A Great way for students to experience a new culture
The Cultural Exchange Program (CEP) is great way for students to experience a new culture and practice their English immersed in an entirely English environment. The CEP runs yearly beginning in early July and up until mid August and accepts students between 11 and 18 years of age.
By attending CEP students can expect to:
- Improve their English
- Experience a new culture
- Travel North America
- Make new friends
- Learn English in a culturally enriched setting
The CEP Program is designed to improve the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of our students. We offer an interdisciplinary approach to learning that is strategically in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s curriculum and taught by Canadian teachers who are fully certified by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
Our teachers gear lessons to the different levels of the students in their class and use creative approaches to keep the students engaged. Students rotate between “individually-centered” lessons, which are also accompanied by skill-based and first-hand learning activities.
CEP consists of three types of English study:
- Academic English
- Topic English
- Activity English
Listening/Speaking, Reading, Writing/Grammar
Listening/Speaking: Teachers expose students to various listening activities, such as lyric lessons, and instructional games. In speaking, students are asked questions on a variety of topics in order to test their ability to utilize their vocabulary and sentence structure. They are also asked to formally present a speech to the class.
Reading: Our reading classes focuses on comprehension and using familiar vocabulary in combination with context in order understand unfamiliar words. Here, students learn important reading skill sets such as inferring, describing elements of a story and identifying themes and concepts.
Writing/Grammar: In teaching writing and grammar students learn to use proper punctuation, appropriate tense and correct spelling. They also use parts of speech, simple/compound sentences, noun/pronoun Agreement to further improve both their writing and grammar skills.
Topic English aims to educate students about Canadian culture and practices. Students learn about the history of Canada, Niagara Falls, Aboriginal Canadians, and Canadian Art, among other interesting cultural topics. Students’ classroom learning is paralleled with visits to London City Hall, the University of Western Ontario, local museums and Niagara Falls in order to further reinforce genuine Canadian concepts. This gives students the opportunity to explore the Canadian environment in order to gain a truly meaningful learning experience.
It is important to allow students to learn English while participating in engaging activities. Our activities include baseball, volleyball, art, cooking, shopping, music and more. In a neighbouring school setting, our CEP students have the opportunities to build friendships with their Canadian peers and speak with their new Canadian friends in English. While learning Canadian dance, art, and games from Canadian teachers and friends, our CEP students improve their communication skills, especially in listening and comprehension.
While visiting LIA, groups may choose to reside in our residence or with homestay families. While traveling throughout the United States and Canada students stay in carefully selected hotels with dual occupancy.
London International Academy (LIA) provides each student will a meal card, allowing them to eat at any of our four restaurants. Meals are also covered during the students’ travels through Ontario and Quebec.