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留学-KAPLAN PLIバンクーバーはIELTSの公式テストセンターになりました。








GDIのパトナー英語学校はつい最近IELTSの公式テストセンターになりました。これからはKAPLAN PLIでIELTSの集中コースが終わったら、同じ場所でテストを受ける事ができるので、大変便利です!


「International English Language Testing SystemIELTS, アイエルツ)は英語熟練度を測る英語検定の1つで、ケンブリッジ大学ESOL試験機構、ブリティッシュ・カウンシル、IDP Education社によって協同で運営されている。アカデミック・モジュール(Academic Module、大学や他の高等教育機関への出願のためのテスト)とジェネラル・トレーニング・モジュール(General Training Module、一般的な生活、仕事や、移住関係に関わる英語のテスト)の2種類がある。



2007年に年間100万人を超える受験者を初めて記録し、高等教育機関受験および英語圏への移民のための試験として最も人気の高いものとなった。」 (








Leaving Japan with only a few months left on your passport can cause problems while overseas.

  1. パスポートを外国で更新するとお金がかかります。Renewing your passport overseas generally costs more.
  2. 日本から適切な書類を集まるのは大変です。Issuing important documents and getting them sent from Japan is difficult.
  3. ビザを新しいパスオートに移すのは、場合によって手数料がかかります。There is usually a feee when transferring your visa from the old passport to the new one.
  4. 留学を延長したい場合が複雑になります。 The process of extending your study abroad experience will become more complicated.
  5. 国によって、パスポートの有効期間満了日が充分残っていないとビザの発行は複雑になる場合もあります。Some countries won’t issue a visa if there is not enough remaining time left on the passport.

I hope these helpful tips will make your study abroad experience more enjoyable!

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Some say the competition between the provinces in Canada is quite strong.  Again this year, according to a nation wide poll, the western provinces won for popularity, management and reputation.  In particular, BC won again for “Most beautiful scenery” and “Place most Canadians want to visit”.  Way to go, BC!!




Capilano University to Offer ESL for Academic Credit: Capilano’s English for Academic Purposes Department is one of only a few in North America to do so



Posted: April 2, 2013

The Capilano University Faculty Senate has approved academic credit for two courses offered by the English for Academic Purposes Department (EAP). The Department was formerly called the ESL Department. Starting in the Fall semester of 2013, students taking the top-level EAP 100 and EAP 101 courses will receive up to six general elective credits which may be applied to academic programs at Capilano University.

The EAP Department at Capilano helps those students whose native language is not English to upgrade their academic English skills so that they are prepared for university-level work.

Historically, these types of ESL courses have not been credit-bearing courses. While ESL students at Capilano receive credit for ESL courses they take, that credit has not counted toward the completion of a degree program. With the recent vote, this has changed. Depending on the student’s major, the top-level EAP 100 and 101 courses can now be used as general elective credit. Academic departments at Capilano can decide whether to award zero, three, or six credits to students in EAP 100 and 101. The credits can be counted toward the completion of a degree program.

Capilano’s EAP Department is one of just a few programs in North America which have made the change to academic credit-bearing courses. According to Maggie Reagh, EAP Department Coordinator, ESL-type courses have usually been viewed as “preparatory.”

“Overall, historically, the feeling has been that ESL doesn’t have the academic rigor that other programs at the University have. However, the type of work which our top-level students are doing is at least equal to a university 100-level course. When you consider that our students are doing that work in a second language, you realize that they should be getting some recognition for it,” Reagh explained.

“This keeps us ahead of the curve in a very competitive marketplace, and if we can do that while helping students, it’s a win-win situation,” Reagh said.

Submitted by: Corey Muench