It’s that time of year again… the leaves are falling, the nights are cooler, and people all over Victoria start drinking pumpkin spice lattes. Fall has arrived!
Do you like this season? Victoria normally has a very nice fall. Especially in the first few weeks, the weather is often dry and clear; this means blue skies, golden sunshine, and orangey-red leaves. I love it! Soon after, the rains will start to come. The fallen leaves will become slippery, and the sidewalks will be full of puddles – so watch your step!
What do we eat in fall? This is when Canadians start to cook more winter dishes. These include soups, stews, and anything with squash in it. We also like to drink pumpkin spice lattes, gingerbread lattes, and peppermint mochas. Some people complain when coffee shops start offering these drinks at the end of August!
What about fall activities? Well, some people will go camping on the weekend. It is a little colder than in August, but September is our last chance to get out into the forest, so some die-hard (crazy, committed) camping fans will still do it! Most farmers markets run until the middle or end of the month as well, so don’t miss this chance to stock up on (buy lots of) local vegetables.
Orange leaves, hot drinks, and cool weather… have a great fall!
I have decided to start an intensive course at our school for those who want to take the CELPIP* test at Real English Victoria. So many people want to know how to prepare properly and what things they can do to increase their score on the test. But there is so little information and books available, there are few options in Victoria.
Intensive Preparation Course for CELPIP*
9 Weeks: October 1st – November 30th, 2018
Time: 4:30PM – 6:30PM (90 hours)
Cost: $1740 + tax
This is the BEST preparation course in Victoria and it will cover every section of the test multiple times. I am very serious about student results, so the course has been designed to give you the confidence to take the CELPIP* test and help you to move up from 5~6, 6~7, 7~8, or 8~9.
If you follow the exclusive REV system, you will improve quickly. Each week you will practice reading and writing in the first hour and listening and speaking in the second hour of the class. Outside of class, you will be able to plan activities or homework, depending on how you enjoy learning. Some people might prefer to work on writing, while others prefer listening, speaking, or reading at home.
In my next post, I will talk about the different sections of the test, occasionally providing you with videos and websites that I think will help you master the CELPIP* test! But if you really want a good chance of getting the score you need, or if your only goal is to improve your English skills, coming to my class in Victoria will be the best way for you to ace the CELPIP*.
Visit our website (https://realenglishvictoria.com) for more information and check back here in a couple of days for the first post to help you with CELPIP*.
*CELPIP is a registered trademark of Paragon Testing Enterprises. Real English Victoria Language Co-op is not a licensed provider of CELPIP services or testing. It solely provides test preparation for the CELPIP test.
Download: Intensive CELPIP Program (PDF)
Lots of people want to come to Canada to attend university or college, or even high school. At most English schools you will be able to study general, business, or academic English. Unfortunately, however, most schools do not prepare students for doing anything in business or academic English. Most classes are just vocabulary. Often students believe that all they need is more vocabulary and better grammar. This is usually not the problem.
On August 6th, 2018, up to 100 of the best and brightest English language learners will gather together in Victoria to tell the world what youth have to say about the future. Real English Victoria is working with Rethink Thinking and Royal Roads University to give youth from ages 14-21 the opportunity to share ideas and visions of the future from the unique perspective of today’s younger generation.
The Global Explorers Program will help you to improve your English while you explore Victoria and Vancouver Island. Learn about tourism and how it shapes your world and how you can become a part of a global movement to inspire youth to take control of what affects them.
Come to beautiful British Columbia, Canada and be a part of the change that you need to make the future a better place for us all!
Become a Global Explorer today! Contact us for more information.
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.
I was 14 years old when I first really understood that French was a language.
…what?!? You didn’t know that?
Of course I did! I had studied French since elementary school, and my brain knew that it was a language. However, I only heard French in the classroom; it was just a school subject. Finally, when I was on holiday with my family in Mexico, I heard some other tourists speaking French. Suddenly, I understood: French is not just a school subject – it is real communication for real people. That was a real eye-opener for me [something surprising that taught me about life].
Language is much more than a school subject. Language is the way we interact with our world: we build relationships, solve problems, and express our emotions. Language is powerful, complex, and fascinating. If we only learn language in the classroom, we will not understand it completely. That’s why we must go outside and use our language with real people in real situations.
This is why we encourage REV students to practice English by doing real things. In Power Speaking, we visit art galleries during the Art & Décor unit and we interview a music teacher during the Books & Music unit. In Skill-Building, we go outside to grocery stores, restaurants, and cafes. In Project, we make phone calls, interview professionals, and organize events. It’s all real!
Did you know that writing a blog or recording video logs, can greatly increase the speed at which you improve your English? Letting other people see your mistakes and watch you fix them has a lot of benefits. I always encourage students to listen to and watch themselves speaking English. This will help you know what you sound like and what you look like when you are communicating with others in English.
“How ya gittin’ on, b’ys?”
Everywhere you go in the world people speak English just a little bit differently. Everyone knows that British folks sound different than those born in Canada and the United States. But did you know how differently English is spoken in various regions of Canada? Did you know that there are quite a number of Canadians who were born here, but they have never had to learn English? Of course, I am sure you are aware of the same phenomena in your own or other countries in the world.