English for Career Training
Group Programs

The ESL 100 and ESL 200 group programs are designed for 5 to 15 students, adults or employees interested in professional education and careers in administration, IT, computers, health, energy and business in the English-speaking business community.

The ESL 100 and ESL 200 curriculum includes skills training, grammar instruction, communication techniques, in an environment of professional interaction and stimulating work-related activities.

The ESL 100 and ESL 200 content is a blend of English as a second language, English for Business and English for special purpose. Students will learn English grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and definitions using actual career training terminology, instruction manuals, trade and industry publications, industry text books, tests and exams, business forms and correspondence.

The ESL 100 and ESL 200 integrated classes are structured. The first listening and reading classes concentrates on comprehension skills. The second integrated class concentrates on writing skills. The third integrated class concentrates on speaking skills.

COMPREHENSION for READING and LISTENING

The student will develop the comprehension skills necessary for word recognition, interpretation, analysis, and evaluation. Use active comprehension strategies to derive meaning while reading/listening and to check for understanding. Develop vocabulary to facilitate comprehension in the content areas. Use decoding strategies to understand unfamiliar words.

Students will: identify appropriate meaning from written/stated text, determine and verify the correct meaning/usage of multi-meaning words, be able to use a dictionary, thesaurus, or electronic dictionary, be able to replace words in context with an appropriate synonym or antonym, recognize and use grade appropriate and/or content specific vocabulary, locate information using available text features (e.g., maps, charts, graphics, indexes, glossaries, and tables of content), determine the main idea in a given paragraph or passage, determine cause-effect relationships, draw inferences from selected passages, compare and contrast, identify examples within context, validate reliable sources to use on a specified topic, explore statements in context for determination as fact or opinion,

SPEAKING SKILLS

Students should use appropriate pronunciation, expression, and rate, recognize the effect of stressed and unstressed syllables on pronunciation, participate in creative responses (e.g., answers, explanations, debates, speeches), create and deliver an organized oral presentation using multiple sources of information from any content area utilizing visual aids for contextual support, define and apply internal (subjective) and external (objective) criteria in making critical evaluations of given statements,

ESL 100 Speaking Skills Overview

Basic pronunciation: consonant, vowels and combinations
Introduction of phonetics
Introduction to linking, stress, rhythm, intonation
Speaking formats: formal and informal for classroom or work

ESL 200 Speaking Skills Overview

Accent reduction
Speaking with style and fluency.
Public speaking

WRITING SKILLS

The student will be able to demonstrate proper spelling, appropriate word use, punctuation, sentence structure, tense, and voice in a variety of written formats. This will include: use of appropriate nouns (i.e., predicate nouns and appositives); verbs (i.e., linking verbs and action verbs with completers); pronouns (i.e., proper case agreement with antecedent); adjectives (i.e., phrases and clauses, predicate adjectives); adverbs (i.e., comparisons, phrases and clauses); conjunctions (i.e., coordinating, correlative, subordinating); and interjections, make verbs agree with their subjects in person and number, regardless of compound subjects, collective noun subjects, or intervening material, use transitional words effectively, distinguish between clauses (i.e., main/subordinate) and phrases (i.e., adjectival, prepositional, verbal), self correction of run-on sentences and/or sentence fragments, demonstrate the correct use of commas, semicolons, underlining/italicizing, and colons, proof and edit own work regularly for capitalization, punctuation, language structure, and vocabulary.

ESL 100 Writing Skills Overview

Parts of Speech
Basic sentence structure
Punctuation
Proper voice, verb agreement, consistent and accurate use of tenses.

ESL 200 Writing Skills Overview

Writing formats: lists, memos, paragraphs, summaries, reviews, reports, essays
Writing with style and meaning.
Review, re-write, correct and edit own written work.

Toronto students, companies, ngo's or organizations can inquire about this program using this link to the ESL registration forms.

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