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!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Week 3: July 12th to 16th. CHECK OUT WHAT'S ON!

1.  SCHEDULE A STUDENTS:  Take advantage of our 'Stress Management' Series of Workshops with an experienced Psychologist and Counsellor who also happens to be a Peer Leader in our Program.
Mehrangiz will facilitate these engaging and useful workshops for 3 consecutive weeks:
  • Thurs, July 15th
  • Thurs, July 22nd 
  • Thurs, July 29th
Where:  D 325
Time:  10-11:30am

2.  Summarizing and Paraphrasing Workshop with Alona (Levels 4-9)

Practice essential skills of Summary and Paraphrase in a small group setting.
Your Peer Leaders are there to faciliate!
When: Tues(sched A) and 
Thurs(sched B), Weeks 2-7
Where: D 301 (Tues); D302 (Thurs)
Time: 12:00-1:30pm

3.  SPEAK UP!:  Speaking with Confidence (Levels 4-9)
A workshop facilitated by Stan Middlestat and your Peer Leaders
Want to improve your speaking? Improve your confidence in conversation using games and role plays . This 6-week workshop will focus on conversation and public speaking skills in a FUN and active atmosphere!
Where: D309
Time: 3:00 to 4:30pm

And for the Advanced Levels...

4.  Writing Skills Study Group with Corina (levels 6-9)
A workshop to assist you with developing an outline for academic writing.  Brainstorm with your peers and learn how to organize your thoughts clearly and effectively.
When:  Tues/Thurs, weeks 2-7,
Where:  D 302 (Tues); D301 (Thurs)
Time:  10-11:30am

5.  TTA--Ted Talks Activity with Mehdi G.  (levels 7-9)
Practice listening and speaking in an academic atmosphere that aims to improve your listening and communication skills.  You will have the opportunity to discuss and learn from some fabulous speeches found on TED TALKS
When:  Tues/Thurs, weeks 2-7
Where:  Meet at Peer Leader office, room D304A
Time:  9-10am

As always, our ESL Peer Leaders are here in D304A and GBC Peer Tutors are available in C503--check the Student Success Bulletin Board for details.
Remember:  Study Smarter, not Harder! Form a study group with 3-4 of your peers. 

This Week's Presentation Tips from professors in our program!:
1.  From Debbie Plested:  
Do a Voice Check--check if students can hear you:  "Can you hear me at the back of the room?"  Speak Clearly and Project your Voice to the back of the room.

From Anna Keating and Patricia Robinson
2.  Connect with your listeners:  learn how to read your audience-
  • First off, do they understand what you are saying?  
  • What's more,  are they interested in what you are saying?   
Learn to READ their faces and body language to measure understanding and interest.
  • how can you gain their interest? (Grab their attention with a hook;  Ask a question to involve them...)
  • how can you maintain their interest?  (show emotion and involvement in what you are saying; use your voice--enunciation, intonation, word stress, volume [low and high for variation]---above all, don't speak like this: 
3.  Use connectors and signals to make your talk flow more smoothly. (I'm going to start by, don't forget about...there is also...what's more...)

And, remember the 3 V's:  VISUAL, VERBAL AND VOCAL!

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