Thursday, September 20, 2018 / Published in Learning English

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!

Monday, September 10, 2018 / Published in Learning English, Special Programs

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 ( 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)

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 / Published in Learning English, Special Programs


Real English Victoria is quiet this week.


I don’t mean totally; I mean relatively.


From July 31st to August 8th, 20 students from Musashino Joshi Gakuin, a high school near Tokyo, descended on Victoria to investigate the differences between education, environmental protection, and nutrition between Japan and Canada.


The spaces at REV were perfect for small collaborative groups where students practiced their English in discussions and project-related activities, while Canadian buddies and experienced teachers helped students use English in more powerful ways.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018 / Published in Learning English
Kitchen sink? Kitchen table? Kitchen floor? How about…. kitchen grammar?!?!
Yesterday, I taught a grammar lesson in the kitchen. I’ve taught grammar in the kitchen before, too. Why?



Sunday, April 08, 2018 / Published in Learning English


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.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017 / Published in Learning English

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.


Wednesday, June 07, 2017 / Published in Learning 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.