Planning to travel to a natively English country when you are learning the English language is one of the best things that you can do to get some real-world English skills practice. It is also a significant motivating factor for English language learners because all of your senses with be stimulated with the language and culture.
Canada is one of the most fascinating countries in the world, and it is no secret as the country welcomes millions of visitors every year from all over the world. There are national parks with trekking glore, skiing and snow sports in the winter, the famous Niagara Falls, and it is a wildlife mecca with animals like bears and moose.
Canada’s culture is unique and although the cities are modern and bustling as in many other parts of the world. Only a small proportion of the country is actually inhabited, the majority of the Canadian population live in the far south of Canada which is close to the US border.
Although English is Canada’s official language, it may not be quite so well known that French is also the official the joint language of Canada. Yes, indeed it is a dual language country, part of the country do speak French as their native language and mother tongue.
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Although there are native French-Canadian speakers all over Canada, the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick actively use both languages in the everyday workings of the areas. Wikipedia states that up to 85% of bilingual Canadians live in or around the province of Quebec.
As an English learner preparing your trip to Canada, you will be happy to know that the trip will support your language learning through full immersion into Canadian culture. If you plan the trip wisely, this will be a wonderful opportunity to improve your English. It is important to make sure that you stay in the right area of the country. Let’s take a look at the benefits of travel learning and how you can make the most of a trip to Canada.
As an English learner preparing your trip to Canada will be fun. Photo Source: Unsplash
If you speak English as a Second Language, you will find many benefits in travelling to native English speaking countries. Your language proficiency, communicative skills your confidence and your Listening skills could improve faster and better while travelling than in any language program.
Bear in mind that the English accent in the UK is very different to Canada’s English, and it is also somewhat different to the English accent in the USA. So if you like to hear different accents Canada’s English will be excellent for you.
If you want to stay a bit longer or have a more structured instructional trip with coursework, writing skills practice, exams or qualifications. You could sign up to become a full time international student, organise an English learning placement or do an exchange program with your school for a semester.
This way gives you some focused language training during the school year, teaching strategies from an English teacher to make sure that you are proficient and the school teacher will also use teaching techniques with different teaching skills to help you with your comprehension.
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Canada is a huge country, and one of the first things that you should do when you are planning your trip is deciding on an area to travel to. Canada is very diverse in its geography, and it is split into 10 provinces Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
As mentioned above Quebec (Including parts of Newfoundland & New Brunswick) is mostly French-speaking so you won’t want to visit here if practising English is at the top of your list although they could make a great side trip. The rest of Canada is more or less English speaking, and so this gives you lots of wonderful options.
This is not meant to serve as a travel guide, but hopefully, this overview gives you an idea about where you might want to travel to in Canada to develop your English language skills.
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Before you leave home to visit Canada, you must realise that Canada has some very extreme weather conditions. You must make sure that you understand the weather for the location in Canada that you plan to travel to and plan and prepare accordingly.
The weather follows extremes with sweltering summers in many places and cold arctic winters. For Example in the winter months planning a trip to see the Niagra falls maybe a waste of time. Likewise, it is essential to prepare your wardrobe as in the coldest months in some of the coldest provinces you may find it unbearable to go out o explore.
Indeed it is a universal reaction that when the sun comes out life is just that bit brighter. To see Canada in all of its glory at the lease for the first time it would be wise to visit outside of the winter months and enjoy all that Spring, Summer and autumn have to offer. Unless you have a very defined reason for visiting Canada during the winter, the best months would most certainly be between April and October.
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Depending on your passport you may have to get a visa or entry document to visit Canada. For most tourists, you are welcomed to stay for up to 6 months in Canada, but this varies depending on many things. If you which to study in Canada you will need a student visa, ensure you know the purpose of your trip and get the right visa.
You must research the entry requirements for your particular passport before leaving your country of origin. I would even advise that you understand your status and secure your visa before booking your flight as if your permit is not approved you could lose the money for your flight.
Travelling to the country of the language that you are learning gives you the advantage of improving your basic skills and guides you toward academic achievement. The learning environment has a significant influence on the English language development of the language learner. When you are studying English in your ESOL classroom, you will be in a passive form of learning. When you are travelling you have access to English all around you, you will be immersed in the language.
If you are working to improve your English, you will have a great time on your trip to Canada. If you found this useful, why not check out our blog on Student Travel in Australia!