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Introduction to grammar, conversation and idioms

Teacher: Jason Colina (Toronto)

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Hourly rates:
1 student: CAD $24.00
2 students: CAD $17.00
3+ students: CAD $11.00
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Introduction to grammar, conversation and idioms

Course description:

The course will focus on developing or improving grammar skills in conjunction with speaking and the use of idiomatic speech in association with various theme-based topics.

Teaching approach:

It is eclectic, holistic, dynamic, theme based and multi-faceted.

Course program:

Each week students will learn about a grammar point or points, conversation strategies and vocabulary and idioms associated with a particular theme or topic of their choice.

Places where you can take this course:

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789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 2G8
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483 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1Y2
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27 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G3
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Hourly rates:

1 student:CAD $24.00*
2 students:CAD $17.00 per student*
3+ students:CAD $11.00 per student*

* Plus CAD $5.00 administration fee per class (per student)
* Single-class purchase fee: CAD $5.00 (per student)

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Online: Not available

In person: 60, 90, 120, 180 minutes

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Jason Colina

City / Country of origin: Toronto, Canada

Mother language: English

Spoken languages: English


I am an English as a Second Language (E.S.L) teacher who currently teaches for a school board in Toronto on a substitute teaching basis. I have been teaching E.S.L. for twenty years. I teach because I like helping others and imparting wisdom. I am interested in travelling, artistic pursuits, music and cultural activities. I hope to help others gain a more complete understanding of English if possible.


I have two Bachelor degrees, one in Anthropology and the other in Geography. I also have my E.S.L., part one from Brock University, St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada. I obtained this designation in 1994.


I have taught, grammar, writing skills, TOEFL / IELTS, pronunciation, Enhanced Language Training (ELT), Business English, reading & listening comprehension classes, Test of Spoken English (TSE), M.S. Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc. I have been teaching in Toronto to individuals from all over the globe for the last two decades.

Courses by this teacher:

Learn English: Introduction to grammar, conversation and idioms

Proficiency level

Your English proficiency level will be evaluated by the teacher according to this framework:

A1 - Beginner:

  • Understands familiar English expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of concrete needs.
  • Can introduce him/herself and answer questions about personal details such as the place of residence and belongings.
  • Can hold a simple conversation in English if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 - Elementary:

  • Understands frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance like personal and family information.
  • Can communicate in routine situations requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and immediate needs.

B1 - Intermediate:

  • Understands the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in everyday situations.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where English is spoken.
  • Can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 - Independent:

  • Understands the main ideas of complex English text on both concrete and abstract topics.
  • Interaction with native English speakers can happen with fluency and spontaineity and without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear text on a wide variety of subjects and expose a point of view given the various options.

C1 - Advanced:

  • Understands a wide range of demanding, longer English texts, and recognizes implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use English flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce detailed, well-structured text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns and connectors.

C2 - Proficient:

  • Easily understands virtually everything heard or read in English.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources and reconstruct arguments in a coherent presentation.
  • Expresses him/herself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in complex situations.

Interested in this course?

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  • Learn at your own pace

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