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I would like to share an English writing exercise that our student Koko wrote last term. Her teacher Troy was very happy with the result of this assignment. Koko is already in 3B now!


ESL student Koko with her ESL teacher ElizabethI think there are advantages and disadvantages learning in the country where it is spoken.
In my case, I’m studying English in Canada, and I’m very satisfied with my decision.
First, I’m going to tell you about advantages. One advantage is that we can be taught grammar and pronunciation by a native speaker. In fact, I was able to catch myself many times. Another advantage is that we can make a lot of friends from other countries. I made many Brazilian friends. I’m so happy to have met them because they persuaded me to go to Brazil. On the other hand, there are also disadvantages. For me, the biggest disadvantage was concerned money. I had to save money for over 1 year to come to Vancouver. Even though there are disadvantages in terms of learning English in an English country, I recommend going to Vancouver, because there is a terrific school called “Inlingua” there!!

Koko (Naoko Hashikawa) – 3A – Upper Intermediate

(see the original below)

English Writing Assignment


We will continue to provide affordable bento boxes to our ESL students for a limited time. It will continue to be available if there is enough interest. You can ask reception to check the availability.

You can buy lunchboxes between 12:00 – 12:20
at Gastown Campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays;
at Granville Campus on Thursdays.

Price: $5 for box, $3 for Sushi.

lunch boxes are available for ESL students


This is a short composition from one of our Brazilian students.  Andressa has been studying at inlingua vancouver since April. This composition was written for her final exam, June 25th.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Learning a language in a country where it is spoken:

Studying English in an English country is better than learning English in your country. For example, here in Vancouver I’ve been able to improve my English since my first day when I was asking for help to find my lost cellphone inside the airplane. At inlingua Vancouver we have native speakers teachers and this fact helps us to understand and speak words correctly, like “Canadians”.

One of the negative aspects is that you have to stay away from your family and friends. So if you are not used to living without your parents, probably your first month will be hard.

In my opinion, learning English in Vancouver was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. Because I studied English in Brazil for 4 years and I didn’t know how to speak English. And now, in just 3 months in Canada, I’m able to speak and understand English easily and quickly.”

Andressa Lopes Amaral – Final Exam – Writing Test – Level 3A


Our Study and Work Program student Thiago, who works at Starbucks as a barista, is in this 25th year celebration video of Starbucks Canada!

Jump to the 55th second if you can’t wait to see him. Doesn’t he look handsome?


There are volunteer opportunities available for ESL students in Vancouver. Evergreen is a national charity that helps improve environment. Come out and help yourself by helping the earth! Contact Junior for more information, or go to Evergreen Events Calendar.

Click here to see the information about this Sunday’s volunteer experience.


You can download the inlingua Vancouver ESL Activities Calendar for July 2012. Every day is an opportunity to speak English!



inlingua Vancouver is recruiting students to volunteer at the Global Relay – Gastown Grand Prix on July 11, 2012. This is a great opportunity to practice English that you learn in the classroom in a Canadian cultural event! The students who volunteer will receive a free t-shirt and a delicious dinner.

Please contact your counselor for more information on volunteer opportunities.


ESL registration news from inlingua VancouverTHANK YOU!

Thank you for your support and thanks for choosing inlingua Vancouver!

We have an important announcement to make about the month of July 2012:

  • We are full for July 2012 in our regular ESL courses.
  • We will accept new registrations starting from July 30 2012.
  • For July 3, 9, 16 and 23, we will NOT accept new registrations in our IP1 Intensive, SE Star English or PT1 Part time programs.
  • During July 2012, we will still be open for new students taking our afternoon program SE Afternoon – from 1 pm to 4 pm, and also open for the following specialized courses: IELTS 5.0, IELTS 6.5, Cambridge FCE, Cambridge CAE and TOEFL.

Please keep this in mind when registering.

Register now as spaces are limited !


Commercial Drive is a great place to cruise around and explore during nice spring days and evenings. “The Drive” is always lively with it’s Italian spirit. There are many local or international students, artists, and bohemians walking around the Drive, spending time at one of the many coffee shops or restaurants. You can check out the public events on www.thedrive.ca. You can find many ethnic cuisines and try different flavors on the Drive. It might be a fun student group outing. June 10th is a great day to visit the Drive because it’s Italian Day and there will be lots going on!


You can download the inlingua Vancouver ESL Activities Calendar for June 2012. Every day is an opportunity to speak English!

Monthly ESL student activities