A story of two Peters and how they are planning their passage to priesthood, minus the pickled peppers.

CultureWorks students Peter Tran, left, and Peter Nguyen, right, are heading down the road to priesthood. Here they accompany CultureWorks graduate and staff member, Peter Choi, at a CW event.
CultureWorks students Peter Tran, left, and Peter Nguyen, right, are heading down the road to priesthood. Here they accompany CultureWorks graduate and staff member, Peter Choi, at a CW event.

In this case, a very well known alliteration does not really come into play.

However, it sure is fun when we introduce two charming CultureWorks students.

Neither Peter Tran nor Peter Nguyen, who hail from Vietnam, have ever picked a peck of pickled peppers in their lifetimes.

(And our newest CultureWorks staff addition, Peter Choi, assures us he also has never gone deep for peppers in his home country of China. See photo above)

What the two Peters from Vietnam have in common, in addition to being CultureWorks students, is the lifetime goal to be Catholic priests. And the route they are taking is through St. Peter’s Seminary and King’s University College, next door to each other in London.

Peter Tran talks about coming to Canada to study English and theology

Peter Tran, the older of the two at 27, was recruited from St. Boniface in Winnipeg and he could not be happier. And before King’s, he has to improve his English writing and speaking by taking the ESL program at CultureWorks.

“They told me the (CW) English program in London, Ontario, is better for me, a reason for me to choose study here,” he said. “And another reason is St. Peter’s Seminary is here and the main reason to come here is to study theology.”

While the Canadian weather would never stand in his way, he was somewhat surprised, nevertheless.

“When I came here, I was very shocked about the weather. The weather is so much colder than Vietnam. Now I think Canada is a good temperature. The people are friendly. I think it is good for me to serve here and meet people in Canada,” he said.

Now in Level 7 at our ESL school and most likely graduating at the end of June, he will head to Winnipeg for the summer and return to St. Peter’s and King’s University College in September.

“For me, CultureWorks means a lot of work, but now for me it is a good English program. It makes me do a lot of work … practice, practice every day,” he said.

“Now, I feel CultureWorks is good and I feel comfortable and I enjoy my studying here.”

Peter Nguyen shares what he loves most about the ESL program

Meanwhile, Peter Nguyen, the younger of the two at 20, will be working with the Hamilton, Ont., diocese. He has eight years ahead of him while the older Peter has five years of training.

Peter Nguyen said the program at CultureWorks is difficult, yet fair.

Peter Tran (above) and Peter Nguyen talk about their days at CultureWorks.

“But I think those assignments have helped me to study hard and to gain more knowledge. And it has prepared me for the skills before I go to Western,” he said.

“The teachers in CultureWorks are nice and are fun and they always take care of the students when they have difficult questions. And another thing is Boomalang. That is a good program. After we study in CultureWorks, we can study at home. We can practice our speaking and listening and we can study from the news.”

He, also, has adjusted to the weather.

“I like the environment here, because Vietnam is a little polluted,” he said frankly.

Discussing the bombing in Sri Lanka

Recently, the two young men heading down the road to priesthood, had to face — emotionally at least — the mass bombing in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. More than 250 people died in the explosions at St. Anthony’s Church.

“For me, as a Catholic person, they are like my relatives,” Peter Tran said. “For me, I had a lot of passion for the people in Sri Lanka. They are Catholics, too.”

Peter Nguyen, like his fellow countryman, felt the same.

“The first thing is my emotion,” he said. “I felt so sad for that, but another thing as I am a priest and when I saw a lot of people who died by the terrorism from some crazy people, the first thing I thought is they were not lucky.”

Two fine young men, picking the path to priesthood.

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3 tips for overcoming homesickness during your intensive English program

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Studying English in Canada is an amazing opportunity. You’ll get to explore a foreign country, meet interesting people, and learn a new language all at the same time. However, while studying abroad is an exciting experience, it is quite common to miss your home, family, and friends while you are away. Missing your home while you’re away even has its own word in English: homesickness.

If you’re feeling homesick, it is important to know that you are not alone. Missing your home life and culture is common, especially after the initial excitement of arriving in a new country fades. Luckily, most students learn to overcome homesickness so that they can continue enjoying their time abroad.

Here are 3 ways you can overcome homesickness:

1. Meet friends through social activities in your intensive English program

Having a circle of friends will help you feel less isolated while you study English abroad. However, making friends in a new country may feel difficult at first, especially when you don’t know many people. Fortunately, studying English makes meeting people much easier. Ask your classmates if they would like to form a study group or suggest and plan a visit to a local attraction. If reaching out to new people feels intimidating, take part in the social activities that your English as a second language school offers. For example, your school may offer social activities, such as field trips or board games nights. Attending these events can be a great way to meet new people.

Making friends with your classmates is a great way to overcome homesickness
Making friends with your classmates is a great way to overcome homesickness

2. Maintain connections with your home, but don’t dwell on social media

Another way to overcome homesickness is to maintain some connections to your home country. For example, you should call or chat online with friends and family back home regularly. It’s also a good idea to find a grocery store that sells imported food from your home country. This way, you can still enjoy some of the foods you love while you are away, and perhaps even share them with the new friends you make!

However, don’t dwell too much on what you are missing back home. While staying in touch with your friends is definitely a good idea, spending hours on social media looking at what they are doing is not. Try to limit your social media use to a few hours per week. Too much social media can make you feel lonelier, since you will feel as though you are missing out on events back home. Instead, focus on the friends you are making while you study English. Those friends may even be able to share tips about how they have overcome their own feelings of homesickness.

3. Stay open to exploring your new home when you study English abroad

The first week of arriving to a new country is usually the most exciting. Everything will seem new and fascinating. However, once this initial excitement wears off, it can be easy to take things for granted and to start to miss home. To combat this, seek out new experiences even after that first wave of excitement fades. Whether you study English in Ottawa or in London, Ontario, there are many incredible things to see and do after the first week.

For example, Ottawa has a lot of world-class cultural and historic attractions, such as the Rideau Canal—which you can skate on during the winter. London, meanwhile, is home to great festivals, including Sunfest, which is the second-largest world music festival in Canada. These are great attractions to explore on your own or with your classmates. Remaining open to exploring your surroundings and seeking new experiences will help you appreciate what an amazing opportunity studying abroad is.

Remember to keep exploring what makes your new home unique, like the Rideau Canal in Ottawa
Remember to keep exploring what makes your new home unique, like the Rideau Canal in Ottawa

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CultureWorks team provides the latest news from Languages Canada conference

Derek Martin, CultureWorks Principal in London
Derek Martin, CultureWorks Principal in London

“From our perspective, I think we want to be a player in the game; we want to be a participant in the community … in the Canadian language education sector. This is where the people gather in that sector.”

Derek Martin, CultureWorks London Principal

“The conference is always a great time of bringing together like-minded professionals. We joined the other Languages Canada members in solidarity to bring a voice to both private and public ESL programs.”

Trevor van Peppen, CultureWorks Ottawa Director

Have a chat with Derek Martin and Trevor van Peppen any day of the week and you will learn a great deal about the state of ESL programs in Canada.

And if you chat with the two just weeks after they attend a major industry conference, you will get the latest news available.

The conference was Languages Canada 10th Anniversary, Feb. 19-22 in Toronto. The number of delegates was 240, the largest number to date.

The twosome were kind enough to share their observations, a state of the union as it were. Over-all, there are some challenges, they agreed, but not all is doom and gloom.

“There are too many programs, not enough students and they made that clear. The numbers made that clear,” Derek said.

“And the only programs that are surviving are ones that are innovating and that was made clear. I think that we are definitely innovating, we are developing new programs, we are trying new things and I think we have done a lot in that regard.”

More and more students deciding to study English online

Derek said the oversupply of programs is not only a Canada challenge, but also a world-wide issue, and the total number of students who travel to study English is starting to decrease.

“People are still interested in studying and so that’s where the online comes in. They are interested in studying if they can do that at home.” he said.

“But the ones who are going somewhere to study, those numbers are decreasing … that’s a challenge and people are trying to figure out how to deal with that.”

Meanwhile, Canada is being looked on “very favourably” as a destination for students.

“There are advantages to Canada. They talked about Canada being viewed very favourably, in terms of safety, in terms of the safety and security of the society, it’s viewed as a welcoming place,” Derek said.

“So those do work in our favour, the quality of our universities and the quality of our programs. They are viewed very favourably.”

Derek said the number of students heading to the United States is decreasing faster than other countries.

“The political environment there I think is part of it.”

Adapting to current trends in the ESL market

Meanwhile, Trevor reminds us that Languages Canada keeps ESL front and centre with more than merely the conference attendees.

“They are able to connect us with trade commissioners and trade missions, which we may not otherwise have access to if we were outside of the organization,” he said.

Trevor van Peppen, CultureWorks Ottawa Director
Trevor van Peppen, CultureWorks Ottawa Director

Trevor said Global Affairs Canada helps Canadian programs reach 495,000 international students via trade commissioners/missions.

Global Affairs work, Trevor said, is focused in Chile (“agent driven”), Peru (“looking for teacher training”), Turkey (“growing market as they are not interested in the USA”), UAE (“looking for graduate studies”) and Egypt (“few agents, so you need a relationship with a school; high rejection rate of visas”).

“In 2016, Canada lost market share in every source country except for Turkey. Suddenly, everyone was asking, ‘Where are our next students coming from? How are we going to penetrate new markets?’ Global Affairs has stepped in to help with the void,” he said.

Trevor said his week was “capped” with an event with the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce, where he listened to representatives express Brazil’s desire to partner with Canadian institutions.

“The successful Science Without Borders program was being followed up with the Languages Without Borders program. Canadian professors and students have been researching and studying in Brazil. Canada is seeing Brazilian students coming to study at the graduate level.

“Let’s see where this initiative brings us.”

For CultureWorks, the “initiative” means the On-Campus Academic Pathway Program, the Online Gateway Program, the Preliminary Year Program and the Career Exploration Summer Program.

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5 Idioms to Practise While You Study English in Canada

 Is it a piece of cake, or did she bite off more than she can chew?
Is it a piece of cake, or did she bite off more than she can chew?

Ready to move all the way over to Canada, hit the books, and maybe give up your native language cold turkey during your studies? Worried that if you do, you’ll have bitten off more than you can chew?

Don’t worry, it’ll be a piece of cake!

Not sure what any of these English idioms mean? Idioms are expressions that are commonly used in writing and speech. However, while native speakers know the meaning of the words in these expressions, it can be confusing to understand their significance from their words alone—especially for students still learning the language.

Read on to learn the meanings behind some of the most popular English idioms you’ll hear during your studies.

1. Hit the Books While You Study English in Canada

When someone says hit the books, they don’t want you to actually hit your textbooks. That would hurt! What they really mean is study. And, as a student, you’ll be doing plenty of studying as you learn a second language during your ESL program in Canada.

A CultureWorks student ‘hitting the books.’
A CultureWorks student ‘hitting the books.’

2. Go Cold Turkey: A Strange English Idiom You’ll Learn at ESL School

A turkey is a type of bird that lives in Canada’s wilderness, and as you may have already noticed, it can get very cold during the winter. However, these two bits of information actually have nothing to do with the meaning behind this expression. In fact, this idiom actually means to quit something suddenly. For instance, a smoker might quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey. Another example might be if you decide to only speak in English during your studies, then you’d quit speaking your native language cold turkey.

3. Don’t Bite off More than You Can Chew at English as a Second Language School!

Let’s imagine that you were eating a tasty meal—like a warm poutine or pancakes with maple syrup. In your excitement, you might stuff a huge fork full of your food into your mouth. Unfortunately, it’s too much and now you can’t chew it.

That’s what English speakers mean when they warn you to not bite off more than you can chew. But this idiom doesn’t only apply to food—in fact, it rarely does. It usually means that you’re taking too many classes, committing to too many extracurricular activities, or taking on more responsibility than you can handle. It’s always best to avoid biting off more than you can chew during your English studies.

4. Learn a Rule of Thumb at ESL School in Canada

What is a rule of thumb and why would you ever need to know one? Fortunately, when someone says that something is a rule of thumb, they don’t really mean that it’s a rule made for thumbs, or by thumbs.

Instead, what they mean is that it’s a common rule that everyone follows. For example, in Canada, professionals applying for work will typically show up to their job interviews approximately 15 minutes early. This is not a law, nor a requirement that they must follow. However, it’s a practice or guide that most people adhere to—a rule of thumb.

5. Piece of Cake: A Popular Food-Related English Idiom

This is another popular idiom you might hear while you study English. When someone says something will be a piece of cake, they don’t really mean that it’ll be a tasty dessert.

What they do mean is that it’ll be easy and fun, just like eating a piece of cake. For instance, if a friend tells you that having the support and help of an instructor makes learning English feel like a piece of cake, what they’re saying is that it’s an enjoyable and fun experience.

Want to discover other popular English idioms while you study at an English as a second language school?

Don’t forget to ask your instructors! At CultureWorks, our friendly instructors will be more than happy to answer your questions.

TV Shows That Can Help You Study English & Learn About Canada!

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One fun way to strengthen your listening skills while you study English in Canada is to watch English TV shows. Canadian television exposes students to English vocabulary, colloquialisms, and syntax while helping communicate some of the nuances of Canadian culture.

Here are some of our favourite shows to tune into, and how they can help you practice your English AND learn about Canada.

The Red Green Show: A Comedy Classic That Helps You Learn Vocabulary

If you want to study English while watching funny “do it yourself” home engineering, then the Red Green Show is your perfect match.

The Red Green Show offers “helpful” advice on how to fix everything from a flat tire to a fishing boat. But, as you’ll soon discover, most of the advice is more comical than it is practical! Here’s a great example from the show:

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While you might not learn a lot about home improvement, The Red Green Show will teach you some handy new vocabulary – especially during its “Possum Lodge Word Game” segment where characters try and guess a word with the help of funny clues.

22 Minutes: Add a Little Satire to your English Program in Canada

Want to catch up on current events, but find traditional news a little too boring? You might want to try 22 Minutes.

22 Minutes is a comedy TV show that analyzes events happening in Canada and around the world. This show is well known for its razor sharp satire, and interviews with top Canadian politicians, celebrities, and activists, including David Suzuki:

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While it might be a little challenging for ESL beginners, 22 Minutes can help students familiarize themselves with everyday English expressions and jokes, while staying on top of international politics.

Little Mosque on the Prairie: A Fun Take on Multiculturalism in Canada

Canada is known for being a multicultural country. In fact, Canada was the first country in the world to make multiculturalism an official policy!

It comes as no surprise, then, that Canada is the home of the hit TV show Little Mosque on the Prairie. Little Mosque on the Prairie takes a funny look at how people from different backgrounds co-exist in small-town Saskatchewan.

Through comedy and lovable characters, this Canadian TV show promotes religious tolerance and understanding between cultures.

Here’s a quick clip of this Canadian favourite’s final episode (you can still catch old episodes online):

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The Book of Negroes: A Top Drama to Watch While You Study English in Canada

The Book of Negroes is an award-winning historical miniseries. It’s based on the book by Canadian author Lawrence Hill, and follows the story of Aminata Diallo as she is captured in Africa, sold into slavery, and eventually wins back her freedom.

Here’s a quick behind the scenes look:

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Although this series contains violent subject-matter and may not be appropriate for all viewers, it’s an ideal TV show for students who want to learn a little more about Canadian history while enrolled in an intensive English program in Canada.

Want to discover other popular TV shows while you study abroad in Canada?

Why not ask your intensive English program instructors which shows they like best, and organize a TV-night with a friend from class!


4 Journal Writing Ideas to Help you Study English

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Intensive ESL programs like CultureWorks are all about teaching students the English skills they need to get into a Canadian university – and a big part of that preparation is mastering writing in English.

At first, you might start off writing simple paragraphs or working on your sentence structure in Level 1 at CultureWorks. But, by level 7, you’ll have progressed to the point where you can write case studies, academic papers, and research projects – all in English!

While you’ll get plenty of opportunity to study English in class, the best way to improve is by using your skills outside of class too. By keeping a journal, you can store fun memories, brainstorm new ideas while on-the-go, and practise new vocabulary and grammar. On top of that, a journal makes a nice keepsake to help you remember your adventures while studying in Canada.

Here are four journal writing ideas to help get you started!

1. Record your Experiences during your Intensive English Program in Canada

A journal can be a great place for you to write about new experiences. You can write about a fun trip to Niagara Falls, the first time you tried poutine (and loved it, of course!), or about the new friends you meet and the fun times you have together.

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2. Practise Your Vocabulary with Constrained Writing Exercises

You’ll learn a wide range of new vocabulary in your intensive English program. To help those words stick in your long-term memory, try using them in your journal.

One way to do this is through constrained writing exercises. Constrained writing means that you give yourself specific rules to follow – like writing one paragraph that includes all of the words “lion, coffee cup, and adventure”. Challenge yourself by using the words you just learned in class, or ask a friend to give you words and see what fun stories you come up with together!

3. Study English on-the-go by Carrying Your Journal with You

You’ll have plenty to do while you complete your intensive English program in Canada. Classes, trips, and study sessions will mean that you’ll often be on-the-go, exploring your new campus, city, and meeting up with friends.

Try bringing your journal with you – or by keeping your journal online on a private blog or app. That way, if you have a few minutes to write during your day, or suddenly have an idea that you don’t want to forget, you can jot it down in your journal. Making writing in English a regular part of your daily routine will help you build your skills and your confidence more quickly.

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4. Get Your Creative Juices Flowing With the Help of a Writing Prompt

Sometimes we get writer’s block and it feels impossible to come up with new ideas to write about. It happens to everybody, so don’t worry! If you’re feeling stuck, then try out a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing again.

Plenty of websites offer suggestions. In fact, here are some great ones from the New York Times that you can try out today:

“Do you want to be a space tourist? Why or why not?”

“What superpower do you wish you had?”

“What was your most precious childhood possession?”

Start simple, with just a few sentences – then progress to longer more descriptive paragraphs to test your skills. Show your writing to your English instructor for feedback, corrections, and helpful tips.

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7 Quick Tips to Help You Study English

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A CultureWorks student works on an English assignment at the computer lab

Students planning to pursue a university degree in Canada must be prepared for every aspect of post-secondary life, like attending lectures, studying, speaking up in class, and going out with new friends.

Luckily, there are a few tricks that can help you prepare for these challenges quickly, get the most out of your English classes, and settle into your new surroundings more easily.

Read on to find out some of our top tips to help you study English in Canada.

1.     Ask Your ESL Instructors Questions

In CultureWorks classrooms, instructors are always happy to answer questions, because they understand that the more students ask, the more quickly they learn new English skills.

So don’t be afraid to speak up whenever you’re not sure about something.  All of our instructors have traveled and lived in other countries, so they know exactly how hard it can be to adapt to a new language and new city. They will ensure you get the help you need to reach your learning goals.

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CultureWorks instructors work with students one-on-one in class

2.     Get Social with Native English Speakers

The best way to study English is to speak it as much as you can. Because CultureWorks programs take place directly on the campus of your chosen university, you will get the chance to explore the university, and socialize with other students. Meeting native English speakers will help you improve your conversation skills, while you have fun and make new friends.

3.     Get to Know Canada as You Improve Your English

As part of our program, CultureWorks organizes trips to famous Canadian tourist attractions, and activities like skiing, rafting and hiking. We do this to help students feel more comfortable in their new community, make friends, and get talking in English with local residents.

When you feel at home, you are more likely to take a chance and talk to someone new in English.

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CultureWorks students try out Curling (a favourite Canadian sport) at a local athletics centre

4.     Use Technology to Help Strengthen Your English Studies

Students pursuing an English as a second language program can improve their skills outside of class with the help of technology. There are some great apps for your phone that will help. Duolingo, Storehouse, and SpeakingPal all offer fun exercises and are easy to use while you’re on the go.

5.     Watch English Language Movies and TV Shows

Try watching your favorite movie in English, without subtitles, or tune into local TV. Hearing English at home regularly will help with comprehension and grammar, and make you feel more comfortable conversing in your new language.

6.     Read and Write in English as Much as You Can

Keep a journal in English of your experience at ESL school in Canada, and read English news articles. Text your friends in English and write English social media posts. Your grammar, vocabulary and spelling will quickly get better.

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A CultureWorks student works on a writing assignment at the London, Ontario campus

7.     Make your ESL Program Fun by Studying Subjects You Enjoy

Learning English is easier when you’re studying something you’re interested in.  CultureWorks offers elective programs where you can learn language skills for the degree of your choice, such as engineering or mathematics, as well as fun classes on current events and Canadian culture.

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7 Ways to Excel in Your ESL Classes

CultureWorks students practise their English skills while they relax in the student lounge
CultureWorks students practise their English skills while they relax in the student lounge.

Want to get the most out of your ESL classes so you can graduate quickly and move on to university? Read on for some helpful hints that will make you a stronger, faster English learner!

1. Keep a Daily Journal of Your ESL Adventure

Writing a daily journal in English will help you practise your new language skills on a regular basis. A journal is a great way for you to record the new experiences you’re having in Canada, and even share with friends and family back home. Plus, you’ll get an excellent confidence boost when you read over past entries a few weeks later, and see how much your English has already improved!

2. The Best ESL Students Ask Questions in Class

Asking questions helps to ensure that you’ve understood directions, new concepts, and corrections. Questions are really the best route to learning faster and with improved accuracy. Speaking up also helps you feel more comfortable practising English in front of others.

CultureWorks students get comfortable with public speaking during fun exercises.
CultureWorks students get comfortable with public speaking during fun exercises.

3. Immerse Yourself in the Language

If you’ve moved to Canada to study English, then you’ve already made an important first step in immersing yourself in your new language.

Push yourself to the next level by using English when you’re interacting with locals (buying groceries, going to the movies, grabbing a coffee) and you’ll see just how much faster your language skills grow!

CultureWorks organizes trips and activities that immerse students in local Canadian culture.
CultureWorks organizes trips and activities that immerse students in local Canadian culture.

4. Practise, Practise, Practise

Practising your second language is important, and it can be fun too. Maximize your downtime by reading books in English, watching English movies, or playing video games in English. This kind of regular practise will boost your comprehension skills.

If you’re taking English courses for UOIT University because you want to study Engineering, then reading articles about industry trends (in English) will also help your comprehension improve quickly.

5. Don’t Get Discouraged by Mistakes

Saying the wrong thing, pronouncing words incorrectly, mixing up grammar, or getting nervous while talking are all normal parts of the language learning process. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you make a mistake. It happens to everyone.

6. Prepare for Tests Early

Last-minute cramming can leave you feeling stressed and unprepared for a test. Instead, try studying a little bit every night. That way, you’ll remember what you learned, do better on your tests, and move on to university more quickly.

7. Have Fun

Living in another country is an incredible experience! You get to meet new people, see new things, and grow as a person while you learn English.

If you get out there and have some fun, you’ll have more energy for learning, have more opportunities to practise English, and ultimately – do better in your ESL classes!

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How Knowing Multiple Languages Can Help Boost Your Business Career

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One word you’ll hear over and over again in business, politics and finance is “globalization.” In the business world, this term refers to the expansion of a single company beyond its own borders, into multiple other countries.

For example, many major Canadian companies such as Bombardier, Sun Life Financial and Roots, have set up locations all around the world in order to attract international clients. For many companies, international expansion is the ultimate goal, which makes learning more than one language a very smart move for today’s business students. Making the decision to study English and even earn your business degree in English will help international students build their language portfolio. Here’s why this is so important:

A Growing Demand for Multilingualism

Since more and more businesses have tapped into international markets, there is an increasing demand for professionals who have both business and language skills. Today’s companies are on the hunt for employees who can communicate with existing clients, prospective clients and business partners overseas. It’s also crucial for marketing and sales professionals to be fluent in multiple languages, since they have the duty of selling products and services, and identifying customer needs.

Job-Seeking Advantages

Taking an intensive English program like Culture Works can help double the marketability of your business degree. Employers love to see multiple languages on a resume, because multilingual employees can ultimately provide more value to a company by performing tasks that many others cannot. Better yet, bilingual employees can be hard to come by, meaning that recruiters are likely to prioritize your resume when filling positions for prominent companies.

Did you know that multilingual employees also get paid more than their unilingual (people who only speak one language) counterparts? In Canada, bilingual men outside of Quebec earn 3.8 percent more than their coworkers who only speak one language. For women, this number actually jumps to 6.6 percent. In the United States, bilingual employees might have a pay raise of up to 20% higher when they speak more than one language! As a bonus, bilingualism also makes the brain work harder and increases cognitive ability—overall making you a better, smarter worker.

A Global Appeal

Many students who come to Canada and participate in ESL programs are passionate about travelling and immersing themselves in new cultures. New graduates with multiple languages are far more likely to land positions that allow them explore new cities and countries.

As companies continue to expand globally, the demand for business professionals who are willing to travel for work will no doubt increase. Being fluent in multiple languages will give you the opportunity to showcase yourself as an ideal candidate, and give you the confidence to apply for these international positions. You’ll have the diverse language skills needed to adapt quickly and grow professionally no matter where your job might take you!

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4 Things That Really Define Canadians

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When people consider the nation of Canada, a lot of symbols come to mind: the maple leaf, winter sports, the Rocky Mountains, frosty temperatures – even a couple of famous names like Celine Dion, Sidney Crosby or Mike Meyers. But what actually define us as people? How has living in this nation formed who we are?

If you’re considering traveling to Canada to study English and attend college, chances are you’ll be with us for at least a few years. And you might find yourself pondering exactly what it is that makes Canadians so Canadian. Let’s take a look at a few things we’re known for around the world.

We are Diverse

In 1971, Canada was the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy. In doing so, Canada affirmed the value and dignity of all Canadian citizens regardless of their racial or ethnic origins, their language, or their religious affiliation. Multiculturalism defines us as a people in every way imaginable.

Students enrolled in ESL programs in Canada know that our country has two official languages – English and French. However, many may not be aware that our inherent diversity has led to a veritable explosion of languages across the country. It was recently reported that there are over 200 languages spoken in Canada in the home or as a mother tongue. Our streets are rich with restaurants featuring foods from every corner of the globe, our schools are filled with children from all cultures, and in most cities it’s easy to find a place of prayer regardless of your religious affiliation.

We’re Friendly and Peace Loving

In a nation that embraces so much diversity, it’s no wonder that we get along so well! Canada consistently ranks among the top 10 most peaceful countries in the world, with low levels of violent crime, enduring political stability, and a high level of UN peacekeeping involvement.

Students who travel from abroad to study English in Canada soon discover that Canadians are also world renowned for our friendly attitude. We’re sometimes poked-fun at in the media for being overly nice and polite, but what’s so bad about that? The truth is, as travelers we are welcomed with open arms all over the world, and are valued as partners in global business and trade.

We’re Highly Educated

In Canada, education is seen as the most desirable route to career success, personal growth and happiness. With affordable tuition rates and a wide variety of high quality universities to choose from, it’s no surprise that Canada is ranked the number one most educated country in the world! We are considered a world leader in language training and boast an unmatched literacy rate of 99 per cent.

We Love Sports

As a nation, we’ve not only hosted the Olympics three times, but have produced some of the world’s finest athletes. We have leagues in nearly every sport imaginable from youth leagues all the way up to professional leagues. And ok, we do have a special place in our hearts for hockey – it’s true.

If hockey’s not necessarily your preference, we’ve also got prominent sports figures in the UFC and the NBA.

Whether you’re taking part in athletic training or watching a game from the comfort of your own home, a love for sports is something we proudly share as Canadians.

What comes to mind when YOU think of Canada?