This is what a typical week looks like in our ESL Cultural Enrichment Program. Please bear in mind this is only a representative sample. The actual specifics will vary from client to client. Some programs might be longer. Some will feature different activities. Even the curriculum can vary, depending on the needs of your learners.

Day 1 (Monday)

It’s all about settling in … 

3 p.m.
Welcome Reception 

There’s no better way to ease into a new adventure than by a friendly and casual reception. Students, fortified by beverages and snacks, meet their instructors and classmates in a relaxed setting.

It’s an ideal opportunity for students to start feeling at home, ask questions, connect with their classmates, and meet with their host families. 

Day 2 (Tuesday)

9 a.m.
English class: Basic conversation and pronunciation.

Noon
Lunch on campus.

1 p.m.
Cultural Workshop (A member of the First Nations community will lead the class through a wool weaving exercise)

3:15 p.m.
English Class: Basic conversation and pronunciation. Introduction to basic grammar.

5 p.m.
Students picked up by host families.

Day 3 (Wednesday)

9 a.m.
English class: Parts of speech (Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs).

10:15 a.m. 
In-class activity Watercolour Art Project.

11:30 a.m. 
Depart for day trip to Whistler (including Peak 2 Peak Gondola)

5 p.m.
Dinner in Whistler

7 p.m. 
Bus departs Whistler.

7:45 p.m. 
Students picked up by host families.

Day 4 (Thursday)

9 a.m. 
English class: Reading exercise followed by a discussion of the material.

Noon
Lunch.

1 p.m.
English class: Conversation continued, focusing on pronunciation.

2 p.m. 
Trip to Granville Island. Don’t forget to pick up something delicious from the public market. (The cheese selection is quite impressive. You should check it out).

6 p.m.
Students picked up by host families.

Day 5 (Friday)

Important Notice

If this were the last day of the program, it would be dedicated to the final language assessment and a graduation ceremony.

9 a.m.
English class: Reading comprehension.

Noon 
Trip to a provincial park. Trips to provincial parks generally include scenic and exhilarating activities such as:

  • Kayaking
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Swimming
  • Hiking

1 p.m. 
English class: Conversation…let’s talk about our trip!

2 p.m.
In-class activity: Scrapbooking session, letting everyone build a memory book.

5 p.m.
Students picked up by host families.

Additional Weeks

If you prefer a longer program, any additional weeks will look similar to the above schedule. English classes generally take place in the morning and get more advanced as the program progresses. Afternoons are mostly dedicated to field trips and cultural activities. Fridays and weekends are typically free days, but Fridays can be used for classes, as in the example above. Also, the final day of the program will always include a graduation ceremony.

Cultural Activities and Day Trips 

There are many possibilities to choose from when it comes to cultural activities. The ones mentioned in the above sample are only suggestions. You can select whatever activities you like. Below is a list of options, but there are many more that don’t appear on the list. Don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any specific ideas regarding outings, activities, and more.

Outdoor

  • Whistler (yes, the 2010 Olympics Whistler).
  • Squamish (usually to hike The Chief, which is a very manageable mountain and a popular destination for locals and tourists alike).
  • Provincial parks, such as Alice Lake, Golden Ears, Garibaldi, Manning Park, and Murrin Park. They all feature stunning scenery and a host of outdoor activities.
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge (it’s a wobbly suspension bridge and you can look STRAIGHT DOWN for 70 m. Did we mention it’s scary?).
  • Kayaking, Hiking, Beach day, Whale watching. We have them all.
  • Vancouver walking tour: It’s a great way to get to know the city!
  • Take in a sporting event. We have soccer, football, and baseball.

Indoor

  • Museum trip (there are several to enjoy. The Museum of Anthropology at UBC is particularly interesting).
  • Art Gallery trip (located right downtown, it’s easy to turn an Art Gallery day into a night on the town).
  • Vancouver Aquarium (pretty much a must-see, and it’s easy to tie it in with a visit to Stanley Park).
  • Tour of a local business.

Check out Experience Vancouver for more ideas for activities and day trips.