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Winter Review 2016

Published on April 12, 2016.

Greetings from Queen's School of English! 
As the weather warms up, QSoE continues to prepare for the arrival of the English for Academic Purposes students in May. In this newsletter, we are excited to provide you with an update about our recruitment and share with you stories about what our staff and students have been up to over the past few months. 
Winter is always an exciting time of year in Kingston, especially for those students who are
experiencing winter for the first time. Our adventurous students in the Canadian English Experience (CEE) Program took full advantage of the activities and trips that are included in the program: cross-country skiing, skating on the Rideau Canal and trying the Beaver's Tail for the first time in Ottawa. While the CEE students stay with us for four weeks in the winter, many of our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students continue on to the Summer Session.
In this newsletter we would like to highlight some of our important developments.
We are pleased to announce that QSoE has introduced a new academic English language program: Canadian Academic English Experience (CAEE).
We have established a new scholarship in memory of Marion Edith Dubin: Marion Edith Dubin Scholarship in English. This scholarship will be awarded once per session to a student who might not otherwise have the opportunity to study at Queen's School of English. 
QSoE was pleased to host 31 Mexican Proyecta 10,000 scholarship students from the University of Guadalajara in November and December 2015. The tailored program allowed the students to experience Canadian culture while developing and applying their academic English skills. 
QSoE hosted four teacher candidates from the Bachelor of Education at the Faculty of Education who completed their alternative practicum with us. The teacher candidates observed and assisted QSoE instructors in the classroom, especially in small group and one-on-one situations. This provides an excellent opportunity for our students to learn from Queen's University's teacher candidates and brings the reality of working in an EAL classroom to teacher candidates.
Finally, we would like to congratulate our newest member of the Student Ambassador Program: Alma Portillo from Guadalajara, Mexico.
We encourage you to keep reading our newsletter to learn more about our winter recruitment
activities and to get a glimpse of what has been posted to our blog recently. Enjoy reading through our newsletter and email us if you have any questions.
Warmest regards,
QSoE Team

QSoE's Winter Recruitment Update

In February, our Director, Robin Cox, and Nadya Maskurova traveled to Mexico,where they participated in a student fair organized by the Embassy of Canada, met with many prospective students, and visited our valued partners, including the University of Guadalajara and CLASS Education, a student recruitment agency.
In early March, Robin Cox traveled to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi as part of the CBIE ESL Capacity Building Mission to Vietnam. During her trip, she met with many prospective partners at secondary schools, colleges, universities and federal and regional government agencies. 
Stay tuned to our social media and follow our #qsoetravels on Twitter and Facebook for the photos and updates on where we have travelled in the past and where we will be going next!

Marion Edith Dubin Scholarship in English

Queen's School of English (QSoE) recently announced the first winners of the 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 opportunityenroll in an intensive 12 week long English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program at Queen's School of English. Applicants are invited to write a short essay on an assigned topic.  
Typically, the scholarship will be awarded to one recipient per session; however, , the inaugural scholarship was awarded to two recipients in the Winter 2016 EAP session. Junjie Jin and Sojeong Kim were each awarded $850. Junjie is pictured above, standing in front of Stauffer Library with the Queen's University sign on an early winter day.
To learn more about the scholarship winners visit our blog: http://wp.me/p3suB6-7H. To apply for the Marion Edith Dubin Scholarship in English for the Fall 2016 EAP session, please visit the QSoE website http://queensu.ca/qsoe/dubin-scholarship. The scholarship application due date is August 11, 2016.  Applications for the scholarship for the Summer 2016 EAP session have closed.

Introducing the Canadian Academic English Experience (CAEE) Program

QSoE is excited to introduce the Canadian Academic Experience (CAEE) Program. CAEE is a short-term English language program, which focuses on learning academic English at a top-tier Canadian university.This student-centered immersion program focuses on developing speaking and listening skills using Canadian academic content. This program offers excellent preparation for further academic studies including the English for Academic Purposes program or provides an English language refresher program for exchange students or others taking English-language academic programs.


CEE Students Visited Frontenac Secondary School

This winter, our Canadian English Experience (CEE) students visited Frontenac Secondary School. The purpose of the visit was to provide our students with the opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange experience. Our students were able to interact with Canadians close to their age. Both the Canadians and our students were exposed to new cultures. The CEE program is geared towards providing students with communicative skills within the Canadian context. During the visit, our students taught the Canadian students the art of origami and how to write their names in Japanese characters. In exchange, our students were taught Canadian dances and slang terms.  

Visiting Professors

In February and March, QSoE was pleased to host a number of visiting professors from Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) and Aichi University, our valuable partners in Japan. Our Interim Senior Program Coordinator, Karen Burkett, accompanied our visitors on guided excursions to St. George's Cathedral and cross-country skiing. While the professors were in Kingston, they observed QSoE classes and enjoyed tours of the Queen's and Kingston community. We are very happy to have such great university partners!

Preparing Students for University

On April 1, 2016, our 150 level class in the EAP Program 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. Learn more about their presentations here.

Posts from our blog:

Making Friends at QSoE

By: Alexander Brunner

My 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. Continue reading

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. Socio-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. Continue reading

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 about 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! Continue reading