How are you? I just want to say thank you for your updates in regards to Celban. I am overwhelmed that you choose me to be an example on your page.
I would like to tell you something who I am… I am currently residing in Canada for 4 months now. I had been working in Saudi Arabia as a Staff Nurse since 2011 up to 2017. I came to Canada in order to find a greener pasture and to pursue my career if God’s permit.
I am currently working as a caregiver. I believed that this is just a stepping stone to come to Canada.
I had taken my IELTS twice under General Training but I never met the required score of 7. I’d never attempted to do the Academic IELTS too.I am lacking of self confidence in my English. The reason why is because I have difficulty in hearing… English is my second language.
Do you recommend something to do in order to solve my problem? Thank you so much for your kind help.
May God bless you.
I chose you as an example on my page because you are a remarkable woman.
The path before you is not easy; but, you will be blessed because you walk this path with a light shining in your heart, in your eyes, in your actions!
I am happy you found me so soon after coming to Canada. This is very good.
It is a difficult exam, and getting a 10 in Listening on the CELBAN is challenging.
Recently I releasing all of my CELBAN online courses, and creating Textbooks, for CELBAN Writing and CELBAN Speaking so that Internationally Educated Nurses across Canada and around the world can find resources to prepare for the CELBAN. The textbooks are available internationally through Amazon’s national sites:
But, I think of you often and wonder what else I can do.
Right now I am working on getting 4 more courses and workbooks: the CELBAN or IELTS: Grammar Essentials Series. I have another course to develop, but I may not do that for a while. I will ask God, and follow my guidance. In the mean time I trust that He has surrounded you with Angels and if you are attentive, watch and listen, you will Hear and Know His guidance; and that is the most important thing of all!
You have a most wonderful day!
Once again, I just want to say thank you for the encouragement on my upcoming exam. Listening is one of most difficult exam which I need to pass.
I came from Saudi Arabia with strict rules. I didn’t have any freedom because everything were strict. Living in Canada is tough and moving to Canada is a challenge for me to upgrade my profession. All professionals who came to Canada need to go back to blue collar jobs.
I am currently working as a live in caregiver in Calgary, Alberta. I have been here for 4 months now. I have been borrowing books in the library but I couldn’t find any Celban books.
Thank you that I found your page on the Internet. I hope that this will work. I will strive hard to pass the exam. I believed that Celban is easier than IELTS. That’s what I heard from other people. Full of determination and hope will aid me on my exam. I just trust God who allows me to come to Canada.
May God bless you on your future endeavors!
It is people like you that made CELBANPrep possible. Each time I read your e-mails I think about my decisions about CELBANPrep. I wonder if they are the right decision. Deep inside I know they are.
There are so many teachers out there, now. There were none when I started. And I know they do not have the experience I have gained in working with hundreds of nurses from around the world and living across Canada, since 2009.
But, when I started there were no books either.
All of my nurses would come to me at the employment centre, where I was working, and ask me for books. There were none. So, because of my Master in Education I got a second contract with the employment agency and started teaching/developing resources. But then I noticed that with the lifestyles of IENs, they could not attend all of the classes. Shift work, family, etc prevented them from attending. So, when I stopped working at the employment centre, I created CELBANPrep online.
CELBAN online courses: textbooks, workbooks, lesson plans, and the like.
CELBAN online classes: small groups that get together on a regular basis to practice skills taught during the online courses.
CELBAN material: quizzes, handouts, assigments to practice skills required to pass the CELBAN.
CELBAN reviewers: e-books, websites, blog posts, Facebook updates that expose IENs to the format and structure – expectations – of the CELBAN.
CELBAN intensives: CELBAN online courses, classes and material that helps people to decrease the amount of time it takes to prepare for the CELBAN.
My dream was big. I always wanted to work with more professions, but the technological advances required me to continually update CELBANPrep. (I started before smart phones and tablets.) That is why I am so happy about my books being available internationally through Amazon. They will change and adapt to the technological changes for me!
So my life is taking me on another path, to work with more than just IENs, but also all Internationally Educated Professionals: doing what I do best.
While there are others out there willing and able to teach the English skills required for the CELBAN, no one is out there creating resources/books/textbooks. And, no one is out there giving encouragement and hope and healing to our healers: to our Internationally Educated Health Professionals. (This includes doctors, physiotherapists, midwives, and the like.)
I am not about competition, but service to humankind. I always said that I was merely filling a gap. So, once competition appeared, I would step back and allow them to do what they do. I Knew it would happen. Every visionary is followed by those who do not have the capacity to lead, to envision, to create, to risk. They are those that follow by copying, and sometimes stealing the Intellectual Property of, others. Some are trend setters. Others are mimics. Others are followers.
And what I knew what would happen did happen. And now that the exam is available online, and internationally (since January 2021) the same thing that happened in Canada will happen all over the world.
Suddenly people who know nothing about the CELBAN exam will be claiming that they can prepare IENs for this exam.
Suddenly IENs are extremely vulnerable once again.
Many IENs do not know how to discern valid, trustworthy and reliable sources for CELBAN preparation.
Many IENs will waste a lot of time and money following the wrong advice.
It happened in Canada. It will happen internationally.
When I did my Master in Education ~ Adult Education, one of my professors spoke about the trends that happen in adult education. He spoke about how the trends in adult education follow and depend on what is popular. An adult education teacher may be teaching one thing, at one time, because it is popular, and then teaching something else because it is the trend. These people follow the money, and the opportunity.
People on the forefront don’t do it for the money. Visionaries don’t do it because it is safe. Innovation comes from creating that which does not exist, from the depth inside that motivates against all odds, all risks, all challenges, all critics, all cynics, all fearmongers (Brene brown reference).
I didn’t create CELBANPrep because of the money. I didn’t do it because it was safe. I embodied innovation because my motivation came from deep within: as a humanitarian; as an Earth Angel. I did it against all odds, risks, challenges, critics, cynics and fearmongers. Because I did it as an individual living a Wholehearted. Check out Brene Brown’s Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted, and her other downloadables.
You see, S, my work has shifted to be more in alignment with what I did when I did my MEd because of for the past 10 years I have been working with the Brave and Brokenhearted. I have been working with IENs living wholehearted lives. And now it is time for me to reach out and do the same for so many more people.
Over the years I have fostered hope and encouragement, light and love in hundreds and thousands of Internationally Educated Nurses internationally. But now, I get to do so for everyone regardless of nationality, creed, occupation or profession.
I am not here for the one. I am not even here for the hundreds or thousands. I am here for those with eyes that see and ears that hear. Our world is in so much pain. So much healing is required. And while I will continue to heal the healers, I will continue to do so much more!
Just wait until you see my novels; and then you will know what I mean.
In the mean time, I do Know and Trust that Angels are with you, that God will guide you, that you are in good hands.
Thank you miss Kim for the words of encouragement. May God bless you all the time!