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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My interview with Really Learn English 

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I hope you are all studying English as much as you can while enjoying the summer. With all the different outdoor activities during the summer, it's a great chance to improve your grammar or sit down to read a good book. I was interviewed by Really Learn English a few months ago. A great site for learning English - from Grammar to Reading! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Delta faces student enrollment decline ahead 

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Vancouver Sun October 7, 2011 article,
Delta faces student enrollment decline ahead.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

For Canadian universities, India is a land of opportunity. 

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Globe and Mail July 2, 2010 article,
For Canadian universities, India is a land of opportunity.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

I want to improve my son’s English speaking skills. 

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"Dear Ai, I want to improve my son’s English speaking skills. How is it possible? He is in grade 7. My husband and I don’t speak fluent English. Please help me."- Sydney

“Hi Sydney, thank you for asking me a wonderful question. All parents wish that their children do well in their lives. You mentioned that you and your husband do not speak English well. Does that mean both of you speak different languages to him at home? That’s great! He can be a multi-language speaker in the future.

I also understand your worry for your son’s English speaking skills.

One scenario might be that your son is shy and has low-self esteem. In that case, sign up for sport/music/reading club activities for your son. Set up a familiar and safe speaking environment for him. Even though he is shy and it is hard to speak to his friends at first, he can communicate with doing things that he is good at. Team sports is great because they will help him to meet different types of children, but if he is good at an individual sport like swimming, please encourage him to pursue his interest. Once he has confidence, he will be comfortable to try things he is not good at.

The second scenario would be that he might sense that his parents feel uncomfortable speaking English. Show him that learning another language is fun! Watch movies/TV shows with him. Listen to dialogues and practice with him. Invite your English speaking family friends to play together.

I heard from a piano teacher that many parents learn how to play piano together with their kids. You also can join a karate, yoga, or swimming class that caters to both parents and children. Get a new skill and improve speaking English!

At home, you can read English picture books (which have a lot of conversation) to him. Then he can read aloud and you can even role-play. One of my favorite books to read at this stage are The Hardy Boys.
You will be surprised to hear a lot of parents wish for their kids to be multi-lingual like your son!

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Financial crisis hits ESL enrolment in B.C. 

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Vancouver Sun Feb 23, 2009 article,
Financial crisis hits ESL enrolment in B.C.But schools with degrees, diplomas, trades training fare well

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