Simple Past VS Present Perfect

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In the past two weeks, we learned how to change regular and irregular verbs into the simple past tense. In today’s English Learning Tips for Newcomers, we take a look at the differences between the simple past tense and the present perfect tense. Many English learners confuse these two tenses. We summarize the differences between the two in this table …

Past Tense: Irregular Verbs

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Last week, we learned a few basic rules to change regular verbs into the past tense. In today’s English Learning Tips for Newcomers, we will tackle irregular verbs. There’s no easy way to learn them. You may need to memorize them one by one! However, in this article, we will try to group them into categories and in the process …

Isolation Requirements for School

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When should children be isolated from school? How long should they stay at home? The Government of Alberta has added more information for parents about dealing with illness and isolation requirements. If a student show symptoms, use the following chart to find required actions: Symptoms Requirements – Fever – Cough – Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing – Runny nose …

Words that are Both Nouns and Verbs

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Some words take on double duty by serving as more than just one part of speech. In today’s “English Learning Tips for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at words that are both nouns and verbs! Nouns vs. Verbs Noun: a word that represents a person, place, thing or idea. Verb: a word that presents an action, state or occurrence. Words …

CFN’s Indigenous Education for Newcomers Program

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Nowadays, Canada’s immigration policy is among the most welcoming worldwide. Every year, we welcome new immigrants to Canada. Waves of immigration and settlement forced many Indigenous peoples away from their traditional lands and disrupted their traditional ways of life. As a newcomer to Canada, it is important for you to learn about the history. The Centre for Newcomers (CFN) runs …

New Support for Students

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As of October 1, 2020, students who are taking a temporary break from school for medical or parental reasons will be able to with interest & payment-free leave. The two conditions are defined as: medical leave means a leave from studies taken by a borrower as a result of a medical problem that, in the opinion of a medical professional, would …

English as a Second Language Reading Strategies

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In last week’s article, Extensive Reading Activities, we mentioned skimming and scanning.In today’s “English Learning Tips”, let’s explore a few more ESL reading strategies that may help you improve your reading skills, gain confidence and continue reading independently long term. Previewing Before diving into the reading materials, preview the content and prepare yourself. Previewing is essential for you to get …

Extensive Reading Activities

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Extensive reading is an important approach to language learning that is often overlooked as a classroom activity. In today’s “English Learning Tips”, let’s take a look at what extensive reading is, its benefits, and reading activities you can try by yourself. What is extensive reading? Extensive reading is when you: read enjoyable and level-appropriate materials develop general reading skills by …

Importance of Reading in English

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Reading is one of the four language skills . In today’s English Learning Tips, let’s take a look at the important role it plays in helping you improve your understanding of the English language and building your vocabulary. How does reading contribute to my overall English skill? Reading is an input (receptive) skill. When you read something in English, you …