Meet Katia Aguila

ESL student Katia Aguila takes a break from classes to enjoy flowers in the garden
'I found that the college has an excellent program for international students who need to learn or improve their English'

What's your name?

Katia Maria Aguila de Marroquin. It's Latin, so it's very long! If you prefer, I go just by Katia Aguila.

What is your home town?

Usulután, El Salvador.

How did you end up at Okanagan College?

In the process of validating my doctorate in dental surgery here in Canada, I needed to first improve my English skills. My husband told me about the Okanagan College where I found that the college has an excellent program for international students who need to learn or improve their English for academic purposes.

What's the best OC experience you've had so far?

I think that meeting a lot of people who have become my friends here in Kelowna has been my best experience in the college, and I have yet to have a bad experience here.

Advice for future OC students?

Okanagan College is an excellent place where they can find any course of their preference, an excellent modern campus, and it's located in a beautiful city.

What will you be doing in ten years?

I will be working as a dentist in Kelowna.

Where are you the happiest?

At the beach with my family and friends.

What matters most to you right now?

To pass the AFK exam of the equivalency program.

If you ran the world?

Make the world a more equitable place so everyone can have the same opportunities to succeed and avoid the waves of migration that we’ve seen in recent years.

Published By Public Affairs on February 20, 2020


What is English language instruction?

English language instruction includes programs that help students whose first language is not English. They provide the language skills for academic, vocational or personal needs. While the whole-language approach integrates listening, speaking, reading and writing, emphasis on a particular skill and actual content may vary according to the particular goals of the student. 

What kinds of programs are there?

  • English Language certificate
  • Part-time English Language development
  • English for Academic Purposes Certificate
  • English for Special Purposes

Where do I find out more?

Contact the English Language Department to find out about programs and intakes.

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