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!
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.
By: Haoran Liang
Haoran graduated from the EAP program in 2014 and is now in his second year of the Bachelor of Commerce program at Queen’s University.
International students studying at an English based university face a lot of unique challenges including adapting to a new culture, language and environment. When I first came to Canada, I did not speak English often. I found it very challenging to build relationships with people in Canada due to my lack of English skills. However, Queen’s
School of English helped me improve my English. I am very thankful that I had the chance to go to QSoE. At QSoE, I learned English, attended social activities, enjoyed casual conversation with native English speakers and made a lot of new friends. My time QSoE played a significant role in helping me to overcome my culture shock, language barrier and other issues that I struggled with. Time has flown since I arrived in Canada in December 2013. I spent one year studying at QSoE and I am now starting my second year in the Bachelor of Commerce program at Queen’s University. My confidence in my academic and social abilities has increased dramatically since I arrived in Canada. I am very happy that many of my former instructors from QSoE have remained my mentors, and continue to teach me and guide me through my university life. Two years ago, I never thought that I would have the courage to speak out loud in group discussions, to give business presentations in front of people or to join university clubs. I can confidently say that I am totally adapted to Canada and the Queen’s community. I would not be having this much success in university if I did not have the experience of studying at QSoE.
By: Roberta Santos Souza Dias
Kingston is a city in the South East of Ontario. The city is vibrant and has a lot of energy, outdoor life-style and a lively day and night spirit embraced by the university students. The city also has a lot of history and it is a military community. The city offers a variety of green spaces, great restaurants, open markets, nature trails and facilities that suit all ages. It is quite common to see people running, cycling and being active throughout the streets and parks.
What I love about Kingston:
- Green spaces
Along the Lake Ontario waterfront or one of the many bays you can easily find a quiet and relaxing spot to read your book, have a picnic, do some exercise or just appreciate the scenic view. The summer memories are endless in Kingston.
To get around Kingston you have many healthy options that are encouraged by the City: walking, cycling, or by public bus. The bike lanes are safe and lead you to scenic view along the waterfront and across the city. Kingston citizens are very respectful and polite. You will be amused to see how cycling is not about how old you are, but how you can be more active!
Queenʼs students have a free pass to the public bus system which makes student’s life quite easy and enjoyable. You will find a lot of other students that share the “journey” with you.
- Food and restaurants
The City of Kingston has a fantastic culinary scene in downtown with a very large selection of great restaurants. Whether you want Italian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, BBQ, or a simple burger, Kingston has it all.
The Market Square located in downtown is home to an excellent Farmer’s Market during the spring and summer months. Here you can buy fresh vegetables and fruits grown at the local farms, as well as delicious maple syrup and beautiful handmade crafts. In the winter, the Market Square becomes an outdoor skating rink among other activities year round.
Kingston is a safe and fantastic place to come to study and live, with a high quality of life and lots to do.
Hi! My name is Alicia and I am a fourth year Psychology student at Queen`s University. I have been a socio-cultural monitor at Queen’s School of English for almost one year. I am part of QSoE’s socio-cultural team. Our job is to create opportunities for students to have fun together outside of the classroom. As a monitor, I have a lot of different responsibilities. One of them is facilitating discussion classes. During discussion class, students discuss different topics. I like facilitating discussion classes because it helps students to practice their spoken English in a more casual setting. We even play games sometimes! I also lead activities with the students, like sports or card games. Cooking and baking activities are my favourite because we all eat, dance and talk — almost like a party! Often we go on weekend trips to places like Toronto and Montreal. When we go on trips, it is my responsibility to make sure students are safe and having a good time. My favourite trip is when we go to Canada’s Wonderland. Canada’s Wonderland is a big amusement park with games, rollercoasters, and a water park. Outside of my responsibilities, most of my time as a monitor is spent having a good time with the students – we always have the funniest and silliest conversations. I enjoy helping students in any way that I can. I really love my job because I get to make friends with people from all over the world. Learn more about our socio-cultural program and check out our activities calendar: http://queensu.ca/qsoe/activities.