ILAC is delighted to be the first ever winner of the Best English Language School Of The Year for Canada. The award was presented by UED, Turkey’s Association of International Counselors, at a ceremony Saturday, November 23 in Istanbul.
Accepting on behalf of ILAC was Elif Sillaste, Marketing Manager for Turkey. This is the very first year the award has been presented by Turkey’s Agency Association.
Elif Sillaste, ILAC’s Marketing Manager for Turkey, accepts the award for Best Language School in Canada from UED.
“We want to thank the agents for selecting us for this wonderful honour,” says Jonathan Kolber, ILAC Executive Director.
Adds Director Ilan Cohen, “We hope to continue to exceed expectations and it’s our sincere pleasure to receive this important recognition from UED.”
UED recently won the STM Star Agency Association, “making Turkey proud by being the first and only organization in the country to win a STM Star Award in any category.” (UED Website)
It’s that time of year again! Temperatures are dropping and you need to start wearing warmer clothes. A lot of students are dreading the colder months, however if you dress appropriately and participate in winter activities, you can embrace the season with a positive attitude. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for a Canadian winter!
Winter clothes: the most important piece of clothing you need is a good winter jacket. These can be expensive, which is why many of my students find a cheaper alternative. But if you don’t buy a good quality jacket, you will freeze all winter. The warmest coat you can find is down-filled. If you don’t like the style of these coats, wool coats are also a good alternative. You can find this information on the label of every jacket. Prepare to spend around $100+. You can find good options at The Bay, Sears (big closing sales at Eaton Centre’s Sears right now!), Winners, Zara, Aritzia, and MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op). Some of these stores have multiple locations, so you can Google to find the address most convenient for you.
ILAC Pathway Staff Carolyn Bercu & Julia Potapova
ILAC was proud to attend the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Conference this week with many of their pathways partners: Canada’s top colleges and universities. The school was also thrilled at the opportunity to sponsor Tuesday’s gala dinner.
Tying in with this year’s theme, ‘Celebrating Canada’s Engagement with the World’, CBIE announced they will release a series of videos showing why Canada is a world class study destination. The videos will be in multiple languages and feature unique aspects of Canada such as the country’s culture and ideals, what makes it a fun place to study, live, work and play, and the Canadian school system and its advantages.
ILAC Pathway is an award-winning program that places thousands of students in colleges and universities across Canada and has over 60 partners across the country.
Blog post author Joshua Mover puts on a show!
Looking for a fresh way to improve your English listening and vocabulary? Music is a universal language and can be a fun way to strengthen your listening skills, as well as expand your vocabulary.
Here are a few tips to help you use music as a language learning tool. Try them out and don’t forget to dance!
1. Choose a Genre – Do you listen to pop music in your home country? Or do you like jazz, or something with a bit more edge like heavy metal or punk? Whatever style you prefer, try finding some English music in a genre you love.
2. Look up Lyrics – Google the lyrics to your favourite songs on the internet and follow along as the songs play. Can you memorize the words and melody? Are there words you don’t understand? Use your dictionary to gain a deeper understanding of the music! For more advanced students, see if you can listen without reading the lyrics — then try to write them down on your own.
ILAC is thrilled to have its very own radio station!
People from all around the world can listen at any time – all you need is an internet connection.
Go to www.ilacradio.com and hear great music, fun games, english tips and exciting social events. You can even request a song and we’ll play it for you!
Coming up this week we will be featuring agents from ICEF Berlin, playing “The Ball is in Your Court” Idiom game show.
Winners will be selected from our three games shows and the finalists will go head to head to compete for great prizes!
The game show will run each hour for a full day. From 12:00 am, Toronto time until 11:00 pm, Toronto time. Please allow up to 5 minutes after the hour.
Movember is a campaign where men grow mustaches (the hair above their lip) for the month of November. This popular event is called Movember (mustache + November) and run by the Movember Foundation.
Its purpose is to raise awareness and money for prostate and testicular cancer. By raising awareness, the Foundation hopes to increase early detection and reduce the number of preventable deaths.
Students always say they have the time of their lives at ILAC! We want to make sure you remember your time here, so as our gift to you, here’s some great videos from the past six months. Enjoy, share with friends and family and remember the good times! Don’t forget all the pictures are on Facebook! You can search the albums by date and event name: www.facebook.com/iloveilac
Halloween 2013 Video – Mummy & Pumpkin Contest & Halloween Party: Featuring Special Host Rachel Beau, ILAC Zombies and Samkura Won (Oct, 2013)
ILAC Staff – Behind-the scenes “Thriller” Dance Rehearsal (Oct, 2013)
Canada Day Sweet 16 Party – You Could Be Here Launch (July 1st, 2013)
Summer 2013 Boat Party Video
Are you the next Spielberg, Brad Pitt, or Angelina Jolie?
ILAC Toronto is looking for 10 students who love film to participate in a short movie project.
Students will get to write, direct and act in their own movie!
No previous experience needed (but preferable)… the most important things are a very good attitude, creativity and having a positive message to relay.
As part of this project the prestigious New York Film Academy will offer an intensive workshop to our filmmakers.
At the end of the month, this original short film will be screened to the whole school in a special event that will include a Q&A with our student filmmakers.
To kick start our project, ILAC will present a screening of Iron Crib, an award-winning documentary written and directed by Brazilian ILAC student, Rafaela Galindo.
Interested students must sign up by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 4th – first come first serve!
Experience the ILAC way of service excellence.
ILAC is pleased to announce it will be opening an integrative new program designed to teach students the importance of superior customer service skills, a key component of any successful business endeavour.
The Customer Service Diploma program is the first of its kind and will be offered at the downtown Toronto campus, with its first intake set for Winter 2014.
This innovative career-training program was created to help students acquire the essential skills necessary for their success in the workplace and is available to both international and domestic students. The program will be geared towards hospitality related industries, though the skills learned are vital for any young person wanting to make their mark in the working world.
In North America Halloween is on October 31st and is a widely celebrated event. Children and adults dress in costumes and participate in various activities before and during Halloween. The holiday is believed to originate from pagan roots to remember the dead, however now the tradition of Halloween is to dress up and party!
Some of the typical Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (where children gather candy from their neighbours’ houses), attending costume parties, decorating and carving pumpkins, and visiting haunted attractions and watch horror films.