Welcome to CultureWorks’ new website

We invite you to explore and thank you for visiting!

New features include: news, culture calendar, word of the day, social media, translations, CultureWorks timeline, team bios/profile cards, partner program lists, external leisure links (e.g. to campus radio), weather, photos, Google Places, online application… and more.

The site has been built in responsive design which means how it displays will adjust to your screen size (e.g. for mobile). Everything may not be perfect yet, but we’re excited to share it with the world.

We invite you to explore and thank you for visiting!

Multicultural Line Up

I was standing in line at the supermarket the other day, waiting to buy my weekly groceries.  In front of me stood a gentleman from India and a young woman from Korea.  The cashier was from Poland, judging by her accent.

Courtesy of www.incultureparent.com
Courtesy of www.incultureparent.com

While waiting, the three of us had a pleasant, casual conversation together.  We talked about the weather (of course) and commented a little at the different food in our shopping carts.  When the man from India paid the cashier for his groceries, he invited us all over to his house for curry!

You’ll hear this word a lot when you study at Canadian universities: multiculturalism.  Canada is a country of many cultures, and it’s one of the many reasons people come to study here.  As defined in our national constitution, every individual living in Canada is encouraged to express his or her culture without fear of assimilation.

Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms Courtesy of www.cbc.ca
Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms Courtesy of www.cbc.ca

With almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in Canada, it’s easy to find ethnic foods and recreation activities associated with specific cultures. In fact, our teachers and student services co-coordinators can help you get in touch with any number of ethnic clubs and associations for you to join while you’re here.

CultureWorks Students, London Campus
Multicultural CultureWorks, London Campus

By sharing cultures and traditions you gain an invaluable education.  In addition to the English you learn, and the university course work you pursue, you are gaining insight  as to how others view the world just by virtue of studying alongside one another.  This in turn gives you a perspective on life that you wouldn’t have normally considered.  What multicultural experiences have you had in Canada so far?  Which cultures would you like to know more about?

What I love about Canada are little experiences like that.  Where else can you have such a friendly conversation with such a diverse group of people?   And in English, too!  The great part is that I learned some tasty new dishes, making my fridge very multicultural!  How diverse is the food in your fridge?  Have you tried any new cultural cuisines lately?

Courtesy of www.foodspotting.com
Courtesy of www.foodspotting.com

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Opening Ceremonies!

CultureWorks Opening Ceremonies
CultureWorks London, Jan. 2013 Opening Ceremonies

Students always ask me: “So, what’s the first thing that happens when I arrive at CultureWorks?”  I always answer with a smile: “Opening Ceremonies”.

This is a picture of CultureWorks’ January 10th Opening Ceremonies in London, Ontario. It’s one of my favourite days at CultureWorks because everyone has a chance to meet each other, meet their teachers, learn about the program, hang out, eat some good food, and then enjoy a fun activity together.

CultureWorks Oshawa, Jan.2013 Opening Ceremonies, Bowling

A few of the activities we’ve done in the past include: BBQ and summer games, snow tubing, skating, roller skating, and bowling. I have a great memory of one of our Saudi students going snow tubing with only a t-shirt on.  He went blasting down the hill shouting, “I love winter!  It’s a white desert!”

Here’s two of our Oshawa teachers with new students hanging out at the bowling alley during Opening Ceremonies. Below is a great pic of one of our London teacher lacing up before an ice skate.  Good times!

CultureWorks London, Jan.2013 Opening Ceremonies, Ice Skating

Do you have any other good ideas for opening ceremonies?  Moose hunting?  Or maybe a death defying walk along the outside of CN Tower?  No, please, I’m kidding!!  Just thinking about the idea makes me feel ill!

CN Tower Edge Walk. Photo Courtesy of www.edgewalkcntower.ca

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Study English On a Canadian University Campus!

Once upon a time, I had a dream.  When I was about 20 years old, I dreamt of becoming the world’s oldest student.  That’s right.  A student for life!  I loved university so much I didn’t want it to end.  I was surrounded by other people who love to learn.  My parents weren’t around.  I didn’t have to work.  Um, well.  See that’s where my dream ended, unfortunately. We won’t dwell on that.

Carleton University Student Orientation Week
Carleton University Student Orientation Week, Picture Courtesy of http://newsroom.carleton.ca/

But think about it.  Canada’s university campuses have it all!  Not only are they wired with the latest in technology, but countless other modern amenities as well. From Olympic-quality sports facilities to public concert halls and art galleries, Canada’s post-secondary campuses offer you enormous possibilities for learning and leisure. Plus, you’ll have incredible opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and gain valuable experience through student-run governments, radio, newspapers and businesses.

UWO Opera, Die Fledermaus, Feb.2012
UWO Opera, Die Fledermaus, Feb.2012, Courtesy of http://www.music.uwo.ca

So ‘drink it up’, people!  Enjoy every last part of campus life.  Meet new people, try a new sport.  Canada is a land of opportunity, after all!  And see if you can beat my record.  Including my undergraduate degree, special qualification courses, and my Masters, I’ve been a post-secondary    student for nine years.  Yet somehow I’m not a doctor.  A few more years should do it, eh?

UOIT Men’s Soccer Team, Ridgebacks, Courtesy of www.durhamregion.com

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