Preparing Students for University

On April 1, 2016, our 150 level class held a poster presentation, which was well attended by students and staff. This assignment provided our advanced level students with an opportunity to work on a project that closely resembles the type of work that will be required at the university level. Each of the participating students took the time to provide more insight into their projects:

Shan Shan, China

Topic: Long-term care in Canada

IMG_0206Why did you choose this topic? I chose this topic because I would like to choose public health as my future area. I am more focused on the preventions of chronic diseases, but I know that long-term care is another important aspect of public health. I know that Canada is well known as a welfare state, which started to build its long-term care system in the 1960s. I’d like to learn how the system runs. Meanwhile, as the aging problem is getting more and more serious, Canada is going to face the problem soon. Both Canadian citizens and people who want to immigrate to Canada need to know if the governments will be able to deal with the problem in the forthcoming years. I thought that I could do research on this topic to teach my audiences about the long-term care system in Canada.

What was the most interesting thing that you learned? I learned that nowadays, researchers and employees who work in long-term care (LTC) facilities are paying attention to the quality of life of the residents who live in the LTC facilities, and they are using a system to invite residents to report their quality of life through it. This shows an important change in this area. I’d like to learn more about this topic in the future.

Youjin Kim, Korea

IMG_0209Topic: How Kinesins Move on Microtubules – The Controversial Moving Mechanism of the Kinesin Motor Protein. In this topic, I briefly introduced what kinesins are and compared two models that explain the moving mechanism of kinesins.

Why did you choose this topic? I chose this topic because I have a profound interest in proteins and also want to make people know how interesting proteins are. The reason why I picked kinesins among many candidate proteins is that these proteins still have unrevealed parts, which make an attractive controversy. In addition, the video that describes kinesins’ movements looks pretty interesting, so I thought it could stimulate others’ curiosities.

What was the most interesting thing that you learned? I learned a lot through this project, but if I should pick the only one thing, I learned how scientists support their arguments logically and scientifically. Because I compared two models supported by different scientists, I had a chance to analyze their conflicting arguments and evidence. I think this experience will help me a lot when I write my own research paper someday in future.

Zhenyu Qiu, China

Topic: Smog control in China

Why did you choose this topic? An important IMG_0205reason was that smog is an environmental issue that is tightly related to Chinese residents’ daily life; I used to live there and my family is still there. That was an interesting and new topic for me; I’d like to learn more about it to increase my knowledge. Also, it is good to know some methods, for individuals, to make efforts to improve the current situation. I hope to consciously try to prevent some lifestyles that are not environmental friendly.

What was the most interesting thing that you learned? It was a sad topic, and there were a lot of facts that depressed me. Perhaps it was interesting to learn about the corruption. It is pretty ironic to know that some of the taxes we paid were used by some government officials to protect those companies that were polluting the environment; in another word, we are paying taxes to hurt ourselves. I hope this can be changed as soon as possible.

Yilin Wang. China

Topic: Inflation

IMG_0213Why did you choose this topic? I choose this topic because I leaned Economics when I was in high school. After that I became interested in how the market works. Inflation places a major role in economy and most people have a bad attitude about inflation. My goal is trying to tell the real story about inflation.

What was the most interesting thing that you learned? I think the most interesting thing that I have learned is making a poster. I am use to writing an essay in order to show my research. It was the first time that I had to make a poster and I found it very interesting. I felt that I taught knowledge to others and I was very proud of my poster.

Zhihao Zeng, China

Topic: The contamination of plastic in the Pacific OceanIMG_0215

Why did you choose this topic?  When I was doing my research, I found a special term called “the Great Pacific Garbage Patch” on a website. As I did more research on it, I became very interested in the topic. I started to worry about our environment and our future. I selected this topic because I really want to educate people about the truth of plastic; it is destroying our planet.

What was most interesting thing that you learned? The most interesting and cruel thing that I learned is how plastic influences the marine animals in the ocean. I felt sick when I saw how the turtles and seals were entangled by plastic products. I can’t even describe it as interesting, they were real things happened before, and it’s happening right now, so we need to do something.

Alexander Brunner, Switzerland

IMG_0210Topic: Mimicry

Why did you choose this topic? I chose this topic because it is one way that people can get manipulated. I started my research searching for different ways that people can get manipulated. During my research I found an article about “The Chameleon Effect”. As soon as I read through it, I decided to do my research about Mimicry.

What was most interesting thing that you learned? The most interesting thing that I learned was that Mimicry can have such a strong impact on peoples’ behavior, judgment and affiliation. With this knowledge we can think about different situations where we can make use of the impacts of Mimicry. It was very interesting to see the results of the studies that are already done. I think that if we start to learn more about Mimicry, we could improve our lives in various ways.

Making Friends at QSoE

By: Alexander Brunner

alex blog 3My name is Alexander Brunner. I was born and raised in Switzerland. After finishing the Swiss public school, I did an apprenticeship as a car mechanic. While I was working, I realised that I wanted to go back to school. I wanted to get more education because my goal has always been to study psychology. After finishing my apprenticeship, I came to Canada to start learning English at Queen’s School of English.

I chose Queen’s to learn English because of several reasons. The main reason was because of the efforts that Queen’s makes to encourage social connections. Meeting new people, attending social events or just talking to strangers was always something I liked to do. Queen’s School of English gave me the perfect opportunity to do so. They organize social events nearly every day in which, for example, you play card games or you go to play pool or bowling and everything you do, you do with other students from QSoE.

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Additionally, they organize trips like going to Montreal, Toronto or Ottawa, which are also very fun to attend with your friends from QSoE. In general, you don’t have to worry about not making friends or being left behind in social activities. In fact, it is very difficult to not make friends at QSoE, simply because every student going to QSoE is in the same situation as you. Being in a new country where everything seems totally different than in your home country, having problems to communicate because of a language that you first need to learn and leaving all your friends behind brings every student at QSoE in the same situation. The good thing is that it brings students more together, as they need to help each other “survive” the first few weeks in this “strange” country and Queen’s School of English helps you to make the first contacts with students.

alex blog 6Let’s talk about how it is to learn English at Queen’s School of English. Back in Switzerland I was also learning English, so I thought it would not be a big difference learning English here or there. I was wrong. First, I thought the school that I attended in Switzerland for learning English was not bad. Now I realize how boring it was back there. At QSoE you will be surprised how easy it is to learn English. You do so many different activities to learn English, for example, you have discussions, you will learn vocabulary by talking about different topics that you are interested in, you will have debates, you will do different activities in teamwork or in bigger groups and a lot more. Every day will be a new experience. You will be surprised by how easy it is to learn English at QSoE. The teachers at QSoE always try to make your visit to Canada the best experience for you.

Queen’s School of English gave me what I needed and more. I made unbelievable progress with my English and had an amazing time with people from all over the world. I will never forget my experience at QSoE and I’m thankful for the opportunity that I got from QSoE.

My Favourite Things about QSoE

By: Chizuru Noma

I have been Kingston since September 2015. I really enjoy studying at QSoE. There are three main reasons why I love studying at QSoE:

  1. Chizuru Blog 1Socio-Cultural Activities

Queen’s School of English offers a lot of activities including sports, cards games and baking. There are many classes at Queen’s School of English, so it can be difficult to meet people in other classes. However, attending the activities has helped me to make a lot of friends outside of my class.

One of my friends has organized a special activity for Friday afternoons. Each Friday, we go to a restaurant that serves food from a different country. So far, we have been to Chinese, Korean, German, Spanish, and Indian restaurants. If one of my classmates came from the restaurant’s country, they teach us about the foods from their country.

  1. Location

Chizuru Blog 2Kingston is very centrally located. I can go to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, and New York by bus or train. I live in the countryside in Japan, and like being able to go to big cities such as Osaka, Nagoya by train. I like big cities for shopping, sightseeing and events. However, I prefer to live and study in a small city. Therefore, Kingston is perfect for me!

  1. Local People

Generally, the people who live in Kingston are very friendly and kind in comparison to Chizuru Blog 4people who live in big cities. For example, when I went to a skating rink in Kingston, some local people taught me how to skate. I had never tried skating before coming to Canada, so I was not very good at it. An old man, students, and children helped me learn how to skate, even though they didn’t know me before.

I am really enjoying my life in Kingston because of the reasons above. I feel very blessed to be surrounded by good friends and good people.

My Break Week Trip

By: Yumi Kojio

During break week (February 22 to 26) I went to New York City. I would like to share details a1bout my trip. I travelled to New York City by bus. It took about 12 hours to get there. Luckily, I was able to go to NYC for a reasonable cost.

On my first day in NYC, I watched a Broadway musical: Finding Never Land. This was the third time I went to a musical performance. I was very impressed by the beautiful voices and powerful performances of the actors and actresses. If I go to NYC again, I would like to watch another show!

2The next day, I visited the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center. I climbed all of the way up to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, the view was not very nice because of the rain. However, I still thought it was an enjoyable experience. After going to the Statue of Liberty, I went to see the memorial grounds at the World Trade Center. I was surprised to see how many Japanese people passed away in the 9/11 attacks; there were a lot more than I had expected.  When I learned about their deaths, I felt like I should try to learn more about historic world events.

3On my last day in NYC, I went to Central Park and ate some famous NYC foods. My favorite food from the trip was lobster. You should try it!

I am very grateful that I was able to travel to NYC! In Kington, it is easy to travel to wonderful places, such as Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec City, U.S. and so on. If you study English at QSoE, you will have the opportunity to visit all of these amazing cities!

Marion Edith Dubin Scholarship in English

Awarded for the first time to two recipients on January 12, 2016.

Queen’s School of English (QSoE) recently announced the winners of the winter 2016 Marion Edith Dubin Scholarship in English. This award was established in memory of Marion Edith Dubin and awarded to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to study at Queen’s School of English. The evaluation criterion for the award is based on an essay written by each of the applicants. Typically, the scholarship will be awarded to one recipient per session. However, we had two recipients of the scholarship this session. Junjie Jin and Sojeong Kim were each awarded $850 at the All School Meeting on January 15, 2016.

junjie​Junjie Jin is an Environmental Engineering student from Nantong, Jiangsu, China. Junjie is on exchange in Canada from Tongji University. Before beginning his two year exchange program in the department of Applied Science and Engineering at Queen’s University, Junjie is completing the English for Academic Purposes QBridge Program at QSoE. Junjie selected Queen’s University as his exchange destination because of the reputation of the teaching staff and the university as a whole. Once he completes his undergraduate degree at Queen’s, Junjie might like to stay in Canada for his Master’s degree.

Junjie began his English language studies at QSoE in September 2015. During the fall session at QSoE, his teacher told him about the Marion Edith Dubin Scholarship in English. As a scholarship applicant, Junjie was required to share with QSoE why studying English is important for his future: “Studying English is important because it is a language that is used worldwide. Learning English will allow me to communicate with experts in my field from all over the world.”

Junjie is grateful to have the opportunity to study at QSoE. “My favourite thing about studying at Queen’s School of English is the experienced teaching staff. They are very kind and patient,” Junjie said. As his time at QSoE nears the end, Junjie says he is both nervous and excited to start his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University.

sojeong​Sojeong Kim is a fourth year Materials Engineering student from Jeonbuk University in South Korea. Although she is studying Engineering, Sojeong would like to be a flight attendant after she graduates. “Studying English is important for my future because I want to be a flight attendant for the Arab Emirate Airline, and they require English,” Sojeong said.

Sojeong chose to learn English in Canada because of the kind people and the immersion in the English language.  When selecting an English program, Sojeong knew she wanted to attend a school with a diverse student body. She has been very happy with her QSoE experience so far. “Although I like everything about QSoE, my favourite thing is the English only rule,” Sojeong said.

Sojeong learned about the Marion Edith Dubin Scholarship in English from her teacher last session. She applied to the scholarship with the hopes of being able to help her parents finance her English language studies. She is very grateful to have received the scholarship.

Click here to learn more about the Marion Edith Dubin Scholarship in English.