Class Designs English-Only T-shirts!

DSC_0962Here at the School of English in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s you may notice some students wearing t-shirts that read “English-Only Zone!” There is a competition taking place for  Best English-Only Class, and the students in one class got very inspired!

“As a class, we wanted to come up with an idea to promote the English Only Policy,” says Queen’s School of English teacher Rasha Fahim. “I told them this was a competition between the Q-Bridge classes and that is when they started to get motivated!  We brainstormed ideas on what to write on the t-shirts, and when it came to actually printing them it was better to have a sign like the one we chose.

“We also decided that every Friday we will come up with something as a class to promote this even more for the following week.”

We look forward to hearing what else they come up with. Great job students!

English Only at Queen’s School of English

There is a competition going on among our QBridge classes, to see which class is the best each week for participating in our “English- Only” rule and inspiring others to do so. Last week, two classes tied for first place: 160 RF and 160 JM, pictured here with their icy prizes. Way to go, students!

Poutine: A Canadian Dish!

One of the activities outside of class at the School of English is to make poutine! Poutine is a Canadian dish originating in the province of Quebec, and is made with French fries and cheese curds, topped with a light-brown gravy. Students enjoyed making (and eating) it last week. Thanks to Social Media Club members Honami and Airi for submitting these photos!

Marion Edith Dubin Scholarship in English Winner: Akiho Yatsuda!

Akiho Yatsuda is the Summer 2016 winner of the Marion Edith Dubin Scholarship in English! Akiho, from Chikushi Jogakuen University in Dazaifu City, Fukuoka, Japan, is currently in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program at the Queen’s School of English. She arrived last Fall, and will be finishing the program in August of this year. We had a chance to sit down with her recently to talk about her experience here:

What were her first impressions of Canada? She recounts her first glimpses of Toronto from the airplane, and compared her view of Toronto to the large cities in Japan. “I’d heard Toronto was a big city, but I didn’t think it was!”

What does she like about Kingston? “I really like Kingston because there is a lot of nature. There are lots of trees, a lake and lots of green space.”

“Kingstonians are also very kind,” she says. She recounts many instances of being lost and fellow Kingstonians helping her with directions.

What experience has she enjoyed the most since she has been here? Her best experiences so far have been ice skating behind City Hall in the winter, and also watching the Kingston Frontenacs hockey team play at the K-Rock Centre. “It was my first time seeing a hockey game. The players were all hitting each other, but it was very exciting!”

She enjoyed her recent winter term when she became friends with classmates who were from all over the world — Brazil, Quebec, Saudi Arabia, China and Libia. “Each person had different opinions, and they all were very motivated to study English.”

Akiho received the highest mark in her class. How did she do it? “The secret is to sit as close to the teacher as possible. If I sit near the teacher I get more opportunities to speak.”

What does she like about the Queen’s School of English? “The teachers in the School of English are really great. They teach very academic English and they have lots of experience. They also give you lots of one-on-one attention.”

What advice does she have to give to students? “Do your best every day. Don’t be lazy. Try to keep doing something every day/month. Always think about your motivation for coming here. I think about my parents and the opportunity they gave me to study here.”

What career goals does she have? Akiho has one more year to complete at university, but would like to work in Japan in communications and perhaps with international students. “I would like to help people using English.”

For more information on Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries or Financial Assistance at the School of English click here.

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.