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, September 19, 2010

Week 4 is here!! We're at the midway point!! Check out what's on this week:

The TLC is open for business!  Peer Tutors in room C503, building C, are there to help you with English conversation and writing, as well as Math skills.  The Peer Tutors will be visiting your classes to meet you and introduce you to their services. 


1. SUMMARY/PARAPHRASE WORKSHOP (levels 4-8) with Maryana, Arjola, Michelle and Christine
Practice essential skills of Summary and Paraphrase in a small group setting. All skills will be integrated and your Peer Leaders are there to faciliate!
When: Tues(sched A) and Thurs(sched B), Weeks 2-7
Where: D302 Thurs; D301 on Tuesdays
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm

2. SPEAK UP! (levels 4-8)
Want to improve your speaking? Improve your confidence in conversation using games and role plays . This 6-week workshop will focus on conversation and speaking skills in a FUN and active atmosphere!
Where: D309
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm

3.  TED TALKS ACTIVITY (levels 7 & 8) with Mehdi G
Practice speaking, listening and vocabulary building in an academic atmosphere and listen to some awesome speakers!
When:  Fridays
Where: D245
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

4.  Writing Skills Study Group (levels 5-8) with Alona
Practice your writing skills!  Work on brainstorming and organizing your thoughts with peers; work on developing an effective outline.
When:    Fridays
Where:   D241
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

5.  TOEFL Skills Workshop with Sina (levels 6-8)
When: Fridays after school
Where:  D212
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Do you need extra help with English conversation, pronunciation or grammar??  Then check out the tutoring sessions  
When:  every Tues and Thurs
Where: ESL Library (D313)
Time:  from 12-1pm.  
Take advantage of this great opportunity to improve your skills!

7.  Digital Storytelling Workshop
(all levels)--resumes next week!!
Learn how to combine pictures, music, text and your voice to create a stunning and memorable presentation!  Improve all of your skills and wow your teachers, friends and peers in the process.  Say goodbye to boring presentations!!

                                                    Next workshop is scheduled for Monday, September 27th.
                                                    Time:  3-4:30 pm
                                                    Where:  Computer Lab D318
See an example of what Michelle, one of our Peer Leaders created during our digital storytelling contest.  Incidentally, she was the 1st prize winner!!  Check out GBC student digital stories HERE!
Contact Dorothy to register.

Don't forget about the TESL Ontario ESL Poster contestPut your creative talents to work!!  Deadline is fast approaching...entries due next week on September 30th.


Last week's theme in "Speak Up" was Movies and one site we checked out was which has lots of activities, including brief and engaging exercises where you can  improve your listening and catch English as it is naturally spoken through movie trailers.  Check the site out HERE! 

Do you have any sites that you particularly enjoy or find useful?  Tell your peer liaison or teacher, or email Dorothy and we'll feature it on the blog so your peers can check it out as well! Thanks for sharing!

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