How we give feedback varies tremendously from culture to culture. Canadians are similar to Americans in how we give feedback and often even less direct. Many new immigrants have difficulty hearing negative feedback given by Canadians since we generally start with positive statements. The […]
Cultural competence is becoming essential in the workplace, especially in a city as multicultural as Toronto is. This was driven home to me recently when I accompanied a friend of Ukrainian origin, who has cancer for the second time, to a doctor’s appointment to […]
English spelling is so crazy and I am constantly apologizing to my students for this. While there are reasons for why it turned out like this. there are ongoing attempts to standardize the spelling, none of which have worked to date.
It seems now […]
In Canadian written English, it is important to learn how to be concise. This is a quality of well-written, refined writing and speaking, although it is not as important in casual speech. Being concise involves using specific vocabulary which more clearly states what it […]
Are how you stand and success related? The influence of posture, gestures and facial expressions is powerful and largely unconscious. This very fundamental form of communication goes back to our beginnings when language was non-existent. The oldest part of our brain still tunes into […]
Some facts about homeless immigrant youth in Canada:
Nearly 2 out of 3 have origins in Africa or the Caribbean.
Over 1 in 3 identified as LGBTQ.
Over 25% identified as being a parent.
Over 50% report some level of religious or faith identity.
Family conflict was cited by […]
I love living in multicultural Toronto. I remember when I was living in Central America, there was an international political event. I went to the conference center and suddenly felt at home, seeing all the different faces, the African robes and the Indian saris. […]