When you’re living in Canada, the hardest thing can be not knowing the language. While English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are designed to teach English to non-native speakers, they can be hard if languages don’t come naturally to the learner. At School is Easy, we offer ESL tutors in Toronto to complement a Toronto-area English course you or your child may be taking.
Our Toronto ESL tutors will come to your home in Scarborough, Ajax, Pickering, Vaughn and of course, Toronto itself.
Pass an upcoming ESL test by preparing in advance with an ESL tutor
Many come to Canada to learn English for the purpose of passing exams that can eventually get them into Universities or other programs. For high school students living in the Toronto area, it will be necessary to pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) to graduate. For others, English proficiency is required for immigration or work standards.
Our Toronto ESL tutors are able to help you prepare for any of the following exams, and more:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) (for permanent resident status in Canada or Canadian citizenship)
- Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®)
- Test Of English for International Communication (TOEIC®)
- Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly Cambridge ESOL)
- Pearson Test of English Academic
- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
- English Language Diagnosis and Assessment/Certificate of Proficiency in English (ELDA/COPE) (for acceptance to the University of Toronto)
The above tests are commonly known for proving English proficiency. Many are clearly stated as entry requirements for Ontario universities such as University of Guelph, University of Toronto, and Western University. Of course, most Canadian universities have the same, or similar requirements.
If you are looking for ESL help to pass other exams, feel free to contact us and we can search our database of teachers to see if we can find one for you.
We recommend not cramming for these exams at the last minute! A good ESL tutor can do their job best if you give yourself ample amount of preparation time. We have seen best results when students hire a tutor early on in their course. Give us a call at the first signs you’re struggling with a subject.
Hire a qualified and experienced ESL tutor in Toronto for help that a classroom can’t compare with
There’s no doubt that when you’re in a classroom full of other students, the teacher’s attention can’t be spent on everyone. If language instruction is not making sense to a student, it can be for various reasons. One reason should never be that the student is not smart. Many people are plenty smart, but just struggle with learning a new language. The language needs to be taught to them in a way they can understand – just like with other subjects.
A private ESL tutor can solve that problem. Not only can they offer a chance to practice your verbal and listening skills while learning English, they can come up with a customized learning method just for you.
Our ESL tutors are all qualified to teach English as a second language in Canada. They hold English teacher’s certifications. One of these is the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification, which is also referred to as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
Or, our tutors may have a teaching degree and are trained at teaching students in Canada, even if they are not officially TEFL certified. However, they will be part of an official provincial teacher’s association, qualifying them to teach at public schools.
Why hire a qualified ESL tutor?
What’s the difference between a ‘real’ ESL teacher and a friend who knows English and is offering to help you? ESL tutors are especially good at teaching English in the following ways:
They understand foreign cultures and can provide cultural context. When teaching English as a second language, it’s important to know where the learner is coming from. They can give examples that make sense to you, and can teach from your point of view.
They are familiar with the exams you need to pass. Many native English speakers have never had to pass an ESL exam. When a language is second nature to you, it’s hard to explain the ‘rules’ that new learners need to grasp. A professional ESL tutor will know how to systematize and teach English based on your exam requirements, as well as for daily use.
They can evaluate your current English language skills, and build from there. There is no need to waste time going over the things you already know. Getting better at English means pushing yourself. A trained ESL teacher knows exactly how to determine where you are at, and then get you to the next level. If your listening is strong, it may be time to move on to reading, writing or speaking.
They can teach English in the context you need to learn it. If you are studying English for the workplace, for academics, or for living an easier life in Canada, an ESL tutor can teach based on your needs. A friend may not be aware of all the vocabulary and grammar you will need to know.
While we would encourage practicing English in as many situations as you can (definitely with that friend we mentioned!), we also recognize it’s not the same as utilizing an English tutor. ESL tutors can supplement, and help perfect the English you’re learning colloquially.
An ESL tutor in Toronto is ready to serve you!
We are able to match our students with tutors in 48 hours or less. Whether you need help with listening, reading, writing or speaking in English, we can provide an ESL tutor that will drive straight to your home (or a location you prefer).