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October 2006 issue

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Language and activities in Canada

Students studying in Canada are spoilt for choice when it comes to the specialist language and activity programmes on offer. Whether offering instruction in yoga or ice hockey, schools provide a fun learning environment.

We wanted a completely different kind of programme and our partners advised that this sort of course would be of interest in the Nordic countries,” explains Christina Gambrell, Marketing Manager at the University of Victoria English Language Centre, talking about the brand new language-and-ice hockey programme that has been launched by the centre.

“We have discussed collaboration with our athletics and recreation department for some time now and this was the result of our brainstorming,” she continues. “We have good hockey facilities in place on campus and in summer, we have access to National Hockey League quality coaches.”

Demand for language and activity programmes is booming in Canada, according to the many schools that offer such programmes. Institutions report that the decision to introduce a language course that dovetails with instruction in a particular activity was made in an effort to be innovative and grab the attention of potential students.

The Swiss International Sports and Education Centre has been running language and sports courses in Calgary since 2004 and Fred Voser at the school says that the concept has proved so successful that they are having to expand to accommodate more students. “I used to play professional ice hockey in Switzerland and now I am coaching,” he relates, when asked how the business first started. “For the past 10 years I’ve constantly had students asking me for opportunities to go to Canada to learn the language and play particular sports. Whatever request I have, I will create a programme for. I can accommodate almost every sport.”

As well as adding value and interest to a regular language course, combining language tuition with an activity can also aid language learning, according to Nadine Zerbel from International Language Schools of Canada. The organisation runs English through yoga courses at its schools in Vancouver and Toronto and Zerbel believes the programme is beneficial to students as yoga “helps reduce stress, and learning a new language can be stressful”.

She adds, “One third of the class time is spent doing the yoga postures, with accompanying instruction given by the teacher. Once the asana has been learned, individual students take turns giving the instruction to the class. It’s about assimilating the language physically and verbally.”

Another benefit for students on language and activity courses is the increased opportunities they provide for mixing with local people. Dale Lockhart from International Gateway Kelowna in Kelowna, BC, says that they decided to introduce combined courses to encourage students to learn new skills, experience nature and “practise their conversation skills with native speakers”.

The school offers language tuition combined with equestrian camps, ice hockey, soccer skills, rafting and a teen adventure camp. There are plans to diversify in the future to include a skiing/snowboarding programme as well as curling and a cowboy camp. “I think students are looking for innovative programmes and are starting to think ‘outside the box’,” says Lockhart. “Many of our ESL plus programmes are integrated with Canadian students so international students really enjoy them.”

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The following language schools, associations and accommodation providers advertised in the latest edition of Language Travel Magazine. If you would like more information on any of these advertisers, tick the relevant boxes, fill out your details and send.

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Company
Country

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ASSOCIATIONS/ GROUPS
Education New
       Zealand Trust
English Australia
Fedele
Feltom
Ialc
MEI~Relsa

WORKSHOPS/ EXPOS
English Australia
ICEF

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
       Authority

INSURANCE
InterGlobal Ltd.

STUDENT WEBSITES
language-
       programs.net

AUSTRALIA
Academies
       Australasia
Byron Bay English
       Language School
CHEC English
       Language Centre
ELSIS English
       Language School
 
      in Sydney
English Australia
GEOS Sydney
Global Village
       Sydney (Universal
       English College)
Monash University
Sydney Institute of
       TAFE
University of
       Newcastle
       Language
       Centre
University of
       Western Australia

CANADA
Archer Education
       Group
Vancouver English
       Centre

CHINA
Mandarin House

ENGLAND
Aspect (Australia,
       Canada, England,
       France,Germany,
       Ireland, Malta,
       New Zealand,
       Scotland, South
       Africa, Spain, USA)
Bell International
       (Malta, UK)
Ialc
LAL Language and
       Leisure (England,
       Malta, South Africa,
       USA)
Liverpool
       International
       Language
       Academy
Malvern House
Mountlands
       Language School
Oxford Intensive
       School of English
       (OISE) (Australia,
       England, France,
       Germany, Spain,
       USA)
Queen Ethelburga's
       College
St Giles Colleges
       (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)

FRANCE
EICAR- Paris
       International Film
       School
SILC - Séjours
       Internationaux
       Linguistiques &
       Culturels (England,
       France, Spain)

GERMANY
Prolog- International
       House Berlin

IRELAND
Emerald Cultural
       Institute
High Schools
       International (HSI)
       (England, Australia,
       Canada, Ireland,
       USA)
MEI~Relsa

JAPAN
ISI Language School

MALTA
EC - English
       Language Centres
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa)
Feltom
Malta Tourism
       Authority
NSTS (Head Office)

NEW ZEALAND
Education New
       Zealand Trust

RUSSIA
Language Link,
       Russia
Liden & Denz
       Language Centre
Moscow Linguistic
       Centre

SINGAPORE
inlingua Singapore

SPAIN
Fedele

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
       Colleges Ltd
       (Australia, Canada,
       China, Ecuador,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy,  Malta, New
       Zealand, Russia,
       Scotland, South
       Africa, Spain, USA)
Eurocentres
       International
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Italy,
       Japan, New
       Zealand, Russia,
       Spain, Switzerland,
       USA)

USA
American Language
       Communication
       Center (ALCC)
Hun School of
       Princeton, The
Kaplan Educational
       Centers (Canada,
       England, USA)
Program for
       American Language
       Studies (PALS)
University of
       California Riverside
University of West
       Florida
Zoni Language
       Centers