The new school year starts next week and not just for children, but also for many newcomers to Canada. Different branches of Toronto Public Library offer free ESL classes (English as a Second Language) for adults (aged 18 and up) which are taught by TESL-certified ESL instructors. There are classes for learners of every level from beginners to advanced.
ESL CLASSES AT TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY:
Contact the libraries listed below to find out how and when to register for a class during Fall 2012. You can also call the TPLibrary's Answerline at 416-393-7131 for branches information. Some classes have different start dates.
If your local library does not have an ESL class, you can see if other places (schools, community centres, newcomer agencies) have classes near you (see below for our suggestions).These Toronto Public Library branches offer ESL classes in the Fall 2012:
MORE ESL CLASSES IN TORONTO - TDSB and TCDSB, 211 TORONTO info:
The two largest school boards in Toronto - The Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board - offer many different ESL classes across the whole city, at various times of the day, weekends, and skill levels. Click on the brochure links below to browse their programs or pick up a free print 2012-2013 TDSB ESL brochure or TCDSB brochure from your local library branch. You can also contact the school boards adult ESL programs at 416-338-4300 (TDSB) and 416-397-6600 (TCDSB).
To find even more classes and locations that may be offered by community centres and newcomer agencies - call the free telephone service 211 Toronto. They will refer you to ESL classes and other services in your part of town. The 211 Toronto community information is also searchable online.
BRING YOUR DOCUMENTS FOR REGISTRATION:
When you register for a class - it is very important to bring with you the documents that prove your residency in Canada: such as a Permanent Resident Card, Refugee Claimant Document, Convention Refugee Status (white paper), Acknowledgement of Intent to Claim Refugee Status, Canadian Citizenship Card or Canadian passport. If you do not bring your documents with you, you may not be able to register.
BORROW LIBRARY MATERIALS TO HELP YOU LEARN ENGLISH:
In addition to ESL classes - you can find many useful ESL learning materials at your local library. Visit any library branch and staff will be happy to show you the ESL section. Borrow books, cds, dvds to use at home or login on the library's website to use online resources at home to practice your English. All you need is your free library card to login and a computer with Interet access.
ONLINE DATABASES from your library (library card required):
- Mango Language Learning - Improve your English or learn a new language.
- TenseBuster - Grammar lessons and practice tests for all levels.
- Learning Express Library - practice tests for GED, reading, TOEFL, TOEIC etc.
- IELTS - practice tests to help you prepare to take the IELTS exam.
- Ebsco Ebooks - electronic books, including TOEFL practice materials, you can use on computers and many portable devices.
OUR LARGEST ESL CENTRE - TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY, 4th FLOOR
Our biggest ESL resources collection is located on the 4th floor of the Toronto Reference Library (Bloor/Yonge subway) - and is part of the "Languages and Literature Department". You will find there many books, CDs and DVDs on various skills like pronunciation, listening, reading comprehension, grammar, English for work; course books, dictionaries, exam preparation such as TOEFL and IELTS. Some of the materials in the ESL centre you can borrow to use at home, some are reference and can only be used at the library. There are tables equipped with CD and DVD players so that language learners can practice with the latest study materials.
The peaceful and welcoming place on the 4th floor is a favourite for many ESL learners!
ESL CLASS VISITS AND LIBRARY TOURS: ESL teachers can also bring classes for library tours - ask at your local branch for details.
Do you have a favourite experience with an ESL class in Toronto? Feel free to share with your fellow readers. And have a great back-to-school season!
[Posted by Alyson and Iana]