courses

Becoming a Better Speller

Why is spelling so important? When we use correct spelling, we create clear messages that readers can understand. Memorizing how to spell different words can be useful, but there are many other strategies that can help you. In this course you will learn about

  • phonics and grammar rules that affect spelling
  • syllables, and how they help you sound out difficult words
  • the difference between possessives and contractions.

 

Note: This is not a 'learn to spell' course. This course will help you improve your spelling skills. Learners will also need good reading skills to manage the lessons.

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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.

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Body Systems Terminology

Learn about the structure and functions of each body system. You will identify diseases, disorders, and medical procedures related to each system. Additionally, you will explore health science professions related to each body system.

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Communication

In this course, you will learn social and people skills that you can practice for effective communication, such as active listening, positive attitude, teamwork, and social sensitivity. You will explore effective strategies to address diversity and conflict. You will become familiar with reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills needed to participate in group discussions. You’ll learn best practices for face to face conversation, in-person and virtual meetings and business presentations.

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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.

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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.

 

Employability and Professional Skills

Learn how to develop communication and leadership skills. You will understand how to apply critical thinking and problem-solving techniques to resolve a conflict and how to combat stressful situations at work.

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Employment Success Series 1: Resume Basics (Live Class)

Employment Success is five-part series that will help you get ready for your next job.  These are short sessions that give you the tips you need to move forward with your goals. 

In this first class, we introduce you to the basic steps for creating a Résumé.  A résumé is a 1-2 page document that tells an employer your qualifications, skills, education and work history.  We will talk about these sections and give you strategies to make your résumé clear, attractive and professional.  We will also share websites and free services you can use for help.
 

Essential Grammar 1: Punctuation (Live Class)

Essential Grammar is a three-part series.  These classes teach you basic grammar rules that will improve your writing today!  In this first class, we begin by reviewing common punctuation marks such as periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, apostrophes, question marks and exclamation marks.  By working through examples together, you will learn when to use them in your writing.  

Essential Grammar 2: Parts of Speech (Live Class)

Essential Grammar is a three-part series.  These classes teach you basic grammar rules that will improve your writing today!  In this class, we talk about parts of speech.  These are categories of words and they help us understand how to build sentences.  Common parts of speech are nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.  We also talk about the subject and predicate in a sentence and take a quick look at antonyms, homonyms and synonyms. 

Essential Grammar 3: Sentences (Live Class)

Essential Grammar is a three-part series.  These classes teach you basic grammar rules that will improve your writing today!  In this class, we talk more about sentences.  We 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.  We will connect these lessons to what you learned in the previous sessions so you can start building your sentences with confidence!  

Everyday Life - Healthy Eating

This course explores the skills needed to make healthy food choices and plan a balanced diet.  It uses real-life documents, like Canada’s new Food Guide (2019), sales flyers, coupons, food labels and store shelf labels.  The new guide is a big change because the food groups and serving sizes have been removed.  This course covers how to follow the new guide, compare unit price, product size and nutrient facts so you can make healthy choices and save money.  Learners study the floor plan of a grocery store and are taught how to prepare to shop using lists and managing their time to make shopping trips more enjoyable and focus on healthy eating. 

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Feeding a Family

A lot of skills are need to make healthy, affordable meals for yourself and family! If you are looking for some help or inspiration, this course is for you. You will learn about budgeting and shopping for groceries to get the most value for your money. Other topics include meal planning, working in the kitchen, and cooking with your family's health in mind. This course includes a variety of delicious, easy-to-make recipes that use simple, inexpensive ingredients. You will also complete a math activity each week that will help you when shopping and cooking.

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

GED Prep Series 3: Essay (Live Class)

This is the last class in our GED Prep Series.  In this class, you will learn the steps for writing a GED Essay.  We explain what to look for when reading the essay question and then discuss the importance of planning your response.  We will also teach you strategies for organizing your essay into paragraphs and will explain how your essay will be graded.   Ace the essay with this class! 

Goal Setting - Discovering Your Goals

I’m not sure what I want to do with my life, but I want it to be great! If this sounds familiar, this goal-setting course is for you. In this course, you will think about 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.

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Medical Terminology

Learn about the basic components of medical terms. You will familiarize yourself with various abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols used in health care. You will learn about the human body's planes and cavities. Terms used to describe the position of structures and parts of the human body will be discussed.

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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 easily find what they need. You will also learn the parts you need to include in a report from beginning to end. Information gathering, editing, and proofreading steps will be explained. You will then see what a finished report looks like.

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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!

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Reading Strategies (Live Class)

Reading is so much more than recognizing words on a page. To remember and understand what we read, we need to use Reading Strategies.  These are steps we can follow to help us break down ideas, ask questions, get information, or simply enjoy a good story!  The fact is, Reading Strategies take practice and this class is a great starting point.  You can also use the skills you learn in this class to help with the reading lessons you are completing with the LearningHUB.  

Reading to Understand the Ontario Driver's G1 Knowledge Test

The first step to becoming a licensed driver in Ontario is passing the Written (Knowledge) Test. Do you have the reading skills to do well on the test? This course will help you prepare for the kinds of questions you might see. You will examine how to read the questions in order to answer them correctly. You will learn how to identify traffic signs and interpret diagrams. You will also learn about seatbelts, traffic signs, speed limits, meeting a school bus, the Demerit Point System, passing other vehicles and rules of the road.

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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.

 

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Self Exploration: Examining My Online Identity and Digital Media Use

This course is the digital version of a course created by Literacy Link South Central (LLSC) in 2013 and funded by the Ontario government using Employment Ontario funding. It is one of a series of 4 courses we've grouped together under the heading of Self Exploration. 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.

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Self Exploration: How I Communicate in Different Places

This course is the digital version of a course created by Literacy Link South Central (LLSC) in 2013 and funded by the Ontario government using Employment Ontario funding. It is one of a series of 4 courses we've grouped together under the heading of Self Exploration. 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.

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Self Exploration: My Dream Career

This course is the digital version of a course created by Literacy Link South Central (LLSC) in 2013 and funded by the Ontario government using Employment Ontario funding. It is one of a series of 4 courses we've grouped together under the heading of Self Exploration. In this course, you will be thinking and talking about dream careers. At the end of this course you should be able to: understand the difference between a job and a career, identify your current skills and knowledge, understand barriers to employment and know more about your dream career.

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Self Exploration: My Role Models

This course is the digital version of a course created by Literacy Link South Central (LLSC) in 2013 and funded by the Ontario government using Employment Ontario funding. It is one of a series of 4 courses we've grouped together under the heading of Self Exploration. In this course, you will think about the qualities of a good role model. You will examine role models and mentors you have or may have had. Think about your local role models and those in the media. Explore the qualities you have and those you can work on to become a good role model.

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Steps to Success

This is a great course for learners who are new to the LearningHUB or online learning! In this course, we give you strategies and tips to set you up for success! You will identify your learning style and discover some ways to take advantage of your learning preferences. You will be introduced to memory and study tips as well as strategies for managing your time, reaching out for help, setting goals and monitoring your progress. You will learn to identify your learning challenges and how to come up with solutions when faced with an obstacle.

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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.

 

Writing in the Workplace

In these courses, learners are introduced to the idea of business writing, and how this style differs from academic and personal writing.  Learners will identify the purpose and audience of a business message and learn strategies for creating memos, emails, letters and reports as well as social media and blog posts.

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Writing Research Papers

In this course, you’ll develop your research skills by evaluating sources for credibility and bias, developing a research plan, and writing a research paper. Synthesizing information and correctly citing research sources will be an important aspect of your research process.

Writing Strategies

This curriculum will help you improve your grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure and vocabulary, as well as your paragraph and essay writing skills.