All Canadian International Services programs start with the interests and needs of our clients. This includes the ages of the students or other program participants, their levels of English speaking abilities, the time they have available to spend in Canada, and their specific areas of study. From that starting point, we design a tailored itinerary or service, working closely with the client until we arrive at a final program.
For example, Canadian International Services has:
- Delivered English as a Second Language (ESL) homestay programs for high school students from Japan and Taiwan, for the past 21 years;
- Worked extensively with teachers and school administrators from China, providing instruction in teaching methodology and school leadership. It conducted many study tours for senior teachers from Beijing that introduced them to all levels of education in Canada from Elementary through to University;
- Provided mentoring programs where individual teachers from China were placed with senior teachers in Canadian high schools to study teaching methodology. Following their stay in Canada they would return to China to share what they learned with teachers in their school district;
- Offered leadership training with York University for school principals from China, Sri Lanka, and Kuwait;
- Arranged a variety of high school placements for foreign students, and acted as guardians for those students during their period of study in Canada; and
- Written five hundred English language lessons as film scripts, which were produced by a television company for use at all grade levels nationally in China.
“I really enjoy the experiences gained in working within the CIS program. The students we teach expand our understandings of our own pedagogy, in working with a cultural background so distinct from our own."
“The program offers students an unforgettable opportunity to see a different part of the world, while developing their English language skills, as they experience Canadian culture through classroom activities, excursions, and interactions with their homestay families.”
"It is very rewarding for me, as an educator, to witness the growth in the students’ language skills over a short intensive period of time. The base of vocabulary they arrive to Canada with serves as a good testament to their English training in their own school system."
"I think the activities that are embedded within the program provide the students a solid means of showing much of the Canadian lifestyle, in terms of day-to-day recreation, but also other features that require the use of larger spaces, that are not as prevalent in their home country. These, in combination with the homestay experiences and dietary differences from home, provide the students with a truly well rounded experience."