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CPV 4: How to…

By Marianna Cherniuk,


Last week in our Level 4 Communication, Pronunciation, and Vocabulary class I decided to mix things up a bit and have the students teach the class! We were a mixed group from Saudi Arabia, Brazil, France, Japan, Korea, Panama and, of course, Canada. I thought it would be nice to have an opportunity to learn about other cultures. The goal was this: to teach us how to do something new through a step-by-step process. Our class divided into five different groups and began to prepare for their presentations.


There were a few rules that each group needed to follow:

1) The presentation was to be between 5-7 minutes long

2) The students needed to engage their audience

3) They had to use at least one idiom from Chapter 6 of our text

4) They had to focus on their pronunciation of the th sound


First, Debora, Christiane, and Tawfiq taught us how to play a French card game called La Belote de Marseilles. It was similar to a card game we play in Canada called Euchre.

Next, Akiko and Akane gave us detailed instructions on how to make an origami heart ring. We never though we’d be able to make something so small and delicate but with their help it was pretty easy!

After all this hard work, we had our lovely Brazlian “chefs” Yara and Ana share a cooking video they made on “How To: Make a Carrot Cake” and ice it with a traditional Brazilian dessert called brigadeiro. To complete their presentation, they surprised us with the cake from the video and divided it up for us all to share!

Then, we were given the chance to answer this age-old question: How Do I Tie A Tie? Shohei and Jack very patiently explained the process to use and helped us to practice again and again until we got it right.

Finally, we got to experience a bit of festive Latin culture. All week, Akane and Josue had been meeting after school to prepare a special surprise for us – a piñata! In their presentation, they showed us how to build a piñata and when they finished, we got to break it apart and eat all the candy. What a great way to end our “How To…” class!


This was a great class and I can’t wait to do it again. Your creativity amazes me! Thanks everyone for all your hard work  – I think we learned a lot!



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Amazing Canada

By Marianna Cherniuk,


Hey, I’m Matheus, from Brazil. I had been in Tamwood for about six months. It looks a long time, however I feel that was not enough. Here I could improve my English, my personal skills and made a lot of amazing friends and awesome memories.

I came to Tamwood feeling insecure, because my English was not so good and I was really shy and scared about how it would be to meet new people from all over the world with different cultures. But after I arrive in Vancouver and started to speak with the other students and the teachers I noticed that would be the best opportunity in my life.

Since I arrived here I tried to make friendship with people from different countries and cultures to practice my English and also learn something about their cultures.

I had a lot of good experiences in Canada, which includes some trips. My first trip was to Rocky Mountains, which is an amazing place, with lots of beautiful lakes and mountains. I also rented a car to go to Whistler and Seattle with couple of friends. Was really nice drive in a different country. In the way to Seattle something really interesting happened. We were stopped by the police because I was driving about 30 KM above the speed limit. Was like American movies HAHA And the best part was we didn’t get a ticket.

About food, in Canada you can try Poutine, which is French Fries with cheese, gravy sauce and sometimes bacon. It’s really good and my new favorite food!

Now it’s time to go back home and finish my university. It’s hard to say goodbye for the people I met here and for this amazing city! But I hope I can keep in touch with all my friends and someday come back to Vancouver!

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