IMPORTANT NOTE: The Winter 2024 semester courses for the Con Ed ESL Part-Time program will run from January 16 – April 22, 2024. The ESL compulsory courses will continue to be offered in hybrid delivery mode while all ESL elective courses will be offered online only.
For the ESL elective courses, students are required to attend scheduled synchronous (real-time) online classes. These interactive, engaging, and dynamic virtual classes will be delivered through learning platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, discussion boards, and other interactive technology tools. Course learning materials will be accessed through D2L Brightspace, the Learning Management System used at George Brown College. Online classes will be recorded, and the recordings will be stored in the D2L Brightspace course shell. Students are required to have access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection and camera, and good speakers or headphones.
All ESL elective courses will be offered in the in-person delivery mode only. Students are required to attend in-person classes at a scheduled time. These classes will be delivered on campus (341 King St E) and will not be recorded.
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Apply to this program if you need to meet the English Language admission requirements for George Brown Certificate, Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programs (without co-op).
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Prerequisite(s) and Placement Test
Unless you are registering for ESL IA, you must come in for an English placement test to determine the level you should start in. You can also present IELTS (Academic) or TOEFL test results to the program coordinator and be admitted directly into the appropriate ESL level. The tests must be taken within the last six months and the test results must be submitted before the scheduled date of the placement test.
All the information you need to register for the course(s) will be provided to you on the same day of the test, along with your test results.
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 9068 (ESL IIIB ADVANCED).
- If you take the level placement test and begin with ESL 9000 (ESL IA LOW BEGINNER), you will need to complete all 8 compulsory courses (completed at least 5 courses; completed ESL 9068 (ESL IIIB ADVANCED);
- If you take the level placement test and begin with ESL 9066 (ESL IIC HIGH INTERMEDIATE), you will need to complete ESL 9066 (ESL IIC HIGH INTERMEDIATE), ESL 9067 (IIIA LOW ADVANCED) and ESL 9068 (ESL IIIB ADVANCED) plus 2 elective courses (completed at least 5 courses; completed ESL 9068 (ESL IIIB ADVANCED))
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.
Registration for returning ESL students as well as new students takes place online for the Winter 2024 Semester (January 16 - April 22, 2024).
The IELTS exam preparation courses are designed for intermediate to advanced level ESL students who plan to do the IELTS exam (Academic or General Training module) and wish to achieve their desired score through in-depth practice of listening, speaking, reading and writing strategies related to the type of questions asked during the exam. Students benefit from authentic materials used in the class and the opportunity to receive feedback from instructors on performance as well as tips on how to improve their IELTS score.
IELTS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)
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.
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