English as a second language

Immigrant Services

English as a second language

 

What we offer

Whether you have been in Canada for 10 years, 10 months or 10 days, we have an English class for you!

 

Classes are available at the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels in Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Grammar, Conversation and Pronunciation. Whether you are interested in improving your English for ever day life, to attend College or University or for employment, Limestone can help you!

 

Our classes are developed and delivered by TESL Certified Instructors with an academic and workplace focus. We are centrally located and provide a professional learning environment. Students have the opportunity to complete the Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment and receive training that meets their needs.

 

 

MORNING CLASSES MONDAY - FRIDAY  9AM – 12PM

Beginner Skills Integration   Levels 1-3

This program builds student confidence to speak and to understand English by studying grammar, developing vocabulary and practicing speaking every day. Students clearly enjoy improving their English when they are provided with daily opportunities to speak English with their classmates through freestyle and guided conversation. In addition to the Canadian Language Benchmarks tasks in all four skills, curriculum also includes daily idioms, vocabulary tests, Canadianisms, small group discussions, topic journal writing, dictation tests, English songs, stories and much more. Course curriculum is based on professional, current resources, including reputable ESL websites. Students are asked to bring an English-English paperback dictionary to class.

 

Low Intermediate Skills Integration  Levels 4-5

This program builds student confidence to speak and to understand English by studying grammar, developing vocabulary and practicing speaking every day. Students clearly enjoy learning English when they are provided with daily opportunities to speak English with their classmates through freestyle and guided conversation. In addition to the Canadian Language Benchmarks tasks in all four skills, curriculum also includes daily idioms, vocabulary tests, Canadianisms, small group discussions, topic journal writing, dictation tests, English songs, stories and much more. Course curriculum is based on professional, current resources, including reputable ESL websites. Teaching methodology is contemporary yet practical for all learning styles. The intermediate students not only prepare to transition to the advanced level, they are also focused on increasing their confidence and awareness of communicating in English. Students are asked to bring an English-English paperback dictionary to class.

 

High Intermediate Skills Integration   Levels 5-6

Intermediate ESL level 5-6 is an English course focused on the national standards assigned by the Canadian Language Benchmarks for Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. This integrated-skills class will empower students to work towards their academic and career goals, while enhancing their proficiency levels. Lessons will also reinforce vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation skills developed in class and provide students with an opportunity to utilize spoken and written forms of new theme vocabulary during communicative activities. This course is also designed to create student interest with a variety of audio and visual tools that generate a broader understanding of English. Students practicing all four English language skills related to each theme will work on comprehension check to demonstrate understanding.

 

 

Advanced Skills Integration  Levels 7-9

This class is intended for students who are reasonably fluent in English and can read and write at a fairly high level. A minimum of CLB 6 in all language skills is required. This class will help students to develop more advanced language skills through the explicit instruction of vocabulary from the Academic Word List (AWL). Readings on current and varied topics will incorporate this vocabulary to provide context. Speaking will focus on the ability to discuss more complex and abstract ideas while maintaining accuracy in grammar, word forms and syllable stress. Students will also prepare and give formal presentations to improve their public speaking skills. Regular listening practice of a variety of authentic materials will challenge and encourage students to listen to more English programming outside of class. Writing instruction and practice will emphasize the use of a variety of sentence structures to develop a more interesting and sophisticated writing style.

 

 

AFTERNOON CLASSES  MONDAY - FRIDAY 12:30PM – 2PM

Beginner Communication Skills Levels 1-3

The afternoon beginner class focus is to assist learners with communication strategies for community living through common expressions, vocabulary and functional English. There is a focus on pronunciation, listening and speaking. Computer skills will also be introduced to assist the learner in computer basics and how to use the computer to further study English from videos, listening exercise, songs and short films. Students will also learn basic typing, word processing and email. Overall, the beginner classes will assist the learner in their beginning stages of English development.

 

Intermediate Communication Skills Levels 4-6

This course is designed to allow students extra time to concentrate on enhancing skills already achieved, yet also improve areas where extra attention is needed. There is a specific focus on Speaking and Listening. Canadian Workplace is also visited, involving a focus on workplace culture and interview skills. Class activities are centered on ESL websites, podcasts, and apps. Other interactive activities include: class discussions, group work, pronunciation practice, common idioms, phrasal verbs, slang, expressing feelings and opinions effectively for living and working in Canada.

 

 

Advanced Post-Secondary Prep  Levels 7-8

Academic and Post-Secondary Focus! This advanced ESL afternoon class will focus on preparing students for Post-Secondary Education. The instructor will concentrate on teaching writing skills for academic purposes. Also, students will learn advanced grammar with a focus on academic and the workplace.

 

 

 

EVENING CLASSES  TUESDAY AND THURSDAY  6PM-8:30PM

Beginner/Intermediate   Levels 2-5

The evening beginner/intermediate class for CLB Levels 2-5 is designed to help learners communicate more effectively in a variety of settings. Lessons and activities integrate all four skills, with a focus on listening and speaking.

 

Intermediate/Advanced   Levels 5-8

The evening intermediate/Advanced Class for CLB levels 5-8 is designed to help leaners communicate more effectively in a variety of settings. Lessons and activities integrate all four skills, with a focus on listening and speaking. The class is focusing on mastering all language skills: listening, writing, speaking and reading. The students also work on pronunciation and advanced topics in grammar. Once a week, the students practice academic and general writing with the teacher's guidance. The students of this class learn about Canadian culture and Canadian job market obtaining specific knowledge regarding writing resumes, job interviews, ethical behavior etc. The class also spends time preparing presentations on assigned topics enhancing their computer skills and public speaking.

 

 

Signing up for classes

If you are interested in registering for one of our classes, please contact us so we may assist you.

 

 

English (as a second language)

Our classes are developed and delivered by TESL Certified Instructors in an academic and workplace focused environment.

ESL Workplace Training

Learn about Canadian workplace culture, sector specific terminology training, and safety in the workplace, as well as many other key skills ....

Language Training (for children)

Elementary students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight have the opportunity to learn another language!

 

Get in Touch

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Limestone Community Education is funded in part by the government of Ontario.

Limestone Community Education is a department of the Limestone District School Board. Its mandate is to create academic and workforce training that meets the needs of diverse client groups.

Get in touch

Limestone Community Education

164 Van Order Drive

Kingston, ON

K7M 1C1

(t) 613-542-7369

(e) lsoce@limestone.on.ca

 

 

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