Language centre for foreign students looking for host families
SYDNEY — A new centre that offers English instruction for international students is looking for families interested in serving as hosts.
The International Centre for English Academic Preparation (ICEAP) recently held its opening ceremonies. The English academic preparation program is designed to help international students who have conditional acceptance to Cape Breton University (CBU) develop their English.
There are currently families billeting 10 of the students, with the remaining 35 living in apartments or in residence at CBU.
Jennifer Bussey, academic chair for the centre, said that living with a host family is ideal for the students, as they become immersed in the local culture and are able to use their new language skills at home.
“So many Cape Bretoners have been elsewhere, doing other things, and so hopefully if any of their kids have ever been taken in by a billeting program, they know the benefit, and so the kids will have a chance to use English and see Canadian culture and see Cape Breton culture, it just adds to their stay here, so much more,” Bussey said.
There will be an ongoing need for host families, as a new class of students arrives every eight weeks.
“ We’ll always be looking for home stay families,” Bussey said.
There is a base compensation rate for families who provide students with a furnished bedroom and access to a kitchen where they can prepare their own meals after purchasing their own food. Additional money can be provided to a host family if they provide additional services such as meals or transportation to class, Bussey said.
The students should also have access to the Internet and cable television, and have access to the bus system.
Students in the current class come from China and half are from Saudi Arabia, and the intention is to expand it to other countries, Bussey said..
“ The program is really taking off,” she said. “ They’re very much enjoying their stay here in Cape Breton.”
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