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, March 12, 2012

Week 2: Time to get started on the right foot!

1.  Visit our Peer Leaders in D304A for support--don't wait until the last minute!  Come early to ensure your success.  Below, see the workshop schedule:
 2.  The Tutoring Learning Centre is available for English Language  and Math Support.  The TLC is located in Building C, room C503 and is open from 9:30 to 5:30 daily.   
3.  Tutoring with TESL teachers is available in the ESL Library, D313.  Beginning next week, drop by every Tues and Thurs at 12pm  for English practice.

Schedule for Study Groups, Workshops and Activities:

Study Groups and and Ongoing Weekly Workshops led by your Peer Leaders:

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

Writing Strategies
Practice Paraphrase, Summary, Brainstorming, Outlining and Effective Writing Skills.  
Thursdays D309 Schedule B,12-1:30pm  Schedule A, 3-4:30pm

Games Club and Improv (Drama) with Natasha
Kick back and learn English in a fun and relaxed atmosphere!
Fridays D309 3:00-4:30 pm

Listen Up  and other Study Groups
Would you like to improve listening strategies or practice listening logs?  Improve your listening skills, build your vocabulary and enhance cultural knowledge?
Drop by D304A and speak to the Peer Leaders about joining or forming a listening study group to meet your needs.  
Would you like to practice a particular skill such as reading, grammar?  Drop by D304A to sign up for a STUDY GROUP.  
Speak with one of your Peer Leaders or look for the sign up sheets posted under the windows outside of D304A.
JOIN or FORM A STUDY GROUP and have a peer leader 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
So, join a study group with your Peer Leaders and STUDY SMARTER, NOT HARDER!

Would you like to:   meet new people?  get Canadian experience?  improve your speaking skills, listening skills and boost your confidence? make a difference in someone's life?     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

Current opportunities:
  • 50/50 Ticket Sales for Raptors and Toronto Maple Leaf Games to benefit Kidsport!
    Arrival Time
    April 1 – Sunday
    Toronto Raptors
    April 5 – Thursday
    Toronto Maple Leafs
    April 13 – Friday
    Toronto Raptors
    • Doors Open Toronto, May 26th and 27th:  a fantastic opportunity to be an ambassador for Toronto meet new people and to learn more about the architecture in the city.   Doors Open Toronto — one weekend, once a year — is an event when approx. 150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance open their doors to the public for a city-wide celebration.
      The program allows visitors free access to properties that are either not usually open to the public, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Many locations have organized guided tours, displays and activities to enrich the visitor experience.
    Orientation for this event  is March 29th--see Kurt in D304 for details.
    Kurt also has information on long-term volunteer opportunities.
    Drop by and see him or email him for details.

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    Read more about Kurt and the Peer Leaders on the Peer Leader link at the top of the page.  

    International Student Scholarships:  Deadline is approaching fast:  March 15th.  Submit your application to the ESL office, D313.  Information on your application is here or see 'scholarships' at the top of this page.

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