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!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Wow! We are at Week 7 already!! Time Flies when you're having fun....

This week is the final week for WORKSHOPS!!
Take advantage of the following opportunities:

1. Current Events/Vocab Workshop with Stephen
(levels 5-9)
Using current stories in the news, discuss current events and expand your vocabulary in the process.  Topics are interesting and current!
When: Monday
Where: D301
Time: 3-4:30 pm

2. Writing Skills Workshop with Arjola 
 (levels 5-9)
Develop an outline for academic writing, brainstorm with your peers and learn how to organize your thoughts.
When: Monday
Where: D306
Time: 3-4:30 pm


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)
Where: D302 Thurs; D307 on Tuesdays (
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm

4. SPEAK UP! (levels 4-9)
Want to improve your speaking? Meet new people and 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!

When: Wednesdays
Where: D309
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm

 5. TOEFL Skills Workshop with Sina 
Not sure how to study for TOEFL?  Want to build your language skills effectively?  Need to obtain a high score?  Learn some of the tricks needed to ace the test from a Peer Leader who did exactly that!
When: Friday
Where: D306
Time: 3:30-5:30 pm

Don't forget about the range of useful supports  at GBC:

1.  Peer Tutors are available M-F in room C503, building C
2.  Peer Leaders are available to support you and your study groups (D304A) M-FCheck the schedule on the door of D304A.

Caravan was an absolute BLAST!!  Thanks to you, we had a amazing celebration featuring mouthwatering dishes, informative displays and interactive events!  Thanks to everyone for all of their amazing efforts to make Caravan 2010 a huge success!!  If you have pictures that you would like to share with our ESL community, email Dorothy or the Coordinators with your photos and we will share them in a slide-show on the blog!  Looking forward to your submissions!!!

Two Great Website Recommendations:
 Check out the following websites.  Just click on the name of the link and it will take you directly to the website! 
  1. From Lorraine, our wonderful ESL Librarian: 
    "Try out CBC Archives. (click this link!) It's a wonderful site with short radio and television clips on a variety of topics. It also gives a short summary behind the clip and a 'Did you know?' tab that gives more info. on the topic."
     2.   From Babak, one of our illustrious Peer Liaisons to improve your Keyboarding Skills:
      "Here is a very good free site to learn how type with all fingers. I think many students need it."  Click below to check it out:
      Good Typing

      Have  a site you would like to recommend?  Suggestions always welcome!!

      Next Monday:  Check the blog for Caravan Photos and for Highlights from Celina Costa's Emailing Etiquette Workshop!
      Good luck on your final assessments!!!

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