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English HeadStart Learning Resources

Hi Humber student

Welcome to HeadStart English. Headstart English is a collection of online resources to support you in your core first and second semester English courses (WRIT or ESOL). HeadStart English can also help you with your placement test.

The resources can be used in any order, at any time, and as many times as you like!

You decide through the diagnostic sections what you want to practice and then work through the exercises.

We also recommend HeadStart English as an addition to the support you can get in the Math & Writing Centres at each campus.

HeadStart English is loaded into your Blackboard site as you start your journey as a Humber student in your first semester. Please go to the link there and have a look around.

I wish you the best and let us know how you’re doing.

Good luck

Department of English.

Practice for your English Placement Test

Most students who are required to take an English course in their first semester, must complete an English placement test to determine their level of proficiency. You can help prepare for that placement test by completing the “English Placement Testing Support” section in HeadStart English. The resources contain a variety of questions that will allow you test the skills you will need to be successful in your English courses at Humber.

English Course Learning Resources

Humber also offers you the opportunity to continue to build your English skills through the online resources that contains a variety of learning materials, examples and exercises to help you practice English language, linguistic, essay writing and English as a second language skills. Each module contains explanations, examples, videos, and practice questions on each of the
main concepts you’ll meet in your courses. Accessing the English HeadStart Blackboard Site

  1. Go to and sign in.
  2. Click on Headstart_English: Learning Support in the My Courses list.
  3. Begin looking through the modules and working on the practice questions.

If you do not have access to our Blackboard site, please email your name and user name to: