Celebrating ILAC Teachers: Melissa Johnson

The experience of being at ILAC is more important than anything else.

I tell my students that the most important thing they should do is come to class and participate. Showing up and then connecting with each other is the way that they will profit most from their stay in Canada. ILAC offers students a great experience + learning English, which will lead to personal growth and success in their future lives and careers. Who wouldn’t want that?

Coming to ILAC feels like coming home.

Despite its size, ILAC has a small family atmosphere with a friendly, vibrant, fun feel. Our teachers come from a variety of cultural and educational backgrounds and truly love teaching and helping students achieve their goals. I myself focus first on getting to know my students and having them get to know each other really well by creating a variety of dynamic, interactive activities, which of course other teachers do as well.  I focus first on connection, on the people, and second on language.

Melissa has been teaching at ILAC for over 15 years and currently leads workshops for teachers on the power and importance of connection.

I encourage my students to find things in common with each other and get together outside of class.

Sometimes we even plan a night out for karaoke or dinner. Outside of the classroom, students have a lot of support and opportunities and can speak with ambassadors that speak their own language. Our activity staff, both ILAC and the tour company ISX, organize a variety of activities and trips to local tourist sites and surrounding cities, as well as seasonal events like camping, maple syrup trips, ski trips, and special ILAC events like picnics, karaoke, boat cruises and meet and greet parties for new students.

It can be scary to come alone to a foreign country all by yourself and learn a new language. 

Right away, students at ILAC are made to feel welcome and they quickly learn that they are not alone; they are all in the same boat and there are so many people around them at ILAC to help them learn and enjoy the experience with.  I started at ILAC over 15 years ago and I immediately felt welcome.  Everyone was so friendly to me: my managers, the directors, my trainers, other teachers, and of course the students.

As a teacher day to day, what keeps me going is my students.  They inspire me.

Meeting people who have made the decision to come to another country away from their family (and their food!) for a time to follow what is often a life-long dream is inspiring.  It blows me away to hear how much planning and sacrifice some students have to make just to come here for a few months. My students are always coming and going, so I am constantly meeting new people and that keeps my job fresh.  Even though I teach some lessons over and over, the group is always different so it’s never the exact same lesson twice.  The students make the class.

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2 days ago



Lunar New Year is almost here!🧧🎉🎁

Join us in celebrating this special occasion by taking part of ILAC's Photo Contest and enter for a chance to win prizes!

Contest rules:
1. Choose your best photo in an ILAC campus or around Canada!

2. Write a short photo description (maximum 200 words) to share your ILAC/Canadian experience (preferably English).

3. Post it on your personal Facebook page; profile has to be 'public'.

4. To enter the contest: send the post’s link to Emily.lin@ilac.com (for Chinese-speaking students) or Tim.phan@ilac.com (for Vietnamese students) with your full name and ILAC student number.
Deadline to submit posts: 11.59 am Wed, Jan 22

5. The best posts will be selected by the ILAC team and re-posted on our page for voting by likes and shares on Jan 23. 1 like = 1 points / 1 share = 2 points.

6. The voting closes at 11.59 am Mon, Jan 27.

7. We will have separate prizes for Vietnamese and Chinese-speaking students:
• 1st prize – $100 Amazon gift-card
• 2nd prize - $60 Amazon gift-card
• 3rd prize - $40 Amazon gift-card


#LunarNewYear #ILAC #photocontest #canada
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3 days ago


"It will change your life. You’ll come back a new person.”

Viktoria came from Hungary to ILAC International College to improve her English skills and gain work experience in Canada.

"... I am not gonna lie, that's the best decision I have ever made in my life. I just love being here."

For more information: www.ilacic.com

#studyandwork #learnenglishincanada #studyabroad #ilacfriends #iloveilac #toronto #hungary #ilacic 🇨🇦❤️🇭🇺
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1 week ago


ILAC is deeply saddened by the recent tragedy surrounding the Ukrainian airlines crash in Iran.
This is a tremendous loss to the Iranian-Canadian community and our education community who have lost such incredibly talented and accomplished contributing members.

The loss and contribution to our communities will be profoundly felt across all cities in Canada.

At ILAC, the international nature of our employees, students and friends’ community is something we are incredibly proud of, however this sometimes means we are affected by such disasters.

We are a proud employer of many Iranian-Canadians and Ukrainian-Canadians, as well as a host to many students from these two nationalities.
Every day we strive to create a community of inclusivity at all levels and we will continue to do so in honour of those who lost their lives in this tragic disaster.

We would like to extend condolences and our deepest sympathy to those who have been affected and we look to support the affected community in Toronto and Vancouver as best as we can.
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1 week ago


Muslim came from Germany to study at @ILAC International College to shape his future in more ways than one; Learn about HR, Financial Management, Business Communications, and more! With the aim of managing his own future business successfully, he strives to achieve his education and career dreams.

"As I came here, I saw the greatest diversity of people from different cultures. It feels like my second home ..."

For more information: www.ilacic.com

#studyandwork #learnenglishincanada #studyabroad #ilacfriends #iloveilac #toronto #Germany #ilacic 🇨🇦❤️🇩🇪
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