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, May 30, 2011

We've Passed the Mid-Way Point! Week 5 is here.

Ongoing Supports Available for You:
 1Tutoring at the TLC (Tutoring Learning Centre):  Speaking and Writing Tutoring in C503 with Peer Tutors.  Check out their blog for more information. 
2.  Student Success workshops and Peer Leader assistanceCheck this blog ( for upcoming workshops and clubs, as well as info on study tips and events. 
Start your own study group and we'll support you!!
 Peer Leaders are available in D304A.

Workshops this week:

1.  Speak Up (levels 4-8) :  
Practice conversation and public speaking skills in a relaxed atmosphere and make new friends in the process.
When:  Wednesdays
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm


2.  Listen Up Workshop (levels 5 and up)
A new workshop to help you practice listen skills and build your vocabulary by watching and discussing interesting programs and sitcoms. 
 When:  Tues and Thursdays
Where:  Tues D316 and Thurs D302
Time:  12-1:30pm

3.  Games Club
 Fun Opportunity to Practice your English and meet new friends.  Join the Games Club with Marcela to learn English and have fun at the same time.
When:  Thursdays
Where: Meet at Peer Leader Office, D304 A
Time: 10:00am-1:00 pm

  4.  Writing Study Group (levels 5 and up)
Practice Brainstorming, Outlining and effective writing skills.
When:  Thursdays
Where: D301
Time: 3pm

This Week!  Don't Miss Out!!

 Career Planning Workshop for levels 5-8 students.
 The Counselling Department will be hosting a Career Exploration workshop for ESL students on May 31 and June 2
from 12:00-1:30 p.m.  There will be a panel from George Brown College who will attempt to answer questions on topics 


  •         Academic qualifications required for occupations
  •         Labour Market information
  •         George Brown College requirements for admissions
  •         Post-graduate programs
  •         Locating answers to specific questions
    WHEN:  Tues May 31st (Sched A students)
                    Thurs June 2nd (Sched B students)
    Room:  C317 Career Centre Workshop Room

    TO REGISTER:  Email Aarzoo
    Send Aarzoo the following to register:
    1.  Your full name
    2.  Your level and class (e.g. 5C)
    3.  The date you would like to attend (May 31st or June 2nd)
    4.  At least one question that you would like to have answered at the workshop.

    Don't forget about the VIDEO COMPETITION!!

    Create a 2-3 minute video on the topic of Life in Toronto or at GBC.
    Win an iPod Nano, Flip Camera or Movie Passes for 2!!
    One student has offered to help anyone who requires help with editing software.  Email Dorothy for details or if you have any questions.
      Deadline:  Friday, June 17th (end of Week 7)--note change!
    Here is an example of a video on the topic of "Places to Hang Out in Toronto, " created by 2 of your Peer Leaders, Arjola and Mehdi.

    Stay in touch and  "LIKE" us on Facebook!!
    You can see a couple of examples of video entries from last year's contest!! 

    Link to Check Out:

    Learn English (and other languages) through Music Videos and Lyrics (click below).  Type as you listen and choose from beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.
    Lyrics Training (
    According to Lifehacker training, "Lyrics Training is a really fun approach to helping you pick up a foreign language. Choose a YouTube-hosted music video and select one of three mastery levels; Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert. As the video begins to play, the song's lyrics appear underneath with several words missing. Your job is to fill in the missing words as they're sung.
    If you get stumped, the video stops playing until you can come up with the word, but don't take too long because the app keeps track of the time it takes you to fill in the blanks. Click the "Give Up!" button to see the words that elude you."  Click the help button for tips on how to use the site.
    Comment here to let us know what you think.

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