I had the opportunity to study for about 6 months at IH Vancouver and I attended a school program called Demi Pair. Half a day I was in the language school and for a few hours per day I helped my host family where I was staying.
In my first two weeks I attended a general English class. My teacher and the students were so fun and I was incredibly impressed by the atmosphere in this school. Everybody is just so friendly and helpful and on top of that the school provides a widely ranged activity program. Therefore, going to school was always a pleasure for me, even in the morning. You meet so many people from all over the world and gain friends for life.
However, my main purpose was to pass the CAE Cambridge Exam and fortunately IH Vancouver offers a preparation course. Even though it is all about the focus on the exam what includes much grammar, vocabulary and homework, it helped me a lot to improve my English skills. Not only that, but it might have been the best way to get prepared for the actual exam. With originally previous exams and lots of exercises we got to know the strategies and techniques to pass successfully the test. Besides, the simulation of the speaking test was definitely helpful and gave us an impression of what we might have to expect. But don’t get me wrong. Much grammar does not mean that it was a boring time. It was at least as much fun as all the other classes and I will never forget my time there.
I received my exam results last week and I can proudly say that I have passed it! All the hard work was worth it.
Many thanks to my teachers Tina, Sharon, Uma, Veronica and Fey. It was an amazing time and experience here and you are without doubt part of it!
Thank you and all the best.
Arne – Germany