Q: What was the best part of your trip?
Holly said without any hesitation, "Being able to communicate with people". Holly and her husband Tyler are nature lovers and decided to visit Japan as their honeymoon destination.
Holly studied Japanese at Aardvark 1 year prior to taking her trip to Japan. As a result of her language skills in Japanese, they achieved A LOT in Japan. The couple made Japanese friends on Shinkansen(bullet trains) and ate dinner with them at a local restaurant with no other tourists. They also rented a car, drove to a rural area of Shikoku and climbed a beautiful Mount Iyofuji. When the GPS App on her phone was wrong, HOLLY was able to ask people in Japanese for directions, which made the Japanese people happy to help them.
Learning language is not only for the convenience of the trip but also gives you heartfelt memories and stories to tell. It is strongly recommended to learn the local language, wherever you plan to go, before the trip in order to fully experience the vibes of your destination.
Contact Aardvark and be ready for your next trip. We teach Japanese, French and Spanish.
Study English ESL in Barrie Ontario Canada!!!
Aardvark Learning Academy located in Barrie ON, 60 minutes north of Toronto, offers elite ESL/English programs for groups and individuals visitors from all over the world to learn English. Aardvark has 5*** rating on Google because we have a proven track record of helping adult ESL students achieve outstanding results in English, including IELTS, English Skills (all levels) and University preparation courses.
Outdoor Lifestyle in Barrie ON!
Barrie Ontario is beautifully located beside Lake Simcoe and provides outdoor experiences that you cannot miss while studying English in Canada. In Barrie you can go fruit picking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking in the summer months. And in winter, you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, skating, even ice fishing. While you studying English at Aardvark Learning Academy, you can experience the real Canadian outdoors and use English everyday in your activities.
Aardvark offers group classes ($30 per hour) with certified Canadian English teachers for the students of all ages, and all English levels from Beginners to Advanced courses. If you are a looking for private English class in order to improve your English, we can tailor your class specifically to meet your English goals and working lifestyle.
English at Aardvark
The English courses at Aardvark Learning Academy are specifically designed by Dr Jeff to deliver results for ESL-Adults, based on his 23 years teaching academic English at University and Colleges internationally and in Canada. Take one class at Aardvark and find out for yourself that the University Preparation (EAP), IELTS, CELPIP and Intensive English programs are for real.
Aardvark Learning Academy pride itself on delivering results for students, just like you to realize their goals and dreams with English ESL. Whether you want to study IELTS / CELPIP / or English for Academic Purposes for University preparation, Aardvark has a proven track record of helping ESL adults succeed.
Contact us today: firstname.lastname@example.org regarding English language ESL learning in Barrie.
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Ontario students struggling with math, testing reveals — province announces $200 payouts, ‘action teams’
By Kristin RushowyQueen's Park Bureau
Isabel TeotonioEducation Reporter
Thu., Oct. 20, 2022 timer4 min. read
The 2021-22 results, released Thursday morning, show that just 47 per cent of Grade 6 students are meeting the provincial standard in math.Toronto Star
The province is promising “math action teams” to help struggling schools following the release of dismal scores in Ontario-wide testing, as well as regular screening in the early grades to help identify reading troubles.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce made the announcement Thursday afternoon, just hours after the Education Quality and Accountability Office posted details of last spring’s testing of students, which found 59 per cent of Grades 3 students met the provincial standard in math — equivalent to an A or B — while just 47 per cent of Grade 6 students did.
Lecce also provided details of the province’s payout to parents, a $365-million fund that will provide $200 per child up to age 18, and $250 for those with special needs up to age 21. The money is to cover private tutoring or supplies for their children — although parents aren’t expected to submit any proof of how it is spent — and applications are now being accepted online.
By Dr Jeff Hawkins
A question I often am asked from my adult ESL students from around the globe (Indonesia, Mexico, Spain, Russia, Middle East) is what is the difference between IELTSs and or CELPIP. This blog addresses this question.
Overview: Why English Language Tests?
Increasingly today, countries require evidence a total score from an ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST like IELTS that you have proficiency in English and are ready to enter the workforce and contribute to society in the official language or languages of that place.
For example, if you decide to immigrate to the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, you will need to show proof of your English language skills and that is the why you must write an English language test like IELTS< CELPIP. These different TESTS determine and score English language ability based on 4 key skills in SPEAKING< READING< WRITING>LISTENING.
The score is based on academic ability in the 4 key skills. I mean to say all of these English Tests are fundamentally ACADEMIC tests of English skills even though the general test for Immigration purposes is easier than the academic test to enter University.
Why so hard?
A very important point to remember is that none of the English language test that I have named above is easy to do because no person is strong in all 4 skills of English (reading, writing, listening and speaking). At Aardvark, I help ESL Adults that struggle gigantically with ONE or TWO aspects of the test. Either writing, reading or another student will want Speaking and Listening, it all depends on which area you need to focus on.
At Aardvark, we adapt our ESL program to meet the students test requirements. Recently, I had one gentleman from Mexico that only wanted LISTENING and we focused for 20 hours on Listening skills. You can easily see that he is going to CRUSH the CELPIP or IELTS listening section when he takes the test in December 2021.
IELTS: INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST
The IELTS test is the oldest and most recognized English Proficeiny test around the globe for ESL adults that want to attend University or for immigration purposes. For those looking to go to any country internationally not just Canada, you should take the IELTS test, as it is the gold standard in English Language testing.
The IELTS test is the father of all other English language test and many of the newer tests follow the IELTS format in listening, speaking, reading and writing in order to evaluate and score a person English language proficiency.
A key difference of the IELTS test is that on the LISTENING section, the IELTS Test uses native speakers with accents from all around the globe that includes: Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, United States. As a result, the IELTS test listening section can be much harder than the CELPIP because the student (YOU) must be able to understand the accent and intonation of British English. This can be quite a challenge for someone that has lived only in Canada for the last 10 years and is accustom to the sounds, register of Canadian English.
If you are prepared to write the IELTS, you can score well on any other English language tests – no mistake.
CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) is an English language proficiency test.
The CELPIP test much like the IELTS follows the format of Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking.
The key difference is that the listening section ONLY USES Canadian speakers and Canadian accents. This can be a huge advantage for anyone that has lived in Canada for a number of years or studied Canadian English.
The CELPIP test is usually taken to enter Canadian University or for permanent residency purposes. That is to say, to become a permanent residence of Canada you can take the CELPIP test to increase your overall immigration score. The CELPIP test also offers more VISUAL input online to make the test more user friendly. However, like the CELPIP is very difficult to score well on and one must know the testing tricks of the trade to perform well and realize your dream of becoming a permanent resident of Canada.
There is nothing usual or normal about taking the IELTS or CELPIP English Test. Instead, theses test are high stakes and measured on academic performance alone. In other words, no academic ability means NO SCORE on the IELTS or CELPIP.
Even a native speaker of English will have difficulty passing the tests without preparation or help from an experienced IELTS / CELPIP teacher. Just because you have lived in Canada for 20 years, does not mean you will automatically pass the CELPIP test. Below are a few tips to get you started to help with your test.
TIP #1: The test is a performance, a dramatic performance and you need to be ready to provide an extra ordinary amount of detail on every section of the test: namely the WRITING and SPEAKING sections. No details, no high score.
TIP #2: Vocabulary and Grammar: You need to show synonyms in the speaking and writing sections as well as control over more complex grammar such as the present perfect (have eaten, have seen). Better vocabulary and grammar show the examiner that you are a fluent speaker of English. DO NOT use the same words and grammar again and again if you want to score high.
TIP #3: READING & LISTENING: Is all about the key words and the ability to identify the key words in reading and the listening section.
Although the CELPIP and IELTS are essentially different tests the underlying English language skills you need are ACADEMIC in English. Give us an email today firstname.lastname@example.org today and you will quickly achieve your academic test goals.
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