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Educational Site Visits
Educational site visits offer convention registrants the opportunity to visit schools and centers that have large numbers of English language learners enrolled. Each site is as unique and varied as its students. Learn how different programs face the challenges of teaching linguistically diverse learners.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015. Depart from the convention center at 8 am and return at 12 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Price: US$75

To register: Indicate the site visit number on your registration form. Unsold tickets can be purchased on-site at the convention registration desk. Your ticket includes transportation to the event. Site visits sell out quickly, so register early.

SOLD OUT EV01 - Thorncliffe Park Elementary School This elementary school, Grades 1–5, serves a student population of more than 2,000, representing 47 countries. It is North America’s largest elementary school.

EV02 - Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy Almost 700 children attend this all junior and senior kindergarten school, one of Canada’s largest all-day kindergartens. It is adjacent to Thorncliffe Park Public School.

EV03 - Toronto District School Board Adult ESL Program Every year, nearly 20,000 adults benefit from the TDSB’s ESL classes. The TDSB is proud to be Canada’s largest ESL provider and also rank among the top for North America. The TDSB also offers a TESL training course that is TESL Ontario certified.

SOLD OUT EV04 - University of Toronto International Program This program brings the language level of admitted international students in degree programs to the minimum standard required for matriculation. Language and academic skills are taught and practiced within the context of a first-year university credit course that is scaffolded by two language courses.

EV05 - Learning Enrichment Foundation Language training at LEF serves up to 185 newcomer adults and 40 children every day. Classes focus on themes of employment, education, food and nutrition, consumer information, housing, information about Canada, and so on.

SOLD OUT EV06 - George Brown College School of ESL Housed in a brand new, state-of-the-art learning space in downtown Toronto, the School of ESL offers instruction to ELLs, English language teachers, and international students from more than 100 countries. The School of Immigrant and Transitional Education provides language training for immigrants through English for academic purposes (EAP), occupation specific language training (OSLT), and workplace communication for nurses.

EV07 - North York Dufferin Street YMCA Centre The Language Assessment and Referral Centre provides immigrants in Canada with English language assessment for government-funded ESL and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programs. All of their assessments are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks, the nationally recognized standard which measures four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). In addition to language assessments and referral, this location also offers employment and other newcomer services.