Maria's Vancouver Community College Story: The Language Of Learning

When Maria Metcalfe came to Canada in 2001 to work as a live-in nanny, she was equipped with little more than basic English phrases and some tips from her Canadian aunt. Nonetheless, she was determined to succeed in her new life.

Looking back at those early years, Maria remembers trying to absorb English at every opportunity; she’d listen to conversations on the SkyTrain, repeat things silently in her head, watch people’s mouths to perfect her own pronunciation, read and re-read books and newspapers and translate them into Tagalog. “Remember cassette tapes?’ she laughs. “I even listened to voice tapes in the library, rewinding them again and again!”

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