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!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Week 7 Updates!

Final Week of Study Groups and Clubs:

1.  LISTEN UP:  Tuesday
Where:  Schedule B, D301  Time: 11-12pm  Where:  Schedule A, D301  Time: 12-1pm

2. SPEAK UP:  Drama Wednesday with Natasha
Improv with Natasha!!!  Improve your confidence, pronunciation and speaking skills in a fun and active Drama workshop.
Where:  D309 Time: 3:00-4:30 pm

Where D309 Time: Schedule B--12-1:30pm Schedule A--3-4:30pm

Room:  D309  Time:  3:00 pm
Just in time for Carnival!!!

Volunteer Activities

1.  Sell 50/50 tickets at the CONCACAF Soccer game at Rogers Centre 

  • Wednesday, March 7th,
  • 10 volunteers needed

2. Doors Open Toronto 2012

 May 26 & 27 ,2012

Watch the video:

Note: Only for students in level 5 and above!

City of Toronto is proud to present the annual Doors Open Toronto — one weekend, once a year — when close to 150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance open their doors to the public for a city-wide celebration.

As an active Toronto Special Events Volunteer, you will:
  • receive recognition letters from the mayor and TSE staff after each festival
  • receive certificates of hours after each festival
  • be eligible for recognition awards
 Be an Information Ambassador for Doors Open and the City of Toronto!
Please not that all volunteers must attend an orientation session.

Date:           Thursday, March 29
Time:          6:30 to 8:30 pm
Location:    (City Hall)  Committee Room 2 at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, northwest corner of Queen at Bay - stairs and elevators to Room 2 are at back of northwest side of lobby.

3.  Community Dinner at Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship:

Looking for 7  volunteers to help out with our community dinner (for homeless and marginalized people) on Wednesday Feb 22th ( from 5:30pm to 7:00pm) and possibly to continue volunteering on an ongoing basis: 
The event is happening rain or shine! Volunteers are needed to collect donations at the event gates. ESL volunteers welcome, but must be able to communicate comfortably in English with others without translation or rephrasing.

4.  United Way Toronto Special Events  invites you to apply for our 2012 special events Committee:
Work Directly with United Way Toronto Staff to strategize, plan and execute two exciting , large-scale fundraising events:
(The Scotia Bank Rat Race for United Way Thursday June, 14 ,2012 from 4pm-10pm and The Enbridge CN Tower Climb for United Way October 18,2012 to October 21,2012)

5.  Also:  two Long-Term Volunteer Opportunities :

1.  Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto (Volunteers  will work  with the children between six and 18 years of age in a one-to-one friendship in the community or school)

2. ALS Ontario is  looking for a Web Designer: 

For more information about any of these volunteer opportunities contact Kurt, Room D304 or  Note:  Kurt will be away from the office from Friday February 24th to Monday March 5th so please email Dorothy during this period:

Some Photos of our 50-50 ticket sale Volunteer Event at last Friday's Raptor's Game:


Fun In and Outside of Class!
Last but not least, check out some fabulous pics of level 700E students making the most of the winter in Toronto.  Here they are skating at Nathan Phillips Square; this past week they went out for Chinese dinner!  How awesome!  Thanks to Veronika Shavrina and class for sharing!!


Websites to check out for self study:

Khan Academy and Test your English:

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