Entries by Melody Tsukahara

NEW YEAR’S TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD

All of us at CLC love a good party, and we can’t think of any day better suited to partying than December 31. The start of the new calendar year is observed in some form in most cultures, making it one of the most universal celebrations in the world–which is not to say that the way it’s […]

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: TINA ON BRINGING THE CLC APPROACH TO MOTHERHOOD

Working at CLC often involves trying out a range of new roles and putting your talents to use wherever applicable. For many employees, that means gaining experience and skills that are useful in future endeavours; for “Jane of all trades” Tina, that new endeavour came not in the form of a new job, but motherhood. […]

MONTREAL GIFT IDEAS FOR THE DIFFICULT-TO-SHOP-FOR PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE

The holiday season is in full swing, which means the streets and shopping centres are packed with shoppers searching for the perfect gifts. Our favourite gifts are those that you can eat or experience—that way, you don’t have to worry that your present is sitting unused and collecting dust in someone’s basement.  If you haven’t even started […]

HOW SINGING (NO MATTER HOW BADLY) CAN HELP YOU LEARN A LANGUAGE

There’s a common classroom phenomenon familiar to most ESL teachers of preteens: arriving at class early one day, you catch your students—even the most timid or confidence-lacking among them—belting out English pop songs with ease, their pronunciation so flawless that you wonder if you’ve stepped into a classroom full of native speakers by mistake. The […]

YOUR NEW FAVOURITE WINTER TRADITIONS (AS RECOMMENDED BY CLC STAFF)

It’s almost December in Montreal, which means the lights have gone up, the mulled wine has come out and the carollers have taken to the streets. This year, we’ve been lucky enough (or unlucky enough, depending on your perspective) to see plenty of the white stuff fall from the sky well before December, making for […]

THE MENTAL BENEFITS OF LEARNING A LANGUAGE

At CLC, we are—naturally—big proponents of picking up new languages. Language acquisition offers learners the chance to experience different cultures, explore new job opportunities or simply live more comfortably amongst speakers of other languages. But if that’s not enough to convince you, there’s a whole other set of reasons to get yourself to a language […]

HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FIRST WINTER IN MONTREAL

So, you’re spending winter in Montreal. If you’re a first timer, you’ve probably already received plenty of ominous warnings; the reminder that Winter is Coming is enough to make anyone quake in their (heavy, thickly lined) boots. Winter in Montreal can be cold, damp and unforgiving, and unless you’re a ski buff (or a masochist), it’s […]

WHY MAINTAINING A STRONG CONNECTION TO YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE MATTERS

If you’ve ever tried to learn a language, you’re probably familiar with the delicious relief that comes when, after hours of communicating in your target language, you finally find yourself once again surrounded by speakers of your native tongue. No more having to carefully plot out your choice of words or worry that you’re being […]

AN ANNUAL CLC TRADITION: APPLE PICKING

Ah, September: the month that heat-stricken Montrealers have been waiting for all summer. Changing leaves, shorter days, pumpkin spice lattes and (hopefully) the start of sweater weather. While pumpkin-flavoured everything may get the bulk of the glory this season, make sure you save some room to savour the true star of autumn fruits in Canada: […]

DISCOVERING MONTREAL: THE VILLAGE

Montreal in the summertime is a place full of colour, energy and excitement, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Village, the city’s hub of LGBTQ life. Last weekend saw thousands of revellers from around the world (including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Antoni Porowski of Netflix’s Queer Eye fame) gather in the […]

USING SOCIAL MEDIA AS A LANGUAGE LEARNING TOOL

Ask most teachers for their thoughts on social media, and they’ll probably tell you it’s the enemy of learning, a force of distraction to be kept out of the classroom at all costs. Facebook, Instagram and the like are places where memes, emojis and bad spelling reign supreme, where “you’re” and “your” are used interchangeably, […]

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: RACHEL ON MAKING CONNECTIONS AND DEFENDING EDUCATION

Meet English teacher Rachel, whose passions for English and education brought her to CLC nearly five years ago, where she’s been teaching ever since—despite her initial plan to use teaching as a means to do anything but stick around Montreal. When Rachel obtained her TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) certificate fresh out of university, […]

THE “CRITICAL WINDOW” FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING

As the idiom goes, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” and according to many people, never is that truer than when it comes to language acquisition. A study published this past spring in Cognition, a journal of cognitive science, identified a “critical window” for learning a language: a time when the brain is best poised to […]

FROM DAMASCUS TO MONTREAL: SAY HELLO TO CHRISTINE

Christine is a CLC student with big dreams and a passion for trying new things.Originally from Syria, Christine came to CLC to work toward meeting the English language requirements necessary to enroll at university, but her language learning ambitions don’t end there. Discover more about what drives her learning and her ambitious plans for her […]