Thursday, February 07, 2019 / Published in CELPIP, Learning English

It is important that you do all of these activities EVERY DAY. If you are not living in an English-speaking country where you can go to shops, recreation/sports centres, restaurants, etc., and practice English, you need to spend as much time as possible each day doing something in English for at least a couple of hours. This will help you to practice thinking in English, too.

TV and Radio to improve listening

CBC News Listening (CELPIP Listening All Parts)

CBC TV Listening (CELPIP Listening All Parts especially Parts 4 & 5)

Websites to improve fluency (listening and speaking)

Rachel’s English Ben Franklin Exercises Listen to each video several times and repeat what Rachel and her guests say. If you practice these often you will improve your listening and speaking skills in a few weeks, even if you are not in an English country!

Songs to improve fluency

Listen to these songs and try to learn them. If you do this it will definitely help your ability to hear and speak English more quickly! Do not focus on YOUR pronunciation of the words that you see, focus on LISTENING TO THE SINGERS PRONUNCIATION OF GROUPS OF WORDS and you should do the same.

Pharrell Williams Happy or for the Weird Al Version (funny)

Frente singing Bizarre Love Triangle

Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now

Friday, December 14, 2018 / Published in Activities, Events, Holidays, Learning English, 中文

 

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:

Annual Gingerbread Showcase

Festival of Trees

Cookies and cocoa, Picture with Santa

Cookie Decorating at the Victoria Public Market

Government House Holiday Open House and Carol

Lights on the Gorge

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!)

Swim with Santa

With a bigger budget:

Ballet Victoria – The Gift (featuring one of our many talented students, Davide!)

The Magic of Christmas at The Butchart Gardens

Christmas at the Royal BC Museum

Christmas Workshop Series at the Victoria Public Market

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!

If you feel like getting out of town a bit, you can also head to Ladysmith for Festival of Lights, or to Sidney for Winspear Festival of Trees and Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt.  

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!