5 Reasons CultureWorks is the Best ESL School in Canada!

CultureWorks 2013 graduating class in Oshawa
CultureWorks 2013 graduating class in Oshawa

For international students, choosing an ESL school can be tricky, with so many institutions keen to tell you why they stand out from the rest. However, with a fun learning environment, partnerships with respected Canadian institutions, and a quick and easy pathway to university acceptance, we know we have what it takes to be your top choice.

Want to know why CultureWorks is the Best ESL School in Canada? Read on to find out.

1. Cultureworks has a Proven Track Record of Student Success

When you’re choosing an ESL school in Canada, it’s important to find out which programs are proven to prepare students for university success. CultureWorks students consistently outperform their peers from other ESL & EAP programs. Our Intensive English Language Program offers students a tried and tested path to university, so you know you’re investing in an educational model that really works.

2. Our ESL School offers Conditional University Acceptance

CultureWorks is partnered with six top Canadian universities. When you apply to CultureWorks, we submit your application to the university of your choice – and if you meet their academic criteria, you are offered conditional acceptance. That means, as soon as you graduate from CultureWorks you can begin your university degree! So not only will you attend the best Intensive English Program in Canada, you’ll enjoy a smooth transition to your degree program without submitting another application.

3. Our Teachers are Experienced, Professional, and Caring

At CultureWorks, we know that a good teacher can make all the difference to a successful ESL education. Each one of our instructors holds a university degree, and has years of experience teaching English as a second language, domestically and abroad.

Above all, though, CultureWorks teachers really care about their students. They are always available to help, not just as teachers, but as friends and mentors guiding ESL students as they take their first steps on this exciting journey.

A CultureWorks instructor helps students one-on-one at the King’s University campus
A CultureWorks instructor helps students one-on-one at the King’s University campus

4. CultureWorks ESL Programs Help You Adapt to Canadian Culture

Moving to a new country and experiencing a new culture can be challenging. It’s important to choose an ESL school that helps make the transition as smooth as possible.

CultureWorks is situated right on the campus of your chosen university, so in addition to learning the language skills crucial to your study, you will also get the chance to explore your new campus and city. Our program also offers a wide range of trips, activities and social events to help students learn about their new city and understand Canadian customs.

CultureWorks students visit Canadian cultural and historic sites in Ottawa
CultureWorks students visit Canadian cultural and historic sites in Ottawa

5. CultureWorks Electives Tailor Your Study to Suit Your Degree

Many ESL courses do a good job of teaching students everyday conversation skills, but if you plan to pursue a university degree in English, you will need advanced technical skills to succeed.

CultureWorks offers a range of elective courses in business, engineering and technology, and more – so you can learn the English terminology and specialized language skills needed to really excel in your chosen degree.


CultureWorks Elective courses teach technical language skills in a wide variety of subjects
CultureWorks Elective courses teach technical language skills in a wide variety of subjects

Want to find out more about our Elective Courses in ESL Programs?

Visit CultureWorks to learn more about our unique programs and approach – or to apply online!

What to Expect from your First Autumn at ESL School in Canada

Two students play around in beautiful autumn leaves
Two students play around in beautiful autumn leaves

September is a beautiful time to be studying English in Ontario.

Autumn (or fall) is many Canadians’ favourite time of year. The fresh air signals a fresh start – the perfect energy for heading back to school.

So if you’re new to Canada and are wondering exactly what changes to expect throughout September and October, read on to discover what the autumn season is all about – and how to get the most out of this magical time of year.

What Exactly does “Autumn Equinox” Mean?

Today (September 23) is the Autumn Equinox, which means it’s the official first day of fall – and we’re saying goodbye to summer until next year.

If you’re from a part of the world where fall is not a distinct season, you might be wondering what “Autumn Equinox” actually means. Equinox means that day and night are about the same length, different from summer where the sun sets quite late in the evening and rises very early in the morning.

That’s why days seem so much shorter now, and there is less daylight. This trend of shorter days will continue throughout winter until the spring, when things even out again with another equinox.

ESL School Students will Notice Pumpkins are Everywhere!

Canadians love their pumpkins in autumn. Pumpkin pie is the official dessert of Thanksgiving and the iconic symbol of Halloween – both holidays are coming up soon in October.

Taking English for academic purposes courses in London, Oshawa, or Ottawa? Don’t forget to try a tasty pumpkin spice latte at your favourite café. These delicious treats don’t stick around all winter. They’re just another way Canadians celebrate their favourite orange fruit (yes pumpkins are actually fruits!)

Decorated pumpkins at a market in Ottawa, Canada
Decorated pumpkins at a market in Ottawa, Canada

Leaves Change Colour and Cover the Ground

Attending ESL school in Ottawa this autumn? There’s no better time to visit the beautiful Parliament buildings than now, as leaves on the many surrounding trees begin to change colour.

Ottawa river and Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada
Ottawa river and Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada

But no matter where you live in Canada, changing leaves in autumn are an amazing sight to see. Many Canadians love to plan hikes, long walks, canoe trips and picnics in fall so they can enjoy the trees up close.

CultureWorks organizes many student activities during the fall. Now is the perfect time to visit a nearby city, play sports at your local park, or just explore your host city – and fully enjoy the beauty of fall.

ESL Students Need to Start Suiting-up for Winter

If you’ve just arrived in Canada to study English as a second language, you may not know just how short the autumn season is. Temperatures seem to be falling gradually now, but in just a few weeks, it will be quite a bit colder.

If you haven’t already, be sure to purchase a warm jacket, hat, scarf and gloves for the colder days that are just around the corner. In Canada, autumn turns to winter very quickly.

So get out there, grab a pumpkin spice latte, and enjoy the season before it’s gone!


Want to learn more about studying English in Canada? Visit CultureWorks to learn all about our programs and speak with an advisor.

CultureWorks Enhances Intensive English Program with Online Discussion Group!

CultureWorks share their opinions on current events in the Daily Boomalang online.
CultureWorks share their opinions on current events in the Daily Boomalang online.

As you reach level 3 of your CultureWorks ESL education, you’ll have developed basic English grammar, vocabulary, public speaking, and reading comprehension skills. That means you’ll be ready to customize your ESL studies with one of the many electives that CultureWorks offers. These special courses help students develop specific English language skills for subject areas they are most interested in.

You can take an elective in pronunciation and conversation, Canadian cultural studies, or take your English conversation skills to the next level with The Daily Boomalang.

What is The Daily Boomalang and how does it help you get fluent in English? Read on to find out!

What is The Daily Boomalang?

Becoming fluent in English means being able to have a conversation in real time on a variety of topics. That’s where The Daily Boomalang comes in! The Daily Boomalang helps you practise your listening and speaking skills through interesting conversations with other students on today’s current issues and events. The course takes place online, so it’s really easy to take part.

Before every session, your instructor will send you articles and videos about a topic. You will have plenty of time to read through the material and think about what you want to say. Then, during the Boomalang, you get to share your opinion with your instructor as well as other students, using our online platform.

CultureWork students debate current events during the Daily Boomalang
CultureWork students debate current events during the Daily Boomalang

What do ESL Students Talk about during the Daily Boomalang?

With the Boomalang, no two topics are ever the same. That’s because the class covers current events happening in the world today. One week you could be talking about China’s space program, and the next you might be discussing animal rights.

In the past, students have talked about local events like the upcoming Canadian election, as well as global issues like the nuclear deal between US and Iran.

How Does the Boomalang Enhance ESL Learning?

The Daily Boomalang helps you practise words and expressions you learn in class as you study English in Canada. Regular conversation helps you get used to new words, phrases, and expressions.

Boomalang students enhance their English fluency along with their critical thinking skills as they analyze important issues and share their own opinions.

A Supportive Approach to our Intensive English Program

Regular conversation in English also helps students build up the confidence they need to reach their learning goals. The online forum is always encouraging and never intimidating. Plus, CultureWorks instructors are there to help and keep the conversation moving.

Our supportive approach is what helps make CultureWorks Canada’s leading English as a second language school!

CultureWorks instructor David Langford gives students the thumbs up during a Boomalang discussion.
CultureWorks instructor David Langford gives students the thumbs up during a Boomalang discussion.

Do you want to go to university in Canada? Find out how CultureWorks can help you get there with our unique intensive English program!


Customize Your ESL Education with CultureWorks Electives

elective courses in the ESL program
CultureWorks students practise specialized English vocabulary for their degree

Effective ESL education is about much more than teaching students basic conversation and grammar skills.

In order to prepare for your university degree program, you will need to learn special vocabulary that applies specifically to your area of study. Think about it. The words you use for ordering food at a restaurant or chatting with friends will be quite different from the terminology you will encounter in your business or engineering class!

That’s why CultureWorks offers electives (specialized courses) ESL students can take to better prepare for university assignments, research, and presentations.

How exactly do CultureWorks electives help you make a smoother transition to university? Read on to find out!

Build ESL Skills for your Engineering and Technology Degree

Many students taking ESL for university of Ontario have received conditional acceptance into one of the many excellent engineering and science programs that UOIT offers. These students might be looking forward to studying biological science, electrical engineering, or information technology, and want to develop the vocabulary they’ll use in their university courses.

esl for university of Ontario
CultureWorks teachers work one-on-one with students to ensure they understand key concepts

To help them prepare them for university, CultureWorks offers the engineering and technology elective. Each unit of the engineering and technology elective explores a fascinating topic, and helps students build a specialized vocabulary through a variety of engaging class activities.

You will learn more about a subject you are passionate about while building the English language skills needed to keep up and do well in your future degree program.

Business Electives Prepare ESL Students for University Assignments

English terms like “equity”, “leverage”, and “derivatives” probably won’t come up while you’re ordering coffee at Starbucks or hanging out with your friends! But, they will definitely come up in your Business courses at university.

Business elective courses in the ESL program prepare students for assignments they will complete at the university level. You will read and analyze case studies, become familiar with business theory and of course, develop the vocabulary you’ll need to communicate your ideas in class and on exams.

CultureWorks Offers a Variety of Electives for ESL Students

Of course, CultureWorks doesn’t just offer electives in business and engineering. As a leading ESL program in Canada, CultureWorks provides many different electives, including courses in pronunciation and conversation, Canadian cultural studies, and International English Language Testing System preparation.

elective courses in the ESL program
In the pronunciation and communication elective, CultureWorks students learn about different consonant and vowel sounds.

Students can even practise their speaking and listening skills in The Daily Boomalang, where English fluency is improved through a discussion of news and current events.

Whatever your interests are, CultureWorks can help you build the specialized English language skills you’ll need to succeed at university!

Are you interested in enrolling in a Canadian university as an ESL student? Why not visit our website and see how CultureWorks can help you achieve your goals.

Starting the School Year Right: 4 Tips for ESL Students

Students at the opening ceremonies at the London CultureWorks campus.
Students at the opening ceremonies at the London CultureWorks campus.

For ESL students, back to school is a busy time of year. If you’re starting an intensive English program this September, then you’ll be learning a new language, experiencing a new culture, and maybe even moving away from home for the first time. That can feel like a lot to handle all at once!

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can make a smooth transition back to school this fall. From getting to know your campus, to making new friends, there are plenty of strategies you can use to start the school year off right.

Read on to learn six tips you can use this September to make the most of your ESL education!

1. Get Involved in Activities and Clubs at Your ESL School

Finding ways to make new friends in your ESL program is step number one to getting settled in, feeling comfortable, and making contacts you can practise English with.

One of the best ways to meet new people is to get involved with student clubs and activities. Intensive English programs like CultureWorks offer plenty of activities, volunteer programs, and student-led events. All of these extra-curricular activities help you meet new people – from other students learning English, to locals who are eager to make new friends from around the world.

CultureWorks students can participate in many different activities like cooking classes.
CultureWorks students can participate in many different activities like cooking classes.

2. Get to Know Your Campus

At CultureWorks, students get to live and study right on their future university campus. That means that the libraries, student buildings, and other facilities you use now will also be available to you once you begin your degree program.

To get a head start on this school year as well as your future university education, try and take some time to get to know your campus. Take a campus tour, or explore the grounds on your own to learn where club rooms, student residences, libraries, labs and lecture halls are.

Student lounges are a great place for CultureWorks students to relax after class
Student lounges are a great place for CultureWorks students to relax after class

3. Write About Your Study Abroad Experience in a Journal

As you complete your English as a second language program in Canada, you’ll make many memories that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. From meeting new people to visiting beautiful Canadian sites, there are plenty of rewarding experiences that come with studying abroad.

To help you practise your English and keep those memories fresh, consider keeping a journal. Not only will keeping a journal help you remember exciting trips and fun times with friends, but you’ll also get to practise writing in English. Over time, you’ll also see how much your English has improved.

4. Make a Schedule

Learning a second language in an intensive English program is hard work. To help you manage your time, try downloading an app like Timeful or Focus Booster. Time management apps help remind you of important due dates for assignments, as well as how much time you need to set aside for studying.

You can also use an agenda or good old fashioned calendar to write up your study schedule if you don’t have a smartphone.

What other advice do you have for making a strong start at ESL school in Canada this September?