Thanks a million! An Interview w/ Jenny Blake @ CultureWorks London

This week I am joined on the Hotspot with the lovely Jenny Blake.  Jenny’s the kind of person who smiles when she speaks.  Her warm, personal character leaves everyone saying ‘Thanks a million’ for her help!

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1. How long have you been working at CultureWorks?  What is it about teaching English that you like the most?
I have been working at CultureWorks for 5 years.  Believe it or not, I love grammar and collocation!  Of course, I also like having interesting and amazing students, and that’s exactly what we have at CultureWorks.

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2. What are your hobbies?  Which of them do you recommend new students to Canada try, and why?
My hobbies are deep conversation over good coffee, reading about World War II, dance, and martial arts.  Joining a class or a gym is a great way for students to make new friends and immerse themselves into the culture.

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3. There are a lot of students from a wide variety of cultures at our school, and each culture is rich in music, food, film, art, history, and stories.  Which of these cultural features would you be most interested in learning about?  Why?

All of them!  I love learning anything and everything about new cultures.  If I had to pick, I suppose I would choose history as I like to see “the big picture.”

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4.  What is your role at CultureWorks?  Which courses do you specialize?  How do you feel these skills will aid our students in university or college?  Do you have any advice you’d like to give students in these areas?
I have two roles at CultureWorks.  I am a Level D instructor of Academic Reading and IELTS, and I am a Student Success Coordinator.  In my Student Success role, I help students transition from CultureWorks to university.  I know from personal experience of going to university in Scotland, that university in Canada is quite different.  It’s important to learn what these differences are in order to be prepared for university and be successful.  My best advice?  Ask a million questions!

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5. Lastly, for fun, if you could visit any Canadian province, where would you go? Why?

I would go to Prince Edward Island to visit Green Gables.  Anne of Green Gables is one of my favourite books, and I would love to walk through the countryside like Anne did!

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CultureWorks Alumni Showcases Engineering Innovation

CultureWorks Graduate, Mouth Abuaysha, is in the news for innovative engineering design at Western. Great work!  He has designed a device called RoboCare, which helps people with paralysis control daily activities.

pg. 16 in the Western News + listen to Mouth’s Arabic TEDx presentation!

http://communications.uwo.ca/westernnews/downloads/wnews-pdf/2014/WN_April10_Web.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9i9g_4mmeg

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To Oshawa, With Love

Dear CultureWorks Oshawa,

A few weeks ago we, the CultureWorks Marketing Team, left your embrace.  We can assure you however, your embrace has not left us!  We had such a great time visiting your classrooms, your teachers, and of course we had an amazing time at your Mother Language Festival.  Really and truly, you spoiled us.

It was an adventure getting to Oshawa, actually.  You can see we DESPERATELY needed coffee for the road trip, and a healthy splash of fruits and veggies.  But no matter how well-nourished we were, we still ran into road blocks!

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But in the end, we arrived at UOIT just in time to hear fantastic testimonials from our students.  Check out these two great videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UibktIO7KRQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R_P6sP41oA

All of our Oshawa students and teachers have such great spirit and energy!  Even through the longest winter of all time, this campus keeps smiling!  Keep up the positivity guys!

Oh! And I almost forgot!  If you’re ever hungry in downtown Oshawa, the burritos at Jimmy Guaco’s are amazing!  Big and spicy!!  I actually think they’re the reason we didn’t run into any more road blocks on the way home!

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For now Oshawa, remember that we think of you often and will love you always.  Am I being too dramatic?  Never!

Sincerely,

The Marketing Team: Christina, Mike, and Harrison

For more pictures of our trek to your awesome campus, including the Mother Language Festival, please visit our Facebook page: http://goo.gl/zduu4H