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Please sign this petition (by Languages Canada) to help us to keep British Colombia a strong, desirable and safe study destination for international students.

The BC government is voting on legislation that will jeopardize the safety of international students. The international education sector has a proud history in BC and is our fourth largest export. It builds lasting and positive relationships with citizens from around the globe and showcases BC as the welcoming and vibrant place it is. Around 30% of the 53,000 international language students that come to BC’s accredited language programs each choose to stay in BC and pursue post-secondary education and are even vital to BC’s labour market once they have completed their studies. We owe them high-quality education and protection from unscrupulous operators.

The proposed legislation allows non-accredited and unregulated language programs to operate freely, and penalizes legitimate and accredited language programs by imposing more red tape and unnecessary costs.

Let Minister Wilkinson know that this situation is unacceptable by signing this petition, and ask him to amend the legislation to recognize language education as a separate sector and extend protection to all international language students..

ALL PRIVATE SECTOR LANGUAGE PROGRAMS IN BC SHOULD BE REGISTERED AND ACCREDITED AND PART OF A QUALITY ASSURANCE SCHEME THAT INCLUDES STUDENT PROTECTION.

Please sign the online petition at: www.change.org/…

 

 

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It’s play time!

March is filled with great activities for English students. Social gatherings, sightseeing tours, shows, festivals, and more…

Check out our monthly Student Activity Calendar to plan ahead. Our activities coordinator will send out announcements to classrooms each week with the details about how to sign up, meet, and how to prepare for your choice of ESL activities.

Joining the school activities is a great way to practice speaking English in a comfortable, fun, and safe environment.

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Starting today, inlingua Vancouver is thrilled to be launching a brand new online English class project for current, future and past English students as well as anyone who is simply eager to learn English. You are all invited to watch and enjoy our new YouTube channel!

Is there a teacher you have fond memories of? Well, you can find them here. Or perhaps you have a question and nowhere to turn? Watch it here. Or maybe you’re just curious about what the teachers at inlingua are like before you arrive? Why don’t you try checking our method and teachers out?

Hope you like our videos as they were made and designed with the sole purpose of helping you!

Currently we have 5 videos online, and hoping to upload more videos every Tuesday and Thursday. Subscribe to our channel, like the videos and Speak English Now!!

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Highlights of the month:

  • Family Day (school holiday, February 9)
  • Valentine’s Day (February 14)
  • Lunar New Year celebration (February 19)
  • Sightseeing and shopping tours
  • Games, and more…

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Here comes another exciting year, and all the fun English student activities for international students along with it!

We have our usual shopping and sightseeing trips this month, as well as skiing and many other fun activities to do with your friends. Remember to speak English only during the school activities!

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UPDATE: The JCI representative had to postpone this event due to personal reasons. We’ll share updates when the new date is scheduled.

logoJohn Casablancas Institute will be setting up a booth for inlingua students at the Gastown Campus on December 4th 2015 from 12pm to 1pm. If you would like to learn about JCI and its programs then this is an awesome opportunity!!

JCI is widely recognized as the industry leader in providing job-ready training and has been setting the standard for artistry and innovation for over 30 years. Established in Vancouver since 1978, JCI continues to stand behind the top professionals in the areas of fashion, make up, hair and esthetics. Supportive and positive learning practices provide students with the most beneficial educations experience. Located in the Historic Gastown, kitty corner to the Steam Clock, the institute is situated in a New York loft-style space that nurtures a creative and stimulating learning environment.

 

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gvfbs-logo-colour-webDonate food to support The Greater Vancouver Food Bank this holiday season! inlingua Vancouver will match all donations made by the staff and students, which means that your contribution will be doubled.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS) is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training.

How to get involved:

There will be food donation boxes around the school for each classroom. The classes in each campus that collect the most donations (food or money) will be awarded with a Pizza Party on Monday, December 22nd.

needed-food-itemsHere are few of the things that are in greatest demand:

  • Baby food (in jars)
  • Baby cereal (in boxes)
  • Baby formula (powdered in containers or liquid in cans)
  • Diapers (size 2, 3, 4)
  • Other items such as baby oil‚ wipes‚ etc.
  • Whole wheat pasta and rice
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned protein (fish, meat, beans)
  • Juices (100% natural  fruit  and  vegetable)
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Healthy / low sugar cereals
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Money

Items we CANNOT accept:

  • Homemade Items
  • Items with Alcohol
  • Expired Items
  • Opened Packages

Statistics:

  • 26% in need of help are children
  • 18% in need of help  are seniors
  • 10% increase in new registrations from 2012
  • 5% overall increase in clients from 2012-2013
  • GVFBS has a food buying power of 3 to 1 for every dollar donated
  • GVFBS occupies a 36,000 square foot warehouse
  • GVFBS moves 8.5 million lbs. of food annually
  • GVFBS employs less than 30 people
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We’re almost at the end of another year… December means we have one month left to squeeze in a few more great memories into 2014. Luckily we will have many opportunities to do so.

Check out our Activities Calendar for December to plan fun activities with your classmates, English teachers, friends, and family. We will have lots of fun this month, while ALWAYS speaking English!

There are multiple ski and snowboarding trips in December. Sign up early to make sure that the tickets are not sold out. Those trips are among the best experiences of our English students (and our staff!).

Don’t forget the Winter Solstice on Sunday, December 21. It will be the shortest day, longest night of the year. Winter Solstice is a great time to self-reflect and find your “inner light”, and also enjoy the glimmering Xmas lights to the fullest!

The whole month is filled with many Christmas themed parades, rides, movies and other events.

Christmas:

Many Christians in Canada mark the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25, which is known as Christmas Day. It is not only a religious event, but also a day of celebration when many Christian and non-Christian Canadians exchange gifts and enjoy festive meals. Xmas Day is a national public holiday in Canada. Schools, post offices and many businesses and organizations are closed, although some stores may be open. Many public transport services are closed or offer a reduced service.

Christmas Shopping:

A popular time of the year seems to be the few weeks before Xmas in Vancouver. There will be special decorations, music, carols, treats, and sweet, warming fragrances in most places that you will visit, including stores, coffee shops, offices, and the streets of Vancouver. Here are a few ideas to start from if you want to explore the city in December.

🎄 Lonsdale Quay Market
Location: North Vancouver
More info: www.lonsdalequay.com
Unique gift ideas, fresh food options for holiday meals, festive music, Santa photos, kids activities, festive atmosphere and live holiday music all December Long!

🎄 Vancouver Christmas Market (paid admission)
Location: Vancouver
More info: www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com
Traditional food and beverage, authentic wood carvings and toys, knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery and other unique gifts. Stop off at the special children’s area, the Kid’s Market, to make Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

🎄 Boxing Day
Location: everywhere!
Date: December 26
More info: wikipedia.org
Great time to get the best prices on many items! But you are warned, it’s not called “boxing day” for no reason… Get ready to see the shopping malls at their fullest. You might be able to beat the crowd if you are early enough in the morning.

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We’re going to take full advantage of the great summer days in August. Join other inlingua students and teachers for fun outdoor activities, including Celebration Of Light, Pride Parade, World Student Day, soccer, volleyball, sightseeing, kayaking, hiking, weekend trips, and more…

Click here to view the Activities Calendar.

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Sweet summer is here to make activities twice more fun! Outdoor movies at Stanley Park, exciting rides at PlayLand, sightseeing tours, pub nights, soccer games, school BBQs, and more! Check out our activities calendar to plan ahead fun things to do with your friends. Remember, every activity is an excellent opportunity to practice your English outside the classroom.

Click here to download the Student Activities Calendar.

Check out the Study Hall in Gastown campus for students at level 3A and below, and the Study Group in Granville campus for students 3B and above. These are great opportunities to get help from other students and the observing teacher, also a productive way to socialize. Contact your counselor for more details or just show up there on time. There are Facebook events that you can RSVP and see who else is coming. See the posters below for more details.

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