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Ponta Negra at night

Hi everyone!  So I know it has been a long time since my last post, but I have been very busy travelling from one city to another here in Brazil.

The second part of my trip was in the north of Brazil.  I took a plane from Sao Paulo to Natal, a small city in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.  Natal was incredible.  I stayed on Ponta Negra beach, as you can see above, a small community on the beach that contained a variety of excellent restaurants and tourist attractions.  I spent my week there doing a lot of exciting things.  In my first few days I took a dune buggy, a small car that is similar to an ATV or four wheeler, and drove around and through 4-5 different beaches in the north.  The beaches were clean and the water was crystal clear.  On the tour, I went ziplining, water sliding, and even got to ride a camel!  Later in the week, my friends and I went to Praia de Pipa or, in English, Pipa´s beach where we swam in a place called Dolphin´s Bay which had live dolphins surrounding us in the water!  At night, I spent my time in various restaurants and bars, and one bar I went to was located in a small castle!  The experience in Natal was incredible and I highly recommend the city to anyone visiting the north of Brazil.

Photo: Carnival!!!!

Barra Parade from Camarote Oceania

 

After leaving Natal, my friends and I took the bus down to Salvador to experience the best party I have ever been to in my entire life.  Carnival was unbelievable from start to finish.  I spent an entire week day and night partying in the street and camarotes.  For those of you who don´t know, the camarotes are private areas located in buildings surrounding the street parade and have their own private areas with free food and drinks.  The experience is something you can only imagine until you go to Carnival in Salvador and I was not disappointed. In addition to the Carnival, I took a city tour of Salvador and visited two islands off the coast of the city.  One of the islands, Morro de Sao Paulo, is very famous and is a quiet, relaxed and beautiful place.  Salvador is a city with a lot of history and, at different times, was occupied by several different countries including Portugal and Spain.  The architecture and culture within the city is old and unique.

Overall, my experiences in both Natal and Salvador were truly amazing.  I got to see a variety of beautiful beaches and speed through sand dunes on the back of a buggy.  I had the opportunity to swim with dolphins and take a boat tour to islands I never dreamed of visiting.  I experienced the best party in the world and got to immerse myself in the music of the most famous of Brazilian artists and musicians, such as Ivete Songala and Daniela Mercury.  The stories I have and the people I met I will never forget.

I will talk to you all very soon, TEM CERTEZA.  Until then, look forward to my next post!  Tchau!

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Happy spring! We’re excited about going out to play!

Soccer and beach volleyball are back on the calendar this month. Pick your favorite activities with your friends and classmates from among many options including sightseeing, shopping, museums, and outdoor activities.

There is no activity scheduled for April 10th because you will need extra time to study English for the final exams. The school is closed on April 18th (Good Friday), but there is a trip to the Rocky Mountains that you can join. Contact the Activities Coordinator for more information.

April 2014 ESL Activities - inlingua Vanouver

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TD International Jazz Festival

Are you interested in volunteering for the TD International Jazz Festival?

This jazz music festival runs from June 20th until July 1st. There is a minimum of 20 hours to volunteer, and if the volunteers reach 32 hours, they will receive 2 free concert tickets of their choice along with other great perks of volunteering for the Jazz Festival. Seats are limited.

When a volunteer recruits at least 3 volunteers who can also volunteer for a minimum of 20 hours, the volunteer referring will be given bonus volunteer hours to bump them to the next volunteer hour tier of 32 hours.

They are currently recruiting for the following positions:

  • Staging
  • Front of House
  • Drums (Transport / Set up / Strike)
  • Artist Hospitality
  • Fundraising
  • Volunteer Office (Package distribution)
  • Outdoor Jazz Weekend
  • Bistro
  • Banner

Visit their website for more information and make sure to read the Terms and Conditions before applying. To register online go to www.coastaljazz.ca and check the box where it says “Yes! I agree to the terms and conditions“. Then you will be redirected to the online application form.

Good luck!

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A classroom is a great place to improve all of your language skills. But you have to use English outside the classroom in our activities if you want to learn to Speak English Now!

Our Activities take place every day after school. Our students play sports, watch movies, visit the beach, watch hockey games, go rollerblading, visit a museum, go skiing or snowboarding, go white-water rafting or just relax in a cafe. We also have free movies on large-screen television.

Our Activities Coordinator and teachers take part in all of our activities. This gives our students the chance to practice their English with a native speaker outside of the classroom.

Never a dull moment! Check out the activities for this month:

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Hi everyone!  For those of you who don’t know me, I am a teacher at Inlingua and I am currently taking five months off and traveling through South America. This my first post from Brazil and I have done so much in one week I don’t know where to begin!  I spent my first few days in Ubatuba, which is a small town about 2-3 hours from the city of Sao Paulo and, as you can see from the photo, I went straight to the pool. Unfortunately, after 50 days of sun, I brought the rain from Vancouver to Ubatuba. I guess that’s why they call it “Ubachuva”. Ubatuba is truly one of the most amazing places I have ever been and I had two amazing days full of swimming, boating, and barbeques.

After Ubatuba, I continued on to Sao Paulo where I visited a famous art museum, the soccer museum, and experienced everything that Sao Paulo’s nightlife has to offer. Although Brazil is a very different place from Canada, I have not been disappointed. It is an amazing country with even more amazing people.  Next, I will be traveling to a city called Natal, in the north of Brazil. I have never been, but I have heard it is beautiful. Well, its time to take my next flight, but I will be sure to write another post soon. Until then, Tchau, até maís!

 

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A representative from Douglas College will be in the student lounge at inlingua Vancouver Gastown campus to make a presentation about Understanding the University Transfer System in BC on February 7, 2014 at 1:30pm. The topics covered will be these:

  • Admission Requirements to Canadian Institution
  • Academic Programs offered to International Students
  • Work Opportunities

This is a free event for all students. You can join to receive information about the academic system, or simply to practice your English listening skills.

For more information about the Douglas College and the programs that they offer, visit their website: www.douglas.bc.ca/services/international-education.html 

RSVP on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/830732453620066

Click here to download event poster.

See you soon!

 

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A classroom is a great place to improve all of your language skills. But you have to use English outside the classroom in our activities if you want to learn to Speak English Now!

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Do you know why so many students are happy for having chosen inlingua Vancouver to study English? Because the inlingua Method is developed by experts, and it is proven to be effective in learning English faster than other methods. Every inlingua teacher is trained to deliver this method to the students. The books and other material used for teaching English are also part of the process to excellence. Continue reading if you want to learn how it works!

The inlingua method focuses on 3 key elements:

  • Presentation
  • Practice
  • Production

And this is how it is done:

Only the target language is used in the lesson
The trainer will not translate for you, but will help you discover the meaning of words in context. This is done gradually and carefully, allowing each learner the time to understand the language.

The main focus of lessons is on speaking and listening
In order to use a language correctly, you have to first be able to speak it. Reading and writing are also taught, but language is introduced through speaking. The trainer ensures that all learners can pronounce every word correctly before the lesson proceeds.

Learn language patterns through examples, not explanations
Understanding the language in context encourages the learners to develop comprehension skills for general understanding. These abilities are required in everyday communication. Even grammar is learned by active example rather than through long and tedious grammar explanations.

Learners have the opportunity to speak as much as possible
Learners are encouraged to use the language actively throughout the learning process. This requires total participation. Trainers keep their talking time to a minimum to allow learners the maximum amount of practice during a training session.

Individual learning needs are met in a relaxed atmosphere
The aims of each learner are considered and integrated; courses are designed to accommodate different learning styles. This all occurs in a fun and relaxed environment.

A positive approach to error correction is adopted
Learners are encouraged to self-correct to achieve accurate pronunciation and to be able to use a language structure efficiently in conversation. We regard language learning as a process of continual improvement.

Previous knowledge of a topic is checked before presenting new language
If you already know a word or can use a structure, we will take it from there: building on your personal knowledge of the language.

Feel free to experiment
You are encouraged to express opinions and experiment with the new language you have learned.

A variety of training techniques are used
Although the aims of each session are clearly defined, trainers will use a variety techniques during the lesson. Different learning styles and contexts are considered: helping the learner to use the language in different real life situations.

Books are closed during the presentation and practice stages
The language is introduced to the learner through speaking before it is presented in the written form. The Course Book is later used exclusively for reading, writing, listening and speaking practice.

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Contact us for more information: www.inlinguavancouver.com/about/contact

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