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?

Contact CultureWorks to learn more about what we offer!

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!