Writing a great research paper ...and more!

November 13, 2011
One very good resource for writing a great research paper is Shortcuts for the Student Writer by Jay Silverman, Elaine Hughes and Diana Wienbroer (Paperback - Dec 6 2004)
You can download it onto your computer and refer to it for ideas about organization, how to begin, thesis statements and word usage problems.  Very handy tool!


Trip to VanDusen Botanical Gardens

October 27, 2011
We had a great visit to see the lovely autumn colours at VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

See our photos on the Gallery page!!

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Vocabulary: How to remember more

October 6, 2011

Here is a list of ideas for learning new words in English.
It's from the website of VCC's on-campus learning centre.

  • Highlight or underline words you don’t know.
  • Choose words you want or need to learn.
  • Look those words up in an English-only dictionary. At the same time, look up related words that may help you remember or learn these words. For example, when looking up the word “wish”, you may also see the word “wishbone” or “wishful thinking...

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TV commentary on TED.com

September 23, 2011
This is a video about the history of TV and how it reflects the social conscience of the society.
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Keeping up good grades

September 21, 2011
Start the school year off right by getting organized.

Each binder should have dividers for the subjects.
Date each sheet of paper the teacher gives out.
Place it on top of the last sheet in the subject section.
(This helps when you have to review quickly for a quiz or exam)
Read it carefully and highlight or annotate as soon as you get home.
This is your FIRST homework and should take a short time if you read it in class already (longer if it is a first reading)
Pay attention to new vocabulary (make...
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How to increase your vocabulary

September 8, 2011

Expanding Your Vocabulary

Your vocabulary can be divided into 3 categories

    1.     Thoroughly familiar words you use confidently in everyday speech and writing.
    2.     Words that you vaguely understand in speech and writing, but which you wouldn't feel comfortable using.
    3.     Words that you don't understand at all.
Your goal would be :
  • to become confident enough to use category 2 words yourself
  • to gain an understanding of words that are fairly commonly used but which...

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Earthship home construction

August 31, 2011
Earthship home construction.   It is the way to go!! Save the earth, save people.  Watch this video to see how this construction can withstand an earthquake.

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Back to SCHOOL

August 25, 2011
Summer is almost over.  sigh*  but the weather is still lovely and warm.  It's hard to think about waking up early and getting dressed for school.  However, now is the time to begin.

Start going to bed a bit earlier each day.  Then, when school starts, it won't be so hard to get up early.

Find an exciting book!! And plan to read each day for 30 minutes to one hour.  Get back in the habit of reading.

Go shopping for the supplies you need to replace for a good school year: binders, paper, colour...
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Have a happy summer and KEEP READING!!

June 18, 2011
Summer is a welcome break from homework for most kids.  It is also a perfect time to READ. 
Reading can take us into places of great imagination and understanding of others' lives. Stories open
doors of knowledge and help us to view the world in different ways.

Reading should be FUN.  No vocabulary look-up or study. No quizzes.  No homework.
BUT discussion and journaling can help with deeper understanding and personal connection.

When we read, we learn vocabulary in an organic way, by guessing a...
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End of School Year Is Approaching

May 7, 2011
It isn't long until final exams.  In just a few weeks, classes will be over and finals will be looming.

Begin to prepare now.
  • Organize all the notes from the class in order of date and group by chapter.
  •  In your AGENDA and on a wall calendar, block out specific times for review of
        the notes. This is separate from your homework time, even if you have a project due. 
        If you plan to review 1/2 a chapter a day in science, ten chapters will take
        20 days of easy review.
  • Make sure you have ...

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About Me

Lori in I got my Bachelor of Education degree in the USA but was born and raised in Canada. Working in Asia and with immigrant adults and children for 26 years has given me insights into the difficulties they face in a new country and school system. I like to help adults adjust to and explore the rich and diverse opportunities in Canada while also supporting them in their challenge of parenting in a new culture. I love to help children learn English, develop skills, and gain confidence to succeed in school and life.


“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning A lack of planning on your part does not constitute and emergency on my part. "Most people don't plan to fail; they fail to plan." ~~John L. Beckley

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