Experiencing our country’s history when you take English training in Canada

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One of the most exciting things about travelling to a new country and studying its language is learning about its history. Luckily, when you study English in Ottawa or London, Ontario, you’ll be close to some of Canada’s best museums and most important historic sites. So, you can easily go on trips in your free time to learn about Canada’s long history. These sites even make for fascinating conversation topics to help you practice your English with your classmates and the people you meet in Canada.

Learn about the Underground Railroad at Uncle Tom’s Cabin during your English training

Close to London, Ontario, is Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site. Here you can learn about Canada’s role in the Underground Railroad, which was a secret network of routes in the 1800s that slaves in the southern United States used to escape to freedom in Canada. The site includes the restored 1841 home of Josiah Henson, who was a former slave. He was also the model for the popular 1852 anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. There is also a museum, gallery, and other buildings from the 1800s at the site, so you can see what life was like in Canada nearly 200 years ago.

Visit the Canadian Museum of History while studying English in Ottawa

If you enroll in an intensive English program in Ottawa and you want to learn about Canadian history and culture, then you should definitely visit the Canadian Museum of History. It is one of the biggest and most important museums in the country and it covers 20,000 years of Canadian history. It’s also a great place if you are looking for subjects that you can use to practice your English skills. That’s because exhibits such as the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles and the world’s oldest hockey stick are great conversation starters!

The Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa is one of Canada’s most important museums
The Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa is one of Canada’s most important museums

Visit the Diefenbunker to learn more about Canada during the 20th century

Just a short drive outside of Ottawa is the Diefenbunker, which is one of Canada’s most unusual museums. The Diefenbunker is an underground bunker built by former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in the 1950s and 1960s. The bunker was supposed to house the government in case of a nuclear attack during the Cold War. Today, you can visit this underground museum and see exhibits about Canada during the Cold War. You can even see rooms preserved just as they were in the 1960s, including the Prime Minister’s suite.
You can see the Diefenbunker here in this short clip:

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Visit the Museum of Ontario Archaeology during your English training in Canada

If your English training in Canada takes you to London, Ontario, make sure you visit the Museum of Ontario Archaeology. This is a great museum to learn about Ontario’s First Nations peoples, and our London students have a lot of fun going on trips here! It covers 13,000 years of history, from the Ice Age to when Europeans first arrived in the area. The highlight of the Museum of Ontario Archaeology is the Lawson Site. The Lawson Site is where an Iroquois village that housed up to 2,000 people was once located. Archaeological digs have been going on at the Lawson Site for 150 years. Parts of the village have even been restored so you can see what it looked like 500 years ago.

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How to write a perfect thesis statement in your intensive English program

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When writing an essay, it is important to have a strong thesis statement. A thesis statement is the main point of the paper, which you are trying to prove with your arguments. Having a good thesis makes it clear to readers what they can expect from your paper. It can also make it easier for you to structure your work so that everything you produce is related to a single central idea.

Writing a good thesis takes practice, but there are some techniques that can help you do so. Here are a few strategies to use when writing a thesis in your intensive English training.

Make your thesis the answer to a question

If you want readers to read your paper, you need to make them interested in what you have to say. One of the best ways to do this is to present readers with an interesting question, and then make your thesis statement the answer.

For example, if you were writing a paper arguing that sharks are the ultimate predator, you might use your introduction to mention some other large predators and then ask “But which animal is the ultimate predator?” Your thesis could then state that your paper will prove that sharks are.

If you ask an interesting question and make your thesis an interesting answer, readers will want to read your paper to learn more.

Practice choosing a side with your theses in your intensive English program

It’s usually not enough to just list out facts in an essay. Instead, the facts should support an argument that you are making. A good thesis will make it clear what your argument is. You should think about what it is that you want people to think or feel about your topic after they finish reading your essay, and make sure your thesis clearly promotes that side.

Consider the same example from above. If the thesis is “Sharks might be the ultimate predator, but tigers might also be the ultimate predator,” it doesn’t really choose a side. If the thesis is “Sharks are the world’s ultimate predator,” you are making a much stronger argument.

Keep your thesis statement short

There’s nothing wrong with having a long, detailed introduction to a paper, but the thesis statement should be relatively short. This helps make the point clearer for the reader and for yourself. Write too much and you risk making the thesis statement unfocused.

An ideal length for a thesis statement is one or two sentences. This should be enough to communicate your idea while still remaining focused. Try to stick to this rule while writing papers in your intensive English program and you will have an easy time writing thesis statements.

Get help from classmates and teachers from your English for academic purposes program

One of the biggest benefits of completing an English for academic purposes program is that you get a lot of hands-on practice writing in English and working with talented instructors and fellow students. It’s a good idea to ask them for their thoughts on your thesis!

Asking for another perspective is a great way to see if your thesis works as well as it should, or if there’s a hidden flaw you aren’t noticing. Your experienced instructors will be glad to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask what they think!

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Your instructors will be happy to guide you in writing a good thesis

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