student blog posts

Father Christmas Festival

ChihayaThis past weekend, our students had the opportunity to visit Mahone Bay, a small tourist town about 15 minutes from New Voice Language Academy. Mahone Bay is famous for its multitude of yearly festivals and a trip into town at this time of year is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit! As the air turns crisp and the sun helps the frost covered ground sparkle, we couldn’t ask for a more beautiful festival and town to celebrate the holiday season in.

During the Father Christmas Festival, you will be surrounded by the magic of the holidays. With bright, twinkling lights and characters of Santa throughout the town, you are sure to feel like you are seeing everything through the eyes of a child. This was certainly the case for our student Chihaya.

GrinchChihaya is always up for experiencing everything new that comes her way during her stay in Nova Scotia. She enjoyed herself during her visit to Mahone Bay and was able to see many traditional decorations, traditions, and even the Grinch (who was being as pesky as always, stealing trees from the Christmas tree lot!)

There is something so endearing about watching sometime take part in a culture that is new and exciting to them. It is one of the most rewarding things about working here at New Voice – meeting students who not only enroll at the school to learn English, but who are keen to take part in all aspects of Canadian culture. The South Shore of Nova Scotia is the perfect area to experience this!

photo 32 (small)All in all we had a wonderful weekend visiting Mahone Bay and we look forward to spending the holidays with our students! Keep in mind, Mahone Bay and the South Shore area have festivals all year round, so no matter what time of year you are here you will be able to take part in something just as exciting and beautiful as the Father Christmas Festival! We look forward to seeing you then!



Beginner German Course

We have had a lot of inquiries about learning German and so we have put together a beginner group course for the New Year! The course will be 10 hours total, divided over 5 sessions.

Beat the winter blues and try something new! Contact Erin today at [email protected] to register. Open to all with a keen interest to learn and meet other like-minded people!

German Course

By |December 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog, German Courses, News, NVLA Blog|Comments Off on Beginner German Course

New Partnerships with Acadia University and Sacred Heart School of Halifax

New Voice Language Academy is proud to announce our newest partners:

Acadia Logo (1)     

Acadia University

Acadia University was ranked the #2 University in Canada (for Undergraduate Programs) by McLean’s magazine in 2014. The university offers more than 200 degree combinations as well as 2,864 courses spread throughout the faculties of Arts, Pure & Applied Science, and Professional Studies. At Acadia, the faculty to student ratio is 1:15, which lends itself to small class sizes with their countless award-winning professors.

Acadia has a large international student community, with over 50 countries represented throughout their student body. Professors use a hands-on approach which, combined with a technology rich environment and curriculum, gives students a competitive advantage. Students get the best of both worlds in that they are provided with top-level classrooms, labs, and field facilities that are characteristic of a much larger university, while enjoying the comfort of a smaller, quaint university town that is rich with culture and beautiful scenery. The community of Wolfville, Nova Scotia is known for its perfect balance of urban and rural living, giving students the opportunity to experience Canadian living in a better-rounded environment. For more information on the programs at Acadia, you may visit their website at http://www2.acadiau.ca

Sacred Heart School of Halifax

Sacred Heart School of Halifax is a private school located in our province’s capital city of Halifax. Hosting students from Primary to Grade 12, Scared Heart boasts great teachers as well as excellent preparation for university (and likely a scholarship to get there)! Students who attend Sacred Heart have a broad worldview, and want experience in building community, a spiritual foundation, and a thirst for ongoing personal growth spurred by proactively facing challenges in order to make a positive difference in our world.

Sacred Heart Elementary School, Sacred Heart High School, and Fountain Academy of the Sacred Heart are all pleased to accept applications from international students. Currently, they are hosting students from China, Mexico, Australia, Russia, Japan, and Korea. Students may attend NVLA before their time at Sacred Heart, or even during the summers when they do not have other classes. For more information on what Sacred Heart has to offer, you may visit their website at http://www.shsh.ca.

If you are interested in learning more about our new partnerships, please contact Erin at [email protected]. She will be more than happy to walk you through our new partner schools and help you choose a program that will work best for your needs.

Hope to hear from you soon!


Children’s Art Tax Benefit – Did you know?

Did you know that if your son or daughter is under the age of 16, you can claim their tutoring sessions on your taxes? The Children’s Art Tax Benefit allows parents to claim up to $500 of tutoring costs, as well as several other important programs your child may be involved in!  For more information, you can visit
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/artscredit/, or contact Erin at [email protected]

Beginning for the 2015 tax year, NVLA will offer receipts to all students who wish to claim their tutoring costs on their taxes. Please advise administration before January, 2015 if you will require a receipt for your 2015 tax year.


By |October 8th, 2014|Categories: Blog, News, NVLA Blog, Tutoring|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Children’s Art Tax Benefit – Did you know?

NVLA is excited for the Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrow FestivalThe South Shore is always such a welcoming area, with many festivals throughout the year to bring our communities together. We hope that everyone takes part in some way or another this weekend at the Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival. There are activities for all ages, including the Candlelit Pumpkin Path, an antique show, amazing kids events, live entertainment, and so much more! Don’t forget the Scarecrow Ball on Saturday night! There are prizes to be won for those who are dressed up and in the halloween spirit, and live music from Pat Watson and friends. This weekend is sure to be an amazing time, so get out and enjoy some of the South Shore’s charming and whacky culture!

By |October 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog, News, NVLA Blog|Comments Off on NVLA is excited for the Scarecrow Festival



There once was a student who was scared of his class,
He loved every subject, but this one was math.
“Math is so scary!” the boy would declare,
“The problems make me pull out all of my hair!”

Then one day he saw a fun poster at school.
That read ‘Tutoring help.’  “Well that might be cool!”
So he asked for his parents to give New Voice a call,
The process was easy! It wasn’t hard at all!

The boy started his sessions and couldn’t believe
How these one-on-one lessons really gave him relief!
His confidence rose as he solved problems so fast
“My math issues are gone! They’re all in my past!”

The teachers at New Voice were so proud of the boy,
His grades were improving, it brought them such joy!
The boy went on to ace all of his tests,
“Hey New Voice!” he said, “You all are the best!”

 Erin Murley


By |September 26th, 2014|Categories: Blog, News, NVLA Blog, Tutoring|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Tutoring

New Voice receives Entrepreneurial Award


NVLA team at Business Excellence Awards









Last night We were honoured to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. 

If someone had told me that one day I would receive an Entrepreneur of the Year Award I would have probably laughed at them.   Ha! No way!  I knew how hard my self-employed parents worked.  Nope, not me, I was going to work 9-5, evenings and weekends off, regular vacations and a steady pay cheque. –

…. And I stood there, holding that award, never having worked harder in my life! 9-5 is a distant dream and the last time I took a weekend off I slept just to catch up. BUT I also stood there, never having had more fun.  And I looked around the room and saw a lot of nodding heads. Fellow business entrepreneurs who choose this life and its challenges because they love it.  Sure we work hard, but it is so incredibly rewarding to build something from scratch and to build it around the very thing we love to do.

So I held that award for my parents and thanked them for instilling in me a strong work ethic and, even more importantly, for having taught me to have a vision!

But while I held it for my parents I share it with an incredible team.  A team of dedicated teachers and the management team Mandy Hynes and Amrita Hazra who share our vision and do whatever needs to be done to realize it.  I shared it also with my husband Alden with whom I started New Voice back in 2010.  His charisma, marketing genius and big heart make New Voice, and my life, better.  This award is just as much theirs as it is mine.

NVLA team with award

Finally I dedicated the entrepreneurial award to, not only my fellow nominees Liz Carter of The Java Bead and Shelah Allan of Lunenburg Walking Tours whose company I was honoured to be nominated in, but to all small business entrepreneurs of Nova Scotia because it is their shoulders that Nova Scotia’s economy rests on!

Visit here to see all recipients of all categories of the Business Excellence Awards.

By |February 20th, 2014|Categories: Blog, News, NVLA Blog|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on New Voice receives Entrepreneurial Award

Our local paper, the Progress Bulletin, featured us last week!

The Progress BulletinNew Voice Language Academy recently launched a new business model and is currently recruiting international students ages 18 to 25 who want to learn the most widely used language in the world, especially in scientific and business communities.

New Voice Language Academy recently launched a new business model and is currently recruiting international students ages 18 to 25 who want to learn the most widely used language in the world, especially in scientific and business communities.

Academy owner, Nicola Sattler, explained that international agencies exist which market independent language schools in locations across North America. New Voice will be among those independent language schools offered to potential students. Read more here.



By |February 20th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Our local paper, the Progress Bulletin, featured us last week!

New Voice Language Academy Grand Opening and Chinese New Year Celebration

Lunenburg, N.S.    New Voice Language Academy (NVLA) in conjunction with the South Shore Multicultural Association invites the community to the Grand Opening of NVLA’s new facility and a celebration of Chinese New Year.   


This collaborative event will feature tours of the new facility and an opportunity to meet the staff as well as socialize and network with the multicultural community of the South Shore.  There will be Chinese crafts, games and fun activities for all ages, face painting, as well as a Chinese cultural presentation and a Chinese dance performance.  At 5 o’clock the Mayor of the Municipality, Don Downe, will officiate the “ribbon cutting”.  Refreshments will be served.

The celebrations will take place at New Voice Language Academy, 22 King Street, (Olde Postal Centre, 3rd Floor) Lunenburg on January 31st, 2014 from 3 pm – 6 pm.

NVLA is proud to be a part of the South Shore’s revitalization effort and to help support the economic development on the South Shore and its neighborhoods.

For more information please contact us.

By |January 23rd, 2014|Categories: Blog, News, NVLA Blog|Comments Off on New Voice Language Academy Grand Opening and Chinese New Year Celebration

Big Cities are Great but Immersion in a Small Town can mean more Inclusion.

Big cities are great. They have great restaurants, nonstop clubbing, theaters; you name it and chances are the Big City, more often than not, has what you are looking for, including millions of people. The question we need to ask ourselves is: Are Big cities more conducive to learning a second language? Not necessarily, say many of our students, who come from some of the world’s largest cities, such as Bejing, Sao Paulo and Mexico City. They tell us quality of life, friendliness and cultural immersion rank high on their list.

Lunenburg harbour and town

A British Anthropologist, Robin Dunbar, who is a specialist in Primate Behavior, may also see it differently.  Dunbar is currently head of the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group at University of Oxford and is best known for coming up with what is known as the, ‘Dunbar Number,’ a measurement of the “cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships.”  Kinda cool, but what does that mean?

 Lunenburg harbour waterfront         accommodation-student-house      

Dunbar’s research concluded that the average human being is only capable of having meaningful relationships with 148 people. Meaning, once an individual finishes loving, arguing and negotiating with immediate and extended family members, friends, and associates, both professional and social, there is precious little time for you and I. After that, there are many degrees of social involvement, from a a brief conversation in the elevator to getting ‘poked’ on Facebook. The point being, there are only so many hours in the day and we prefer to spend them with roughly 148 of our closest peeps. We can conclude from Dunbar, that our social circles (meaningful) are relatively small, and a humans’ capacity to absorb from a larger social construct is limited.  What really matters is the relationships we have with those 148 people. Outside of this being a long winded, drawn out and quasi-intellectual explanation of why size doesn’t matter, a solid English Language Program is about relationships. That and food.

Yes, big cities are great, God knows I miss being two blocks away from a dozen  ethnic restaurants, but small towns and cities have good food too. Local food, some would say is as important to culture as language. I don’t know about you, but when I travel, I want to experience what the locals are eating, how they use spice and pair certain native varieties. Oh sure maybe there are not as many ‘white table services’ in smaller towns, but there are plenty of well travelled restaurateurs who have opened delis, cafes, and emporiums. They bring with them a multitude of tastes, textures and aromas from home and abroad to satisfy the hunger in all of us. One must simply know where to look. In our town of Lunenburg, Canada, dance clubs are few and far between, but put three or more students in a room with some music and wait four minutes. If you have ever been to a Maritime kitchen party, you know of what I speak. Also, small towns are never far from nature and speaking on the behalf of all Nova Scotians, the majestic beauty of our coastline, countless natural wonders and numerous hamlets that dot this great land, make it a wondrous escape for even the most cantankerous big city dweller. Small towns are clean, safe and friendly and unlike bigger cities, the international student may not have the option of gravitating to their fellow native speakers, thus jeopardizing the entire purpose of immersion.  


Nova Scotian fishing communitypark-smileshiking scenery along the shores of Nova Scotiasight seeing along the shore

Students, (and parents) want to learn English and have fun while doing it, but they also want to learn about culture, that is not their own and establish meaningful relationships that will last a lifetime. What better way to do that than in a small town?  

By |December 12th, 2013|Categories: Blog, NVLA Blog|Comments Off on Big Cities are Great but Immersion in a Small Town can mean more Inclusion.