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, October 31, 2011

Week 2 at the School of ESL: Check out the supports available to you!

Happy Halloween!!
Visit our Peer Leaders in D304A for support--don't wait until the last minute!  Come early to ensure your success.  Form a study group and STUDY SMARTER NOT HARDER!  The Peer Leaders can meet with and support your study group.

Tutoring is available in the ESL Library, D313.  Drop by every Tues and Thurs at 12pm  for English practice.  

The Tutoring Learning Centre is also available for English Language Support.  The TLC is located in Building C, room C503.   

Have you met Kurt?  Kurt is our volunteer coordinator and is happy to speak with you about volunteer activities at GBC and in the GTA.  Drop by D304 on Mondays and Tuesdays to meet with him or drop him a line at

Read more about him on the Peer Leader link at the top of the page. 

Ongoing Weekly Workshops:

1.  Summary Paraphrase Study Group  
Improve your skills and confidence in these skills.
When:  Mondays
Where: D301 
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm

2.  Listen Up 
Improve your listening skills, build your vocabulary and enhance cultural knowledge.
When:  Tuesdays
WhereSchedule B, D320
Time: 11-12pm
WhereSchedule A, D332
Time: 12-1pm

3.  Speak Up 
Practice conversation skills, improve your speaking confidence and meet new friends.
When:  Wednesdays
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm

4.  Writing Strategies
Practice Brainstorming, Outlining and effective writing skills. 
When:  Thursdays

Schedule B,12-1:30pm
Schedule A, 3-4:30pm

 5.  Movie Club
Every other Friday beginning this Friday, Nov 4th.
Room:  D309
Time:  3:00 pm

 Also held on Friday, November 18th and Friday, Dec 2nd.

Would you like to improve listening strategies or practice listening logs?  Work in a writing group?  Drop by D304A to sign up for a Peer Learning Group.  
Look for the sign up sheets posted under the windows outside of D304A.
 Workshop Schedule Posted Here:

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And, as always, we encourage you to STUDY SMARTER, NOT HARDER.  FORM A STUDY GROUP and ask a peer leader to assist you.  
Remember:  We learn 
  • 50% of what we Hear and See
  • 70% of what is Discussed with Others
  • 80% of what we Experience Personally
  • 95% of what we Teach to Someone Else

ALSO: Meet the Author:

Bite of the Mango author, Mariatu Kamara, is coming to George Brown College  on November 30th.  Mariatu is a GBC alumna and survivor of the conflict in Sierra Leone.  Read her amazing story and join in the discussion on November 30th, 3:30 pm in the St. James Career Centre. 
Copies of the book are available in our Library, the GBC Bookstore and bookstores throughout Toronto.
Take advantage of a great opportunity to meet the author of this inspiring true story.  

We need your Recipes!!  Let's make this a delicious success!

The School of ESL is creating 
an international recipe book and we need your recipes!
All Proceeds will go to the United Way. 
Our Bake Sale will be held on Friday November 11th.
Orders for the book will be taken at the bake sale.

Please share your favourite recipes!
Include your name, level, recipe origin, a couple of lines about the recipe (special occasions, what you like about it etc), a picture if possible, and clear instructions.  
Word attachments are preferable.  
Send your recipes by November 11th (the sooner the better):

Back by popular demand!  Check out the following workshop in week 3:   
Memory Improvement and Stress Management Workshop:
Tues Nov 8 (3-4:30) and Thurs Nov 10 (3-4:30)
Learn effective stress management techniques and vocabulary retention strategies! 

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