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, January 31, 2011

Week 4 already! Check out what is available:


 Idioms in any language enable you to communicate more naturally. Every week we will focus on a different group of idioms.  This week's workshop will focus on groups of idioms that are based on body parts.
When: Mondays
Where: D302 (please note the room change)!
Time: 3-4:30 pm

(all levels)
Come for tutoring to get help with English conversation, pronunciation and grammar!
When: Tuesdays, Thursdays
Where: D315, ESL Library
Time: 12-1 pm pm

Practice Writing skills and the essential skills of Summary and Paraphrase in a small group setting.
When: Tuesdays (sched A) and Thursdays (sched B)
Where: D308 Tuesday; D319 on Thursday (please note the room change on Thursday)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm

SCHED A STUDENTS (levels 6-8)
Not sure how to study for exams?  Want to build your language skills effectively?  Need to obtain a high score?  Learn strategies from a Peer Leader who did exactly that!
When: Tues 1-2:30
Where: D316
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm


                                             5. SPEAK UP! (levels 4-8)
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

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

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

ESL Photo Contest:  
Beating the Winter Blahs in Toronto!
Submit your artistic photos on the subject of 'beating the Winter Blahs' in Toronto!  Show us your creative photos of winter weather in Toronto.   For instance, you might submit shots of  tobogganing, skiing, skating, sightseeing, walking in the park, interesting winter scenes/architecture in winter....

Check out these interesting submissions:

Frederico, a level 8A student shared this fabulous picture taken from his apartment, near Sherbourne and Bloor:

Our Lady of Lourdes

Andrea Rankin, one of our level 5 teachers, shares her inspiration:  
(don't worry, she's not entering the competition) :-)
Staying Warm in the Canadian Winter

Lifeguarding on the Beach

  • 1st prize:  $50 gift certificate
  • 2nd prize: $30 gift certificate
  • 3rd prize:  $20 gift certificate
Deadline for Photo Submissions: 
Email your pictures to Dorothy by Friday, February 18th (end of week 6).
Please include a Title for your photo and where you took the picture. 


Awards for international students in the 
Intensive English Program


Scholarships for eligible returning ESL students:
Scholarships of $1000: 6 Awards for the March Competition

To qualify an applicant must:
  • be a registered full-time international Intensive English Program student
  • have completed at least two consecutive Intensive English Program levels with a grade A average
  • have participated in activities that have made a contribution to other students, their academic department and/or the College community in general
Required Supporting Documentation
  • A cover letter briefly outlining the contributions you have made to other students, your department/School and/or the College community in general (include the start date/ end date of the activity; name of the organization; number of hours per week; and some specific details about the activity).
  • Attach a letter in support of your application from a George Brown College staff member (for example, a teacher)
Application deadlines:
March Competition: March 15th (recipients will be notified by April 15th.
Please submit your application to the ESL Office, D313.

See the information sheet and Scholarship form below. 
Scholarship Form

Also:  FYI--the deadline for applications to college is tomorrow, February 1st!!

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