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Vraj VyasCanadians prefer quality over quantity in their writing, in contrast to his Indian education, says Vraj Vyas.

Directness in communication a valuable lesson, says international student

People follow the rules in Canada, says Vraj Vyas — a noted difference from what he has observed in his native India.

“When I came to Canada, the first thing I noticed was people are very disciplined,” says Vyas, who will take up studies toward an M.Eng. in mechanical engineering now that he has completed the English Language Improvement Program.

He says he chose Windsor because he knew the city was recognized for its expertise in manufacturing and automotive industries, and for its affordability.

“I do appreciate the lower fees,” he says with a smile.

Vyas says he hears many differences in pronunciation between the English spoken in Canada and what he was used to in India, but the greatest adjustment he made was in his writing.

“The biggest change I made was my sentence structure,” says Vyas. “I had to become familiar with Canadian writing patterns, because I found that people here prefer a more direct style. They value quality over quantity.”

The Centre for English Language Development will celebrate international language students and their contributions to campus and community on World Student Day, Friday, July 26.

UWindsor faculty, staff, and students are invited to join in free activities, entertainment, and a lunch in the David A. Wilson Commons from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.