Category Archives: English as a Second Language

10 Tips for Effective ESL Learning From Capstone Tutors

As an ESL student, it’s important to consistently improve your learning strategies. Here are the Top 10 Tips from to advance your ESL learning ability: Watch movies and TV with subtitles (and know when to stop using subtitles) Movies and TV do a great job helping your English skills. Watching with subtitles or watching what […]

Best Post-Secondary ESL School Programs In The USA

There are over 600 colleges in the US that offer an ESL program for their students. Not every person who wants to attend college has mastered the English language. Students can learn and practice English while attending for a variety of degrees. Mathematics or science students want to learn English while attending the best schools […]

About Renison College at the University of Waterloo

Renison University College is affiliated with Waterloo University. It was founded in January of 1959 and named after Reverend Robert John Renison who died in 1957. He was the Archbishop of Moosonee, and the reason the university has adopted the “Reni Moose” as their mascot. The university is located on the border of Waterloo’s main […]

RealLife English – ESL Spotlight

The problem many people have when they learn any language is that they don’t have the practical terms and slang to sound authentic. Learning English goes beyond learning how to pronounce words. There’s a ton of slang and phrases that will automatically make you sound like an authentic English speaker, but only if they’re used […]

High school education in Canada for International Students – A Quick Guide

Education in Canada is, for the most part, publicly funded by the government, including primary and secondary school, which children attend from approximately ages 5 through 17. Teachers’ wages are paid by the government using tax money. There is the exception of private schools, which are paid for through tuition fees by the pupil (or […]

How An ESL Learner Can Best Improve Their Reading Ability

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There are a number of ways that an ESL learner can improve their overall reading ability. It is important that any ESL learner with such an opportunity elect to do so whenever possible because an enhancement in reading directly correlated with an enhancement in overall language skills. This is because, as one reads, they will […]

Top Reasons for Immigrants and ESL Students to Fully Master the English Language

We Review the Best ESL Textbooks for Learning to Read, Write, and Speak English

While the title of this article may seem obvious, it seems that one often neglected topic of ESL is ‘how important is English to the learner?’ Now, when we ask that question, we understand that the intuitive answer is ‘very important’. Otherwise, there would be no purpose for one to commit to the status of […]

Why Conversational English Fluency is Most Important for ESL Students and Learners

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One of the most frequently asked questions in the ESL community is, ‘What is the most important skill/ability that an ESL learner can gain when studying the english language that will help improve their fluency?’ For example, is it most important for an ESL learner to gain fluency in conversational abilities? Or perhaps reading? Maybe […]

Challenges and Obstacles New ESL Learners Should Expect to Face

If someone is a newly minted ESL learner, there are a lot of things that they are probably wondering about the process and the things that come with it. For instance, there are different timeframes for when an ESL student / learner should expect to be able to gain command of verbal fluency, reading ability, […]

Best Free Online ESL and English Learner Video Resources – YouTube Edition

For those that are seeking to learn English, one of the biggest problems they’ll run into is not time or even difficulty, but money. With prices that range upwards of $1,000 for a single ESL course, finding efficient ways to learn the English language are scarce and few in between. Fortunately, there is a video […]