CultureWorks is the original ESL school for higher education in Canada. And London, Ontario is the school’s original location. Our CW students have created so many great memories in London, all the way from our summer programs, through our school year, and beyond into the alumni chapter. This Valentines Day, send some love to London, and enjoy these London memories caught on camera
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We all know what we need in order to succeed at school:
1. Attend Classes
2. Maintain Study Habits
3. DRINK COFFEE!!!
So my question is very simple: Which coffee do you prefer? This has been a long debate in Canada for quite some time, and ever since McDonald’s introduced their line of coffee, the debate has become quite heated! (And we need heat this time of year.) Starbucks is considered to be the international ‘standard’ for good coffee-on-the-go, so let’s compare the others to it.
I want to know what you think. Which one has the best taste? The best price? The best selection? Which one works for late night study sessions?
If you are a tea drinker, I’m sorry if you feel excluded from this post. Feel better knowing that you are probably healthier than the rest of us coffee lovers!
Welcome to CultureWorks! Are you excited? Do you have any idea how fantastic your experience is going to be this year? Well, juice up your laptop batteries and open up your minds, boys and girls! Our new term begins next week! And to get everyone in the mood, here are the top 5 reasons you’re going to love learning English at Ontario’s premiere EAP school.
#5. Experience Campus Life
At CultureWorks, you’re not only getting a conditional acceptance to a Canadian university, you’re also getting an on campus education in world culture.
King’s University College, Brescia University College, Western University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Durham College and Carleton University all boast a vibrant community of learners who come from India, Europe, Africa, Japan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Korea, China and many, many more countries. It’s like a buffet of culture! You are going to be learning so much just by going to school together. How cool is that?
#4. Ontario is an Awesome Playground
Let’s face it. You can’t *always* be studying, right? Ottawa, Toronto, and London are filled with satisfying distractions. Live music venues, tons of restaurants, fabulous parks, a huge selection of movie theatres, and groovy coffee shops are just the beginning to some super fun times!
You might ask, “Yeah, Canada sounds great, but how do I know what to do?” And my answer is, “Make friends with the great people in your Student Services office!” Want to know how to rent an apartment? Have to take a subway in Toronto? Interested in joining a campus team? Our CultureWorks Student Services team will help you figure out your life in Canada. Don’t be shy!
#3. Rockstar EAP Program
It’s all about our teachers. They make your experience real, and help make your success a reality. They have lived overseas too, which makes CultureWorks teachers understand the language learning process and international experience like no one else. They are your true Canadian ambassadors.
The CultureWorks’ curriculum is one of a kind, above and beyond what any regular ESL school has to offer. Academic level Reading, Writing & Grammar, Listening & Speaking, Pronunciation, Canadian Studies and Integrated Study Skills & Exam Preparation are blended so that you are always practicing more than one language skill at a time. As an intensive, academic program, you will be prepared for the advanced skills required at university.
#2. 100% Authentically Canadian
The central theme to your life in Canada, is….Canada! Right? And how better to learn about this amazing country than to experience it? Three times a term, students embark upon an exciting, different trip to a wide variety of Canadian destinations to share in once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Grab your camera and upload your pictures to show your new life off to loved ones at home.
#1. CultureWorks Puts You in Control
The absolute best feature of the CultureWorks experience is that it teaches you how to take control of your learning. We give you the opportunity and tools to work hard, reflect upon your skills, and ask your teachers smart questions. “How can I improve my reading?” “What is the best way to expand my vocabulary?” “How do I make friends at university?” When you are aware of your learning, you know which areas to develop, and that will set you on a path to success.
As your excitement builds over the next week, remember that your Canadian adventure with CultureWorks is a unique opportunity. Not everyone lives in a foreign country, or learns another language, so take every chance to learn and enjoy. In the end, we show you the culture and how English works. We need you to put them together and succeed at CultureWorks. Welcome! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcVYXvnEIwI&list=TLh7QeEE8D_rg
CultureWorks students, I applaud you! Again you find yourselves at the end of another successful term, glowing from your efforts studying English. And again, we need to reflect upon why you are able to realize your academic dreams. Of course, hard work and determination are the key components ~ you should be very proud of yourselves! But the other component is quite clear too, although maybe too obvious to realize sometimes: you chose to study in Canada!
I stumbled upon this amazing article today and had to share it with you. If you need a reminder why you chose Canada, or you know someone who wants to come here to study, read and share this article. It is amazing.
Canada is built to help people succeed. Our educational policies set out by the government are designed to help students build their future. Whether you are studying in London, Oshawa, or Ottawa, you have experienced the amazing support our country brings to facilitate your learning. Furthermore, Canada is proud to have international learners come to our great shores!
Have a spectacular term break! Enjoy our mighty country and come back to the classroom with stories to tell!
1,955,340 — That’s the approximate total number of students enrolled in Canadian universities and colleges in 2013. Do you have any idea how many late night pizzas that is? Yikes!
Seeing as it’s Student Appreciation Week, I’m going to dedicate this week’s blog to you, students. Consider it a big digital hug.
Thanks for maintaining Canada’s high level of academic standards on the global scale.
Thanks for striving for excellence and furthering yourself.
Thanks for contributing to Canadian society in a constructive, intelligent, and progressive way.
And if you are an international student in Canada, thank you for diversifying our campuses, and enriching our worldview.
Check out the two awesome videos of these two CultureWorks students, Amanda Dantas Oliveira De Medeiros, and Meshel Albaqmi. They are being interviewed about their experiences at CultureWorks. Excellent work you guys! You both have excellent English speaking skills, and your positive attitude toward learning is inspiring! Happy Student Appreciation Week to you both, and to the other 1,955,338, too!
“Which English expression do you think best represents Canada?”
A few years ago, I asked my ESL students this question. They had been living in Canada for about 6 months, and I was curious to hear what they’d say.
The most memorable answer came from a retired mathematician in my class. He was a tall, distinguished Iranian gentleman with a lust for language and turtleneck sweaters. With a smile, he answered:
“Keep your stick on the ice.”
I almost fell off my chair! What a perfect answer! Not only does it represent Canada’s love for hockey, but, in my opinion, it truly expresses the Canadian attitude.
‘Keep your stick on the ice’ means to ‘never give up’, ‘stay focused’, and ‘do your best’.
Today the NHL season officially begins. (www.nhl.com) NHL stands for the National Hockey League. The organization started on November 26, 1917 . Hockey, as you may or may not realize, is an incredibly important part of Canadian culture…it’s our national winter sport. In fact, I’d say that hockey is to Canadians as air is to humans. We NEED IT to live. 🙂
When living in a new country, I strongly recommend getting involved in all aspects of its culture. You’ll see that the NHL hockey teams will be on TV almost every night soon. The Toronto Maple Leafs, the Ottawa Senators, and the Montreal Canadiens are all extremely exciting teams to watch. Better than hockey on TV though, is live hockey! Every one of our university partners boasts an exciting hockey culture that you should really check out!
If you are studying at CultureWorks in London, Western’s hockey team are The Mustangs:
What do you love about birthdays? Is it the cake, or the gifts? I’m going to be totally honest with you here, and you might think I’m weird if you don’t already, but my favourite part of birthdays is hiding in the dark waiting to shout SURPRISE!!
That’s exactly what CultureWorks did this week! On July 1st it is CULTUREWORKS’ 15th BIRTHDAY!!! To mark the occasion we organized a reverse surprise party for all of our university partners. It was awesome! Even though it was our birthday, we planned a stealth, province-wide sneak attack on the very people who have helped our mighty school to blossom over the last decade and a half.
We decided to celebrate our birthday by giving gifts, rather than receiving them. We wanted to celebrate the gifts our partners have given us over the years. The gift of enthusiasm. The gift of opportunity. The gift of collaboration.
As the first and biggest of its kind in Canada, CultureWorks has grown to become Ontario’s premier ESL & EAP school. Founded by Tina Bax, President, CultureWorks started as one location with four students in 1998 and has grown to six partner schools in three cities with 525 students. Over 3,000 students from 26 countries around the world have studied at CultureWorks. What makes our school so unique and innovative, is that we were the first in the country to offer international students conditional acceptance to post-secondary institutions. It’s ground-breaking innovation in education, and our spectacular students are the proof!
And who doesn’t like a good surprise, right? I tell ya, our partners sure did! Check out these great shots from our cross-campus birthday party.
Q. The idiom ‘happy as a clam’ is an appropriate one for you, Man. Your smile is so big it makes everyone around you smile, too! What kinds of things do you do in the classroom to keep students so happy?
A. I simply try to welcome my students with a smile and ask them how they are doing. It’s usually pretty easy because they’re already smiling at me and asking me how I’m doing!
Q. Do you like clams, by any chance? Do you have other favourite foods?
A. Mmm…clams! 🙂 I usually crave sushi, onigiri, dim sum, Korean BBQ, kabsa, butter chicken, pad thai, kimbab, banh mi, ramen, red velvet cupcakes, chocolate and my mom’s cooking. Nonetheless, I’m always open to trying new dishes.
Q. Wow! There goes my diet! Tell us a bit about your interest in travelling. Where have you been? Where would you like to go next? What would you say is important about seeing the world?
A. I enjoy traveling because it gives me the opportunity to interact with different people from different cultures. It is also nice to visit relatives and/or friends who I rarely see. Over the years, I’ve been to Niagara Falls, Vancouver, Kingston, Montreal, Quebec City, Tokyo, Omiya, Sapporo, Hong Kong, Macau, Okinawa, Kyoto, Dortmund, Rheine, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, New York City, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Beijing, Lijiang, Kumming, Taipei, Kenting, Sendai, Nagoya, Seoul, Halifax, Charlottetown, Cape Breton, Hopewell Cape, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, and Bali. Next, I’ll be making my way through Mexico. Well, I think traveling opens one’s eyes, ears, mind and heart to infinite possibilities. So, the following quote from St. Augustine is fitting: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” So, get out there, explore and keep learning!
A. We are teaching them how to get organized, think critically and cope with challenges. In addition to Carleton’s wide range of programs, I think the university’s underground tunnels are a huge draw. This network allows students to stay warm and dry as they travel across the campus to places like residence, their classes, the gym and our office. Oh, and of course its library expansion will make it that much cooler to study (both literally and figuratively)! Afterall, it’s a modern design with lots more space, a 3.5 Green Globe rating, exterior sun shades and screens, and a projected grand opening in the fall…now, that is cool!
Q. Lastly, for fun, what are your top three Ottawa restaurants you would recommend?