Our learners in VCLA’s English as an Additional Language program.

Where do you come from?

We are from Bogotá, Colombia. Bogotá is the capital of the country. It is a very big city with about 7 million people. We can say that Kentville is quieter than Bogotá and less polluted. However, there is much more to do in Bogotá than in Kentville. We have enjoyed the cultural life of Bogotá and enjoy exploring the outdoors here in Kentville.

What brought you to Canada?

We came to Canada to experience another culture, study new languages, and start a family here.

How did you hear about the VCLA?

Oscar: I discovered the VCLA when I saw a pamphlet about ESL classes in Kentville.

Adriana: When I arrived in Kentville, my husband had already talked to me about the VCLA.

What are your classes like?

Our classes are very well structured. We take classes once or twice a week. We set our learning goals at the beginning of the term and then everything we study in class brings us closer to achieving them.

What are you learning?

We are learning tenses, vocabulary, cultural issues, and idioms. We are also improving our listening and reading comprehension and speaking skills.

What do you enjoy learning the most?

Oscar: I really enjoy discussions about interesting topics after we watch a video on the internet.

Adriana: At the very beginning, I enjoyed learning grammar, and now I enjoy practising speaking and pronunciation.

What are your goals for the future?

Adriana: I would like to be fluent in English to be able to get an entry-level job as an optometrist assistant. Later I would like to work as an optometrist, the job I used to work in in Colombia.

Oscar: My goal is to improve my English skills to be able to communicate with my students in their language.

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