MCIS AGM 2021: A Preview

Have you RSVP’d? Our 2020/21 AGM is only one week away and we can’t wait to see you! Since the pandemic is ongoing, we chose to host the event virtually once again this year. And even though we’ll all be in the comfort of our own homes, it’s still an excellent opportunity to catch up with peers, learn what MCIS has been up to in the last year, hear a wonderful keynote, participate in the…

Different types of Dialects

By: Ashley Tulio, Communication Specialist As a student growing up in Toronto, Canada, learning French was mandatory in the educational system since French is an official language of Canada. During my educational journey, I studied French in elementary school, and when I attended high school, I took French courses up to grade 12. My high school French teacher spent a significant time in France, and she would always tell me how the French language we…

The Natural Thought Process within the Mind and Non-verbal Intelligence

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist Language is deeply embedded in every aspect of our lives. We use it every day, and it is how we interact with the rest of the world. Languages are a universal tool that we utilize to express ourselves when we speak, write or think. It seems impossible to imagine our lives without language. We use words, symbols, signs, and sounds to express our thoughts. My thoughts are words that I…

What is Pride?

By: Ashley Tulio, Communication Specialist Pride is a month dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ2+ culture, supporting LGBTQ2+ rights and raising awareness for the LGBTQ2+ movement. Throughout the month, there are countless parades, protests, drag performances, live theatre performances, picnics, parties, workshops, symposiums, and concerts that attract millions of participants worldwide. People gather to celebrate Pride, spread the message, and fight discrimination. Memorials are also held during this month for members of the LGBTQ2+ community who have…

Chatbot and the Language Industry

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator  What comes to mind when you see the word chatbot? Siri? Alexa? Or the automatic replies you receive when you type in an online customer service chat box? Well, they are all a part of the big chatbot family. As the name indicates, chatbots are robots that can automatically generate conversations with humans and fall into the artificial intelligence (AI) category. When asked questions, chatbots generally come up with…

A Journey Through Meditation

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist Meditation can be defined as a set of techniques intended to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention. It provides many benefits for psychological well-being, and as it comes in various forms, there are many types of meditation. The two main types are: Concentrative meditation involves focusing all of your attention on a specific object while tuning out everything else around you. Mindfulness meditation consists of being aware…

Roar Your Way to Inner Peace

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator Ever lost your temper and regretted it? Felt trapped and more easily agitated since the lockdowns and isolation? Tried to hold your anger in but only felt like blowing up? You’re not alone. And we have a webinar, designed especially for you, to help you release your anger, control and express these emotions in an unharmful way, and relax in general. At the end of April, MCIS collaborated with…

How to Become a Great Communicator

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist The definition of communication is giving, receiving, or exchanging ideas, information, signals, or messages through appropriate media, enabling individuals or groups to persuade, seek information, provide information, or express emotions. When I was in high school, I believed that communication was purely the exchange of words, either through verbal or written means. I wasn’t the strongest student within my English class, nor was I among the strongest presenters. I used…

Fictional Languages and Where to Find Them

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator Late last year, with the airing of The Mandalorian, Tusken Sign Language was introduced to the public. Accompanied by the unbearable cuteness of ‘Baby Yoda’ and the attention it brought to the Deaf community’s contributions to the film industry, the series and Tusken Sign Language trended online, adding a new member to the family of fictional languages. Fictional languages, familiar to fans of sci-fi and fantasy genres, have a…

The Role of Body Language in Communication

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist Body language is the use of physical behaviour, expressions, and mannerisms to communicate non-verbally. Non-verbal behaviours can allow people to be at ease, build trust and connections with others. However, they can also confuse others, generate tension, and even create an uncomfortable environment. Being able to understand one’s body language has always been interesting for me personally, as I have been in situations where, despite what one person says, their body…