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Canada Language Study

Grindrod, Canada

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School Introduction

Canada Language Study is a homestay school located in a rural area in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. It is near the town of Salmon Arm and between the larger towns of Kamloops and Kelowna that have Okanagan College and Thompson Rivers Univerity. It is about a 7 hour bus ride from Vancouver. This is a river valley with nature all around and forested hillsides. The home is on 20 hectares of nature with trees, wildflowers, a creek and nature trails. You can cycle the country roads to the Shuswap River which is close by. This is an almost 100 percent English speaking area. People are friendly and you will have lots of opportunities to use English and experience Canadian culture. The Greyhound bus stops at Salmon Arm where I will meet you. There is also an airport at Kelowna which is a two hour drive from here.

The teacher qualifications (BA English, CERTESL Certificate) are certified by TESL Canada. TESL Canada sets standards for teachers of English as a Second Language.

ESL Program Introduction

This is a total immersion English language program. English is fully integrated into daily life. This should provide you with fast progress. You will use English and only English all day, every day for everything. There are 5 hour classes every day, Monday to Friday, plus homework and opportunities for individualized learning. The program will be customized and individualized to meet your needs. There are only 2 or 3 other students. Activities in the communilty such as pot luck dinners, musical events, visiting farmer's markets and watching live theatre are also part of the curriculum. You will use English, not just study it. There is a good variety of text books and listening material. The main focus is on conversation - speaking and listening and pronunciation - but reading and writing is also included for an integrated program. This program is available for all levels of students - beginner, intermediate and advanced. The teacher will always be available for you. You and the other students and the teacher are the household for the time you are here. You will participate in normal daily life such as helping, based on your ability and interest, in cooking, eating and clearing up after. This is an experience in international living.

Background Data

Schedule & Fees

Four (4) week program
single room $3, 300 in Canadian money
shared room $3, 150 in Canadian money

This includes everything - tuition, supplies and materials and use of books, registration, homestay (food, mainly organic, and room and use of house and bicycle), all entrance fees for activities and events, transportation by teacher- driven private car (no local bus) to all events, teacher support if needed any time, pick up at local bus station, and drop off at bus station. Airport pick up at Kelowna instead of bus is the only additional cost.

Starting dates for 2010 are:
session 1 Jan 3
session 2 Jan 31
session 3 Feb 28
session 4 March 28
session 5 May 4
session 6 May 30
session 7 June 27
session 8 July 25
session 9 Ausust 29
session 10 October 3
session 11 Nov 7
session 12 Dec 5
Other dates can be arranged.

Special Courses & Features

Housing/Accommodation Info

The homestay school is in a three bedroom full basement house. Each room has individual heat control and a nature view. The bathroom is shared and there is a second one downstairs. Female students will use the two bedrooms on the main floor. There is a small room in the lower level for male students. There is another bathroom in the basement. This ensures comfort and privacy for students. I am a female teacher. Each room has a TV monitor for watching movies and a radio/CD/cassette player. You have a bicycle to use for the summer and snowshoes for the winter. The house is located in a rural area on 20 hectares of nature - trees, wildflowers, creek, nature trails. You can bicycle to the Shuswap River close by or visit organic farms in the neighbourhood. Also, there are lots of local nature parks we can drive to. There are also four small communities within a 30 minute drive for lots of cultural and community activities and events for using your English. You and other students will decide where you want to go.

Contact Info

Canada Language Study
Box 35,
430 Old Sicamous Road,
Grindrod (near Salmon Arm),
British Columbia
Canada V0E 1Y0

Tel
1-250-838-6101
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