Why Homestays Are Awesome
Watch English TV shows! Listen to English music! Read English news sites!
There is a lot of great advice for students who want to improve their English fluency while studying in Canada. My advice is if you want to put some real power into your Canadian academic English experience…you need to live in English! Living in a ‘Home Stay’ is the opportunity of a lifetime, and so beneficial in many awesome ways.
Awesome reason #1:
Home Stays offer the greatest potential for conversational contact with native speakers. Home Stay families are not English teachers, but provide an authentic Canadian environment and motivate students to think and live in English. This will only improve the fluency of all your skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Awesome reason #2:
By living with a Home Stay family you immerse yourself into Canadian culture. It gives you an inside look at Canadian families’ many foods, lifestyle, customs and traditions. As a result you will better understand the country as a whole and even be able to adopt another worldview to your life.
Awesome reason #3:
Home Stays are another way to make you feel welcome in Canada. One difficult hurdle students face when moving to a new country is not feeling included. If you spend all your time around fellow classmates only, it is often harder, emotionally, to connect with the country. Furthermore, when you expose yourself to new people, you are going to have new, unique experiences. These are such valuable moments that come only once in a lifetime. Perhaps your homestay family will invite you to a sporting event you’ve never heard of. Or there may be a young son or daughter who includes you in their circle of friends. Who knows what great times lay ahead?
I lived with French speakers in Montreal, and my French improved quickly. I was ordering baguettes like a pro and philosophizing with café locals in no time. But I lived on my own in Japan, and I hate to admit my Japanese sounds like an intoxicated baby’s babblings. It’s a personal choice of course. So if you’re coming to Canada, why not jump right in? CultureWorks has a range of Home Stay options for you to choose from.