The Continuing Education ESL courses will be delivered primarily through the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra course management tool, which allows instructors and students to interact face-to-face virtually in real-time. Students interact on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra with their instructors through private messaging, public chats, and emails. The learning experience is administered through interactive engagement via polls, discussion forums, and breakout rooms for peer-to-peer discussions. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a user-friendly tool. Students will need to have access to a computer with an Internet connection to attend classes but will not need to install any software. The learning experience starts right from a web browser.
Continuing Education ESL remote teaching delivery mode offers:
- Scheduled classes/sessions with your teacher and classmates in Blackboard Collaborate.
- Timely support and guidance from your instructor.
- Ongoing formative assessments to evaluate academic achievement through quizzes, tests, oral reports, presentations, and written assignments.
- Final written and oral exams administered through Blackboard or supplementary educational platforms.
- Online access to language workshops and other academic resources offered by the College through a Tutoring and Learning Centre and a Student Success Team.
- Access to a variety of supplementary web-based language learning resources.
- Discussion boards to enhance writing skills and allow for peer editing.
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.
Con Ed ESL Pathway Courses
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 (advanced)
- ESL 9073 Advanced Grammar and Composition Skills
- ESL 9069 Advanced Essay Writing
- ESL 9078 Academic Preparation for College/University Studies OR ESL 9077 IELTS Exam Preparation
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).