The Canadian Education System
Canada is a leading nation in technology, aerospace, microelectronics and biotechnology. The country's education system is of a high caliber, innovative and modern. Over 95% of Canada's educational institutions are public, but there is no national system of education. Each province has its own approach to upholding Canadian education standards with the government strictly monitoring the quality of education. The Canadian government encourages teaching in both English and French and all higher education institutions receive financial support from the federal budget. The close connection between academic programs and the practicum experience is a unique feature of the Canadian education model. Employers on an international scale will recognize the value of a Canadian education and recognize degrees obtained in Canada.
Primary and Secondary School Education in Canada
In Canada, all school levels including elementary school have computer labs, internet access, and a comprehensive curriculum. Consequently, children become familiar with computers and portable electronics starting at the age of 6. Education in primary and secondary schools is conducted in English or in French. Only 5% of children are enrolled in private schools while the remaining 95% are taught in public schools. Education in elementary school (Kindergarten up to Grade 7) begins at the age of five and lasts until the age of twelve. Following this, students continue to high school (Grades 8-12) beginning at the age of thirteen until they reach seventeen years of age. Recent comparative studies among leading industrialized countries have shown that students in Canada have high level language and math skills. According to these studies, Canadian students ranked second in the world in their ability to understand and analyze written texts.
The Canadian College System
There are approximately two hundred public and private colleges in Canada. These are commonly known as community colleges or technical institutes. Colleges prepare professional personnel for industry and business. These schools represent a mixture of college and university. Colleges offer programs at the end of which graduates receive a certificate or diploma. Students completing certificate programs (six months to one or one and a half years) gain a profession, often called a trade. Diploma programs provide two to three years of training. At the end of the program, graduates receive a diploma in accounting, programming, computer graphics, marketing, etc. The attractiveness of college studies is that after two years of study, the student can transfer their credits and continue their third year of studies at a university in Canada. Another unique aspect of colleges in Canada is that students can obtain a Bachelor's degree in certain fields and decrease education costs for their degree. If the student would like to continue their education in a post-graduate program at a university they can do so without barriers. Another option is that the student can continue post-baccalaureate certificate programs in college. As such, post-baccalaureate programs are a popular option among those who already have a bachelor's degree or a diploma from a higher education institution. The duration of training in post-baccalaureate graduate programs is generally one year.
There are approximately 100 universities and affiliated university-colleges in Canada. Most universities are located in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia as these provinces contain the majority of Canada's population. Becoming a university student in Canada is a life-changing experience and one of the most satisfying and exciting achievements for an international student. The Canadian university system offers a cutting-edge education and the opportunity to develop skills in preparation for the practicum component of many university programs. Students in Canada often have paid practicums from their colleges or universities in their field of specialization.
EuroAsia Consulting works with prestigious language colleges to support international students to achieve their individual language goals and prepare for further education in the English language. These colleges are recognized for their education standards as well as their curriculum and service. They are also provincially accredited. Short-term courses focus on language practice, while longer courses offer education in speaking, writing, and comprehension in English.
Language colleges offer the following courses:
These courses are Core English programs taught in small size groups. Students learn all the essential English language skills such as conversation, writing, speaking, listening, pronunciation, and vocabulary. Students may choose a standard or intensive course. A standard English course includes morning classes leaving the afternoon free for sightseeing, recreation, or work. Intensive English courses are commonly morning and afternoon classes, with special training modules of professional or academic training held in the afternoon.
These courses are part of an internationally recognized qualification system which helps to set entry requirements for universities and colleges in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. TOEFL is also accepted by various professional organizations and is used by governments as a language proficiency guide when issuing work Visas. IELTS preparation courses will provide students with the skills, techniques, and knowledge required to excel at this exam.
These programs combine in-depth study of English alongside preparation for the exams to colleges and universities. The duration of training can be anywhere from six months to one academic year. This course is the most cost-effective option, but has fixed start and end dates for training. After graduating from this course, students are comfortable communicating in a business environment.
This course is designed for executives and gives them the English skills required to work effectively in today's global marketplace. This course eliminates language barriers in negotiations with foreign business partners. For the contemporary businessperson, English is an international language that is required for businesses to rise to the global level. As a tool of international communication, English is invaluable for all business interactions from entering partnerships to networking over dinner.
Large corporations are making adjustments to their business schedules to take English language courses abroad. This is just one sign that proficiency in English is a vital tool that allows businesspeople to eliminate language barriers, establish live communication between business partners, and help with documentation, study catalogs, websites of foreign partners and other English publications.
Business English courses are diverse and include various aspects of language and learning specifically geared toward business vocabulary. The structure of a Business English course is usually a combination of twenty lessons per week in General English and ten English classes for Business. During classes, teachers use materials adapted for business communication including business correspondence, behavior in different work situations, business meetings, negotiations, communication by phone, work in an international company, interview techniques and more.
This course combines studying English with leisure, including sports and various excursions. These programs are usually organized for students and tour groups whose goal is to improve their English skills and explore a new country. Summer and winter camp courses can go from two weeks to six weeks in length for groups of ten or more. These programs are very popular for teenagers, ages 13-17, who enjoy learning, travel, and fun during winter and summer vacation.