courses

Basic Skills for the Real World

Basic Skills for the Real World is for adults at a beginning reading level.

It uses photos and sound to create real-life scenarios on the computer. This includes employment scenarios. Learners have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills as they help realistic characters solve compelling problems.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Becoming a Better Speller

Teachers, employers, friends and others often put a lot of emphasis on correct spelling. It is the first impression many people get of you, whether it is spelling in a letter, an e-mail, or a resume. To become a better speller, and to feel secure about trying new words, it is very helpful to learn different spelling strategies. This five-module course covers many spelling rules including; the use of syllables, basic spelling patterns, memorizing, the meaning of words, root words, and prefixes and suffixes. Note: This is not a 'learn to spell' course. This is a course for learners who want to improve their current spelling skills.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Becoming a Lifelong Learner

Sometimes we forget that learning is not just for children. Lifelong learners are open to learning every day of their lives. They seek, develop, and use skills to meet the ever-changing challenges of our world. Lifelong learners can inspire others to explore and learn, creating benefits for both themselves and their families. This course will open new doors in your journey as a lifelong learner.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Better Grammar & Punctuation Part 1 (Live Class)

This is a practical guide to using punctuation correctly and writing with proper grammar.  Learn about common punctuation marks like periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, apostrophes, question marks, and exclamation marks and find out when to use them in your writing.  Learn about prefixes and suffixes and discover some helpful grammar websites

OALCF Levels: A1.1, A3, B1.2, B2.1, D.1-D.2
 

Better Grammar & Punctuation Part 2 (Live Class)

This is a practical guide to parts of speech. Learn about common parts of speech we use to write sentences - nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Learn about the subject and predicate in a sentence and about antonyms, homonyms and synonyms. 

 OALCF Levels: A1.1, A3, B1.2, B2.1, D.1-D.2
 

Building Proper Sentences (Live Class)

Building proper sentences is challenging. There are so many rules to follow! In this class, you will learn strategies to build sentences with confidence. We will discuss prepositions and phrases as well as clauses and conjunctions. You will also learn how to avoid common mistakes like run-on sentences and sentence fragments. Enrol today and start building stunning sentences! 

OALCF Levels: A1.1, A1.2, A2.1, A2.2, B1.2, B2.1, D.1-D.3

Building Your GED Vocabulary

The Building Your GED Vocabulary curriculum teaches learners advanced reading strategies to help them troubleshoot and understand difficult texts and create word definitions based on the context in which they are used. English, Literature, Science, Social Studies and History vocabulary relevant to the GED test is featured.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Communication Skills

Communication Skills teaches the listening and speaking skills essential to effective interpersonal communication and team building, as well as how to listen to and give presentations.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Creative Writing: Telling Your Story

Sometimes we forget that writing can be a joy. Through a series of fun writing exercises and inspirational readings, you’ll remember (or discover) how much fun Creative Writing can be! You’ll gather useful tips on how to make your personal stories and journal entries more interesting and readable. You’ll also learn how to create a character, how to plan a fictional story, and how to structure your story to entice your reader. Clear lessons and printable worksheets will help you brush up on word choice, sentence structure, sentence variation, and punctuation. As well, you’ll be guided to try new methods of proofreading and editing your work. The topics and practice components in this course can also be used as preparation to write the GED Language Arts test. If you’ve always thought you might have a story to tell but didn’t know where to start, this course is for you!

To take this course you need to be able to read a simple article at a newspaper or magazine level, and to write a basic sentence to describe an event. You’ll also need to be able to type at least 8 sentences in a row.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Credit or PLAR – English Prep

Register for this curriculum if you want to upgrade your reading and writing skills to get ready to take a high school credit course or write the 9/10 English PLAR assessment.

*NOTE – Level of curriculum assigned will be based on the results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Document Use

Register for this curriculum to understand and practise:

  • Making entries into simple documents and forms
  • Using indexes and table of contents
  • Collecting data and making data entries in documents
  • Documenting graphical data and entering information in complex charts and graphs
  • Entering information in control charts.

 

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Feeding a Family

Feeding a Family is harder than it looks. Planning, budgeting, shopping, following recipes, safely handling and cooking food – a lot of skills are required to make healthy, affordable meals! If you’re looking for some help or inspiration on how to keep a family well fed, you’ve come to the right place. Straightforward ideas, instructions, and activities will add to your toolkit for planning menus and making meals. You’ll enjoy advice from experts in the field on how to budget and how to shop effectively to keep costs low. Easy, tasty lunches and suppers made from simple, inexpensive ingredients will beef up your recipe book. Plus, you’ll gather the latest information about healthy foods and get tips about eating right that you can actually follow. Don’t miss this informative, fun course!

This course will include reading supports so that you can listen to information as well as read. You’ll participate in a math activity each week, and you’ll be introduced to higher-level concepts such as fractions and percents, but no advanced math skills are required to complete the course beyond a beginning understanding of basic operations (+ - x /). You’ll need to be able to type to write a simple message and to list your thoughts in point form.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

GED Prep - Reading

Register for this curriculum if you want to upgrade your reading skills to get ready to write the GED Language Arts - Reading Test.

*NOTE – All curriculum is levelled and is assigned based on the results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

GED Prep - Social Studies

Register for this curriculum if you want to upgrade your knowledge of geography and history to get ready to write the GED Social Studies Test.

*NOTE – All curriculum is levelled and is assigned based on the results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

GED Prep - Writing

Register for this curriculum if you want to upgrade your writing skills to get ready to write the GED Language Arts - Writing Test.

*NOTE – All curriculum is levelled and is assigned based on the results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

GED Prep - Writing a GED Essay

Register for this curriculum if you want to work independently on improving your essay writing skills. Writing a GED Essay curriculum covers: writing topic sentences, organizing ideas and ordering sentences in paragraphs; editing written work for sentence fragments, awkward sentence structure, spelling and grammar mistakes; and verb tense and proper subject-verb agreement.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Goal Setting - Discovering Your Goals

I’m not sure what I want to do with my life, but I want it to be great! Sound familiar? Then this goal-setting course is for you. You will ponder your dreams, consider your values and talents, and examine your needs, commitments, and challenges. Then you’ll have the chance to set a goal and form a plan of action to pursue that goal. This course is full of useful tips on making choices, researching options, and weathering the ups and downs of your journey. Discovering your goals is a giant step towards reaching your potential in life and work.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

How to Write a Cover Letter (Live Class)

A cover letter gives you an chance to introduce yourself to an employer and encourage them to read on! This class will explain the different parts of a cover letter and information to include in each part to help you get an employer's interest.

OALCF Levels: A1.1-A1.2, A2.1-A2.2, A3, B1.2, B2.2, D.1-D.2

Introduction to SABA (Live Class)

This class is for first time users of the SABA program. If you are taking a SABA Class on the LearningHUB, we recommend you take this class first. We will practise using the communication tools including the microphone, text chat and participation icons. You will also learn how to use the markup tools and practise using them on the Whiteboard. If this course isn't available before your SABA Class is scheduled, a playback of the session should be watched so you are ready for your first class. 

OALCF Levels: A1.1, A2.1, A3, B1.2, D.1-D.2

On the Job Report Writing

This course will help you learn how to write reports for the workplace. You will learn to gather the information you need and put information in a report format so that your readers can find the information they require easily. This course will cover the steps to follow in writing a report and understanding why people write them. You will also learn what parts you need to include in a report from beginning to end. Information gathering, editing, and proofreading steps will be explained. Your online instructor will guide you through the report writing process and illustrate what a finished report looks like.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Personal Growth (Bundle)

Register for the Personal Growth Course Bundle if you are looking for a grouping of course material to help support you in the achievement of your goals. You will select from the following to create a package that fits your needs:

Goal Setting - Ponder your dreams, consider your values and talents, and examine your needs, commitments, and challenges. Discovering your goals is a giant step towards reaching your potential in life and work. Maintaining Healthy Self Esteem - Healthy self-esteem is something we all work on over our lifetime. In this course you will develop methods for increasing your self-esteem and maintaining it through times of stress. Learn tips on keeping your self-esteem intact while navigating the sometimes rough waters of life, on and off the job!

Self Exploration – My Dream Career - Understand the difference between a job and a career, identify current skills and knowledge, learn about barriers to employment and identify a dream career. Self Exploration – My Role Models - Explore the qualities of a good role model, your own personal qualities and what you want to work on to be a good role model.

Self Exploration – How I Communicate in Different Places - Understand how different generations communicate and the key factors in effective communication. Feel more comfortable communicating in a group setting and begin to understand how to improve your communication skills.

Self Exploration – Examining My Online Identity and Digital Media Use - Learn about your online identity, discuss how to protect yourself online and the use of digital devices and media in your life. Creative Writing—Telling your Story - Through a series of fun writing exercises and inspirational readings, you’ll remember (or discover) how much fun Creative Writing can be!

*NOTE – All curriculum is levelled and is assigned based on the results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Progressive Spelling 1 (Live Class)

This spelling course covers short and long vowel spelling patterns using bigger words. Learn about double consonants + “le”; and about doubling final consonants before adding “ing” or “ed”. Learn the one consonant + “le” rule. Learn about some common consonant blends: wh, th, sh, ph, ch, and sometimes gh (silent). Learn how to use a thesaurus to help you expand your vocabulary. 

OALCF Levels: A1.1, A2.1, A3, B1.2, B2.1, D.1-D.2

Progressive Spelling 2 (Live Class)

This spelling course covers more consonant blends at the beginning of words: bl, pl, cl, thr, spr, spl, cr, pr. It also covers consonant blends at the end of words: sk, ck, ll, nk, lk. Learn how to combine vowels together to make long vowel sounds in words. We'll end by reviewing some difficult words to spell.

OALCF Levels: A1.1, A2.1, A3, B1.2, B2.1, D.1-D.2

Reading Comprehension (Live Class)

You read but don't understand. You read but can't keep the information in your head. Sound familiar? Take this course if you think reading comprehension is painful and confusing. Together, we will identify what kind of a reader you are and discover techniques to warm up your brain before starting to read. We'll also create your own special toolbox to help make reading fun and enjoyable!
 

OALCF Levels: A1.1-A1.2; A2.1; A3; B1.2; D.2.

Reading Strategies & Reading Comprehension

This curriculum will teach you strategies that will help you read to understand:

  • Short Messages/Notes
  • Business Letters
  • Diagrams, Maps and Floor Plans
  • Directions
  • Forms
  • Reports
  • Graphical Data (pie charts, bar graphs, etc.)

 

*NOTE – All curriculum is levelled and is assigned based on the results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Reading Tables and Graphs (Live Class)

Tables and graphs are found in newspapers, flyers, brochures and presentations. They give you a quick visual image.  They make instant comparisons and show relationships and trends. In this class you will learn how to read tables and graphs in everyday life situations like comparing phone plans, understanding hydro bills and viewing election results. You will also need these skills for the GED Test and for high school credit courses.

OALCF Levels: A2.2, A3, B1.2, C4.1-C4.2, D.1-D.3

Reading to Understand the Ontario Driver's G1 Knowledge Test

The first step to becoming a licenced driver in Ontario is passing the Written (Knowledge) Test. Do you have the reading skills necessary to do well on the test? This course will help you prepare for the kinds of questions that may be on the test. You will examine how to read the questions clearly in order to answer them correctly. Learn how to identify traffic signs and interpret diagrams. Area covered: Seatbelts, traffic signs, speed limits, meeting a school bus, the Demerit Point System, passing other vehicles and rules of the road. Try out the driver’s practice tests!, etc.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Ready for College Reading

Curriculum in this course is at a higher level, and prepares learners for college by helping them:

  • Read, evaluate and extract information from longer texts about college reading requirements, note taking and test preparation.
  • Read longer texts to connect, evaluate and integrate ideas and information on developing a college vocabulary, and using vocabulary to derive meaning from context, etc….
  • Read longer texts to connect, evaluate and integrate ideas and information on using prior knowledge as a strategy for understanding stories
  • Gain understanding on how to find main ideas in stories and expository text, and read for understanding.

 

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Resume Writing for Beginners (Live Class)

With a little extra effort, you can create a great resume! This class will explain what to include in your resume. You will learn about three different resume styles and receive a few resume writing tips to ensure you get that job!

OALCF Levels: A1.1-A1.2, A2.1-A2.2, A3, B1.2, B2.2, B3.2-B3.3, D.1-D.2

Self Exploration: Examining My Online Identity and Digital Media Use

Learners should have a basic familiarity with computers before taking this five module course. In this course, you will learn about your online identity, discuss how to protect your online identity with secure passwords, look at the uses of digital devices and media in your life and talk about evaluating online information.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Self Exploration: How I Communicate in Different Places

Learners should have a basic familiarity with computers before taking this five module course. In this course, you will be thinking and talking about how you communicate in different places. At the end of this course you should be able to: understand how different generations communicate, understand key factors in effective communication, feel more comfortable communicating in a group setting, begin to understand how to improve communication skills and identify your current skills and the skills that you need to work on.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Self Exploration: My Dream Career

Learners should have a basic familiarity with computers before taking this five module course. In this course, you will be thinking and talking about dream careers. At the end of this course you should be able to: think about what your dream career is, consider what some of your barriers might be and research your dream career.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Self Exploration: My Role Models

Learners should have a basic familiarity with computers before taking this five module course. In this course, you will be thinking and talking about role models. At the end of this course you should be able to: talk about the qualities of a good role model, explore the qualities you have that would make you a good role model, explore the qualities that you can work on to be a good role model.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Spelling Made Simple 1 (Live Class)

This beginner course gets you ready to spell.  We will review the alphabet and talk about consonants, double consonants, syllables, short vowel sounds, and short vowel spelling patterns. Learn the 1+1+1 spelling rule.  You will also start a spelling journal.

OALCF Levels: A1.1, A3, B1.2, B2.1, D.1-D.2

Spelling Made Simple 2 (Live Class)

This beginner course gives you more spelling basics. Learn about long vowel sounds, long vowel spelling patterns, the silent “e” at the end of a word and about vowel blends like EE, EA, AI, OA, OO. Learn about different ways to spell the “K” sound and ways to spell words ending in “C” and “Y” and “O”. Build your vocabulary by learning more about word families. 

OALCF Levels: A1.1, B1.2, B2.1, D.1-D.2

Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar and Mechanics of Writing

Register for this writing curriculum if you want to improve your

  • Grammar, Spelling & Punctuation
  • Sentence Structure, Paragraph Writing, Essay/Resume Writing
  • Vocabulary and Note-Taking Skills

 

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Steps to Success

Some learn best by watching or reading, some by listening, and others by trying things on their own.  Our favourite way to learn is called our preferred learning style and knowing your style can help you learn better. This course will help you identify your learning style, and will provide strategies to use that take advantage of your preference.  You will learn how to use memory strategies like mnemonic phrases or images.  Online learning is very different from classroom learning.  This course helps to identify learning challenges and obstacles and how to cope when faced with a challenge.   The goal of this course is to help you explore strategies for managing time, reaching out for help, setting goals and monitoring your learning.  

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.
 

Writing an Essay

If you are working toward a high school credit or assessment or preparing to write the GED test, you need to know how to write an essay. In this course, you will 

  • identify parts of a 5 paragraph essay
  • read writing prompts and learn how to answer them
  • use strategies like brainstorming and organizing to plan your essay
  • draft your own thesis statement as well as introduction, body and concluding paragraphs
  • revise and edit your essay draft

 

Don't let essays scare you! Take this course and learn the skills, step by step.