How ESL school can help you tackle the most common English pronunciation mistakes

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Correct pronunciation in English can be tricky. Sometimes, two words that are spelled completely differently are pronounced exactly the same way (such as “write” and “right”). Then there are words that are spelled the same way, but are pronounced differently (such as the verb “read,” which can be pronounced “reed” or “red” depending on whether it’s used in the present or past tense).

These rules can definitely feel confusing. But the good news is that English pronunciation isn’t as challenging as it may appear. Attending an ESL school in Canada is an especially effective way of overcoming the most common pronunciation mistakes. Here’s how.

ESL school can help you spot letters that have more than one pronunciation

The English alphabet has 26 letters, but there are actually 40 different sounds (called phonemes) in the English language. This means that some letters have more than one sound. The letter “c,” for example, can have a hard sound that’s similar to a “k,” such as in the word “cat.” At the same time, it can also have a softer sound that’s close to an “s,” such as in the word “ceiling.” These different sounds for just one letter can be easy to miss if you’re learning English at home out of a book. However, if you’re studying in a classroom with a native English teacher, they’ll be able to spot when you’re pronouncing certain words incorrectly.

English has many letters with more than one sound
English has many letters with more than one sound

Studying in Canada can help you get used to English’s more unusual sounds

Some sounds in English are unusual and don’t appear in many other languages. One of the most difficult of these is the “th” sound. While challenging for many, this is a very common sound in English. It shows up in important words such as “the,” “this,” “that,” and “thing.” Mastering the “th” sound is definitely a challenge, so don’t get frustrated if you have trouble with it. Even young children who are native English speakers often have difficulty with it.

While most people will still be able to understand you if you have trouble with the “th” sound, you should try to master it as best you can. This is usually easier to do if you live in an English-speaking country. Unlike in your home country, where the “th” sound may be unusual, when you study English in Canada, you’ll be hearing and speaking English every day. As a result, you can get used to hearing the “th” and other unique English sounds, which will help you get used to using them yourself.

ESL school will help you feel comfortable making pronunciation mistakes

The best way to learn how to speak English is to actually speak it. That can be intimidating since English isn’t your mother tongue. However, by being in an ESL school where everybody else is a language learner, you’ll feel much more comfortable practising your English pronunciation. In fact, at CultureWorks you can even take elective courses such as Pronunciation & Conversation, where you can focus on improving your English abilities. In these courses, you don’t have to worry about making mistakes. By making mistakes and learning from them, your pronunciation will get better!

ESL school allows you to practise your pronunciation in a comfortable setting
ESL school allows you to practise your pronunciation in a comfortable setting

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CultureWorks, Brescia teamwork paying off for EAP students.

CultureWorks teacher Melissa Douglas and her PYP students take a break for a photo-op …
CultureWorks teacher Melissa Douglas and her PYP students take a break for a photo-op …

The relationship between CultureWorks EAP school and Brescia University College is a solid one.

To begin with, you don’t have to look any farther than the CultureWorks home office — located on Brescia property known as the Mary Manor – to see the educational teamwork.

It was back in June of 1961 when the Ursuline sisters of Brescia purchased the Mary Manor to help house some of the students and sisters.

Several decades later, CultureWorks rented the space. Teachers and staff moved their day-to-day operations into the building, now referred to by CW students as the “White House.”

Other than bricks and mortar, there are many other reasons for the ongoing relationship between the two organizations.

A special English as a second language program

On this occasion, it is a time to remind all of a special ESL program that began with Brescia and now has language training support from CultureWorks.

The program we refer to is the Preliminary Year Program, or PYP if you prefer.

… And now, the photo-op is over and it is time for the CultureWorks students to get back to their classroom work.
… And now, the photo-op is over and it is time for the CultureWorks students to get back to their classroom work.

“All PYP students are Brescia students. Officially, they are Brescia students. We come in at the language level and we are teaching them English language skills,” CultureWorks Academic Director Meredith McGregor said, in explaining the relationship.

Meredith said it has been many years since Brescia started the PYP program. It was established because there was a need for students who wanted to go to university, but they did not have all the required high school credits.

“So it gave students an opportunity to come in, do the credits needed just to enter university, and then also pick up a credit or two prior to starting their first year of university.”

There are four options for students taking the English as a second language program, Meredith said, but for this purpose we will focus on the two major ones involving CultureWorks. (All four are outlined at the bottom of this story).

CW Academic Director Meredith McGregor walks us through the PYP program.
CW Academic Director Meredith McGregor walks us through the PYP program.

“Language only: It’s for students who are only focusing on English language skills. They are not taking credits. They are not allowed to yet. Those students come in with a certain level of proficiency and are just focusing on reading, writing, listening and speaking and all the academic skills they need.”

Meredith said it’s one semester and as soon as they finish successfully, they advance into the second semester.

“Language-plus credit: Now they are taking fewer hours of English-language training – goes down to 14 hours, 24 hours in the lower level —- plus a credit, so they can take a university credit. It could be a math, could be sociology, could be physics.”

An ESL program for students who want to attend Brescia or another Canadian university

Brescia, an all-women’s university, allows males to take classes at Brescia.

“I am not sure when that started, but for many, many years. Even when I was going to Western, I took a course at Brescia where there were guys in my class. They can take a course. They just can’t be enrolled as full-time Brescia students.”

Meredith said the PYP program was never intended just to join Brescia, although you could take your PYP program and go right into Brescia.

It is meant to go anywhere and Brescia will help you with the process of applying to other institutions.

Meredith said the PYP track was a large CultureWorks success in September with three cohorts and about 50 students.

“It’s really been an important part of our student body this year. I think the goal is for it to continue to grow. I think that is a goal CultureWorks has and that is a goal Brescia has as well.

“So we are working together.”

Here are the details for the four PYP options.

Option 1: Language + Preliminary Year Credits

  • Students needing English language courses can combine that coursework with Preliminary Year credits to satisfy university admission requirements.
  • Students with a 6.0 IELTS or equivalent can take English courses + Preliminary Year credits. Students with below 6.0 IELTS may be eligible to take this combination, but will be subject to individual review and approval. Students presenting below a 5.5 IELTS can study language full-time, and add Preliminary Year credits once a higher level of English is obtained in the program.
  • Students will be assisted in applying to the final university of their choice as part of the program.

Option 2: Language + First Year Credits

  • Students needing English language courses can combine that coursework with first year university credits to receive advanced standing into year one or two.
  • Students with a 6.0 IELTS or equivalent can take English courses + credits. Students with below 6.0 IELTS may be eligible to take this combination, but will be subject to individual review and approval. Students presenting below a 5.5 IELTS can study language full-time, and add credits once a higher level of English is obtained in the program.
  • Students will be assisted in applying to the final university of their choice, as part of the program.

Option 3: Preliminary Year Credits Only

  • An opportunity to complete first-year university admission requirements and learn the skills you will need to succeed in university: essay writing, taking lecture notes, writing examinations, etc.
  • Students are enrolled in 5 academic subjects plus a non-credit course designed to provide study skills and transition support
  • Students will be assisted in applying to the final university of their choice, as part of the program.

Option 4: Preliminary Year + First Year Credits

  • A co-educational pre-university qualifying year.
  • Students will be assisted in applying to the final university of their choice, as part of the program.

(More information on the Preliminary Year Program can be found in the CultureWorks website. https://cultureworkstheschool.com/english-program/preliminary-year-program/)

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Studying an ESL program? Learn 4 ways Canadians celebrate Valentine’s Day

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In Canada, Valentine’s Day falls on February 14 and it is a day to celebrate love and romance. While most Canadians don’t get Valentine’s Day off from work, it is still considered an important holiday, especially for those in romantic relationships. If you study English in Canada, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about Canadian culture, including the many holidays it celebrates. Here are just a few things Canadians like to do on February 14.

1. Students in an ESL program in Canada will see many full restaurants on Valentine’s Day

About a third of Canadian couples celebrates Valentine’s Day by going out for dinner at a restaurant. So if you plan on going to a restaurant in February, you better make a reservation far in advance! Many couples also stay at home and cook a romantic meal. Certain types of food are definitely considered more romantic than others in Canada. French, Italian, Spanish, and sushi restaurants, for example, tend to be really popular for a romantic night out. Hamburgers, fried chicken, and fast food, however, are considered a lot less romantic!

2. Both children and adults exchange Valentine’s Day cards in Canada

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for adults. In elementary schools, young children often make valentines and give them to their classmates. A valentine is a small card decorated with hearts and flowers. It is usually sent anonymously, so that the person getting the valentine won’t know who sent it. Even adults sometimes exchange cards on Valentine’s Day, although usually they are for their romantic partners and not for friends and acquaintances! When you study in an ESL program in Canada, you will often find entire aisles of department stores and pharmacies filled with Valentine’s Day cards for sale in February.

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Young children often make their own valentines and share them with their classmates

3. Couples will often give gifts to one another on Valentine’s Day

Many couples exchange gifts, like chocolate or flowers, on Valentine’s Day. Red roses are definitely the most popular flower to exchange on Valentine’s Day. If you are from a country that celebrates White Day, you may be used to women giving men gifts on Valentine’s Day. Canada does not celebrate White Day, therefore on Valentine’s Day there is no expectation that only women give gifts. Instead, couples are free to exchange gifts however they want. In fact, many couples don’t exchange gifts at all and prefer to just spend the day together.

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Roses and chocolates are some of the most popular gifts to exchange on Valentine’s Day

4. Many Canadians prefer memorable experiences on Valentine’s Day

When you learn English as a second language in Canada, you will encounter many people saying they dislike exchanging gifts on Valentine’s Day because they find it too commercial. Instead of exchanging gifts, a lot of couples prefer doing fun and romantic activities together on Valentine’s Day, such as going to the spa, taking dance lessons, or going ice skating together. For many people, these experiences tend to be far more meaningful and memorable than flowers or chocolates.

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Want to learn English as a second language? Here are 4 ways to improve your reading skills!

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Learning to read in English can be a challenge. To begin with, many words have silent letters. These silent letters can make it difficult to recognize vocabulary students already know, since words can look very different when written. That’s not all, though. English also has a very large vocabulary. In fact, English has more words than any other language!

For students who want to improve their reading skills, the right ESL program can make all the difference. There are also many useful study tips you can use to improve your English reading skills even faster. Want to know what these tips are? Keep reading to learn more!

1. Read books that are appropriate for your level of English

One reason why ESL students might have some difficulty reading certain books in English is because they might be reading books meant for more advanced readers. Instead of picking up some Shakespeare, try easier short stories or novels that interest you. With texts that are meant for your specific reading level, you may start to feel more comfortable instead of frustrated. This can also be an excellent way to learn new vocabulary words. Write new words down and look them up with a dictionary to help build up your vocabulary when completing an intensive English program in Canada.

2. Try reading out loud

Reading out loud is great for helping students improve their reading fluency. This approach also helps students with their pronunciation. Being able to better pronounce English words might lessen the amount of time it takes for an ESL student to read each sentence in a text, which can help them feel more confident as they improve. Reading out loud can also help ESL students remember certain words in English more easily and better notice when they make mistakes. A good strategy to try is to follow each sentence with your finger to keep you from accidentally skipping any words.

3. Playing board games can make you a better reader

Playing board games with friends can be a really fun way to improve your ability to read in English. One of the best and oldest word games is called Scrabble. The goal of the game is to use the letters that you have been given to spell out words on the board to earn points. Students in an English as a second language program can also try fun games such as Taboo and Word Bingo to improve reading skills.

Board games are a great way to improve your English language skills!
Board games are a great way to improve your English language skills!

4. Read with the friends you make in your English as a second language program

Reading with your friends is another great group activity that can help to improve your reading skills. Every ESL student has a different reading level and many of your friends may know the meaning of certain English words that you may not. You can take turns reading a book together, and when someone has trouble with a word, you can help each other understand. Reading together also makes the experience more fun, but be sure to stay focused and not get distracted!

Reading with friends is a great way to support each other’s success!
Reading with friends is a great way to support each other’s success!

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New Gateway ESL program allows students to have control, make choices.

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And when it comes to university, college, high school or a better career, this is your Gateway

Yes, it is true.

International students can now create their own schedule, work their own hours and ultimately create a path that works best for them.

And we also now have a smashing new video to walk and talk you to the promised land.

relevant and engaging ESL programIf a picture is worth a thousand words, one wonders how many a two-minute, 32-second video might garner us.

We are about to find out as CultureWorks releases a video about the new Gateway program.

A ground-breaking ESL program that allows students to learn English anywhere

As the video says:

“Introducing Gateway by CultureWorks, an innovative new way to study Academic English from the comfort of your home country.”

Innovative, yes; creative, no question; ground-breaking, absolutely.

English as a second language programThis English as a second language program, as the video helps to point out, is for:

    • Those wishing to study language online before leaving home, and go directly to their college (L5), or university (and finish language training there).
    • High school students in Canada whose language training needs are not met by the provincial English curriculum (DO, EO, 3U and 4U), or who wish to avoid writing a test of English proficiency (required for those studying less than three years in a Canadian curriculum except B.C. or Ontario).
    • The online Gateway program is hosted on the Canvas platform, and employs WebEx for the face-to-face portion.
    • Anyone wishing to improve his or her English.

    Using technology to revolutionize English as a second language education

    CultureWorks founder and president Tina Bax said technology is helping teachers deliver a more relevant and engaging ESL program.

    Do you want to learn English as a second language online“It is the most exciting time to be a teacher in the past 300 years,” Tina said.

    Tina said CultureWorks is looking to offer a top-quality language program to students who could not have accessed in the past due to financial, political, or technological barriers.

    “Technology allows us to do this!”

    Do you want to learn English as a second language online?

    Find out how to get started with CultureWorks!

How top intensive English programs help students make international friends

Intensive English programs are great for helping you learn

Attending a school abroad is a great way to learn many new skills in English communication and comprehension. It’s also something many students quite likely have never done before. Because of this, they might be a bit worried about whether they will make friends.

Fortunately, there’s no need to feel nervous! Top ESL schools help their students make friends from all over the world. Here are some of the ways they do so.

Small class sizes at top ESL schools help you make friends

Spending each day with a small group of fellow students is a great way to quickly make friends. That is an experience you can look forward to at top ESL schools, which offer small class sizes.

You will quickly get to know everybody in your class, which makes for a nice setting for learning English as well as developing strong friendships. Your fellow students will come from all over the world too. This means getting to know them is sure to be a fun way to learn about many different cultures. By the time you finish school, you can expect to have both new English skills and many nice memories of spending time with your classmates!

Classes are small at top schools, helping you make many new friends
Classes are small at top schools, helping you make many new friends

Intensive English programs offer fun group trips to interesting places

There are so many fun sights to see in Canada, and most of the time, it’s more fun to see them with friends. The best ESL schools know that their students want to enjoy some of the local culture while they are in the country for their studies. To help them do so, they will arrange group trips for students. At CultureWorks, for example, students take day trips to Niagara Falls, national parks, local festivals, and many more fun places. These are all great opportunities to bond with classmates, so be sure to take part!

Going on fun trips to interesting places can help you make international friends
Going on fun trips to interesting places can help you make international friends

Top ESL schools help you enjoy fun days out with friends

Not every day out of the classroom is about going to museums or exciting cultural landmarks. Sometimes, the best thing to do is just have a bit of fun!

Top schools offering ESL programs are well aware of this, and try to organize fun events for their students. That might mean bringing students to the beach for the day, or taking them hiking or skating. Going on one of these trips is a great way to spend time with classmates in a less formal setting, and to have a little adventure. It’s a wonderful way to make friends while enrolled in an intensive English program!

Fun recreational activities are part of a good ESL school experience
Fun recreational activities are part of a good ESL school experience

Schools will help students find opportunities to volunteer

Volunteering is a rewarding experience. It can let you spend time working for organizations or causes you care about. It can also be a good way to meet people from outside of your school and make many new friends.

If you want to volunteer while completing an English as a second language program, it’s a great idea to look for a school that will help you do so. A school such as CultureWorks, for example, has volunteer opportunities on campus, and also helps students volunteer in the community. Attending a school that offers these services is a great way to ensure you can find a rewarding volunteering experience and meet many new friends.

Do you want to learn English in Canada at a school that will help you make friends?

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The ‘most exciting’ English as a second language pathway program in Canada

The setting could not have been better.

It was the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s 51st annual conference in balmy Halifax. The dates were Nov. 19-22. Twenty-six hundred delegates.

CBIE, if you are not aware, is the Canadian meeting place for people working “across the full spectrum of education, bridging the interests of all learning levels, from K-12 to postgraduate, and engaging both the public and private sectors.”

The theme for this year’s gathering – Pathways in International Education: Charting the Course – was perfect.

And CultureWorks founder and president Tina Bax was a keynote presenter, asked to speak on an innovative London-based program that fits the theme to a tee.

English as a second language pathway programs that offer excellence and innovation

Tina explained the Gateway and Preliminary Year programs to a full house, showing how CultureWorks and Brescia University College have combined resources to make it work best for all.

“Universities, colleges, and high schools all love this program because of the quality of students it graduates but most importantly the students love it: it’s affordable, flexible, and portable,” Tina said.

The system is an example of excellence and innovation in programming, for its creative pathways to university and colleges in Canada.

Some examples:

The Gateway program allows students to start English as a second language studies online as part of their university pathway.

The Preliminary Year Program allows students to combine language and university credits, and move on to any university in Canada.

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ESL programs that are exciting for educators and students

“One of our fellow presenters commented that in his opinion, we’ve built the most exciting pathway program in Canada. We agree!” Tina said after her presentation.

Tina said the new ESL program will mean “adding a box to the admissions matrix.”

It’s also going to mean embracing online learning — including language training — and a better form of gathering data to help guide the students to success.

It also means embracing change.

Instead of “Why should we?”

Simply “Why not?”

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  • Those finishing high school or partial high school credits, who need some language training and who are attracted by the option to complete first-year university credits as well.
  • Those studying language who are already admissible to university but who would like to take first-year credits and transfer them to their final destination. Not be a pathway that goes one direction.

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  • Those wishing to study language online before leaving home, and go directly to their college, or university (and finish language training there).
  • High school students in Canada whose language training needs are not met by the provincial English curriculum and who feel overwhelmed by university fairs or presentations, but who like the personalized attention from a small group of schools.

Are you looking for an English as a second language program that will prepare you to study at a Canadian university?

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Preparing for a Canadian winter: What you need to know when you learn English in Canada

what you need to know about wintertime when you learn English in Canada

When many people think of Canada, they think of winter. Average temperatures can reach -10 °C in January, though individual days can occasionally get much colder. Snow also covers the ground, creating a beautiful winter wonderland. It’s true that Canada’s winters can be cold and snowy, but there is a lot to enjoy in the wintertime, too. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare for a Canadian winter, and even look forward to it!

Here are a few tips you can use when preparing for your first Canadian winter.

It’s important to get the right clothes to stay comfortable

Enjoying a Canadian winter is a truly unique experience, but to enjoy being outside you need to have plenty of warm clothes to keep you comfortable. That means getting a warm coat, hat, and gloves, as well as waterproof boots. You might think it’s silly to wear so much in the winter, but when it is very cold outside and you’re prepared for it, the silliness is worth it!

Warm clothes will help you stay comfortable during the winter
Warm clothes will help you stay comfortable during the winter

Remember to layer clothes when preparing for winter in Canada

Canadians will often talk about “layering” clothes to stay warm. Layering means wearing lighter clothes such as a t-shirt underneath a thick sweater. This is done for two important reasons. First, the extra layers help keep in heat, allowing you to stay warm even in cold temperatures. Second, layering clothes means that once indoors or near a cozy fireplace, take off thicker layers so that you don’t feel too hot. For these reasons, you’ll want to make sure you “layer” clothes.

Make a list of fun winter activities to try when you learn English in Canada

Preparing for winter isn’t just about making certain you have enough warm clothes to stay comfortable! When you learn English in Canada, you’ll see that winter is also a lot of fun, too.

Skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating are all classic winter activities that you can try while in Canada. There is also snow tubing, which involves sitting in the middle of an inflatable tube and sliding down a hill. As you prepare for your first winter in Canada, it can be a good idea to make a list of all the fun activities you want to try. Would you like to have a snowball fight? Do you want to build a snowman? Writing everything down will help you remember each activity you want to try before the snow melts.

Snow tubing is a fun winter activity to try in Canada
Snow tubing is a fun winter activity to try in Canada

Get warm slippers, books, and other items for days inside

Enjoying winter weather can be a lot of fun, but sometimes it can be nice to enjoy a day indoors too. That’s why when preparing for a Canadian winter, it can be a good idea to get a warm pair of slippers, some books, and movies to enjoy.

Completing an English as a second language program in Canada will also allow you to make new friends from all over the world, so why not see if they would like to play board games together during the winter? You can organize days inside playing board games, card games, or watching movies with your new friends.

Playing card games inside can also be a fun winter activity
Playing card games inside can also be a fun winter activity

Are you ready to enjoy your first Canadian winter?

Contact CultureWorks to sign up for our intensive English courses!

Prep for University Success With a Preliminary Year at English as a Second Language School!

Taking the Preliminary Year Program at English as a second language school
Do you want to attend a university in Canada, but need to improve your English language and study skills before beginning? Enrolling in a Preliminary Year Program, like the one offered by CultureWorks at Brescia University College, may be the perfect option for you!

A preliminary year is a co-educational, pre-university year that will help you qualify for your ideal university program. By taking a preliminary year, you’ll feel ready to succeed in university and beyond.

Read on to learn more about completing the Preliminary Year Program.

Take the Preliminary Program to Experience Canadian University Life

Taking the Preliminary Year Program at English as a second language school is a great way to adjust to the way Canadian universities work. You’ll learn about Canadian culture, get to try Canadian foods like poutine and beaver tails, and meet other students from Canada and around the world. It’s a great opportunity to get used to living in Canada before starting your first official year at university!

Gain the Study Skills You Need to Succeed During University

The Preliminary Year Program is designed to help you develop the skills you need to succeed in your first year of university in Canada. You’ll learn how to manage your time, so that you can balance several projects and assignments and still do well in your classes. You’ll also gain valuable study skills as you prepare for quizzes and exams in your preliminary year courses, so that when you begin your first year of university you already know how to study effectively and do your best.

Students in the Preliminary Year Program learn time management and study skills
Students in the Preliminary Year Program learn time management and study skills

Practise Your English Skills in a Preliminary Year English as a Second Language Program

One of the best reasons to enroll in the Preliminary Year English as a second language program is to improve your English skills in a friendly and supportive environment. During the program, you’ll complete a range of assignments like essays, papers, and projects in English, giving you plenty of practise reading, writing, and speaking in English before moving on to more challenging university-level courses. You’ll also make plenty of new friends from all over the world as you practise your English communication skills together.

Take Interesting Courses During a Preliminary Program at English as a Second Language School

If you already know what subject you want to study at university, you’ll likely be able to take classes related to what you’re interested in during the Preliminary Year Program. There are many courses to choose from, including mathematics, sciences, language studies, sociology, foods and nutrition, and more! If you haven’t decided what you want to study yet, don’t worry! The Preliminary Year Program is an excellent opportunity to experience different subjects that you find interesting.

Students in the Preliminary Year Program can choose from a variety of interesting courses
Students in the Preliminary Year Program can choose from a variety of interesting courses

Receive Help with Applying to a University Program

After completing the Preliminary Year Program, you can go on to apply to a number of exciting universities. Female students who receive an average of 65 per cent or higher can be eligible to receive admission to a first-year Arts and Social Science program at Brescia University College. In addition, both male and female students can apply to one of our many other partner universities, including Western University and King’s University College. In fact, because of a new partnership between Brescia and Bishop’s, students who complete the Preliminary Year Program can also choose to attend Bishop’s University in the province of Quebec!

To make the process even easier, every student in the Preliminary Year Program receives professional help applying to university.

Do you want to study English in Canada so you can attend a Canadian university?

Don’t wait! Contact CultureWorks today to learn how you can get started.

The Value of a Canadian Degree to Students Considering ESL School

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Canada is an excellent place to learn English. The country is beautiful, welcoming, and multicultural, which makes it easy to settle in and feel at home quickly.

Many students who come to Canada to learn English as a second language are interested in attending university and earning a Canadian degree. At CultureWorks, we partner with universities to make the process of getting accepted into a Canadian college or university easier for our students.

If you’re considering enrolling in ESL training so you can complete a Canadian degree, read on to learn more about the value of a degree from Canada.

A Canadian Degree and Education Is Recognized Around the Globe

When enrolling in our ESL school, students may also receive conditional acceptance to one of our fantastic partner universities. This means that if they successfully complete the program and get good grades, they can begin their university studies in Canada right away, without needing to start the application process all over again.

If you’re considering using your conditional acceptance offer to attend one of our partner universities, you’re probably wondering if a Canadian degree will be useful in other places around the world or in your home country. The answer is yes!

Canada’s educational system is well known for producing well-rounded and talented graduates. Canadian universities offer an excellent learning experience, fun campus life, and experienced instructors. A degree from Canada is accepted internationally the same way a degree from Australia, the USA, or the UK is. If you move home or abroad after completing your education, having a Canadian degree offers the potential to unlock many career opportunities.

Completing a Canadian Degree After ESL School Can Help You Find Work in Canada

If you want to live in Canada after your education, having a Canadian degree can pay off. Recent studies have shown that individuals living in Canada with a bachelor’s degree have higher employment rates than individuals with no degree.

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A Canadian degree can help you work in Canada

In addition, completing a Canadian degree also means you could be eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit. Post-Graduation Work Permits allow you to work in Canada for up to three years, but no more than the length of your program. The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program can also help you qualify for Express Entry if you choose to apply for permanent residency in Canada. For students who want to make Canada their home, a Canadian degree cannot be more valuable!

Completing an ESL Program in Canada Will Give You Memories that Will Last a Lifetime

Completing a Canadian degree after finishing your English as a second language program comes with many advantages that will give your career a boost. However, that’s not the only way you can benefit from studying abroad in Canada. Canada is a beautiful and welcoming country, where ESL students can make many new friends from all over the world and build memories that will last a lifetime.

Try skating along the Rideau Canal—the biggest rink in the world!—or visiting breathtaking sites like Niagara Falls. Top ESL programs like CultureWorks include plenty of fun activities and trips for ESL students to enjoy, and you can continue meeting new friends and enjoying fun activities at university as well. Your studies will come with wonderful new experiences and friendships, which might just be one of the most valuable benefits of all!

Do you want to learn more about our ESL program in Canada?

Contact CultureWorks today to talk to one of our friendly advisors!