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Language instructors take 200 international students on a celebration field trip

July 19, 2016
AC language instructors helped celebrate Languages Canada’s World Student Day by taking about 200 English for Academic Purposes International students to Ottawa’s first annual World Student Day event at Strathcona Park.

EAP International Liaison Officer Sue Hodgins and Language Institute instructor Gabrielle Berube worked with Languages Canada to plan the event over several months, and Hodgins said everyone – staff and students alike – enjoyed the day out.

“It was a great opportunity for our international students to mix and mingle with international students from other language schools in the city,” said Hodgins, adding about 10 part-time language instructors accompanied the students. “We look forward to next year’s event and a great time was had by all.”

About 400 students from eight language schools joined the festivities, held on Friday, July 15. They had a picnic lunch, played in a friendly soccer game, and went on a scavenger hunt organized by Bérubé. Hodgins manned a photo booth.

World Student Day is an annual event to celebrate international language students in Canada and to recognize their valuable contribution to our education, culture and economy. Events were also held in Halifax, Charlottetown, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria.