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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!



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


There have been a few changes to the inlingua Student House details since the day it was opened. Everything is even better than before now! The updated information is below.

inlingua Student House on Inverness Street:

  • The student house is located in the city of Vancouver, in zone 1, with very good access to public transportation (daytime / night time).
  • This a very nice house, with 2 levels. The student house occupies the upper level. There are 3 bedrooms and two shared bathrooms.
  • The social areas of the house include a large living room, dining room and a studio.
  • There is a large kitchen and washing and drying machines.
  • There is wireless internet, cable TV, large flat screen TV and comfortable desks.
  • All student bedrooms are fully furnished including bed, bedding and closet. All bedrooms are shared.
  • All utilities are included (heating / hot water / internet / cable / phone).

Click here to download all rules and conditions for this location.



inlingua Student House on Sherbrook Street:

  • This student house is located in the city of Vancouver, in zone 1, with very good access to public transportation (daytime / nighttime).
  • This a very nice house, with 2 levels. On the lower level there are 3 bedrooms and one shared bathroom. On the upper level there are 4 bedrooms and two shared bathrooms.
  • The social areas of the house include a large living room, dining room and a studio.
  • On each level of the house there is a kitchen and one set of washing and drying machines.
  • There is wireless internet, cable TV, large flat screen TV and comfortable desks.
  • All student bedrooms are fully furnished including bed, bedding and closet. All bedrooms are shared.
  • All utilities are included (heating/hot water/internet/cable/phone).

Click here to download all rules and conditions for this location.


We are at the end of another year with great memories, new friends, lots of fun, and countless opportunities to Speak English.

The Christmas Day is on December 24th, but we celebrate it during the whole month in Vancouver. You will notice the Xmas decoration, songs, shopping, and all the related events around the city.

The day after Christmas is the Boxing Day, which is a great day to find the best deals of the year if you can survive the crowd.

Of course we have the shopping and sightseeing tours, and other fun get-together activities in December too. Oh, and the first ski/snowboard activity of this season is also this month! Contact our activities coordinator for the details.


Laurie - Director of Studies at inlingua Vancouver - Speak English Now!
http://www.inlinguavancouver.com/blog/wp-content/themes/arjuna-x/images/blockquote.png  After moving to Vancouver in 1996 from southwestern Ontario, I have had the great fortune of being in the ESL industry for 17 years and counting. Within the journey of my career, I have met, interacted and taught thousands of international students from all over the world. I have also had the pleasure of working with students as an Internship Coordinator and a Director Studies. The next part of my journey has led me to inlingua Vancouver as the Director of Studies, where I feel very proud to be part of such a dynamic, dedicated and special team of people. When you come to inlingua Vancouver, I can honestly say that the teachers and staff truly care about helping students achieve their goals.

Laurie Barlow
Director of Studies


What is the UPP University Pathway Program?

It’s a language program that will allow you to learn English and help you discover and narrow down your options when it comes to choosing and succeeding at a University and College in Canada.

You can trust inlingua Vancouver!

Why should I study the UPP at inlingua Vancouver?

• Support from in house counselors and advisors
• Strong relationships and direct communication with Universities
• Qualified and experienced teachers
• Guest lectures at partner college and universities
• Seamless transfer into reputable partner colleges or universities
• No IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge exams required
• Canadian visa (study permit, work permit, post graduation work permit)

How long will the UPP program be?

The total duration of your UPP program will be maximum 44 weeks for an absolute beginner. Of course, you will study hard and you need to come to school every day. You are the key to your success!

The minimum duration will be 12 weeks if you are already at the advanced level. Please take our online placement test to determine your level and we will help you plan your UPP program at: www.i-e-learn.com or www.inlinguavancouver.com/registration/placement_tests

Contact us for updated University Preparation Course (UPC) start dates.

UPC is part of the University Pathway Program (UPP). 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 or college. This is a 12-week program. You need to reach the advanced level before starting the UPC University Preparation Course , which means that you need to complete one of the following courses:

• Level 4B
• IELTS 6.5

Visit our website for more information on our English programs and courses: www.inlinguavancouver.com/programs

Your Road Map For Success

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Don’t miss the cultural events (Halloween, Remembrance Day, Movember, Black Friday) this month! Other than those, there are always sightseeing tours, sports games to watch, opportunities to practice speaking English with friends in a relaxing and socializing environment during the activities. Make the most of it and have fun while learning!


Most of us own a wireless device these days; such as smartphones. What is the big deal about them?

Smartphones are great tools to stay connected anywhere, anytime. Wireless mobile devices are not only for talking and texting anymore. We can do many other things including looking at a map when we are lost; share and follow updates on social media; read news, blogs; keep organized with tools like notepad, calendar, contact book; archive photos, videos, messages and everything else we can record on our phones; create reminders of all sorts from birthdays to monthly cycles for females. It’s a great convenience being able to do pretty much everything in one device.

But what happens if a complete stranger gains access to all this personal information? For example, what if your phone gets stolen? Your mobile device is probably attractive enough for thieves because of the cost of it, but how about all the information in it from saved passwords to personally identifiable information on your contact list? Do you know how to clean all your private information from the phone before recycling or giving it to someone else?

Luckily there are easy steps that you can take to protect yourself and your devices! :)

Start with using an effective password on your device, and read more about what you can do to protect your data on this page: www.protectyourdata.ca/protect-your-data
On this page you will find useful resources and review everything that you need to know.

You can use the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number checker to clear a mobile device if you are planning to buy it second hand on Craigslist or similar websites. This tool will allow you to see if the device that you want to buy had been reported as stolen in Canada.




inlingua Vancouver students Marina Crisp Vieira (Brazil), Barbara Oliveira (Brazil), Woomi Lee (Korea), Hyunsun Jo (Korea), and Mithra Bahrami (Dominican Rep.) joined a group tour to explore the TRU (Thompson Rivers University) campus in Kamloops, BC. As they walked around the campus and through many of the buildings, they learned more about the institution’s history, program offerings, campus services, other interesting facts and general information.

Most of our students who joined this tour were interested in International Trade. What are you planning to study at your university after learning English at inlingua Vancouver? Contact us for more information about our Academic Pathways to continue your education.

inlingua Vancouver English students visiting Thompson Rivers University