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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.


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.


Free Dance Lessons and Performances at Robson Square

    DanceSportBC’s Robson Square sub-committee will be hosting 10 nights of free dancing, lessons and performances.(check the schedule)

  • Lessons: Waltz, West Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Quickstep, Rumba
  • Performances:DSBC Standard, Kababayang Pilipino Dance, Myles and TessaWest Coast Swing, DSBC Latin, Harbour Dance Centre, JC Dance Co, DSBC Junior, DSBC Senior
  • Dates: Friday nights between June 27 – August 29, 2014
  • Time: 7:30pm – 11:30pm
  • Location: Just behind the Vancouver Art Gallery (At Robson and Howe below street level)
    The Robson Square salsa dances are open to everyone and you are welcome even if you’ve never danced a day in your life. (check the schedule)

  • Lessons: Salsa
  • Performances: Belly Dance, Balboa, Salsa, Flamenco, Peruvian Folkloric, West Coast Swing, Samba, Filipino Tinikling, Ballroom, Animation, Cha Cha, Kizomba/Bachata, Hawaiian/Polynesian, Cuban Styling, Bollywood, Cuban Salsa/Rueda, Zouk, Tango
  • Dates: Sunday afternoons between June 29 – August 24, 2014
  • Time: 3pm – 5:30pm
  • Location: Robson Square

Free Tours – Vancouver

Tour Guys are offering FREE tours in and around Vancouver Downtown area. They have been ranked one of the best tours in Vancouver on Trip Advisor. Their tours are fun, informative, and quite likely the best free walking tour you’ll ever take. Tour Guys are not paid for these tours by any third party, business or government office. They are an independent guide cooperative.
Click here to see their tour schedule.

Free Outdoor Movies

Bring your blankets and enjoy a great evening of outdoor movies!
Location: Stanley Park – Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach)
Dates: Every Tuesday between July 8 – September 2, 2014
Movies: Mean Girls (July 29), Dumb & Dumber (August 5), Ghost (August 12), The Karate Kid (August 19), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (August 26), Princess Bride (September 2)

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Free Museums

Burnaby Village Museum

At this museum you will “Stroll down the streets of our 1920s community.” There are many tours, demonstrations, and activities available. Check out their website or the Summer 2014 brochure.
Dates: Tuesday-Sunday and on Statutory Holidays (closed on non-holiday Mondays) between May 3 – September 1, 2014
Time: 11:00am-4:30pm
FREE gate admission. Carousel rides are only $2.50 per ride for all ages.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Guided gallery tours are a great way to learn about the cultural and social contexts of artworks on display. Tours explore both historical and contemporary works, and are led by experienced art professionals and educators.
Date: Free on Tuesday nights from 5-9pm

The Rennie Collection

The Wing Sang building is the oldest in Vancouver Chinatown. The Victorian Italianate structure was constructed in 1889 for Yip Sang, a prominent Chinese-Canadian businessman whose Wing Sang Company flourished in an era when the Chinese faced discrimination and restrictions. In 1901 the building was extended to 69 East Pender Street by architect Thomas Ennor Julian. In 1912, Yip Sang built a six-storey brick building across the alley behind Pender Street for his family.
More than four years of thoughtful restoration and renovation has turned this Vancouver heritage landmark into a private exhibition space for the Rennie Collection, an internationally acclaimed collection of contemporary art. Elegant, clean lines integrate with rich historic elements to create expansive spaces for art with focus on identity, social injustice, appropriation, painting and photography.
Location: 51 East Pender Street, Vancouver
Click here to view the availability.

Engine 374 Pavilion

CPR Engine 374 pulled the first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in 1887, and retired in 1945. In 1983, it went under restoration and became a prime attraction since 1986, since the completion of its restoration.
Location: On the corner of Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard (next to the Roundhouse Community Centre)

Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory

Located next to the Space Centre, the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory features a ½-metre Cassegrain telescope to explore the skies around Vancouver. The 10 meter diameter observatory dome was built in 1979. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff will guide your exploration and answer your questions.
Free Observatory visits: on June 28, July 4, and July 5 between 8:00pm – 12:00am


We’re excited to go out and play this month as the beautiful weather is making it difficult to stay indoors. Lots of sunshine, sports, sightseeing, and more…

The highlight of this month is the new Cirque du Soleil show Totem. Cirque du Soleil is the largest theatrical producer in the world. It is a Canadian entertainment company, self-described as a “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment”. Contact our Activities Coordinator to buy tickets with 20% discount special for our students! Click here to read more about TOTEM on the news.

View our Activity Calendar for June 2014 to find interesting activities to take part in with your classmates. Social activities are a great way to practice the English that you learned in the classroom.



inlingua vancouver activities calendar june 2014


Royal Roads University cordially invites inlingua Vancouver students to visit their campus in Victoria. This would be a good experience for students who are thinking of continuing their education in Canada, at Royal Roads University.

RRU is known for its high quality, innovative, competitively priced, and applied post-secondary education to working professionals and career-focused students in Canada and around the globe. RRU has been an accredited university since 1995, but they’ve got a long history of excellence that goes back to 1940.

The programs offered at Royal Roads University provide learners with the tools and techniques required to be effective after graduation. Whether you’re looking for a new career or want to improve your standing, financially and professionally, within your current organization, their blended learning model of online courses and intensive, on-campus residencies lets you use what you learn, today.

Secure your spot for an all-expenses paid tour (includes transportation, ferry tickets, 1 lunch and 1 dinner) to Royal Roads University.

Availability is limited to 10 students, who will be traveling with inlingua’s Pathway Coordinator and Director of Studies. Contact Aly (aly@inlinguavancouver.com) to secure your spot now!

The trip will be on June 12, 2014. Click here to see the details.

RRU FAM Trip - June 12, 2014


inlinguaVanouver May 2014 ESL Activities CalendarThere are lots of fun outdoor activities this month! The first school BBQ is happening today (May 2nd). There are events, sightseeing tours, biking, kayaking, and more… Activities are great opportunities to make new friends, have fun, practice English, and socialize with English students and teachers.

Check out the Activities Calendar and contact the Activities Coordinator for more details.



Group photos from the BBQ on May 2, 2014:


BC Education Quality Assurance
We are pleased to confirm the renewal of our provincial Education Quality Assurance (EQA) Designation for the current year. Therefore, inlingua Vancouver is recognized as a BC EQA-Designated school and included in the official Registry of EQA Institutions that is sent by the Ministry each month to Citizenship and Immigration Canada officers and international Consular General Offices/Embassies.

EQA is a quality assurance designation that identifies BC public and private post-secondary institutions that have met or exceeded provincial government recognized quality assurance standards and offer consumer protection. Read more about EQA here: www.bceqa.ca/about

We will continue doing our part to ensure that the quality of education in Canada for international English students remains excellent.


Gastown Grand Prix Logo

The Gastown Grand Prix criterium is going to be  on July 9th this summer. Over 200 athletes will be racing on the cobblestones of Gastown as they try and break away from each other to win the biggest prize. As this is a free public event, it requires a small army of volunteers to survive.

Former inlingua Vancouver students volunteered for this event in the past years. If you are interested, apply online www.globalrelayggp.org/get-involved/volunteer or contact your counselor for assistance.

Every volunteer will get a t-shirt, an invitation to the volunteers dinner where they will be giving out a bunch of prizes and a certificate of achievement documenting their experience. The volunteer shifts are 4 hours. There are different volunteer options to choose from, that will require interacting with other English speakers.

Click here to download the event poster.

You can show up in Gastown to watch the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix even if you don’t want to volunteer. This is a free event open to the public.

Click here to see the route information and where to watch the event.

Photograph by Jennifer Gauthier / Metro News

Gastown Race Route

Gastown Race Route



inlingua Vancouver SUmmer Camp 2014

Our summer camp will take place at the Cheakamus Centre, near Squamish, BC, between Vancouver and Whistler.


Age: 13 to 17 years old at the time of the camp.
Nationalities: The camp is open to students of all nationalities.
Registration deadline: June 30th, 2014. Last minute registrations will be accepted subject to availability.
Deposit: In order to confirm participation in the summer camp, we require a deposit of CAD 400 per participant.
• Full payment must be received by July 15th, 2014.
• Refunds and cancellations will be processed based on our school refund policy.
Dates: August 11 – 24, 2014
Price: The total price per student is CAD 3400 including tax.


• Return transportation, transfers to and from camp, round trip Rockies tours, and day transfers as outlined in the calendar of events in a mini coach or school bus
• Club ESL guides
• inlingua Vancouver academic and administrative staff to teach and help coordinate each activity
• Tour along the Sea to Sky Highway including a visit to Shannon Falls
• Overnight accommodation at Camp Cheakamus
• Linen bag to go (sheets, comforter, mattress pad, pillow and towels)
• Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (except arrival/departure days)
• Hot chocolate & marshmallows before bedtime during camp nights
• Use of the conference space for meals and classroom sessions
• All organized program as outlined in the calendar of events as being included
• Use of the following facilities:
– Sports field (includes volleyball court and some sports equipment)
– Basketball court
– Campfire shelter
– Canoes and canoe pond
– Challenge course
– Nature trails and caves
• 3.5 day Rockies tour included, visit famous landmarks and sites along the way including the Okanagan Valley, the famous Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, the town of Banff and so much more!
• One day sightseeing tour to Whistler with optional activities
• Half day trip to the town of Squamish including the Britannia Mine Museum – try your hand at panning for Gold!
• Welcome and Closing Ceremonies

Contact us for more information!



English Courses from 2 to 52 weeks with different level of intensity. At inlingua Vancouver there are 10 levels, from Beginner to Advanced. You will speak English from your first lesson and you will improve all your skills in any short or long course. New levels begin every 4 weeks. Intakes are every Monday.

  • Level 1A – Beginner (English 1, step 1)
  • Level 1B – Beginner (English 1, step 2)
  • Level 2A – Intermediate (English 2, step 1)
  • Level 2B – Intermediate (English 2, step 2)
  • Level 3A – Upper Intermediate (English 3, step 1)
  • Level 3B – Upper Intermediate (English 3, step 2)
  • Level 4A – Advanced
  • Level 4B – Advanced
  • Level 5A – Advanced +
  • Level 5B – Advanced +



We also offer full-time specialized English courses. Some students need to prepare for official English language tests and courses to enter university or advance their career. inlingua Vancouver offers test preparation courses for some of the major official tests. The average group size is 10 to 12 students. The maximum number per class is 15. Lessons are from 9 AM to 2:30 PM from Monday to Thursday, and from 9 AM to 12 PM on Friday.
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The UPC will allow you to learn English and acquire all the necessary skills to be accepted and succeed in a university or college. You will work hard on the 4 integrated skills: speaking , listening, reading and writing. You will learn Academic English skills (lecture comprehension, note-taking, research, academic discussions, academic vocabulary. You will get ready for academic success in university / college. This is a 12-week program. You need to reach the advanced level before starting the UPC University Preparation Course (you need to complete one of the following courses: Level 4B, IELTS 6.5, TOEFL, CAMBRIDGE CAE).

IELTS ADVANCED (Target 6.5 or higher)
Take the IELTS ADVANCED Academic Preparation Course and get the score you need. The complete course lasts 12 weeks and the official IELTS examination is taken at the end. It is a full time program for very serious students. Start dates every 4 weeks, on major intake dates. Students must place at level 3B – Upper Intermediate or above on the inlingua general Placement test or take ESL lessons first according to their level. After reaching the minimum level of 3B students will be accepted in the IELTS ADVANCED – Academic Preparation course.

IELTS INTERMEDIATE (Target 5.0 or higher)
Take the IELTS INTERMEDIATE Academic Preparation Course and learn the skills needed in the IELTS test. Focus on writing, reading and grammar skills. It is a full time program for students who later want to take the IELTS ADVANCED course. Start dates every 4 weeks, on major intake dates. Students must place at level 2B – Intermediate or above on the inlingua general Placement test or take ESL lessons first according to their level. After reaching the minimum level of 2B students will be accepted in the IELTS INTERMEDIATE – Academic Preparation course.

TOEFL iBT preparation course
Are you interested in improving your English? Do you want to advance your career? Take this 12-week course that will prepare you for the TOEFL iBT exam. In the course you will practice the integrated skills and take sample tests in the computer lab. The course covers all the skills: Academic Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening. inlingua Vancouver is an official TOEFL iBT testing centre. This is a 12-week program that you can take also in 4-week modules.

CAMBRIDGE FCE preparation course
Cambridge First Certificate in English is a preparation course in the Upper Intermediate level. It is the most popular certificate of English in Europe and is widely accepted in both the business and academic world to demonstrate language proficiency. To be successful, you should possess a wide range of vocabulary, and be able to construct an argument and use appropriate communication styles in a variety of situations. This is a 10/13-week program that includes the real exam at the end.

CAMBRIDGE CAE preparation course
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English is a preparation course in the Advance level. Choose CAE if you want to reach a level of English that is adequate for most purposes, including social and professional situations, and in higher education. CAE recognizes the ability to communicate with confidence in English and deal with most aspects of everyday life. It is accepted by many Canadian universities. This is a 10/13-week program that includes the real exam
at the end.

Get a job for your internship program in Vancouver, expand your skills, move up the corporate ladder, change careers or just improve your English – You will understand the world of business and acquire the skills required in the global market. For levels 3B and higher. Materials: inlingua APP books, Market Leader books and inlingua business module books. Start dates every 4 weeks, on major intake dates. This program can be taken for 4, or 8 weeks. Topics include: Resume writing, Job Interviews, Human Resources, Tourism, Presentations, Meetings, Cultural Relations and Marketing.
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Speaking & Listening
This class has a strong focus on speaking using various topics and materials that engage students in discussion, stating opinions, agreeing & disagreeing and describing, using task vocabulary related to the topic. Topics will be presented through different listening resources such as TV shows, films, internet and/or audio CD’s. Students will work on developing active listening skills and how to start, continue and end a conversation.

Developing Writing Skills
Writing in English is just as important as being able to speak in English. Students who need to improve their writing skills will practice many different aspects of writing in this class. From sentence structure to paragraphs to short essays, students will learn about the proper structure of both informal and formal writing. This is an excellent class to take if students are later interested in studying any of the exam courses – IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge FCE or CAE – Business English or the UPC course.

Brush Up
This class is for students who have a reasonable knowledge of English, but who need to review selected basic structures. The course provides concise review of essential language from Level 1A-2A of inlingua’s general and professional programs. A strong grammar focus is included in the course using various themes and topics in which to apply different grammar tenses and refreshing such functional skills as meeting people, planning a trip, making arrangements, predictions and decision-making.

Amazing Listening
This class is about putting your skills to the test. This class uses music, videos, TV shows and other realia to challenge student’s listening abilities and stimulate conversation. The class helps students cope with real life situations where they will not get more than two or three chances to listen and understand. Over the term, the pace of speech students listen to will increase as the listening materials begin to increase in difficulty.

Slang & Idioms
Expressions used in spoken English can sometimes have a very different meaning from what it seems. However, they are used every day in informal and casual situations. Understanding and knowing when to use them will help students sound more like native speakers. Idioms are a very important part of the English language, especially in social settings. This class covers both slang and idioms that are useful when communicating with English speakers and help to understand movies, television shows and music. You will learn and use new idioms and slang in conversations and discussions.

Grammar Plus
This course teaches / refreshes basic English skills. Learners with basic knowledge in English are able to learn / review basic grammatical structures and basic vocabulary. These areas have often become passive and can be activated and practiced in this class. Do a lot of practice exercises plus use the new grammar to speak about interesting and exciting things. Join this class if you want to speak English correctly and fluently.

Discussions & Debates
Interested in what’s happening in the world today? Do you follow the news, read the newspaper, check the internet for the latest stories in your country and around the world? This class focuses on using current event topics to engage students in discussions and debates. Students will learn new vocabulary related to the topics and be able to practice different ways of expressing their thoughts, ideas, opinions as well as agreeing or disagreeing. This class provides the next step in communication skills and is an excellent class to take if students wish to take any of the exam courses – IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge FCE or CAE – Business English or the UPC course.
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Academic Reading & Writing I
This course is designed to give students the skills they require to express themselves formally and prepare for future academic studies, work in Canada or life abroad. Students learn to skim materials, increase their active vocabulary and improve their comprehension of written materials. The course also provides students with the tools to move from simple sentence structure to forming paragraphs. Students are introduced to literature from a variety of sources including magazines, editorials, internet, textbooks and short stories. Students also have opportunities to engage in discussions and experiment with new vocabulary and express themselves orally as

Do you want to sound like a native? This class will correct your pronunciation of both vowels and consonants in English, and also teach you the rhythm and stress in words and sentences. Students will learn basic rhythm rules, weak sounds, linking, special intonation, and the proper use of contractions. Classes include reading out loud to isolate and practice problem sounds.

Fluency & Accuracy I
Students will improve their communication and language skills through discussions, relative vocabulary building, consistent error correction and literature. This is achieved through an extensive amount of group and pair work in which students are encouraged to share their opinions and expand their vocabulary. It includes grammar practice and targets all of the common problems students face when trying to communicate effectively. Students also do listening exercises where they will be put in groups to answer questions, learn new vocabulary and problem solve. Students are often expected to do the short readings or written assignments for homework.

Academic English I
A challenging course that is designed to improve your reading comprehension and academic writing skills. There is a strong focus on vocabulary and structure through reading / writing tests taken from a variety of sources including SAT, TOEFL and IELTS. The students are provided with the necessary skill sets to undertake challenging readings and express complex ideas in writing and speaking. This course is ideal for anyone taking a standardized test, planning to live or work in Canada, or for those planning to pursue post-secondary education in an English-speaking University or College.

Academic Reading & Writing II
This course is designed to give students the skills they require to express themselves formally and prepare for future academic studies, work in Canada or life abroad. Students learn to skim materials, increase their active vocabulary and improve their comprehension of written materials. The course also provides students with the tools to move from simple sentence structure to forming paragraphs. Students are introduced to literature from a variety of sources including magazines, editorials, internet, textbooks and short stories. Students also have opportunities to engage in discussions based on the chosen literature which allows them to experiment with new

Fluency & Accuracy II
A continuation of Fluency & Accuracy I, this class provides students at the advanced levels with the opportunity to take their communication abilities to the highest level. Focusing on current, “in-the-now” topics such as world news, politics, future innovations and more, students will learn new vocabulary, complex grammar structures and proficient communication skills using materials such as magazine articles, newspapers and internet news videos.
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Speaking & Listening
Students will focus more specifically on speaking and listening skills as well as incorporate new vocabulary. They will build their communication skills for the real-world through a variety of exercises including free-style discussion, guided discussions, error correction, sentence structure, and using vocabulary in context. Students will also further develop their listening skills through the use of recordings, videos, songs, and movies.

English for Work
This program is for all students in our study and work programs – DIY, CWE, CDP, CPP, SIP. It covers very well the customer service industry. Topics covered in class: Resume Writing, Interview skills, Dealing with customer complaints, Role plays, How to offer extra service to customers and make more tips, Make small talk, Offer information regarding products/ingredients, Make recommendations, Introduction to fair labour practices and employee rights. The instructor will also provide tips about Vancouver’s employment opportunities.

Reading & Writing
This course is designed to give students the skills they require to express themselves formally and prepare for future academic studies, work in Canada or life abroad. Students learn to skim materials, increase their active vocabulary and improve their comprehension of written materials. The course also provides students with the tools to move from simple sentence structure to forming paragraphs. Students are introduced to literature from a variety of sources and engage in discussions.

Academic English
This course has been designed for high intermediate to advanced students who are hoping to become more fluent and comfortable speaking about current issues in English. The primary focus is on vocabulary, short readings and discussions. Through web-based media, newspapers and television, students will improve both their reading comprehension skills as well as their oral communications skills in an interactive environment.

Semi Private Lessons
In small groups of 2 to 6 students, students review grammar and vocabulary that they have already been introduced to and some new ideas. These lessons contain a specific topic or focus as well as specific vocabulary and grammar structures but are not as structured as the inlingua morning lessons. Various materials and approaches are used to promote participation and improvement. These lessons provide a more relaxed environment and students can receive more attention from the teacher.

inlingua Online Learning – iOL
iOL – inlingua Online Learning is a flexible system that complements inlingua regular lessons. Students can use the system at their own pace and contact the online teacher for support. It includes a wide range of grammar, reading and listening exercises. Students can check their answers automatically. Students can use inlingua online Learning software from any computer, tablet or smart phone at any time.
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