Summer Programmes

ESL Online Credit Course

Dates: July 6 to August 21, 2020
Cost: $999 CAD (due in full at the time of online registration)
Registration deadline: June 30, 2020
*Note to all Ridley families: all ESL Summer Academy and Enrichment Course fees must be paid separately from the student’s Ridley College account.

Course Description
Ridley College is pleased to offer a virtual Online ESL Credit Course for our incoming Ridleians. The following Ridley College ESL Summer Academy credit course option is available to Upper School students who are enrolled for the 2020-21 academic year. Our Ridley faculty have dedicated their time throughout the summer months to help keep Ridleians engaged, ready for learning in September and on-track for graduation. 
This online credit course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in classroom and social situations and to participate in Canadian society as informed citizens. Students will develop oral, reading, and writing skills required for success in all school subjects. They will extend listening and speaking skills through participation in discussions and presentations; study and interpret a variety of grade-level texts; produce a variety of written forms in English; and respond critically to a variety of print and media texts. Class instruction will be offered both synchronously and asynchronously.

Students' login and password information will be provided in the welcome email from the teacher (which will be emailed to the email address provided on the registration form) prior to classes starting. 

Contact Summer Programmes


Ms. Loretta Whitty, B.A, B.Ed. TESL

Monday & Wednesday 1:00–2:00 PM EST
Tuesday & Thursday 6:30–7:30 PM EST
Or by request.

Course Details

List of 4 items.

  • Daily Timetable (Monday to Friday)

    Period #1
    8:00–8:45am EST
    Grammar & Vocabulary Building
    8:45–9:00am EST
    Period #2
    9:00–9:50am EST
    Reading & Writing Skills/Assignments
    9:50–10:00am EST
    Period #3
    10:00–11:00am EST
    Projects & Presentations
  • Skills & Units

    1.         Reading Skills and Short Stories
    Students will read a variety of texts (short stories, novel, poetry, news reports, diagrams) and demonstrate understanding. Students will read a variety of short stories with cross-cultural themes and plot development and will respond to and evaluate the short stories. Students will practice using a variety of reading skills and strategies needed to make the transition to other secondary school disciplines. Reading skills include previewing, skimming, scanning, making inferences, analyzing text features, identifying main ideas and supporting details, guessing meaning from context, paraphrasing and summarizing, reading comprehension exercises, reading and note-taking, grammar and vocabulary building.
    2.         The Writing Process
    Students will write for academic purposes (essay, outline, paragraphs) and personal purposes (reflections, letters, narrative). Students will practice the steps of the writing process using a variety of organizational exercises. Different types of texts will be analyzed and produced. Students will develop language and grammar skills through various exercises (sentence types, sentence problems, phrases and clauses, transition and linking words, verb tenses, parts of speech). Writing exercises include paragraph structure and organization, sentence structure, topic and concluding sentences, introductions and conclusions, pre-writing strategies, writing a thesis, organizing an outline, producing drafts – revising and editing, application of grammar and spelling strategies.
    3.         Awareness of Canada
    Students will use a variety of materials and participate in activities to adapt to student life in Ontario. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the diversity in Canadian society and study examples of the influence of Canada’s history and geography on its literature and art. Students will examine the traditions of a number of cultural communities in Canada, including Indigenous communities.
    4.         Summative Assignments
    Students will complete a variety of assignments to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the content of the course, their critical and creative thinking skills and processes, and their application of knowledge and skills. Students will communicate meaning through oral, visual and written forms.
  • Course Evaluation

    Course Evaluation Breakdown 
    Summative Assessments - 30%      
    Course Work - 70%

    Vocabulary & Grammar Quizzes
    Oral Assessments
    Reading Assessments
    Written Assessments
    Summative Assessments

  • Required Materials

    Required Materials
    There are no textbooks required for this course.
    What should I bring to each class?
    • A Journal (for handwritten work)
    • Writing utensils (pens/pencils)
    • Highlighters
    • Laptop
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