Lan­guage cen­tre for for­eign stu­dents looking for host fam­i­lies

Cape Breton Post - - OUR COMMUNITY - BY NANCY KING CAPE BRE­TON POST

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.”

For more in­for­ma­tion call 5631892 or email bussey­jen­nifer@hot­mail.com.

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