Educator Spotlight: What Kind of People Teach at Our ESL School?

Students and teachers enjoy the giant jumping pillow at Clovermead Adventure Farm
Students and teachers enjoy the giant jumping pillow at Clovermead Adventure Farm

When students come to English as a second language (ESL) school in Canada, they enjoy the experience of a lifetime. They make new friends, learn new things, and get the English skills they need for university.

This all happens because of great ESL teachers!

Excellent teachers are like the heart of CultureWorks: they keep everybody healthy, happy, and feeling good. Our teachers help make CultureWorks the unique ESL school that it is.

Want to learn more about the teachers you can meet at CultureWorks? Read on to find out four facts about our wonderful instructors.

1. Our ESL School Teachers Have College and University Degrees

In Canada, teachers need professional certification to teach ESL. These standards include ‘Teachers of English as a Second Language’ certification (TESL). At CultureWorks, teachers have TESL certification and more.

Every CultureWorks teacher has at least one university degree. We only hire highly-qualified English experts! They know how to help you learn the language skills you need to attend English universities and colleges, because they did it themselves.

2. Our ESL School Teachers Are Fun and Friendly

Some of your best friends at CultureWorks might be your teachers! That’s because our teachers are very professional, but still love to have fun. They know ESL school is about more than hard work. It’s also about having adventures and making friends from all over the world.

Teachers want to work here because they love to meet and help ESL students like you. They are friendly, patient, and always happy to answer a question or share a laugh.

A teacher has fun with CultureWorks students at the Drum Café Activity
A teacher has fun with CultureWorks students at the Drum Café Activity

3. Our ESL School Teachers Have Lived and Worked Abroad

Every teacher at CultureWorks has lived and worked abroad. They love to travel and try new languages, as well as visit new places and meet new people.

Now they work at our intensive English Program in Canada. But before arriving at CultureWorks, they taught English in countries like Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Vietnam, Spain, India, Mexico, and Portugal.

They have also visited many other countries for fun vacations. If you study at CultureWorks, you might meet a teacher who knows (and loves) your home country!

4. Our ESL School Teachers Care about Students like You

At CultureWorks, student success is very important to our teachers. In fact, they are completely committed to helping students prepare for college and university.

Starting with a placement test, CultureWorks instructors help students like you find their perfect English learning level. That way, lessons won’t be too hard or too easy.

Once you begin your studies, these teachers will not let you sit quietly in the back of a classroom—they’re there to answer your questions and will make sure you are doing your best!

Students celebrate the completion of one of our specialty programs with their teacher
Students celebrate the completion of one of our specialty programs with their teacher

With help from our caring teachers, you can finish ESL school with the English grammar, punctuation, and pronunciation skills you need to succeed at a university in Canada. Nothing can stop you from achieving your goals!

Are you ready for a great English as a second language program?

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Studying English as a Second Language in Canada? 3 Reasons You’re in Safe Hands

CultureWorks English as a Second Language students show off cool henna maple leaves
CultureWorks students show off cool henna maple leaves (a symbol for Canada)

Many students travel very far to study here in Canada! At CultureWorks, students come from all over the world to prepare for the English college and university programs here.

Studying in a new, faraway place is a brave choice. But students don’t need to worry about living and learning in Canada. It is easy to learn English in our safe and supportive environment!

You can improve your English as a second language (ESL) with great teachers on our safe Canadian campuses. Here are three reasons you’ll be in safe hands at Canadian ESL programs like CultureWorks.

1. Our English as a Second Language Teachers Care About You

CultureWorks cares! Our staff and teachers truly care about student safety and success. Like our website says: “Caring is why we do what we do well.”

Our friendly teachers are very experienced. They are specially trained to help students navigate English-speaking culture. They chose to become teachers because they love helping ESL students like you.

English as a second language students get help from caring teachers at CultureWorks
ESL students get help from caring teachers at CultureWorks

At CultureWorks, our teachers care about your academic success. They also know that going to university or college in Canada involves more than just classrooms and studying. They want you to explore and learn! They want you to try new things! They want you to have fun in Canada! And they will help you every step of the way.

2. Canada is One of the World’s Most Peaceful Countries!

Across the world, Canada is known as a peaceful, safe, and happy country. The standard of living in Canada is also very high because we have good healthcare, education, and social security systems.

Our country is made up of friendly people from many different cultures. In fact, Canada even has multiculturalism as an official government policy, meaning that as a country we work hard to make sure each and every person feels welcome and included in our society. Canadian people are also famous for being kind and polite!

Students from all cultures can feel safe and have fun at an English as a second language program in Canada
Students from all cultures can feel safe and have fun in Canada!

If you enroll in an English as a second language program in this country, it is easy to feel comfortable with our people and feel safe in our cities.

3. CultureWorks is a Trusted English as a Second Language School

CultureWorks is almost 20 years old, and some of our staff members have been here from the start!

In all this time, our English as a second language courses have helped thousands s of students enjoy safety and success at CultureWorks. Graduate Kai Cui says that our “carefully designed ESL courses” made his CultureWorks studies a safe investment.

Student Jay Zaski agrees: “Its courses are very well structured and it does an excellent job helping students to improve their language skills,” he says. “It brings them to a level where they are able to join a university in an English speaking country and feel comfortable.”

With a trusted program, caring teachers, and a fun, peaceful environment, you can feel confident studying English in Canada.

Are you ready for an English as a second language program in Canada?

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5 Day Trips You Might Take When You Attend ESL School in Canada

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CultureWorks students go indoor rock-climbing in Ottawa

There are many trips and activities you can try when you take English courses in Canada.

If you become an English as a second language (ESL) student here, you will not only improve your English skills—you will also enjoy a fun learning environment with many chances for adventure!

ESL students taking CultureWorks English courses go on exciting day trips (day-long visits to great locations and places for activities) with their new international friends.

Here are five day trips you can take if you study with us.

1. Climb to the Top: ESL Students Can Visit Fun Adventure Centres

In the summer, most of Canada is sunny and warm. This beautiful weather is perfect for day trips to adventure activity centres in cities like Ottawa and London, Ontario.

Brave students try rock-climbing, hiking, zip lining, go-kart racing, and more. These activities can be a nice break from your ESL studies, and a great opportunity to take some pictures.

2. You Can Visit Toronto While You Study at a Canadian ESL School

Did you know that Toronto is the biggest city in Canada? Toronto is also one of the most diverse cities in the world, full of 2.8 million people from many different cultures.

ESL students can see skyscrapers and other big landmarks in Toronto
ESL students can see skyscrapers and other big landmarks in Toronto

In Toronto, ESL students can see:

  • The CN Tower
  • Ripley’s Aquarium
  • The Art Gallery of Ontario
  • The Royal Ontario Museum (or “ROM”)
  • Sports teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs (hockey), Toronto Raptors (basketball), and Toronto Blue Jays (baseball)

That is why many students in ESL school choose to take CultureWorks’ day trip to this great city!

3. Winter Fun at ESL School: Go Ice Skating, Skiing, or Snowboarding!

Most Canadian places are only snowy in winter—but when winter comes, we are always ready to enjoy it!
Can you ski? Do you want to go tobogganing (also called sledding)? If you take ESL courses at CultureWorks in the winter, you can choose to try these activities on winter sport day trips.

In winter, CultureWorks students go snow-tubing in London, Ontario
In winter, CultureWorks students go snow-tubing in London, Ontario

4. Students ‘Go Wild’ at African Lion Safari, a Great Canadian Zoo

You can find very beautiful local animals native to Canada, like monarch butterflies and Blue Jays (the birds Toronto’s baseball team is named after!). But while you study in Canada, you can also see animals like lions, tigers, giraffes, monkeys, and elephants in Canadian zoos.

One of Canada’s best zoos is the African Lion Safari. ESL students at CultureWorks always enjoy seeing the wild animals on our African Lion Safari day trip. If you love animals, this is the perfect day trip for you!

5. Visit Niagara Falls When You Study English in Canada

If you take an English as a second language program here in Canada, you must not forget to see Niagara Falls!

These amazing waterfalls are one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World.’ They are located at the border of Canada and the USA, and host over 25 million tourists every year. That is because people from all over the world know that this is a very special place. Don’t miss it!

CultureWorks students get wet at the base of Niagara Falls
CultureWorks students get wet at the base of Niagara Falls

Are you ready to study English in Canada?

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3 Ways to Improve Your Essay Writing Skills While You Attend an ESL Program in Canada

A student hard at work in CultureWorks’ intensive English program
A student hard at work in CultureWorks’ intensive English program

Are you a non-native English speaker hoping to succeed in a Canadian college or university? Writing a great essay is essential! Even if you plan on studying math or sciences—which don’t usually require essays as part of their students’ regular assignments—you will likely need to submit a few essays throughout your university education.

Depending on your current English language skill level, writing a great essay might seem like an intimidating task! Thankfully, any ESL student can reach this important writing milestone with the help of friendly instructors and the right training techniques.

Ready to try your hand at essay writing in a Canadian ESL program? Here are three tips to get you started!

1. Learn to Craft the Perfect Thesis in Our Intensive English Program

Every great essay begins with a strong thesis statement. A thesis is an idea stated clearly by the writer at the beginning of their essay. It is the premise or argument on which the essay is based. Usually about 30 words long, thesis statements (or ‘theses’) tell readers exactly what the essay is going to be about.

By skillfully describing their argument at the start, a student can go on to prove it by describing supporting evidence throughout the middle (or ‘body paragraphs’) of their essay. Without a strong thesis, readers of the essay could become confused, because the purpose of the essay would be left unclear.

To ensure you have an effective thesis, double-check that it meets the following qualifications:

  • Your thesis is part of your essays’ introduction (most often at the end of the first paragraph), not hidden somewhere within the body text
  • Your thesis states both the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of your essay
  • Your thesis doesn’t just state a fact, but makes a claim or an argument about that fact
  • Your thesis tells readers what kind of topic they can expect to read about in your essay
Students at our intensive English program learn that essays start with clear thesis statements
Students at our intensive English program learn that essays start with clear thesis statements

2. Get Practical Experience with University-Level Mock Writing Tests

In certain elective courses in ESL programs, you can gain valuable experience putting your essay-writing and editing skills into practice. For example, at CultureWorks some students may choose to take weekly elective classes that prepare them to succeed in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), a globally-recognized and standardized English-language exam.

For example, the ILETS Academic test is designed for those who want to study at university at an undergraduate or postgraduate level, and includes essay and long-form answer sections. Training for this under the supervision of our instructors can help students develop the particular academic writing style that great essays are made of.

At CultureWorks, our students get hands-on practice with copies of past IELTS exams, becoming familiar with the exact kind of language, topics, and academic writing skills today’s colleges and universities are looking for. This is the best place to put your essay-writing skills to the (practice-)test!

CultureWorks students work in groups to improve their writing skills
CultureWorks students work in groups to improve their writing skills

3. Master Persuasive Writing Techniques in Our Intensive English Program

Our intensive English program involves regular weekly writing classes led by passionate instructors ready to help you achieve that perfect paragraph. These instructors host sessions on writing techniques, structure, and composition, including effective essay composition.

Students get to fine-tune their academic grammar and practice writing clean and clear essay introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions in the company of ESL peers. These hours of hard work will help you to become a cleaner—and therefore more persuasive—writer.

To write persuasively, you must speak with authority and use convincing evidence to support a specific and strong argument. What better way to be persuasive than to have flawless grammar and a real interest in what you are writing about?

Try using ‘action’ words that convey confidence and power, like ‘now,’ ‘plan,’ and ‘get results.’ Using emotional words like ‘you,’ ‘we,’ and ‘feel’ can also help writers become more persuasive.

With our instructors’ guidance and the right training program, nothing can stop you from writing academic, scholarship, and university-entrance essays that impress!

Are you interested in taking the top ESL program in Canada for university preparation?

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Taking English Courses for Academic Purposes? Here’s How Reading the News Can Help You Learn English!

ESL for Carleton University

If you’re looking to improve your English so you can study at a top Canadian university, it’s smart to read as much written English as you can get your hands on! One excellent source of reading material for ESL students is the news. Newspapers, advertisements, news bulletins, and more can be both interesting and informative for students like you. Here’s why.

Reading the News Improves Your Conversational English Skills

In Canada, newspapers are produced to provide everyday people with information about current events. The purpose of newspapers is to tell stories in ways that are easy for the average Canadian English-speaker to digest. That means the news is written in a style similar to the language you would hear spoken on the street by average Canadians.

By reading local news, you get instant access to the kind of vocabulary today’s English speakers use most often in conversation—making it a handy way to get comfortable with your second language while at ESL school.

Tip: Try reading news articles out loud with a pen in hand. Unlike textbooks, newspapers are disposable, so you can feel free to mark them up with notes and highlights. Circle new words, underline important sentences, and make note of which phrases you’d like to try using yourself!

Students in English Courses for Academic Purposes Read the News to Improve their Grammar

If you’re interested in taking English courses for academic purposes, you know that English universities expect a certain level of English proficiency among their students. You can get ready to become one of these strong ESL students with the right training program and the habit of reading the news.

Newspaper articles tend to use crisp, clear writing with short, declarative sentences—sentences that use a subject-verb-object structure pattern. Usually news article headlines follow this rule. It helps newspapers achieve the kind of clear and easy-to-read writing that professors expect in English college and university programs.

You can even access the news in different levels of difficulty, through resources like BBC’s Learning English page, The New York Times’ Learning Network page, and All mainstream news media sites and newspapers are carefully edited, so reading them at any level of difficulty will show you clear examples of how English grammar and punctuation should be used.

Students in English Courses for Carleton University Read the News to Learn New Vocabulary

Perhaps the most exciting benefit of reading the news as an English-learner is the range of topics and vocabulary it presents. By reading about current events, you’ll learn about topics like culture, events, and politics that are exciting to talk about with friends and classmates.

CultureWorks students can have fun talking about news topics that interest them
CultureWorks students can have fun talking about news topics that interest them

If you’re taking English courses for Carleton University, reading the news can help you learn new vocabulary. In fact, at CultureWorks, we even have an elective called ‘The Daily Boomalang,’ where students read and discuss current events. Reading the news can also help you boost program-specific vocabulary too. If you’d like to learn more business vocabulary, for example, you could practice reading the business section of the newspaper.

Are you interested in taking ESL for Carleton University?

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