Global Village English Language Schools

Study at one of high quality Global Village English Centres: Hawaii, Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver or Toronto. Pick a location and start now!

What makes GV Toronto unique?
• Friendly, fun, welcoming GV Toronto atmosphere
• Personal service from the experienced GV Toronto team
• Comprehensive and effective examination preparation programs
• Official Cambridge and IELTS Testing Centres
• GVT annual winter competition with fun and prizes!
• Trendy downtown location next to world-class shopping and dining, all steps from both subway lines.

The aim of the GV360° philosophy is to provide all our students with quality Academics, Accommodations and Activities through personalized care and support from our teachers and staff. Let our trained, professional, and experienced staff guide you to your learning goals through the special GV360° approach.

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Year established

1979

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Hawaii, Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver or Toronto.

Number of students

500

Estimated fee

From $290 per week

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Highlights

We offer the follow program types at our schools:

  • Academics
  • General English
  • Exam Preparation
  • Cambridge ESOL Exam Preparation
  • IELTS Exam Preparation
  • University Pathways
  • English for Business (Canada)
  • Junior (Teen)
  • English Plus
  • Teacher Training (Canada)

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Program Philosophy

The curriculum emphasizes practical application of language skills. Directors meet on a regular basis to review all academic and curricular issues to ensure uniformly high quality programs at all schools. Classroom activities focus on developing all four-language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking with an emphasis on communication. Students often work in pairs or groups to increase their English comprehension through interactive activities. Real-life topics (work and society, for example.) are explored each session providing opportunities for students to practice English in real-life situations both inside and outside the classroom. Homework varies from program to program. Students should expect to work within each level for one or two sessions (4-8 weeks) or an average of 8 weeks depending on their test results and attendance. All levels, however, have 3 months of curriculum.

Programs are characterized by:
  • A commitment to quality in all aspects of English language instruction.
  • An optimal student-teacher ratio.
  • An extensive resource collection of text books, tapes, videos and word games.
  • A wide variety of audio-visual and computer-based teaching aids.
  • A staff dedicated to professionalism and ethical conduct.
  • Use of the latest and best techniques for the teaching of English.
Multi-media Lab

Computers allow students to study English at their own speed. Software includes: Grammar 3D, Pronunciation Power, Ellis (Pronunciation), Rhubarb, Supercloze, Double Up and Wida.

PROGRAMS

General English
  • FREQUENCY: Every 4 weeks
  • LENGTH: 1-52 weeks
  • MINIMUM AGE: 16
  • ABILITY LEVELS: Beginner to Advanced
  • OFFERED AT: All GV schools
  • REQUIREMENTS: Entrance exam not required

Course Content
Our most popular program, General English is available for all levels of English. This dynamic, communication-based program has the following daily structure:

1. Communicative Grammar: Practical use of grammar to improve speaking skills. Specific language structures are introduced at each level through a set grammar text. Role-play, pair-work and other interactive teaching techniques allow students to practice English grammar while focusing on real-life situations.

2. Functional Dialogue: Improve conversational ability through the study of functional language skills and idiomatic English. Dialogues and vocabulary used in specific situations emphasize the practical language needed in everyday life.

Choice of Lessons/Week
Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Victoria: 30, 25 or 20 lessons/week Hawaii: 25, 20 or 16 lessons/week

GV Options

Language Skill focused Options: Survival English (GV 1), Speaking Out (conversation), Listening and Conversation, Slang, Idioms and Vocabulary, Listening and Pronunciation, Debates and Public Speaking, Expressing Opinions through Current Events, Advanced Listening and Speaking, Reading and Vocabulary.

Business English Options: Business Communication, Management + Corporate Culture, Customer Service.

Interest course Options: Listening and Speaking, Drama and Role Play Writing + Speaking, Creative Writing, Listening + Speaking, Canadian Culture, Listening + Vocabulary: Music …and other options depending on demand and availability.

Academic Options: English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

Private Lessons: One on one private lessons are available at the private lesson rate in either option 1, option 2 or both.

Business English
  • FREQUENCY: Every 4 weeks * (based on enrolment)
  • LENGTH: 2-12 weeks
  • MINIMUM AGE: 16
  • ABILITY LEVEL: Intermediate
  • OFFERED AT: All GV schools in Canada and Hawaii
  • REQUIREMENTS: Entrance exam or 700
  • TOEIC/6.0 IELTS equivalent (GV6)
Business English in Canada and the USA

The program is ideal for students whose career plans require English and for those who want to learn about general business concepts. This innovative program gives students the business English skills, technical knowledge and confidence required in today’s fast-paced market. With our modern web-enabled classroom or laptop computers, students will improve their Internet navigation methods and sharpen other key business computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and graphics. Through the focus on business concepts, students will also improve communication and vocabulary. Students will gain a deeper understanding of International business issues through the use of role play and small group discussions. Students may also focus on specific areas of interest such as: Travel and Tourism, Marketing and Advertising, Banking and Finance, Human Resources Management, Sales and Customer Service, Globalization and International Business, Business Etiquette, Management and Corporate Culture, Business Ethics, Telephone skills for Business, Entrepreneurship and Franchising, Business Writing, and Presentation Skills. Course content may vary depending on enrollment.

Cambridge English: First Preparation (FCE)
  • FREQUENCY: 4 times per year
  • LENGTH: 8, 10, 12 wks
  • MINIMUM AGE: 16
  • ENTRY LEVEL: Intermediate (GV 5)
  • OFFERED AT: All GV schools
  • REQUIREMENTS: Entrance exam

Introduction
This course leads to the Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE). The course is designed to provide students with a good grounding in grammatical aspects of English and develop their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Course content
This is a full-time program where students receive a thorough preparation in the five skill areas tested in the examination:

      Reading and Use of English (Reading, Grammar and Vocabulary)
      Composition (Writing)
      Listening Comprehension
      Speaking

Official examinations are held on the final week of the program at all GV locations on dates set by Cambridge University.
Practice tests are given every week so that students can monitor their progress. Mock examinations are held near the end of the program to prepare students for exam conditions.

Cambridge English: Advanced Preparation (CAE)
  • FREQUENCY: 3 times per year
  • LENGTH: 8, 10, 12 weeks
  • MINIMUM AGE: 16
  • ENTRY LEVEL: Upper Intermediate – Advanced (GV 7)
  • OFFERED AT: All GV schools
  • REQUIREMENTS: Entrance exam

* It is recommended that students have successfully completed the Cambridge First Certificate Examination prior to undertaking this course and examination.

Introduction
This course leads to the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE). It is designed for students with a high level of proficiency in English who are already working in English or will be in the near future. The course is designed to develop the students’ English skills to a highly competent level, so that their ability is almost comparable to that of a native speaker.

Course Content
This is a full-time program for students who are at the Advanced Level. Students receive a thorough preparation in the five skill areas tested in the examination:

      Reading and Use of English (Reading, Grammar and Vocabulary)
      Composition (Writing)
      Listening Comprehension
      Speaking

Practice tests are given every week and mock examinations are held towards the end of the program. Official examinations are held on the final week of the program at all locations on dates set by Cambridge University

Cambridge English: Proficiency Preparation (CPE)
  • FREQUENCY: 1 time per year
  • LENGTH: 8, 12 weeks
  • MINIMUM AGE: 16
  • ENTRY LEVEL: Upper Intermediate – Advanced (GV 7)
  • OFFERED AT: Vancouver, Toronto
  • REQUIREMENTS: Entrance exam

* It is recommended that students have successfully completed the CAE prior to undertaking this course and examination.

Introduction
This course leads to the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE). It is designed for students with a high level of proficiency in English who are already working in English or will be in the near future. The course is designed to develop the students’ English skills to a highly competent level, so that their ability is almost comparable to that of a native speaker.

Course Content
This is a full-time program for students who are at the Advanced Level. Students receive a thorough preparation in the five skill areas tested in the examination:

      Reading and Use of English (Reading, Grammar and Vocabulary)
      Composition (Writing)
      Listening Comprehension
      Speaking

Practice tests are given every week and mock examinations are held towards the end of the program. Official examinations are held on the final week of the program at all locations on dates set by Cambridge University.

Cambridge CAE/CPE Support Package

This add-on option prepares the eligible student to write two exams during the same session: FCE and CAE exams or the CAE and CPE exams.
The support package includes the materials fee and 12 lessons of after-class tutorial support.

IELTS University Preparation
  • FREQUENCY: Every 2-4 weeks (based on enrolment)
  • LENGTH: 4 – 24 weeks
  • MINIMUM AGE: 16
  • ABILITY LEVELS: Intermediate – Advanced
  • OFFERED IN: Canada and Hawaii
  • REQUIREMENTS: Entrance exam

Introduction
This is a full-time preparation program for students preparing to write either the general or academic IELTS exam. IELTS results are accepted by immigration authorities and educational institutions around the world as proof of an applicant’s level of English. This program is for students who would like to improve their TOEFL/IELTS score and who are interested in a college style class that will prepare them for further studies at college or university.
Students should complete the Entrance Examination prior to registering for the program. This examination is available on our website or Students who have an official test score of 50 (TOEFL iBT) or 4.0 (IELTS) can be accepted into the program without writing the Entrance Exam.

Course Content
Students are prepared for the main components of the exam:

      Listening Comprehension
      Reading
      Writing letters, descriptions and academic essays
      Speaking

The course also covers test-writing strategies with frequent practice examinations. The program includes readings and seminar-style discussions with a focus on developing academic vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Thematic units are based on courses that students will encounter at college or university as well as subjects that are commonly tested in the IELTS examination.

Teen Activity Program
  • LENGTH: 1-8 weeks (Flexible length & offered based on enrollment)
  • AGE GROUP: 12 – 17 in Canada
  • ABILITY LEVELS: All levels
  • OFFERED AT: All GV Schools
  • REQUIREMENTS: Entrance exam not required

Introduction
We invite students to experience the holiday of a lifetime! Stay with a local host family while studying English, exploring our cities and doing awesome activities with your classmates!
Features

  • AM classes
  • PM activities
  • Homestay with full board
  • Excursions
  • Orientation and city tour
  • Farewell party
  • Airport transfers
Study Tours

On Campus Programs GV Toronto offers tailor-made study tour programs for groups. Tours are usually anywhere from 1– 4 weeks in duration and generally consist of English lessons in the mornings with activities in the afternoons and on weekends.

Classes average from 10-15 students per group.

Lesson content relates closely to the afternoon activities and excursions, so students are able to apply what they learn in their classes to outside practical situations.

Our central city location makes it ideal for sightseeing, as students are able to walk to a large range of tourist attractions following their morning classes. Special interest tours can be arranged to meet particular group needs and preferences. Accommodation is generally in homestay, but alternatives such as boarding houses or hotels can be arranged on request.

Private Lessons
  • FREQUENCY: Variable
  • LENGTH: Variable/li>
  • MINIMUM AGE: 16
  • ABILITY LEVEL: All levels
  • OFFERED AT: All GV schools
  • REQUIREMENTS: None

Course Description
Private English training is for students who are interested in a specific area of study. This program would also appeal to students who are interested in an accelerated program or who want one-on-one attention. Semi-private classes are also available based on demand.