CultureWorks graduate Hanqi Wang among 2020 King’s University College Gold Medal Recipients

Hanqi Wang ’20 is the Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies Honours Gold Medal Award recipient. Wang, from Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China, will be attending the Master of Economics Program at the University of British Columbia.

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Brazilian student Thays Afonso talks about taking the CultureWorks Online Program.

Tive a oportunidade de fazer o programa online da CultureWorks em 2017. Foram 4 meses fazendo aulas diariamente aqui do Brasil. A gente tende a pensar que programas online não são tão eficazes quanto os presenciais, mas posso falar sem sombra de dúvidas de que este programa me surpreendeu. As aulas são dinâmicas, os professores são canadenses e portanto não falam com você em português em nenhum momento, o que te força a exercitar o speaking. Além do fato de ter poucos alunos por turma, o que te me ajudava a ser bastante participativa nas aulas e atividades.

O foco do programa era bem acadêmico, havia apresentações de trabalho em público, debates, construção de redação. Aprendi a argumentar em inglês e ganhei confiança para utilizar o idioma em um ambiente mais formal.

Após ter concluído o curso eu poderia ter aplicado direto para um college canadense, mas no meu caso eu precisava do inglês por meu trabalho. Após o programa e continuando os estudos em casa, eu consegui passar por um processo seletivo de uma empresa canadense feito 100% em inglês. Hoje participo de grandes reuniões, faço apresentações para pessoas de várias nacionalidades e me sinto confiante. 
Indico o programa para todos que desejam aprimorar o idioma, além de fazer as aulas do conforto da sua casa, você tem um ensino canadense e de altíssima qualidade, a didática e evolução do aluno é bem diferente de cursos do Brasil que as grandes escolas de inglês oferecem.

I had the opportunity to take the CultureWorks online program in 2017. I spent 4 months taking classes daily here in Brazil. We tend to think that online programs are not as effective as face-to-face programs, but I can say without a doubt that this program surprised me. Classes are dynamic, teachers are Canadian and therefore do not speak to you in Portuguese at any time, which forces you to practice speaking.  In addition to the fact that there are a limited number of students per class, which helped me participate more in classes and activities.
 
The focus of the program was very academic; there were oral presentations, debates and writing activities. I learned to have discussions in English and gained confidence to speak in a more formal environment.
 
After completing the course I could have applied directly to a Canadian college, but in my case I needed English for my job. After the program and continuing my studies at home, I was able to go through a selection process for a Canadian company and the process was 100% in English. Today I participate in large meetings, make presentations to people of different nationalities and feel confident with my English skills.
 
I recommend the program to everyone who wants to improve their English, in addition to taking classes from the comfort of your own homes, you have high quality Canadian teachers and the student’s performance is very different from the English courses that big schools in Brazil offer.

Nothing like Summer in the City when it comes to the seasonal ESL programs offered by CultureWorks

 

 

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CultureWorks Student Services Co-Ordinator Liz Macedo (bottom right) leads the students on a nature hike where a downpour became part of the excursion in the middle of the forest.

The time has come for CultureWorks to roll out its many summer school activities.

And while we’re at it, let’s introduce the London, Ont.-based CultureWorks Student Services Co-ordinator Liz Macedo.

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Well, to begin with, Liz is one of busiest persons on the Western University campus at this time of the year as she helps to make certain the students will enjoy their time in the Forest City.

Our ESL school’s summer programs have a lot to offer

Now, what would the degree of difficulty be when it comes to pitching Canadian communities?

“It’s Canada, it’s beautiful, right?” Liz said, suggesting the show-and-tell aspect of the summer programs is, in many ways, the easy part.

 

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Canada’s natural beauty makes it a top choice among ESL students

Liz said she recalls taking a group of Mexican students to downtown London for a scavenger hunt.

“They got off the bus. It was at Victoria Park, but they were like ‘this is so beautiful.’ We really take it for granted.”

What Liz does not take for granted is her role in making certain the summer programs go smoothly. Her duties include such things as budgets, planning activities and slotting in the times for morning English classes.

She also co-ordinates housing, leadership, school and agent clients and all external stakeholders.

Summer ESL programs currently scheduled

As of this writing, there are two CultureWorks summer programs scheduled for London, Ont. And two others in Toronto.

The first one is the Summer ESL + Career Exploration, a three-week ESL program scheduled for June 24 to July 15 with students aged 15 to 17.

And it will be different than past camps.

“Typically, we just do summer camps, so English and then fun activities. This one is English and fun activities, but we are also utilizing our university partners,” Liz said.

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Students have many fun activities to look forward to, such as bowling!

That means various stops with Western University, Brescia University College and King’s University College facilities during the three weeks, including business, engineering, health sciences, visual arts and social sciences.

“So the idea is to give the students a real university feel, while they are in Canada, but then they also do fun weekend activities that aren’t career related,” Liz said.

They also have the opportunity to explore possible career and post-secondary opportunities for their future.

The second camp will be July 23-30 with a much younger group, the ages 12 to 14. That camp is called the ESL + Summer Experience Program.

English training will be in the morning and various other activities the remainder of the day.

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Students enjoy an afternoon of rock climbing—just one of the many activities available!

These summer programs wouldn’t be possible without Liz Macedo’s hard work and dedication

All the camp work is in addition to her duties with the full-time CultureWorks ESL students.

CultureWorks Principal Derek Martin appreciates the effort Liz puts into her daily duties, particularly in the busy summer season.

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It takes a lot of effort to plan our summer programs

“She’s talked about being more stressed in the summer,” Derek said with a laugh.

“She has been a vital part of the team. I don’t know what I would do without her. In many ways, I come to her for all kinds of things that aren’t necessarily really part of her job description either. She knows that, too. She is kind of like my right arm.”

Liz has been with our ESL school for 10 years and she enjoys the interaction with the students.

“Some groups you really form a bond with them… some kids are just naturally involved with everything and you get to know them.

“I miss them, but a lot come back and visit.”

Ah yes, Summer in the City.

Would you like to study English in Canada?

Discover the many options available through CultureWorks!

Customize Your ESL Education with CultureWorks Electives

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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.

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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.

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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.

The DC/UOIT Pathway!

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Being a CultureWorks EAP student just got a whole lot sweeter!

Durham College and UOIT (University of Ontario Institute of Technology) have announced an exciting new academic collaboration called PATHWAYS.  This allows Durham College students to complete 2 years of their Diploma and apply their credits toward a UOIT Degree.  How awesome is that?!

Select programs apply; Business, Accounting and Computer Programming are popular choices. You can see the full list here: http://www.dc-uoit.ca/pathways/ and here.

There are obvious advantages to the Pathways option:

  • Receive acceptance to DC and a conditional offer to UOIT at the same time
  • Reach your goals in less time – earn both an applied college diploma, and a university degree
  • Save tuition costs
  • Complete your education on one campus
  • Learn from both college and university experts

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We know you’ve come to study in Canada to receive the highest-quality education – innovative programs like this prepare students for their academic and professional careers.

Durham College and UOIT are only a short distance from safe, beautiful and exciting Toronto, one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

From your EAP preparation at CultureWorks, you will already know everything you need to know in a student-life experience  ~ to balance your studies with culture outside the classroom.

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‘Live and Let Live’ ~ CultureWorks Ottawa Teacher, Jason Mercier

jasonThis week I’m pleased to have Jason Mercier on the Hotspot.  Jason is a teacher on our Ottawa campus, and has a lot to say about…well, read and you’ll find out!

1. What’s your favourite Canadian TV show?

Hockey Night in Canada! Clearly!

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2. What idiomatic expression best describes you and why?

Hmmmm. I always liked the expression, “Live and let live”. It’s simple, to the point, has a good message and it works in any situation. Words to live by I suppose.

3. When you’re not teaching, what are you doing? Do have any hobbies and why do you like doing them?

Well, when it comes to sports, I play baseball in the summer, hockey in the winter, and occasionally squash in between. You have to keep active.

In terms of hobbies, I have a few. I like to play guitar, because obviously, it’s awesome.

I love to read. There’s an old saying: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

Also, I’m a huge movie and TV buff. I binge, binge, binge. Documentaries, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones…Love em!

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Finally, I love to travel. Any chance to see something new, meet new people, take some photos, and have new experiences is a must for me. I’m always on the move for a new adventure.

4. You studied and English and History before becoming a teacher, so it’s safe to say you enjoy culture. What advice do you have for CultureWorks students who want to get involved in Canadian culture?

I know how hard it is to be in a new surrounding and not having the comfort of your friends and family with you. It can be tough. I can relate. I remember living in South Korea and having some pretty crummy days. But it wasn’t until I met and started hanging out with local Koreans that I soon realized how great it was living in a new country. Then I started to take chances and try new things I NEVER thought I’d do and love doing them. I know its tempting and easy to just simply socialize with people of your own culture, but don’t limit yourself. When you socialize with others, you see the world through their eyes. It makes you more aware of how much bigger and better the world is. You grow as a person, and you’re just happier. Long answer, I know but if I can sum up in a sentence: “Move out of your comfort zone…you can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward.” Hope it helps!

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5. Lastly, for fun, if you could be a mascot for any of the Canadian hockey teams, which one would you choose and why?

It would have to be ‘Carlton the Bear’ for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Go Leafs!

Meet Desi Ivanova, the Eager Beaver!

desiThis week on the CultureWorks Hotspot we are joined by Desi Ivanova.  Desi has been teaching at CultureWorks since 2009 at our Oshawa campus.  As many of our students will tell you, she’s an awesome teacher and a very fun person!

Q. What is your favourite show on Netflix right now?

A. I have been watching “White Collar” its about a con-man who is given an option to help FBI agents capture other criminals in return for his freedom.

Q.What idiomatic expression best describes you and why?

A. I would say I am an eager beaver because I like learning new things and most of the time I am enthusiastic and excited about new projects. At the start of every semester I get really pumped up about new groups of students and a new start.

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Q. When you’re not teaching, what are you doing? Do you have any hobbies and why do you like doing them?

A. When I am not teaching, I am either cooking or spending time with my son. I try and stay healthy so I like exercising, which is my hobby I guess. Or maybe I just like it as it clears my head and helps me relax. I also enjoy reading books and watching documentaries. I am really into the documentaries right now. I just finished one on Dubai, it was very interesting.

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Q. You are excellent with people, Desi. How do you make our students feel comfortable in class? What do your students need when they first come to CultureWorks?

A. I once was an ESL student myself so I understand the hardship that new students experience. I feel for their struggle to fit in and adjust to a new culture. In class, I try and keep it light and positive. I always want all of my students to be heard and to feel happy coming to class. I often try and get to know more about my students by asking them what their hobbies, favourite music/movies are. I think when students first come to CultureWorks, they need to feel welcome and excited about being here. I think they need to feel like this is their home away from home, and that someone here cares about them and their education.

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Q. Lastly, for fun, if you could add one item, food or beverage, to the Tim Horton’s menu, what would it be? Why?

A. I would add Nutella sandwiches with the option of adding peanut butter because Nutella is like heaven on earth and everyone everywhere totally LOVES Nutella! Its like Italy with pasta! Canada with Nutella! 🙂

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There we have it folks.  An eager beaver who loves documentaries and eats ‘nutellwiches’.  What more could you ask for in a teacher?  Thanks Desi, I hope you can stop by the blog again soon. 🙂