There are many cultural and outdoor activities this Month for international students who are here to learn English. Don’t miss the street festivals, sightseeing tours, sports, and beer/wine tasting tours. There will be many new things to talk about!
The winter was fun, but we had enough cold and rain for a while. Vancouver is now in full bloom with blossoming trees all around the city, and people in their colorful summer clothing. Grab a few friends with to chat while enjoying variety of activities that you can do in this beautiful city.
Don’t know how to start? Here are a few suggestions from our student counsellor, Junior! The suggested activities for English students are grouped according to the region of the city that they are available in.
Spanish Banks is one of the nicest beaches Vancouver. You can play Beach Volleyball, Beach Soccer, or just go for a walk along the ocean and enjoy the soft sand and the sun.
Locarno Beach Park is great for typical Canadian outdoor activities such as picnics and barbecues on its huge lawn.
At the heights of Point Grey, in the area of UBC (University of British Columbia), we have the Museum of Anthropology (MOA). The museum houses many famous totems and displays world arts and cultures. It is a must see in Vancouver.
Kitsilano Beach is considered to be the best beach in town by many people. If not the best, it’s certainly the most famous. Some areas such as the public swimming pool are open during the hot season only. There are many free and paid sports to play here, in addition to sunbathing with a view of the ocean and the mountains.
Wreck Beach is also located on the campus of UBC. A section of the Wreck beach is Canada’s first and largest, legal, clothing-optional beach. There you will find trails, music, and a magical sunset.There are also relics of the second world war along the beach.
Stanley Park is one of the most famous parks in Canada and among the largest urban parks in the world. It offers many public activities with its lakes, beaches, restaurants, bike paths, gardens, tennis courts, and more. Even the Vancouver Aquarium is located in Stanley Park. The shows of Beluga whales and dolphins are well worth the admission fee. This park is one of the most famous sights of the city and you can not miss visiting.
English Bay is where The Celebration of Light (an international fireworks competition) takes place. It is perhaps the first place visited by tourists and international students. This is an easily accessible location which is an excellent place to relax and enjoy the beautiful sunset in summertime.
The Harbour Centre is the third tallest skyscraper in the city of Vancouver. Known also as the “Vancouver Lookout”, its dome reaches a height of about 150 meters and with its 360-degree viewing deck, it also serves as a tourist attraction, offering a physically unobstructed view of the city. The admission tickets are valid for the whole day and you could go back in the evening if you want to see the city lights from above.
BC Place is the home field for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League and the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer. It was the Olympic Stadium during the 2010 Winter Olympic and 2010 Paralympics and has hosted the CFL Grey Cup eight times. It went through a major renovation and reconfiguration in 2010, and reopened on September 2011 as the world’s largest cable supported retractable roof stadium.
Rogers Arena is right beside BC Place. It is home to the Vancouver Canucks and was the site for the ice hockey events at the 2010 Winter Olympics. BC place is the host for many notable events.
PNE offers more cultural activities with its fairs, seasonal amusement park, and arena. It usually begins in mid-August and ends in early September. There are also Vancouver Giants games coming up in addition to the other shows. The Vancouver Giants are a major junior ice hockey team.
Vancouver offers many other attractions beside these. Come back to read our future posts about other beaches, regions and different activities that you should’t miss.
Some of these attractions are available in student activities calendar. Click here to see the current calendar. Contact our activities coordinator or reception for more information.
Warning: Some attractions above are subject to availability and rates.
Dear friends, agents, and students;
We are approaching maximum capacity for the summer months of May, June and July.
We still have space in August, for those students who want to enjoy Vancouver in the summer. September and on are fully open.
So we will soon need to stop new registrations for these 3 months, May, June and July, in 1 or 2 weeks.
New registrations in this period will be accepted on a “First come, first served” basis. We will unfortunately need to reject some applications soon.
New Students who postpone from May or June and want to start in July are not guaranteed a spot. They can start in August or later.
Current students who take a vacation in May will not be guaranteed a spot in June or July, unless their vacation was scheduled at the moment of registrations. We will accept vacations flexibly if the return date is in August or later. If the intended return date was in July, a spot is not guaranteed.
We still have space in August, for those students who want to enjoy Vancouver in the summer. September and on are fully open.
It’s that time of the year again; spring has sprung and the school barbecues are happening!
Beach volleyball, soccer, sightseeing and shopping tours, biking, and many more fun activities are waiting for you this month!
What could be better than having so much fun? Only one thing can, which is having fun while speaking English with your friends, teachers, and classmates!
April Activities Calendar is ready for English students! Stay in touch with our activities coordinator to receive the most recent updates and advice on what to do after school in Vancouver.
Spring blossoms, sunshine, sightseeing, ocean kayaking, soccer, Sun Run, Umbrella Dance, and more… April is such a great month when the city of Vancouver begins to show its pink, fragrant skin (spring blossoms), deep blue ocean during bright days and glittering city lights at night, and huge green parks full of new adventures!
Do you know when you bring and when you take something somewhere? It can get confusing because the meaning of the two words are very similar. If the direction of the movement is towards the speaker, the word “bring” is used. “Take” is used if the movement is going away from the speaker.
Here are some examples:
Do you want to try it yourself? See if you can find the correct answer:
The Homestay families are very good. They are carefully selected among the families who take a genuine joy and interest in doing Homestay and are happy to have students in their homes. you will be placed in a house with a Canadian family, no more than 45 minutes from inlingua Vancouver campuses, and who speak English as their main language at home. We can guarantee that there will be no more students who speak your same language. You can enjoy meals at home because you will be one of the family members.
The Student House is fun, safe, and comfortable environment where you can make new friends who are also learning English. Currently there are two houses located conveniently for easy commute to school. There are rules and limitations, but the two most important rules of the house are speaking English and and having fun with friends.
For more information about accommodation in Vancouver for international English students, visit our website or connect with our student house and homestay coordinators on Facebook:
Do you like poetry? Do you write poems? You will be surprised to find out that you can write pretty entertaining poems while practicing English. An easy way to come up with an idea is using patterns to create a pile of words, and then connecting those words in a meaningful way. It doesn’t have to be too logical, nor has to follow each grammatical rule because poetry is a form of art; but you do need to connect the meanings by tying the story together.
Here is an example to practice verb consistency by using it as a pattern. Tense confusion is something you should pay attention to when writing in English.
The sun rose
Knocked on my window
The sound woke me up
And I saw the light
Opened the window
Welcomed the shine inside
Wore it on my skin
Like a dress made of silk
Radiating the fragrance of spring
Are you ready to play and create your own poem? Try it, pick the first memory that comes to your mind now and create a fictional story starting from there. Feel free to share it (as a comment or on Facebook) if you write one! 🙂
Are you tongue-tied when you try to speak English? Do you want to know how to gain confidence in yourself and speak fluently? Even people who speak it at more advanced levels have started from the bottom. Use their secrets for your success!
Putting the pieces together
One must take into account the different aspects that make their English better: knowing and choosing appropriate vocabulary, learning correct grammatical structures of sentences, clear pronunciation, correctly placed phonetic accents, not to mention the pace and intonation. You must work on all of these points if you want to improve your spoken English.
When it comes to interacting with other people, it involves both speaking and listening. Pay attention to how the other person uses different strategies to communicate effectively with emphasis on certain words, expressions or paraphrases like “You know what I mean?” / “Do you agree?”.
It’s not just what you say…
Nonverbal communication is very important, even for native speakers. Use gestures, body language and facial expressions to accompany your words or emphasize what you say. And always study what the other person says with his body language.
Sing a song in English!
Music is an excellent way to improve your spoken English, practice rhythm of language and learn new expressions. Look up the lyrics of your favorite songs online and then sing along. You can also improve listening skills by writing down the song lyrics yourself instead of looking them up.
Take a chance!
You need to have a positive attitude to improve your English. Take every opportunity to practice. Talk to people at parties, help a tourist who seems to have been lost or simply answer questions that your teacher asks during English classes.
Think in English every day.
This is a good way to improve your speaking and you can practice anywhere, anytime. At home, you can talk to yourself while cooking food or doing chores. Try to describe what you see around when you are taking the transit. Recall what happened during the day before going to sleep at night.
Listen to your own voice.
You might not like hearing your own voice, but this is a very effective way to find out what you need to improve on your spoken English. Record yourself while you talk and then listen to the recording or get advice from someone who’s a native English speaker.
Keep a voice journal.
Record your voice diary in English every night instead of writing it down. At the end of the year you’ll remember the important things that have happened as well as track the progress you have made.
Learn English at inlingua Vancouver.
If you feel that you need more practice and want to interact with people who want to learn English as you do too, why not take an English course at inlingua Vancouver? It is one of the most prestigious language schools in Canada, and you can speak English from your first lesson. Plus you’ll make friends from different countries and enjoy your time in beautiful Vancouver; a clean, safe city with high living standards. It will be a pleasure having you at inlingua Vancouver! Do not miss this opportunity to learn English now.
Make English-speaking friends.
If you really want to learn English, you need to be with people who know how to speak this language. This does NOT mean that they have to be native speakers only. English is a language spoken by millions of people worldwide, mainly as a second language. Therefore learning to understand different accents is also important.
Experience the great advantage of learning English at inlingua Vancouver!
The last ski and snowboard trips of this season will be during March. Make sure to sign up for these activities on announced dates to secure your spot. Sightseeing and shopping trips, hockey games, playing soccer, any many other activities will continue as usual this month. Speak English everywhere!