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Classic City Homestay

MONTREAL



Homestay for young learners in Montreal offers an effective language course in English, French or both, combined with the experience of Canadian lifestyle and culture. This programme welcomes students from all over the globe to the world's largest bilingual, bi-cultural city: Montreal.

Classic City Homestay

What's Included

  • General English / General French / Both English and French course*

  • Course materials

  • End of course certificate

  • Full board accommodation

  • Supervised activity programme (per week):
    - 5 half-day activities, 3 after-school activities and 3 evening activities (1 Free and 2 optional and at extra expense)
    - 1 full-day activity (excluding arrival and departure week)

  • Return airport transfers

  • Travel pass (public transport to and from school and activities)

  • International classes

  • Assistance & supervision from EC Team

  • At the time of booking, students should specify their language option: English, French, or a combination of both

  • Medical Insurance

Dates available

  • 01 July - 12 August 2017

Ages

  • 13 - 17 years

Emergency Number

  • +1 514 947 1030

What to pack?

    Bathing suit and towelCamera
    Shorts and t-shirt/tank tops (it's hot in July and August)Sport shoes
    Jeans, sport pantsRain clothing
    Dress shoes (comfortable for dancing)Clothes for going out at night (not jeans)
    Sun tan lotionSchool bag
    Sweater/JacketCombination lock for the gym or beach
    Water bottlePrescription drugs
    Hat/CapToothbrush/Toothpaste and other toiletries
    Canadian currency (Banks are not open on the weekend)Dictionary, pens, pencils, erasers, notepad
    Pictures, coins, musical instruments or any other memorabilia to describe your country or show off your talent

 


Homestay provides students with the opportunity to use English or French in real life situations. Students get a first hand experience of the way Canadians live. Our largest concentration of English/French homestays are in LaSalle, Notre-Dame-de Grace, Rosemont and Ville St-Laurent. In Canada it's normal that homestay providers go to work during the day. Classic Homestay students are responsible for getting to school and returning to their homestay by themselves, using the travel pass provided.

Travel time from airport

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport: Approx. 20 min

Arrival day

Saturday

Departure day

Saturday

Getting to school & activities

  • Journey to school/city centre - approx 40 min by public transport

  • The homestay provider is responsible for showing the student how to get to school on the first day.


Meals

Hosts serve three meals daily: breakfast, a packed lunch and dinner. They include the four basic food groups: protein (meat, fish, eggs), carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice), dairy products (milk, cheese, etc), fruit and vegetables.

Breakfast

Juice and/or milk, fruit, cereal and/or muffins, toast/bagels

Lunch

Sandwich (e.g sliced turkey, cheese, tomato and lettuce), fruit and vegetables (e.g. apple, orange, banana, carrot and celery sticks), juice box, snacks (e.g. pretzels, nuts, crackers)

Dinner

(Sample Menu)
Pasta, salad, bread and cheese, dessert and/or fruit
Or
Roast chicken and potatoes, cooked vegetables, dessert and/or fruit

Dietary Requirements

  • Vegan - suplement applies
  • Halal - suplement applies
  • Celiac/Gluten intolerance - suplement applies
  • Lactose inotlerance - supplement does not apply
  • Vegetarian - supplement does not apply

Any other special dietary requirements, EC must be informed of this at the time of booking.

Medical

Students must have proof of adequate health, accident and travel insurance while attending any of our programmes. This must be acquired prior to their arrival.

Students should always travel to Canada with a proof of insurance document. Insurance can be either private or booked through EC. Further information is provided on request.

EC must be advised upon booking of any medical conditions, allergies or medications that need to be administered to students.

Accommodation

Room Type

Single room

Bathrooms

Shared bathroom

Board status
Full board (Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner)

Rooms include

  • Desk/table where students can do their homework (if not in the room, a place for studying will be provided in a common area)
  • Storage space

Internet

WiFi is available at the homestay.

What to expect from the accommodation

  • All students will have access to a phone and will be allowed to receive calls. If students would like to make international phone calls they will be asked to purchase a calling card

Linen/towels

Linen and towels are provided by the homestay provider and are cleaned weekly

Laundry

Laundry facilities are available to the student at their homestay. Some families prefer to do the laundry for the student themselves.


Learning centre

Address:
Dawson College
4001 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal

Course Options:
- General English

20 lessons per week (a total of 15 hours)
1 lesson = 45 minutes

- General French
20 lessons per week (a total of 15 hours)
1 lesson = 45 minutes

- Bilingual Experience
 
Students on this programme may also choose from the following bilingual options: 
1. General English + French-speaking homestay
2. General French + English-speaking homestay
3. General English and General French courses (students take the first few weeks studying one language and the following weeks another) + a bilingual homestay 
 
About courses:
 
  • Classes begin on the second day.
  • Lessons are engaging and designed especially for young learners. Teachers aim to satisfy any interest, with a focus on communication to boost students' confidence when using English/French in practical situations.Conversation classes help to ensure that students improve their language skills as much as possible.
  • The course will help improve English/French language skills by focusing on the key areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. A strong focus is placed on speech and using the language confidently and fluently.
  • Our dedicated and professional teaching staff will provide feedback and support and help students build confidence to speak English or French.
  • Lessons are always held in the morning
  • Free Wi-Fi is available. Wireless internet is password protected.

Academic Rules

  • Attendance in class is required. If students are sick they must notify the school immediately
  • Punctuality is required
  • All classes begin promptly at 9am
  • English or French are the only languages spoken at school and in the classes
  • Students must respect their fellow students' cultural and ethnic background. Intolerance, harassment or discrimination is not tolerated
  • Food and drink is not permitted in the classroom or in the computer room
  • Students will be required to pay for any damages

 

First Day

On the first day, students go to EC Montreal Adult school (1610 St. Catherine Street West, Suite 401) at 08:15 for testing and the first day information session. After evaluation, registration and orientation, students will be taken on a tour of the Classic Montreal Campus. Students begin their activities on the first day. The next day, students go directly to the campus.

Students are to bring their passport and their airline ticket to school on the first day.

Maximum Class Size

15 students

Attendance

All students must attend classes on a daily basis unless they are genuinely indisposed (due to illness, for example).

Educational materials

Educational materials are provided. Students should bring their own notepaper and pens.



Please view programme for each week here and the full monthly activity calendar here

Sample Programme
  Morning Afternoon Evening
S Arrivals
S Arrivals Get to Know your homestay hosts Get to Know your homestay hosts
M Placement Test & Orientation City Tour Film Night
T Themed Lessons Grevin Wax MuseumFree Evening*
W Themed Lessons Dance Class Tour of Old Montreal
T Themed Lessons Ice Skating ClassFree Evening*
F Themed Lessons & Project Work Group Dinner
S Free Day
S Full Day Activity
M Themed Lessons Mount Royal Hike Kareoke Night
T Themed Lessons Montreal Blodome Free Evening*
W Themed Lessons  BowlingShakespeare in the Park
T Themed Lessons  Contemporary Art Museum Free Evening*
F Themed Lessons & Project Work 
S Departures / Full Day Trip to Quebec City for Students Staying 3+ Weeks

Please note: This is a sample programme and changes may occur.

Linked course Indicates linked activity which allows students to practise what they learnt in class that day

  • *Homestay students may spend their free evening with their hosts
  • This is a sample programme only and changes may occur
  • Lessons take place in the morning
  • Please note: Students are directly supervised by EC staff at the residence, during activities and at school. At other times assistance is always readily available from staff on site and via the emergency number.
  • Any lessons / activities missed will not be made up.

Welfare, Rules and Disciplinary Action

Curfew times

  • Standard curfew time is 22:00 on weeknights
  • Standard curfew time is 23:00 on weekends

Alcohol consumption

The legal drinking age in Quebec is 18 years. It is illegal for all students attending this course to consume alcohol, have someone buy alcohol on their behalf or visit bars/clubs.

Drugs

Using drugs, being under the influence of drugs or possessing drugs is illegal. Under no circumstances should students use, possess or be under the influence of drugs.

Smoking

The legal age to buy tobacco is 18 years. It is illegal to buy tobacco or have someone buy tobacco on the student's behalf if they are under the legal smoking age.

Pocket money: Suggested spending money/Cost of living

EC does not provide a pocket money service. Parents should ensure their children have sufficient pocket money for the duration of their stay. EC Montreal recommends an average budget of CAD 100 per week. Should students require more pocket money during their stay, parents are asked to transfer funds through an international transfer service.

Customer Complaints

At EC, we endeavour to provide our students with the highest possible level of service. If, however, a student is unsatisfied with any aspect of their programme with EC, we ask that they inform us immediately. Most problems are small and can be quickly resolved by our staff members. During the first week of school, all students are given an Initial Course Evaluation form, in which they are asked to evaluate various aspects of their stay, such as tuition, accommodation and leisure. The form also allows students the opportunity to bring to our attention anything that is not to their satisfaction should they feel unable to speak to us directly. Solutions to any issues will be provided and all necessary parties will be notified when applicable. Students are also requested to complete an End of Course Evaluation form at the end of their stay such that they have the opportunity to provide EC with general feedback before returning to their home country.

Accommodation Rules

  • The student must call their homestay by 4:30pm if they are going to be late for dinner or if they are not going to join their homestay for dinner
  • No overnight guests
  • A phone card must be used for all long distance phonecalls
  • Students should lock the door when leaving the homestay
  • Students must keep their room clean and tidy at all times
  • Students must advise their homestay hosts of where they are going and at what time they will be home
  • Homestay hosts set times for students to be home during the week and weekends. Students must obey and respect these times

Expulsion

Failure to follow any of the above rules will result in immediate expulsion from the programme with no refund. Students' parents will be notified immediately and the student will be sent home at their own expense. Depending on the severity of the situation, breaking any of the above rules may result in a monetary fine, arrest, jail sentence or deportation by the Canadian police.

Course Certificate
Students must attend all lessons and organised activities in order to receive their End of Course Certificate.

False ID
Being in possession of false identification is fraud and illegal in Canada.

Parent's Permission
Parents/guardians must sign the Young Student Waiver giving emergency details, and their consent and permission for their child to receive medical treatment and attend activities.

Extra Nights
Extra nights may be available at an additional fee, all requests are subject to availability.

Visa Requirements
Students are asked to check with the Canadian embassy whether they require a visa to enter Canada before they submit their application. Further details will be provided on request.

 

Activity Rules

  • Attendance to all pre-paid and afternoon activities is mandatory. Punctuality for all activities is also mandatory. If you are late for an activity that is time dependent, the activity will continue as scheduled. No refund will be issued for missed activities. English and French are the only languages spoken on all activities. Students are to respect their activity leaders, fellow students and their surroundings. Students will be taken outside the Learning Centre for their activity, therefore, it is essential that the students stay with the group at all times and follow all activity instructions carefully.Supervision is provided during all activities.

  • After all afternoon activities, EC Leaders return the students to EC Montreal's Adult Centre. Students have approximately 1-2 hours to use the internet and email in the EC Montreal Student Resource Centre following afternoon activities. Alternatively they can explore the city with their friends.