The East and West Learning Club is a not-for-profit, grass-root group that provides interesting and meaningful learning opportunities to immigrant families with a focus on social skills and cultural knowledge. Our goal is for this club to be enjoyed by everyone in our community, so all club meetings are free of charge. Occasionally there may be an optional field trip or special class which may require a small fee. We meet every Thursday night unless it’s a public holiday or school break.
SCHEDULE February 2019
Feb. 7 EAWLC Lecture on Fashion
Feb. 14 Regular Learning Club Meeting
Feb. 21 The East&West Dialogue
Feb. 28: Regular Learning Club Meeting
6:30 – 7:00 PM Meals & social
7:00 – 8:30 PM Sessions run
Iroquois Junior Public School
265 Chartland Blvd., Scarborough (near Finch & Brimley; free parking lot at the west side of the school building)
Cost: All events are free, including meals.
Language used: All in English, except for Feb. 7’s lecture which will be conducted in Mandarin.
Please RSVP as soon as possible, and by the midnight of the day prior to the event at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
From time to time, we invite experts in various fields to share their knowledge and skills at our club. We will have Ms. Brenda Tang on February 7 to lecture on fashion. For details, please see EAWLC Lecture on Fashion .
@The East&West Dialogue
This is our monthly special event! Come to have a dialogue with guest speakers from different cultural backgrounds. The guests share their experiences, expertise, observation, and/or suggestions that may be helpful to immigrants. We hope that through this communication we can develop a deeper understanding of Canadian society, how other people are thinking and living, and how we can adapt ourselves to our new country better.
This month our guest speakers will be guru educators, and they will tell parents and students how to deal with problems at school as well as share their own stories. For details, please check our Event page often to see the announcement. An announcement is usually posted a week ahead of the Dialogue, giving guest speakers’ profiles and major topics they will present.
@Regular learning club meetings
1.Each participant will have a 1-2-minute presentation, sharing anything happened in his/her life, or a thought/idea etc. Then take 3 questions from other members.
- We will watch a video program on western etiquette and communication skills, then share our own experience and thoughts.
- We will pick a current topic to discuss, encouraging all participants to voice their opinions in a clear, polite, and constructive way. Please feel free to send your suggestion on topics. Once you RSVP’ed, we will send you the topic of the week. Here are a few examples that we discussed in the past:
* Apu, a character in the animated series ‘The Simpsons’ has a South Asian accent(played by a white actor) and perceived South Asian behaviour. Some Indian Americans criticized the character was stereotyping South Asians, and they did not find it funny any more. ‘The Simpsons’ responded that the series had been aired for decades — why people were getting so sensitive now; the comedy just made fun of all kinds of people, not only South Asians. What do you think of this controversy?
* Why do you think many people around the world are so interested in the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle ? What do you think of the monarchy in Canada?
* Are seeds are alive? Why or why not?
Everyone is welcome, whether you are a professional, a student or a home-maker. Let’s learn together, improve ourselves, and have fun!