Continuing Education (part–time) ESL Programs

 

Improve your English in the evening or on the weekend with one of our Con Ed (part-time) certificate program:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate Program
  • English for Professional Success (EPS) Certificate Program
  • Con Ed ESL Pathway to Post-Secondary Certificate and Diploma programs at George Brown College NEW

Improve your skills, gain confidence and prepare yourself for post-secondary studies, the job you want, or just life in Canada. Register for a single course, or pursue an ESL or EPS certificate.

All courses are offered at our 341 King Street East location. Located downtown, in the historic St. Lawrence district, this facility has classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including interactive, electronic SMART Boards. Other features of the site include computer labs, a dedicated library, a spacious student lounge, common areas, study areas and a reflection room, as well as beautiful views of downtown Toronto.

If you are interested in registering for upcoming summer classes, you can register in person at a George Brown Student Service Centre. You can register in person at any campus during their hours of operation; you do not have to register at the campus where your course is offered.

For more information, contact the Program Coordinator at 416-415-5000, ext. 4831, or lpazyuk@georgebrown.ca.

English as a Second Language Certificate Program

Our courses help enhance your English language proficiency and build your confidence. The program combines in-depth training in core language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) at eight levels with a choice of electives to suit students’ individual needs. Electives include test preparation, effective communication, and academic skills. This program is designed for students who wish to improve their English for personal, professional, and academic purposes.

Prerequisite(s):

Unless you are registering for ESL IA, you must come in for an English placement test to determine the level you should start in. To make an appointment for the placement test, please contact the program coordinator at 416-415-5000, ext. 4831 or lpazyuk@georgebrown.ca, or complete and submit the online registration form to book a seat for the placement test.

Certificate Completion:

You must achieve a cumulative grade average of B (73%) or better in all courses. There are two requirements for completing the certificate:

  • Complete at least five (5) ESL courses at GBC;
  • Complete ESL IIIB.

For example:

  • If you take the level placement test and begin with ESL IA, you will need to complete all 8 compulsory courses (completed at least 5 courses; completed ESL IIIB)
  • If you take the level placement test and begin with ESL IIC, you will need to complete IIC, IIIA and IIIB plus 2 elective courses (completed at least 5 courses; completed ESL IIIB)

Please note, if you have taken an IELTS (Academic) test, a TOEFL test, or a Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) test within the last two months, you may present the test results to the program coordinator and be admitted directly into an ESL level rather than taking the test. You must present your test results BEFORE the scheduled date of the placement test.

If you have completed an ESL course at George Brown College within the last six months, you can apply to start at the next level without having to complete a placement test.

Compulsory Courses (Eight)

Elective Courses

  • ESL 9073 Advanced Grammar and Composition Skills
  • ESL 9070 Pronunciation and Fluency
  • ESL 9064 Conversational English (Advanced)
  • ESL 9078 Academic Preparation for College/University Studies
  • ESL 9069 Advanced Essay Writing
  • ESL 9077 IELTS Exam Preparation
  • ESL 9080 IELTS – General Training
  • ESL 9085 CELPIP – General Test Preparation *NEW

Workshops

  • ESL 9074 English Grammar in Use (Intermediate)
  • ESL 9075 English Grammar in Use (Advanced)
  • ESL 9079 Public Speaking and Presentation

English for Professional Success Certificate Program

The English for Professional Success Certificate Program is designed primarily for advanced non-native English speakers who wish to develop key skills for success in today's highly competitive, often challenging, Canadian workplace. The program teaches effective verbal and written communication strategies to expand participants' knowledge and linguistic ability, build confidence, and refine their practical application of techniques for optimal outcomes in professional exchanges interpersonally as well as cross-culturally.
The Certificate Program requires successful completion of three core courses in English for Professional Success and two elective ESL courses:

CORE COURSES

  • ESL 9081 Canadian Workplace Culture: Expectations and Communication Styles
  • ESL 9082 ESL Business Communication for Professionals
  • ESL 9083 ESL Business Writing for Professionals

ELECTIVE COURSES

Con Ed ESL Pathway to Post-Secondary Certificate and Diploma programs at George Brown College

We are pleased to announce that a new Con Ed ESL pathway to George Brown certificate and diploma programs has been established by the School of English as a Second Language, in conjunction with the Admissions Department at George Brown College.

This Con Ed ESL Pathway is effective for programs starting in September 2015 and applies to certificate, diploma and postgraduate (without co-op) programs at George Brown College only. This will enable Con Ed graduates (as outlined below) to meet the minimum English language admission requirement, after successful completion of the following mandatory courses:

ESL 9068 ESL IIIB (level 8)
ESL 9073 Advanced Grammar and Composition Skills
ESL 9069 Advanced Essay Writing
ESL 9078 Academic Preparation for College/University Studies

This would eliminate the need for the Con Ed graduates to write TOEFL, IELTS or the GBC English Admissions assessment in order to meet the minimum English requirement for certificate, diploma or postgraduate (without co-op) programs.

Please note that completion of the Con Ed ESL courses listed above does not guarantee entrance into the GBC program. Con Ed ESL graduates will be considered and ranked among the other applicants to their program (s) of choice, and would also need to fulfil any other requirements specific to that program (e.g. math, science).

 

ESL 9000 ESL IA

This course introduces you to the basic English vocabulary, structures and expressions needed to communicate in the workplace and everyday situations. Consider such topics as introductions, ordering meals, asking directions, making purchases, taking and leaving simple messages.
Fee:
$395
Hours: 50

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10018 12Sep17-16Nov17 Tue & Thu 6:30 – 9:00pm Room 308, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9003 ESL IB

Continue to learn basic language structures and expressions while also learning facts about Canada and Canadian life. Consider such topics as jobs, cultures, vacations, and positive thinking.
Prerequisites:
You must have completed ESL 9000 (ESL IA) or have the equivalent English placement interview result.
Fee:
$395
Hours: 50

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10019 12Sep17-16Nov17 Tue & Thu 6:30 – 9:00pm Room 309, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9015 ESL IC

Learn the English skills you need to succeed in today's global workforce. Learn new English structures and build on the ones  you learned in ESL IB  while exploring topics related to daily life in Canada (such as laughter, music, honesty, life changes and fear).
Prerequisites:
You must have completed ESL 9003 (ESL IB) or have the equivalent English placement interview result.
Fee: $395
Hours:
50

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10020 12Sep17-16Nov17 Tue & Thu 6:30 – 9:00pm Room 313, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9028 ESL IIA

Learn new intermediate English structures by building on your existing knowledge and exploring daily life in Canada. Consider such topics as marketing, music, interpersonal communication, social networks, family, business and cultural trends.
Prerequisites:
You must have completed ESL 9015 (ESL IC) or have the equivalent English placement interview result.
Fee:
$395
Hours:
50

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10022 12Sep17-16Nov17 Tue & Thu 6:30 – 9:00pm Room 314, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9065 ESL IIB

Learn new intermediate English structures by building on your existing knowledge and exploring daily life in Canada. Consider such topics as do-it-yourself projects, storytelling, saving money, cleanliness and disease.
Prerequisites:
You must have completed ESL 9028 (ESL IIA) or have the equivalent English placement interview result.
Fee:
$396
Hours:
50

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10023 12Sep17-16Nov17 Tue & Thu 6:30 – 9:00pm Room 334, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9066 ESL IIC

Learn new intermediate English structures by building on your existing knowledge and exploring daily life in Canada. Consider such topics as first impressions, nutrition, the meaning of success, technology and social responsibility.
Prerequisites:
You must have completed ESL 9065 (ESL IIB) or have the equivalent English placement interview result.
Fee:
$396
Hours:
50

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10024 12Sep17-16Nov17 Tue & Thu 6:30 – 9:00pm Room 335, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9067 ESL IIIA

Learn new advanced English structures by building on your existing knowledge and exploring daily life in Canada. Consider such topics as advertising, risk-taking, urban studies, finance and communication.
Prerequisites:
You must have completed ESL 9066 (ESL IIC) or have the equivalent English placement interview result.
Fee:
$396
Hours:
50

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10025 12Sep17-16Nov17 Tue & Thu 6:30 – 9:00pm Room 370, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9068 ESL IIIB

Learn new advanced English structures by building on your existing knowledge and exploring daily life in Canada. Consider such topics as appearances, growing up, health, art and power and responsibility.
Prerequisites:
You must have completed ESL 9067 (ESL IIIA) or have the equivalent English placement interview result.
Fee:
$396
Hours:
50

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10026 12Sep17-16Nov17 Tue & Thu 6:30 – 9:00pm Room 368, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9073 Advanced Grammar and Composition Skills

This course is designed for advanced ESL students who need to improve their writing effectiveness, power, and flow. Students begin with basic paragraph writing: pre-writing, selection of a topic, the topic sentence, techniques of support and methods of development. Using a variety of planning, drafting and revising strategies, students gain confidence and skills to write a coherent and cohesive passage. The course will also include explanation and practice of problem areas in the mechanics of writing including grammar, sentence structure and spelling. Students will learn strategies for self-editing and for vocabulary development.
Recommended:
You are best to have advanced English skills prior to taking this course.
Fee:
$335
Hours:
40

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10001 25Sep17-20Nov17 Mon & Wed 6:30pm -9:00pm Room 368, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9070 Pronunciation and Fluency

This course is for ESL students of intermediate or advanced levels. The main purpose of this course is to help students learn how to communicate more clearly and effectively by helping them recognize and understand the differences between the way English is written and the way it is spoken. Thus, the purpose of this course is three-fold: (1) improve students’ understanding of the rules of relaxed speech, (2) learn how relaxed speech is used with vocabulary and expressions from everyday language, and (3) improve their comprehensibility by providing opportunities to apply and practice these rules, vocabulary and expressions through drills and exercises in the classroom and the language laboratory. Its focus is on improvements in the suprasegmentals of English, such as stress, rhythm and intonation with a strong emphasis on the way English is written and the way it is spoken.
Fee: $335
Hours: 40

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10002 25Sep17-20Nov17 Mon & Wed 6:30pm -9:00pm Room 313, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9064 Listening and Persuasive Speech

This course helps you develop your conversational English skills and improve your fluency in English overall. Students learn how to handle questions and answers more skillfully, how to present ideas orally, how to disagree respectfully, and how to manage conversations sensitively. This is done by providing content-based language learning making use of authentic and adapted materials. Students take responsibility for their own learning by participating in learner-centered activities. Notes: Since there is no formal instruction in grammar in this course, you should register in the appropriate ESL beginner or intermediate class (depending on your interview results) if you have grammar problems.
Recommended:
You are best to have high-intermediate or advanced English skills prior to taking this course.
Fee:
$335
Hours:
40

Spring/Summer 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
82410 4Jul17-24Aug17 Tue & Thu 6:30 – 9:00pm Room 345, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10003 25Sep17-20Nov17 Mon & Wed 6:30 – 9:00pm Room 345, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9078 Academic Preparation for College/University Studies

This course is part of the English as a Second Language program and is designed for mature high school students/graduates (19 years of age or older) who have not yet achieved the language requirements for admission to college/university, or those who seek to further prepare for the challenging transition to the post-secondary level studies. This course will develop students’ proficiency in the use of various rhetorical models, critical thinking skills, reading and vocabulary-building strategies, and effective listening, note-taking, and speaking techniques for academic purposes. Topics of theme-based lectures will include Business, Media Studies, Science, Psychology, and Art and Design.
Fee:
$301.00
Hours:
36

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10004 23Sep17-16Dec17 Sat 10:00am - 1:00pm Room 312, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9069 Advanced Essay Writing

This course is designed for advanced ESL students who want to learn standard essay writing formats. Students must already have a solid prior knowledge of paragraph writing. Students build on this process by expanding into essay writing formats. The essay writing process enables an ESL student to express and argue more complex ideas in written form. This course focuses on various central themes to essay writing, such as standard essay structures, audience and purpose, and linking of complex ideas.
Recommended: You are best to have advanced English skills prior to taking this course.
Fee:
$335
Hours:
40

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10004 23Sep17-2Dec17 Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm Room 308, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9090 Successful Conversation *NEW

The course is primarily designed for high beginner to low-intermediate students who want to improve conversational language skills and gain confidence in speaking English through discussions and public speaking. Students will learn how to communicate clearly and effectively through active participation in informal oral conversations, formal debates, and group presentations offered in a supportive class setting. Students will also expand their vocabulary and enhance their speaking and listening skills by watching videos and sharing experiences on topics including identity, technology, social issues, people and culture.
Fee: $238
Hours: 24

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10017 23Sep17-4Nov17 Sat 10:00am – 2:00pm Room 309, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
10016 21Nov17-14Dec17 Tue & Thu 6:00 – 9:00pm Room 313, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E

 

ESL 9077 IELTS Exam Preparation – Academic Module

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam is designed to test the English language proficiency of those planning post-secondary studies in an English-speaking country and is widely accepted around the world. This course provides you with the skills and strategies you need to excel in IELTS test. These include the following:

  • Reading and responding to academic texts;
  • Comprehending a variety of academic listening recordings;
  • Producing written explanations of flowcharts, tables and graphs;
  • Writing short essays on a topic of general interest;
  • Giving spoken responses to discussion questions; and
  • Employing strategies for approaching and retaining new vocabulary.

Recommended: You are best to have high-intermediate or advanced English skills prior to taking this course.
Fee:
$309
Hours: 36

Spring/Summer 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
82416 20Jun17-27Jul17 Tue & Thu 1:30pm – 4:30pm Room 369, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
82415 5Jul17-16Aug17 Mon & Wed 6:00pm – 9:00pm Room 308, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10006 12Sep17-19Oct17 Tue & Thu 1:30pm – 4:30pm Room 369, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
10007 18Sep17-20Oct17 Mon & Wed 6:00pm – 9:00pm Room 308, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
10009 24Oct17-30Nov17 Tue & Thu 1:30pm – 4:30pm Room 369, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
10008 6Nov17-13Dec17 Mon & Wed 6:00pm – 9:00pm Room 308, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9080 IELTS – General Training Module

The main purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the structure of the IELTS – General Training test and equip them with effective skills and strategies needed to undertake the exam with confidence. Students refine their test taking skills through frequent practice tests, including a mock examination, and an on-going feedback from the instructor. IELTS results are also accepted for Canadian citizenship.
Fee:
$390
Hours:
48

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10011 12Sep17- 2Nov17 Tue & Thu 6:00pm –9:00pm Room 369, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
10010 23Oct17-13Dec17 Mon & Wed 6:00pm –9:00pm Room 369, SJH 341 King St E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9085 CELPIP – General Test Preparation *NEW

This course is for ESL students who plan to apply for a working visa, permanent residence in Canada, or Canadian citizenship and are required to submit a proof of English language proficiency as part of their application. The main purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the structure of the CELPIP– General test and equip them with effective skills and strategies needed to undertake the exam with confidence. Students refine their test taking skills through frequent practice tests, including a mock examination, and an on-going feedback from the instructor.
Fee:
$364
Hours:
36

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10012 23Sep17-2Dec17 Sat 9:30am-2:00pm Room 313, 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9074 English Grammar in Use (Intermediate)

Improve your grammatical accuracy, fluency and confidence by reviewing grammatical forms and their appropriate usage. Reinforce that knowledge through the use of interactive activities, and apply it through a wide variety of tasks and assignments. Review verb tense, adverbial clauses, subject-verb agreement, question forms and modal verbs.
Recommended:
You are best to have intermediate English skills prior to taking this course.
Fee:
$107
Hours: 12

Spring/Summer 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
82419 18Jul17-27Jul17 Tue & Thu 6:00pm-9:00pm Room 370, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10013 21Nov17-30Nov17 Tue & Thu 6:00pm-9:00pm Room 308, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9075 English Grammar in Use (Advanced)

Conquer your difficulties with the finer points of English grammar. Learn the proper way to use the four main types of conditionals: mixed conditionals, the subjunctive, prepositions and phrasal verbs.
Recommended: You are best to have advanced English skills prior to taking this course.
Fee:
$107
Hours:
12

Spring/Summer 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
82420 18Jul17-27Jul17 Tue & Thu  6:00pm-9:00pm Room 369, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E

 Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10014 21Nov17-30Nov17 Tue & Thu  6:00pm-9:00pm Room 309, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9079 Public Speaking and Presentation

This workshop is designed for students who wish to learn and put into practice basic speech-making techniques that will develop both their confidence and skills in public speaking. Students will learn strategies for generating ideas, and for planning and delivering effective openings, transitions and closings. The importance of appropriate body language will also be addressed.
Fee:
$107
Hours:
12

Spring/Summer 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
82412 18Jul17-27Jul17 Tue & Thu 6:00pm-9:00pm Room 368, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10015 21Nov17-30Nov17 Tue & Thu 6:00pm-9:00pm Room 314, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9081 Canadian Workplace Culture: Expectations and Communication Styles

This course is designed for advanced ESL students who wish to increase their knowledge of cultural expectations and communicate more effectively in the Canadian workplace. Developing students’ awareness of appropriate language, behaviours, and rights and responsibilities are key components as well as managing diversity in a multi-cultural workplace. Students will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with their peers, practice optimal techniques and develop the necessary skills to handle common situational challenges facing internationally educated professionals, and establish a foundation of intercultural knowledge that will allow them confidence in professional interactions.
Recommended: You are best to have advanced English skills prior to taking this course.
Fee:
$364
Hours:
42

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10027 23Sep17-16Dec17 Sat 10:00am-1:30pm Room 343163, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9082 ESL Business Communication for Professionals

This course is designed for high-intermediate/advanced ESL students who want to improve their business communication skills. This course focuses on helping students understand and function more confidently and effectively in the Canadian business context. The overriding themes are the essentials of oral communication and cultural diversity as they relate to cross-cultural understanding, relationship building, and the form and language of meetings, socializing, presenting, using the telephone, and negotiating.
Fee:
$349
Hours:
42

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10029 25Sep17-6Dec17 Mon & Wed 7:00pm - 9:00pm Room 335, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E
 

ESL 9083 ESL Business Writing for Professionals

This course is for ESL students who already have an advanced knowledge of English vocabulary and grammatical structures. The main purpose of this course is to help students learn the essential skills required to produce professional business documents such as e-mails, memos, letters and short reports. Topics covered in this course are: the business writing process, audience and purpose analysis, channels of communication, ‘business language’ and style, patterns of organization, as well as the importance of revising and proofreading in crafting a well-received message.
Fee:
$349
Hours:
42

Fall 2017 Semester

CRN Date Day Time Class Location Registration Place
10028 23Sep17-16Dec17 Sat 10:00am - 1:30pm Room 314, SJH 341 King St. E REGISTER in-person at the Student Service Centre, 200 King St E