December is a very festive month in Canada. You can see, hear, and feel the Christmas spirit everywhere. Many students asked, “We don’t have families here to celebrate Christmas with, and stores are closed early. What can we do for fun during Christmas?” Here’s a little guide to help you (based on your budget) spend a lovely time during “the most wonderful time of the year”!
Free or by donation:
Times Colonist 2018 Christmas Lights Map (Drive around the city to see some of the most amazing Christmas light displays!)
Note: Many of these free events are actually for good causes. The donated money all go to charities which then go to those in need. If you can, help support these events with whatever much you can. Sharing makes us all richer!
With a small budget:
Skate with Santa ($2.00 when you bring a non-perishable food item!)
With a bigger budget:
Ballet Victoria – The Gift (featuring one of our many talented students, Davide!)
Victoria has so much more to offer for Christmas! If you’re the artistic kind, try out some of the Christmas-themed workshops around the town to make wreaths and seasonal decorations. If you are into music, there are caroling performances here and there in town. Best of all, organize your own caroling group!
A reminder: If you’re taking the public transportation to get around, it will be operating on a reduced schedule on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. And always remember to bundle up!
Do you want to improve your English but are overwhelmed with all the choices of language schools?
很多人在來加拿大前發現有無數的語言學校可以選擇，但是眼花撩亂之餘，是否不免覺得語言學校的課程千篇一律都是文法、寫作、聽力、對話。其實選擇語言學校最重要的依據非常簡單，就是學校的課程是否能幫助你達到所想要的語言目標。來過Real English Victoria (REV)的學生都能很有信心的告訴你，我們就是你要找的那間學校! REV能比其他學校夠有效率的幫助學生是因為我們獨一無二的”個人學習計畫書” (Individual Learning Plan)，我們透過以下方式來幫助學生達成他們的語言學習目標:
Many students face the choice of language schools before they even set foot in Canada. There might be tons of options, but students probably can’t help but notice that most schools offer the cookie-cutter kind of programs in which students sit in boring grammar, reading and writing, listening, and conversation classes.
Very often, students came into our school with a very vague idea, “I want to improve my English.”
Since at REV we know that a student’s motivation is a key factor to their success in language learning, the first thing we do is to take time to help students discover why they really want to learn English and what they truly want to achieve. These are definitely not easy questions to answer for some of them, as many of them are also just on their way to find out who they are and what they want in life.
REV teachers talk to students in depth before recommending a course for them because we know, unless the classes can be somewhat customized, they won’t truly suit and serve each student’s needs. At REV, you won’t find the conventional grammar, reading and writing, listening, and speaking classes. Instead, you’ll find an integrated program that is cut out for a student’s specific needs. I think it’s safe to say that no two students at REV are taking the exact same program because we tweak each class to help them achieve their different language learning goals.