ESL Story Hub

York is a crossroads for individuals from all over the world and at all levels of study who arrive here through many complex networks of migration to pursue their goals. This is a dramatic process, and ESL students carry many immensely interesting stories. If you have a story you would like to share -- yours, another's or imagined! -- the ESL OLC wants to hear it and provide a forum for you to share it with the York community. To submit your stories please complete the form at the bottom of this page. We will review it and, once it's accepted, upload it to the STORY HUB on our website for others to read. We are also exploring the possibility of publishing winning stories in EXISTERE, York's literary journal. If you are hesitant to identify yourself as author, you can remain anonymous. If you want to work on language and style issues in your stories, please book a tutorial. Besides their human interest, these stories are great language learning exercises! We share some of these here.

Stay or Leave

Stay or Leave

Author: Licheng Shen
Story Summary: The culture shock shakes a new student's heart Read Story

My Father's New Life in Germany

My Father's New Life in Germany

Author: Tianyi Dong
Story Summary: A story about my father's new life in Germany. Read Story (pdf)

The Immigration story of Guoqiang Chen

The Immigration Story of Guoqiang Chen

Author: Guobin Dong
Story Summary: Guoqiang Chen and his family immigrated to Canada in the late twenty-century from Guang Dong, China, and during the initial years, they actually had a really tough time because of the exotic life, which is quite different from that they had in China. The hard life did not overwhelm them, but instead, made them stronger. The good life of Guoqiang and other immigrants does not come from good luck, but is the result of their hardworking and persistence. Read Story (pdf)

A Story of Immigration

A Story of Immigration

Author: Yedan Lu
Story Summary: The story tells us the process of Wang and his family's immigration. Wang as an outstanding talent was sent to Antwerp in Belgium to pursue a PhD. He achieved the chance to teach in the university in Brazil with the acquaintance support. Meanwhile, he applied for Canadian immigration, which was approved after less than half a year. Finally, in January, 2010, the whole family became American citizens and settled in Seattle, living in the villa with big garden. His three daughters accept different education and take different attitude towards Chinese culture. Read Story (pdf)