The Voice of Archer Archer College, Vancouver By Valeria Gomez from Mexico An Awesome Experience September 2008 I started classes at Archer College last September and I thought it was going to be very difficult because I didn’t know anything in English. It was my first time alone in a different country, but I was wrong. In Archer, I learned a lot and I met many nice people. Everyone was nice and helpful. As it is a small school, I had the chance to talk and share different ideas with the students from the school and I could join in many activities like the one on Halloween, Christmas, go to the movies and recycling. I didn’t finish the course with the classmates whom I started with because they were here for only a short time. After six months, I finished the ESL course and I started in the Volunteer program and it was great! It was a really a good experience. There, I improved a lot my speaking, I became more talkative, and I met people that made a difference in my life. Those people gave me the opportunity to know them better. I have gained true friends since then. Now, after 9 months in Vancouver, I had to come back to Mexico and I’m missing everybody from Archer and those moments when I was studying there, but I will always remember that great experience. For the new students I would like to say – enjoy the school in Vancouver, join in the activities inside and outside of the school, meet new people who can tell you about their cultures, and speak English when you can. Say what you want and what you feel in English proudly. Inside This Issue Staff Corner .................. P.2 & 3 Camping & Rafting .......... P.4 & 5 BBQ Tips ............................. P.7 Field Trip ...................... P.3 & 4 Camping Experience ............. P.6 Activity Calendar ................. P.8 Archer College Vancouver Tel: (604) 608-0538 Fax: (604) 608-0539 VancouverESL@ArcherEducation.com Archer College Toronto Tel: (416) 361-2411 Fax: (461) 361-2403 TorontoESL@ArcherEducation.com Archer College Hamilton Tel: (905) 972-0000 Fax: (905) 972-0062 HamiltonESL@ArcherEducation.com 1 Staff Corner Interview with Michelle By Manuela Joyaux from France Travel Do you think travel is good for developing one's life? Yes, I think it’s very important for people to travel. I believe if people get the privilege to travel to countries such as third world countries like India, we as bystanders are able to appreciate the simple life we live back home. How do you think travel influences a person’s life? Travelling definitely makes me more self conscious. For example, when I travelled and taught in India for three months in the year 2007, I realized that I took such simple things for granted. In Canada I would take showers and leave the water running while shampooing my hair and soaping my body, but after witnessing children in the slums not having any water at all to bathe in, I conscientiously changed my habit and started to conserve water as much as I could. Do you think it is possible for people who travel a lot to remain closed minded? I don't think a person can stay close minded at all when travelling, but again this depends on what country you are travelling through, and what type of person you are. When I had travelled through India, and Thailand I definitely experienced many things that were out of my control, but after learning and putting things in perspective my mentality about the simplest things changed for the better. Have you experienced culture shock? Yes, I have definitely experienced culture shock. Again when I was travelling in India, I was amazed by the in-equality amongst the women and men. For example, it was not appropriate for girl school children to be speaking to boy classmates. Women are not allowed to wear shorts or any type of clothing that reveals their skin. Meal times were completely different. It was not unusual in India to be eating dinner at 10pm, and going to bed at midnight. After your visit, do you think you left an impression? Yes, I definitely think a person can make an impression on someone after visiting one place. Whether it is a good one or bad one, that is a different question. But, I think from any experience you may have visiting one place, there will always be something that you will learn from your travels. cont’d Page 3... Archer College Vancouver Tel: (604) 608-0538 Fax: (604) 608-0539 VancouverESL@ArcherEducation.com Learn. Experience. Succeed! Archer College Toronto Tel: (416) 361-2411 Fax: (461) 361-2403 TorontoESL@ArcherEducation.com Archer College Hamilton Tel: (905) 972-0000 Fax: (905) 972-0062 HamiltonESL@ArcherEducation.com 2 Staff Corner/ Field Trip ... from Page 2 How many countries did you visit? I have been very fortunate to travel to many cities in the US as well as in Asia. In the US I have travelled to Florida (Miami, Orlando, Key West), California (Los Angeles, Burbank, Hollywood, and San Francisco) Las Vegas I go twice a year or more. Bahamas, India, England, Paris, Thailand. Mexico (Cancun every August, Peurto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel, Grand Caymen) Why did you choose these countries? Most of the cities or countries that I have travelled to is because my parents have developed these trips to family trips so we had no choice on going. But now that i'm older, I frequently travel to the U.S. for short get-a-ways, mostly to Vegas because of the awesome shopping. Which ones did you enjoy? And why? I enjoyed every trip. In each city you visit there is always something fascinating and cool to take away. There is never a dull moment when travelling. Do you think museums can teach you something important about a country? Yes, museums can definitely teach you important things about a country. It’s a great resource to learn about the history and found artifacts of particular regions and cities. What kind of shopping did you do? Well shopping is different in every city that you visit. From Vegas you have indoor mall shopping, to outside outlet shopping, whereas in India and China you have a variety of shopping including outdoor markets where you can bargain for your purchases. Visiting the Port of Vancouver By Ana Paula Martins Perovano from Brazil In the last week of July, Archer College received some new students from different parts of the World: Brazil, Japan, China, Korea. The students were welcomed on their first Friday with a visit to the Port of Vancouver, a very important place for the economy and tourism of the city. Accompanied by teachers Sid, Sheryle and Kristina, the students first walked around Canada Place, which is a centralized area that has a cruise ship terminal, a convention centre and a hotel. After that, everybody watched a presentation about the port with students from UBC. The Port of Vancouver, now called Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, is a successful and competitive port. The operation of the port involves many different enterprises: cargo terminals, cruise terminals, railways, shipping agents, suppliers etc. Archer College Vancouver Tel: (604) 608-0538 Fax: (604) 608-0539 VancouverESL@ArcherEducation.com Learn. Experience. Succeed! Archer College Toronto Tel: (416) 361-2411 Fax: (461) 361-2403 TorontoESL@ArcherEducation.com Archer College Hamilton Tel: (905) 972-0000 Fax: (905) 972-0062 HamiltonESL@ArcherEducation.com 3 Field Trip/ Camping & Rafting ... from Page 3 The 30 terminals of the port ship different kinds of products, such as coal, grains, potash, logs and pulp. There are different ways of shipping and importing products in the Port of Vancouver: bulk (coal, grains and potash), breakbulk (logs and pulps), roro ships (auto), containers (value goods) and cruises. At the end of the presentation, the students were divided in two groups to play a game. All the questions were related to the Port of Vancouver, which was a good way to “test” what had just been presented. It was a fun and informative visit! Camping and Rafting at Chilliwack!!! By Marcus Ferraz from Brazil It was an amazing experience to go camping and rafting with people from Archer and other schools! We learned more about group work and how to not fall from the boat... ok, forget about the boat… let’s talk about the good experiences! Our trip started too early in the morning, the weather was sunny with a little bit of cold wind blowing on our faces. We were ready to get on the bus, but someone was missing... not! As far as I know, nobody missed the bus for this incredible trip! The tour guide was Larissa (she is very funny and has a lot of energy… I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone with that much energy). She had an assistant, Chung, really nice guy and did a great job there! Our first stop was Harrison Hot Springs, where there was a sandcastle competition taking place by the lake. Artists from all around the world, comes to this place to leave awesome art made with the sand! Some hours later we got back to the bus to continue our way to the camping grounds. On our way there, we were imagining that we’d be setting up our own tents, but it was already made. We only needed to get our sleeping bags and do whatever we wanted until the camp fire. The next morning was very cold. I was thinking it would make the rafting harder. We had breakfast, took some more pictures from the funny things on camping and grabbed our rafting equipments to get ready for the EMOTION! cont’d Page 5... Archer College Vancouver Tel: (604) 608-0538 Fax: (604) 608-0539 VancouverESL@ArcherEducation.com Learn. Experience. Succeed! Archer College Toronto Tel: (416) 361-2411 Fax: (461) 361-2403 TorontoESL@ArcherEducation.com Archer College Hamilton Tel: (905) 972-0000 Fax: (905) 972-0062 HamiltonESL@ArcherEducation.com 4 Camping & Rafting ... from Page 4 Before getting into the boat, our guides gave us safety instructions, which left some of us a little worried. Some of us were wearing THAT face, maybe thinking “what did I get myself into?” . When we got to our boats, our guides gave us the last set of instructions. While listening, we could see some fishermen and the amazing river we were on. We were able to see the stones under the water and if you concentrate, you can see fish in the water. It was time to start. Our boat was first, and so, our group faced the first stones and water crashes. It was very funny. First and foremost on my mind was what if the boat flips and everyone falls in the water? Maybe not thinking about dying, but the water was so cold... kidding, it was both. Who knows what happens if you fall in rapid water with a lot of stones and water holes... I can’t imagine that! The beginning was so easy, the water flow wasn’t so fast and we had time to talk, make jokes and get stuck on rocks. We were doing great! A few minutes later, we saw one of the boats flipping and the guys working out the training methods to get back to the boat. Our instructor told us that they were only training, because they flipped in a safe area. And it showed us that it’s not hard to retrieve the boat if we work as a group. In the middle of our trip, our leaders took us to see an amazing waterfall that was way in the middle of the forest and we were able to swim in a small river which was situated under the waterfall and they gave us some oranges to renew our energy. Back to the boats and on to the next level! Once again, we were the first group. They showed us some trees which fell into the river a few weeks or months ago and we were amazed about that and the side of the river we were getting to. After a while, we stopped to drop some people because we were going to a harder patch of the river. One of our crew decided to walk back with the others who were dropped off. Even though it wasn’t hard to go through the last part, we did it in a few minutes and no more boats flipped. We finished our awesome run down the Chilliwack river. We had great views the whole time and enjoyed it a lot!!! It was time to get ready to go back to Vancouver. In the end, we came back with a huge amount of funny memories and great experience. The End Archer College Vancouver Tel: (604) 608-0538 Fax: (604) 608-0539 VancouverESL@ArcherEducation.com Learn. Experience. Succeed! Archer College Toronto Tel: (416) 361-2411 Fax: (461) 361-2403 TorontoESL@ArcherEducation.com Archer College Hamilton Tel: (905) 972-0000 Fax: (905) 972-0062 HamiltonESL@ArcherEducation.com 5 Camping Camping Experience By Manuela Joyaux from France Campfire, Canadian culture Far far away from buildings and industrial life, the Canadian looks for a wild life. He chooses the comforting campfire to meet friends and family or someone unknown during the big concert, and set up an easy-going communication. Make barbecue, play beer games, tell stories, and eat the fabulous s’mores (roasted marshmallows). If you want to live a similar experience, follow my instructions. BBQ Corn, meat, chicken, potatoes Beer games There are a lot of games, but I prefer the beer games. I saw this, and it was so funny. The name is Shoot the can. You need a can of beer, a knife, a stick, a life preserver (tire), backpack, and tent (this is funniest with tent). Draw a route almost like a rectangle, and at each angle put down a stick, a preserver, a backpack and tent. Choose a person. He has to shoot the beer can on the side, with a knife, drink the beer (all of it), run to the stick, place one end of it to the ground and the other to your forehead, spin around ten times, then run to the tire, wrap it around your waist, continue on to the backpack, put it on and run on into the tent to finish. This can be difficult because you don’t have the balance anymore (especially after spinning with the stick). After several games, we sat around the fire. Meeting around the fire Everyone gathers around the fire to tell stories and sometimes sing campfire songs. We need to be scary sometimes then we can tell ghost stories. Ghost stories are creepier without the city light. Sometimes, the stories can be so scary they make you scream. Don’t worry if you drop the marshmallow in the fire. I’ll give a hint to save your marshmallow. Marshmallow roasting We need a marshmallow, of course, and a long stick. Why long? Because I don’t want you to burn your delicate hand. Sharpen one end of the stick before you put the marshmallow on. Now, you are ready to roast your marshmallow. Say this incantation, before you put your marshmallow in the fire. I just created for you. “Oh! Nice fire, you are as sunny as a summer day. Please, roast my marshmallow but don’t burn it, don’t eat it.” Even this incantation, when you roast it, you have to be careful it doesn’t drop into the fire. If it happens, what a pity, you have just to begin again. Sometimes, the roasting marshmallow catches fire. Don’t panic. Don’t call the firefighter even if you are alone. Just blow it out. After several attempts, because you aren’t patient or talented, you will have a delicious melted marshmallow. Choose two graham crackers (biscuit) and like a sandwich put your melted marshmallow inside along with some chocolate pieces. Don’t thank me. We just lived a wonderful Canadian experience. Archer College Vancouver Tel: (604) 608-0538 Fax: (604) 608-0539 VancouverESL@ArcherEducation.com Learn. Experience. Succeed! Archer College Toronto Tel: (416) 361-2411 Fax: (461) 361-2403 TorontoESL@ArcherEducation.com Archer College Hamilton Tel: (905) 972-0000 Fax: (905) 972-0062 HamiltonESL@ArcherEducation.com 6 BBQ Tips Barbecuing tips To make a barbecue (BBQ): What do you think if we build a good fire? We need a lot of wood, some paper, some kindling, and some matches. Now we need to build the fire. There are 3 stages. 1- Start by constructing a small teepee out of the kindling, light the paper and let the kindling catch fire. 2- Add large chunks of wood onto the teepee and allow the flame to live. 3- Don't forget it's a fire for a BBQ. So, when the wood burns down you create a nice hot bed of coals. You have a perfect temperature for the BBQ with a low flame. Continue to nurture the fire. Try to maintain this cooking temperature. After 40 minutes, we can begin the BBQ. Prepare husked corn if you have or corn with aluminum foil (tin foil), potatoes with tin foil. You have to wrap your vegetables inside the tin foil. Install your grill above the fire. Place your piece of meat on the grill, and pay attention to your cooking. Choose your doneness rare, medium, or well done. And voila! Here is a song for you Guys and Gals, a gift from me to you. By Manuela Joyaux from France Fire's Burning Fire's burning Fire's burning Draw nearer Draw nearer In the gloaming In the gloaming Come sing and be merry Thank you Sid for helping me write the articles for the Newsletter!! Archer College Vancouver Tel: (604) 608-0538 Fax: (604) 608-0539 VancouverESL@ArcherEducation.com Learn. Experience. Succeed! Archer College Toronto Tel: (416) 361-2411 Fax: (461) 361-2403 TorontoESL@ArcherEducation.com Archer College Hamilton Tel: (905) 972-0000 Fax: (905) 972-0062 HamiltonESL@ArcherEducation.com 7 Activities Activity Calendar For Vancouver Campus September 2nd – September 26th Sunday 31 1 Labour Day Holiday Monday 2 Tuesday Vancouver Art Gallery With Nik Wednesday 3 Suggested Activity ***** Thursday 4 Suggested Activity ***** Friday 5 Chinatown Night Market With Nik Saturday 6 Suggested Activity ***** Free Outdoor Yoga @ Canada Place Harbour Tower Lookout Fraser Valley Wine Tour No School! 7 Vancouver Whitecaps Soccer Game VS. Minnesota Meet at Archer @ 5:00pm 8 Movie Mondays 9 Movie Night With Nik 10 Archer Day! 11 Queen Elizabeth Park With Alodia 12 Suggested Activity ***** 13 Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House With Nik Granville Island Wear your Archer T-shirt for free popcorn! “Sukiyaki Western Django” Wear Archer T-shirt = free breakfast 14 Terry Fox Run 15 Movie Mondays 16 Six Pack Abs Club With Marcus 4:30pm 17 Cosmic Bowling With Alodia 18 Newsletter 19 School-wide Activity 20 Playland With Alodia Ask Alodia for more info Wear your Archer T-shirt for free popcorn! Wear something white! E-mail articles to alodiam@archered ucation.com TBA 26 27 BC Lions Football Game With Nik 21 Grouse Grind With Alodia 22 Movie Mondays 23 Six Pack Abs Club With Marcus 4:30pm 24 Basketball 25 Test Day Thursday WHL Hockey Vancouver Giants With Nik Meet at the seabus terminal at 8:30am Free Hip Hop Show With Nik “605 Collective” Wear your Archer T-shirt for free popcorn! Vancouver Film Festival Opens today $20 for ticket, hot dog, chips & pop Game starts at 7:00pm Enjoy the activities this month! ***** Suggested Activities Thanks to all the students who participated. Come make some new friends and do something different in Canada!
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