CultureWorks students get Ready for King’s with some personalized help from their friends

CultureWorks students touring King's University College
CultureWorks students touring King’s University College

Hey there CultureWorks students, let’s get Ready for King’s.

And we have just the program to help!

On this day, it was Week 4 in an eight-week Ready for King’s module where CultureWorks teachers and staff work together with King’s University College staff in preparing CW students for what lies ahead.

The students will be attending King’s once they graduate from the ESL program at CultureWorks. The Ready for King’s module is designed to make that path easier once they make the move.

A helpful module for students completing English courses for King’s University College

On this day, they spent quality time doing workshops with King’s staff from The Write Place, a writing support centre, and Library Services on the university campus.

Next week, they will learn about what the King’s International Office has to offer. In the following weeks, they will spend time with Admission and Liason Officers and Learning Strategists.

Liz Johnson, CultureWorks Vice President Academic and Student Affairs, is enthusiastic about the new program and the collaborative partnership with King’s.

Liz Johnson, CultureWorks Vice President Academic and Student Affairs
Liz Johnson, CultureWorks Vice President Academic and Student Affairs

“It’s intended to develop CultureWorks students awareness about King’s – and all their services that they have to offer – as a means to support them in their transition and increase their excitement in the road ahead as they go on to King’s after CultureWorks,” Liz said.

Helping our students transition from ESL school to university

Liz said CultureWorks has organized library tours and a number of workshops in the past, but had never “put a series together” aimed at the Level 6 and 7 students at our ESL school.

Not until now.

“The students spend a number of levels with us and as they are getting closer to the end, I think it’s a bit of a bridging or a transition to our partner and I think it gets them excited for what’s coming ahead,” Liz said.

CultureWorks London Principal Derek Martin agrees.

“We are orienting them to King’s. We are plugging them into the community where they are going to be studying,” Derek said.

“There are cultural aspects that we bring into the curriculum, but this is also preparing them for learning specific to our different partners. This is King’s focus.”

On this day, Prof. Aaron Keeler and Prof. Patrick Morley led workshops on writing and Linda Whidden did the same on library services.

The students were more than happy to be included in this new program.

“I think it helps a lot because I am going to King’s this September, so this program can help me to learn something about the academic program, so that I can adapt to a new university life as quickly as possible,” Maozheng (Corey) Li, a Level 6 CultureWorks student, said.

“For example today, I am learning writing. I don’t think I am really good at writing, so it helps me a lot. If I have any questions when I am studying at King’s, I can go to (The Write Place) and ask the teachers questions to help me work on essays.”

Huiyi (Stephanie) Qi, a Level 7 CW student, said she appreciates the Ready for King’s module.

“I think it is great because the Canadian education is very different from the Chinese education, so I know what I should do in the university, especially about the writing because my friend – she is at King’s also – told me it’s very difficult for the writing and writing essays,” Stephanie said.

“So I think it’s very helpful because if in the future when I go to university, if I have problems in the essay, I know where I should go and who I ask to help me.”

A model that could soon be replicated with other partners

Liz Johnson said CultureWorks and King’s University College have now provided a “roadmap” for the eight-week program.

“We’ve given them their ESL and prepared them for that first year, now they need to go and be first-year, second-year, third-year successful students by accessing those resources at King’s.

If this is successful at King’s – and all signs are heading in that direction – Liz said they could “replicate the model” at different university campuses.

Are you interested in completing English courses for King’s University College or at one of our other partner schools?

Discover how CultureWorks can help you prepare for university!

Fun Fall Activities to Try While at ESL School in Canada

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The season of autumn, sometimes known as fall, is a beautiful and exciting time in Canada. This is especially true in the province of Ontario, where CultureWorks’ several different campuses are located. Canadians love to participate in traditional autumn fun, which usually involves eating lots of tasty foods, visiting with family and friends, and spending time outdoors enjoying the beautiful autumn weather before the snow comes.

If you want to come to Canada to study English as a second language, make sure you try these fun Canadian fall activities!

Go Apple Picking with Your New Friends from ESL School

The autumn months in Canada are also known as harvest season, when many delicious fruits and vegetables are ready to be picked and enjoyed! Apple picking, in particular, is a popular outdoor fall activity you can try during your English for academic purposes courses. There are plenty of beautiful apple orchards in Ontario that you can visit to pick some apples, taste apple-flavoured desserts, drink warm apple cider, and make memories with your friends.

Find Your Way Through a Corn Maze

Canadians across the country love to go to their local corn maze for some fall fun. Usually found on farms, corn mazes are made by clearing pathways through a field full of corn. The corn is very tall, so you have to find your way through the maze and be careful not to get lost in the twists and turns. You can work together with your new friends to find the way out, and then get yourself a steaming cup of hot apple cider as a reward!

Visit a Pumpkin Patch During ESL School

One fall activity that you can’t miss during ESL school is going to a pumpkin patch. You will have tons of fun exploring different activities at the patch, such as tractor rides, seeing farm animals, and more. You can also pick out the perfect round, orange pumpkin!

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Don’t miss picking out the perfect pumpkin at a pumpkin patch

You and your new friends can then get together to carve your pumpkins. Carving pumpkins is a fun tradition Canadians do before the holiday of Halloween. You might even want to have a pumpkin-carving competition to see who can make the spookiest or most creative design!

Take a Scenic Walk and Enjoy the Changing Fall Foliage

Ontario is a breathtaking province in the fall. Most of the leaves on the trees change colour, making it the perfect time to visit local parks and go for a nice long scenic walk. Don’t forget to bring your camera! The brightly coloured leaves will make the perfect backdrop for photos to send home to your family and friends.

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CultureWorks students enjoy scenic walks during the fall

Visit a Farmers Market or Fall Fair While Taking English for Academic Purposes Courses

While farmers markets and fairs happen all year round, during the fall they start to get a little extra special. Merchants will begin stocking up on delicious fall foods like squash, turkey, freshly-baked pumpkin pie, and cranberry sauce. It’s the perfect opportunity to buy some local food for you and your friends to enjoy as you study English in Canada and build memories that will last a lifetime!

Did you know students taking English courses for King’s University College or studying at one of CultureWorks’ many other partner schools get to participate in included fun fall activities?

Contact CultureWorks to learn more!

Traditional Canadian Experiences You Can Enjoy at Our English as a Second Language School

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Canadians love traditions. We are proud of our beautiful country, and we want to share it with the rest of the world! Traditional Canadian activities are fun and usually involve the great outdoors. Our snowy winters and warm summers provide opportunities for exciting activities year-round.

Canada is a great destination for attending ESL school because you’ll never be bored! You’ll have plenty of chances to try interesting activities with your new friends from all over the world, and you’ll make fond memories you can cherish for the rest of your life.

Keep reading to learn more about fun traditional Canadian activities you can try at ESL school.

Experience a Fun Maple Syrup Tour During English as a Second Language School

In Canada, we love maple syrup. In fact, we even have a maple leaf right on our flag! Every year when the seasons change from winter to spring, Canada’s maple syrup season begins. Canadians celebrate by visiting a “cabane à sucre,” which in English translates to “sugar shack.”

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CultureWorks students visiting a traditional sugar shack

If you attend English as a second language school during the spring time, you’ll have the chance to visit an authentic Canadian sugar shack and try some delicious Canadian foods like maple taffy. To make maple taffy, you need to pour warm maple syrup onto the snow and let it cool. Then, you use a wooden stick to scoop it up and eat it like a lollypop!

Try Ice Skating During English as a Second Language School

People have been skating in Canada for a very long time. In 1604, French explorers in Canada skated on frozen lakes and rivers to move around more quickly. Many years later, skating is still a favourite Canadian activity. In fact, during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, Canada won a silver medal for the 1000 metre men’s speed skating event and gold in men’s and women’s hockey.

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CultureWorks students having fun going skating at night

You can try ice skating for yourself when you come to Canada for English for academic purposes courses. Cities all across the country have skating rinks for people to enjoy. In fact, if you study in Ottawa, you can even skate on the longest skating rink in the entire world! Every winter when the Rideau Canal freezes over, people from all over the country and the world visit Ottawa to experience skating on this beautiful and historical rink.

While at English as a Second Language School, Go Camping in the Beautiful Canadian Woods

When you think of Canada, you probably think of cold and snowy winter weather. However, many areas of Canada have beautiful, hot, and sunny summers! The summer months are the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy Canada’s fresh air.

While at English as a second language school, you’ll have the opportunity to go camping at one of Canada’s many beautiful campgrounds. You can sit around a fire with friends and share funny stories, eat delicious chocolate and marshmallow snacks called s’mores, and sleep under the stars!

Do you want to learn more about ESL school and English courses for King’s University College?

Contact CultureWorks today to learn more!

Taking English Courses for King’s University College? 3 Tips for Effective Writing in Business Classes

Students can use their English writing skills in business classes at King’s University College
Students can use their English writing skills in business classes at King’s University College

Do you consider yourself business savvy? Do you like making strategies and coming up with creative solutions? If so, business may be your perfect career choice.

At CultureWorks we are partnered with universities like King’s University College, which offers programs in subjects like Global Commerce, Accounting, Economics, and more. That means our students get conditional acceptance into a Canadian university, and can begin their studies in business once they’ve finished learning English as a second language.

If you’re interested in studying business after ESL school, chances are you’ll be writing lots of business reports and documents. Here are three tips to help you excel in your business classes and beyond!

Students in English for Academic Purposes Courses Know Business Writing Should Be Simple

After completing English for academic purposes courses, you may be excited to use your new skills to write long and fancy sentences. However, in business writing it is much better to keep sentences short and simple.

It’s best to avoid using longer words if there is a shorter word that means the same thing. You should also try to only include one main idea per sentence. For example, if you wanted to inform your future employees about an important meeting, this sentence might not be the best approach:

“There will be a very important meeting in the conference room at six to discuss why we are moving forward with this partnership—which is very crucial and which we all want to be on the same page about”.

Instead, you should break it into smaller sentences to make it easier for readers to understand:
“There will be an important meeting in the conference room at six. As you know, we will be discussing the partnership deal. We hope during the meeting we can all be on the same page about partnering with the company.”

By keeping your points clear and easy to understand, you will improve the quality of your emails, business plans, and reports.

ESL Students Plan Their Business Writing to Keep Ideas Organized

Many students underestimate the power of planning! During your English courses for Kings University College, you should spend some time planning what you want to write in your essays and assignments.

You may feel like you want to put as much useful information as possible into your paragraphs. However, this is not always a good idea for business writing. Instead, you’ll want to organize your ideas so that you can present them clearly and efficiently.

Making an outline or mind map is a great way to organize your ideas. You can write down what you want to say in each paragraph, and organize paragraphs so that they follow a logical order that’s easy to understand.

Using a mind map can help you plan your writing
Using a mind map can help you plan your writing

Students in English for Academic Purposes Courses Should Proofread Their Writing

After you have written your paper, make sure to read through it several times. Proofreading helps you catch spelling mistakes or awkward-sounding sentences. Try reading your document out loud or asking a friend or classmate to read over your paper. By carefully proofreading your work, you’ll make sure no typos or mistakes make it into an essay, important business proposal, or email to a client.

Are you thinking of learning English as a second language for Kings University College?

CultureWorks can help you get started. Contact an advisor today!

Taking English Courses for King’s University College? Meet Some of Your Future Professors!

CultureWorks teachers and students have a friendly lunch after graduation
CultureWorks teachers and students have a friendly lunch after graduation

If you want to attend a great Canadian university, consider King’s University College in London, Ontario! English as a second language (ESL) students who meet the prerequisite requirements are always welcome to take courses at King’s. If you are an ESL student, you can take English courses at CultureWorks to prepare your English speaking, listening, and writing skills for King’s.

When you have earned your place at King’s, you can take subjects like business, economics, politics, social work, and more. Want to know who might be teaching you these courses?
Here is a sneak peek at the friendly professors (also called “profs”) you might meet at King’s University College.

Social Sciences/Social Work Profs You May Have after English for Academic Purposes Courses

Do you love social sciences like history, philosophy, and sociology? There are many King’s social sciences profs who will be happy to meet you.

Prof. Renée Soulodre-La France teaches history. In her small classes, she likes to work closely with students and help them thrive. Outside of class, she likes to run with the King’s running club and listen to country music. Prof. Carolyn Chau and Prof. Mark Yenson teach Philosophy at King’s. Professor Chau likes the “down to earth” feeling at King’s, and works on projects about faith and religion. Prof. Yenson also enjoys teaching about religion, and likes to play the piano!

There is a very strong Social Work department at King’s for any student who wants to work with families and children after graduation. Prof. Dermot Hurley is the director of social work classes at King’s. He is passionate about child protection, and he loves hiking (an activity that students try at CultureWorks!).

Working with Math and Money: Business, Economics, & Finance Professors

Want to study accounting, economics, or finance and administration? Want to use your math skills for a business career? The professors at King’s can help you do it once you’ve completed your ESL studies.

Dr. Trevor Hunter, Prof. Shawna Weingartner, and Dr. Xing Jiang teach business, economics, and math at King’s University College. Dr. Hunter says that “business is the most important force in the world today,” and teaches good business ethics. Prof. Weingartner teaches many business and math subjects and likes having fun outside after she teaches. Dr. Jiang is passionate about math and statistics. These are only a few of the friendly professors in the King’s Economics, Business & Math Department who may help you succeed after your English for academic purposes courses.

“I am so grateful to have learned from the professors at King’s,” shares Finance and Accounting graduate David Jaekang Kim. “They gave me advice and shared their past experiences, and all this outside of the usual office hours.”

Profs of Politics You May Meet after English Courses for King’s University College

When students learn English as a second language for King’s University College at CultureWorks, many of them spend time volunteering. If you like helping others and thinking about how the world can be a better place, you might take Political Science or Social Justice and Peace courses at King’s.

CultureWorks students volunteer their cooking and dishwashing skills!
CultureWorks students volunteer their cooking & dishwashing skills!

You may meet Social Justice and Peace professor Richard Matthews, who wants to end government violence and oppression. He likes talking to his students and travelling to different countries around the world. You may also meet Political Science professor Dr. Thomas Teiku, who has received several teaching awards. He likes taking students on school trips to show them the “never a dull moment world of politics.”

Want to improve your English and prepare to study at a Canadian university?

Visit CultureWorks to take our English courses for King’s University College!

Discover Which Programs You Can Study After Completing Your English Courses for King’s University College

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If you’re looking to attend a Canadian university, then CultureWorks can help you achieve your goal. Located right on the campuses of many of Canada’s finest universities, CultureWorks helps ESL students develop the language skills they need to follow class lectures, write academic papers, and study with confidence at a Canadian university. We even offer electives in subjects like Business & Management and Engineering & Technology so that you can learn the specific English vocabulary used in those fields.

But once you’ve completed your ESL courses, what will you study in Canada? If you go to King’s University College, there are a lot of programs to choose from. The academic programs at King’s University College are as interesting as they are diverse—and they are taught within some of the smallest classes in Canada.

Read on to learn more about the academic programs offered at King’s University College that recent graduates of CultureWorks can enjoy pursuing.

Students Taking English Courses for King’s University College Can Go On To Study Economics

After graduating from your English for academic purposes courses, a great program to pursue is King’s University College’s Bachelors in Economics degree. Studying economics puts you in a position to apply economic knowledge in order to better understand how our world operates. Graduates of this program develop strategic thinking and logic skills and can go on to pursue many different career paths. Plus, over 80% of honors economics graduates from King’s University College proceed to study at the Master’s level all around the world—from the London School of Economics to the University of Toronto.

The Management and Organization Studies (MOS) Program is a Great Choice for ESL Grads

Graduates from ESL for King’s University College often go on to pursue business degrees. With the upsurge in global markets, especially in North America, India, and China, comes the increased need for smart people to manage new projects and companies. In the MOS program at King’s University College, students approach this growing and dynamic field through a unique and multidisciplinary approach.

As Rena Mortimer, a 4th year student at King’s University College, says “Studying BMOS at King’s has provided me with a well rounded business education…The real-life scenarios presented in class makes it easier to adjust and apply the techniques taught in class to the business world today. I love how my program has exposed me to so much more than my specified major.”

CultureWorks students practice their English skills through different projects
CultureWorks students practice their English skills through different projects

Whether you decide to stay in Canada, start your career back in your home country, or work elsewhere in the world, your education will help you stand out from the competition.

Graduates of English Courses for King’s University College Fight the Good Fight

Social justice and peace studies is an innovative and cross-disciplinary degree that provides students with the opportunity to really make a difference in the world. With a mandatory public service component that provides the opportunity to engage in local social justice issues, this program gives students both the theoretical and hands-on skills they need to make a difference in Canada as well as around the world.

Ready to begin your academic career at King’s University College?

Contact an advisor today for more information on how English courses for King’s University College can put you on the path to success!