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Issue 28
Summer 2016

Message from CINEC

Are you inspired by summer? Is it an opportunity for you to break free from routine or is it just a time of year when it gets ridiculously hot? Here at CINEC, school is out for the summer, but...

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•   Message from CINEC
•   Summer Programs

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What a wonderful summer we have had in Vancouver! It was a pleasure hosting four different groups of students and teachers from Shanghai, Wenzhou and Jiaxing for the past month and a half. In partnership with the Vancouver and New Westminster School Board’s International Summer Programs, each group of students enjoyed a Canadian classroom experience with a certified teacher; travelled to many tourist attractions around the city; and lived with Canadian homestay families throughout their stay. Every group also made a trip out to Victoria and visited the Butchart Gardens and Parliament Buildings. Although they visited some of the same places, each group also had some unique experiences.

The students from Jiaxing BCOSS with their principal Ms. Block and vice principal Ms. Mercer at the Butchart Gardens.   Our students with our homestay host George.

Our first group of students from Shanghai, only in grades 4-6, immersed themselves in the English language with Mr. Green in the morning, followed by exciting trips to various places around Vancouver including: Granville Island, Lynn Canyon, Grouse Mountain, Stanley Park, Gastown, and UBC. Three places that this younger group got to enjoy were the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, where they were able to feed ducks and Canada geese; Science World, where they engaged in many fascinating science experiments and detective work; and White Rock Beach, where a student amazingly found a treasure in the sand.

Mr. Green shakes hands with students on the first day of class.   A final photo with Mr. Green at the closing ceremony.
The guide talks about where birds are located in the sanctuary.   Feeding ducks in the sanctuary.
Students walk across Lynn Canyon suspension bridge.   A student tries to move the ball through the loop in Science World.

A student finds a ring on White Rock Beach.

Our New Westminster group from Wenzhou not only studied English in the classroom, but also played some popular Canadian sports, such as hockey and kickball. They also spent one afternoon doing photo scavenger hunts at a shopping mall and park. The scavenger hunt was a great way for them to be outside the classroom and practice English, because some photos required them to ask locals for assistance. The next day, they shared their experience with the entire class. What a unique way to learn English!


The next group from Wenzhou -many from our BC Offshore Schools (BCOSS)- not only stayed in Vancouver for the summer program, but also extended their trip to Eastern Canada, where they visited different Canadian universities, such as the University of Toronto, McGill University, McMaster University, and the University of Ottawa to name a few. They were given a tour at each university and even stayed in the dormitories at some universities. They visited Old Montreal, Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Mont Royal and the famous Niagara Falls. Many Canadians have not even been to all those places, so it was a real treat for these students!

Group photo at Stanley Park.   Playing frisbee at Peace Arch Park.
One student uses English to describe a picture while other students try to draw what they hear.   Closing ceremony with their Canadian teachers.
Campus tour at Queen's University.   University of Waterloo's academic advisor talks about how to apply to the university.
Ottawa's Parliament Hill   Saint Joseph’s Oratory at Montreal
Double rainbow! We don't get to see it often.   Students go on a boat tour at the Niagara Falls.

Our final group from our BCOSS in Jiaxing spent their first week entirely in the classroom, immersing themselves in English instruction with two fantastic teachers. During the closing ceremony, some students shared their thoughts on Canadian culture from what they experienced in just a few short days. One class sang a song from the movie Zootopia by Shakira called “Try Everything”, an inspirational song that encourages people to not give up and give everything a try. This is a good message for anyone learning a language: to try and speak as much of the language as possible and not be afraid of making mistakes. We hope our students continue to challenge themselves in this way.

Students do writing exercises in the classroom.   Students enjoy their snacks at the school cafeteria.
Group photos at the school's closing ceremony.   Info session at SFU.
Photo with Mr. Baboi at SFU after the campus tour.   Students enjoy themselves at Bow Falls near Banff.
An unexpected visitor takes a photo with us on the Athabasca Glacier.   "We didn't feel cold at all."

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