May 29th, 2015
York University’s English Language Institute has recently been recognized for their initiatives in integrating international students into Canadian culture and preparing students to be successful in their future endeavors. The Institute has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition as an Excellent Organization in Sino-Canadian Education by the United Association of Global Educational Development through Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Rouge River. Emily Rush, associate director of the Institute accepted the award on behalf of York University on May 29th, 2015. York University’s English Language Institute, a department within the School of Continuing Studies, strives to offer high quality programs for students who wish to improve their English for professional and educational purposes. The Institute makes every effort to expose students to volunteering opportunities, which help students apply their language skills. The Institute also works with students to facilitate collaboration amongst international students, with a large percentage of the student’s coming from China.
The award was received at the Sino-Canada Educational and Cultural festival, a festival held to celebrate institutions that showcase and promote China’s history and cultural traditions through educational and cultural communication. The goal of this festival is to “enhance mutual understanding of each ethnic enriched community culture and promote the development of Canadian multiculturalism.” Made up of a large student body, the York University English Language Institute’s primary objective is to help bridge the gap between languages and help students transition into Canadian culture.
York University’s English Language Institute’s curriculum allows for students to attain an understanding of our language and culture. The efforts of the Institute have resulted in significant improvement in preparedness for students to successfully shift into future degrees and/or professional roles.
Furthermore, a recent study has shown that students who were enrolled in the Institute prior to beginning undergraduate degree studies at the University have had higher GPAs than other international students, and have graduated at a higher rate than both international and domestic students. Many graduates from the Institute have moved on to be accepted into many prestigious schools, ranging from York University’s own Schulich School of Business to Carnegie-Mellon University.
For more information on York University’s Language Institute, visit: yueli.yorku.ca