 8 in George Brown's Intensive ESL program. To let you know a bit more about my background, I am a client-focused Psychologist / Counsellor with over 10 years of multifaceted experience in counselling, advocacy and casework, including extensive experience helping people with a wide range of problems. I have published more than 10 books on the use of Practical Psychology and submitted numerous Research Papers published in National Scientific Journals.
In my field, I have consulted students individually and in groups, designing specific programs to meet their needs, including facilitating workshops and presentations. I am currently working with youth in Toronto and thoroughly enjoy it, as do I enjoy being a Peer Leader in the ESL program. In all of my endeavours, I aim to help individuals to discover their abilities and talents. I very much look forward to meeting and working with you. Drop by D304A anytime!"
We are lucky to have Mehrangiz expertise and experience in the workshops she facilitates on Stress Management. This session they will be offered to Schedule A students!! Check them out...you won't be sorry!
"Hi everyone. My name is Mehdi(H). I'm originally from Iran and I've been in Toronto almost a year. I graduated from the ESL program recently and I already miss it. Being in college in such a friendly and multicultural atmosphere was a wonderful experience. Now I have this opportunity to be around you guys again as a peer leader. I believe that we are all learning together and from each other. So don't be alone, let's do it together."
If you check out the Speak Up workshops designed to improve your speaking confidence, you will be fortunate to meet Mehdi H as he will be helping out Stan, the leader of these workshops.
"Dear ESL students,
8 months ago I started studding the intensive ESL program at George brown college and I have recently graduated from the 8th level. During this period of time, I connected with a lot of friends from different cultures and countries. I believe it was more than a program--it was a journey all around the world. I want to inform you that you are more than a college student; you are globe-trotters, and like any other tourists, by the end of this trip, you will learn a lot about the real world that we are living in. It is my great pleasure to be with you and I will be more than happy to meet you in order to share our experiences through this journey."
Mehdi is facilitating a very popular and interesting workshop for levels 7 & 8 students--a Ted Talks Activitiy--you will watch engaging speakers, learn effective presentation skills and work together to build a rich repository of vocabulary.
The Student Success Blog will update you with useful resources, services and activities in our ESL Program and throughout the college. You will also find useful links for self study and study skills tips. Visit the blog often as information is updated weekly. Submissions, links or ideas for the blog are always welcome! Have a wonderful session at the School of ESL!