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 23, 2012

Week 3 is here but it sure feels like winter isn't!!

Ongoing Weekly Workshops led by your Peer Leaders:

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

2.  Listen Up  
Improve your listening skills, build your vocabulary and enhance cultural knowledge.
When:  Tuesdays
Where:  Schedule B, D301
Time: 11-12pm
Where:  Schedule A, D301
Time: 12-1pm

3.  Speak Up 
Grab a coffee/juice and a cookie, practice conversation skills, improve your speaking confidence and meet new friends.
When:  Wednesdays
Where:  D309 
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm

4.  Writing Strategies
Practice Brainstorming, Outlining and effective writing skills.  
When:  Thursdays
Where:  D309
Time:   Schedule B,12-1:30pm
             Schedule A, 3-4:30pm

5.  Movie Club
Kick back, enjoy some popcorn and learn English in a fun and relaxed atmosphere!
Room:  D309
Time:  3:00 pm

Movie:  The Bucket List

Also:  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.  
Speak with one of your Peer Leaders or look for the sign up sheets posted under the windows outside of D304A.
Here is the workshop schedule for your reference:

And this week only (Tues and Thurs):
Memory Improvement and Stress Management Workshop
Sched B:  Tuesday, 3-4:30pm, D301
Sched A:  Thursday, 3-4:30pm, D301
Sign up with your Class Rep today to Register (drop off to Dorothy today!!)

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM:  Get Involved, Improve Your English, Meet New People, Gain Canadian Experience, Do Something Worthwhile, Gain a Sense of Belonging
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
Check out the Volunteer Bulletin Board near the elevators for new postings.

Kurt has lots of  information about  ongoing opportunities with the :

  • Student Association (eg Tax Clinic)
  • Stephen Lewis Foundation
  • Big Brothers and Sisters of Toronto
  • Daily Bread Food Bank
  • ALS Ontario
as well as short-term opportunities with 
  • Yonge Street Mission
  • Renew the World 

1.  Scholarship Opportunities for International Students:  See this link for Information.
Deadine for applications:  March 15, 2012
2.  College Applications: And:  Are you planning to go to college in September 2012? Yes?!  Don't forget the Equal Consideration deadline is February 1st, 2012.
Here is the OCAS website for applications:

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