2014
12.17

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Bonjour, hi!

I’m Jeong Jung Han, also known as JJ. I have been taking English courses at EC Montreal since August and recently started taking French courses, as well.

I want to be a student ambassador because I haven’t seen many Korean ambassadors before and I think I will be perfect for this position. I’m responsible and friendly with most of students. In addition, I want to help EC staff to make new experience for the students.

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I will first return to Korean after my studies at EC Montreal, but I want to come back to Montreal to live. Being a student ambassador will also allow me to experience Canadian working environment even just a little bit. I am not sure if this will help, but I was also a counselor when I was in military in Korea.

I am confident and responsible as you may know. I am willing to undertake this job and to help other EC students.

Thank you.

JJ

 

2014
12.16

Riccardo Tavazzani is taking English courses in Montreal.  He is enrolled in EC Montreal’s Intensive English programme.

Here is what he would like to share about his EC experience:

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I had such a good time in the beautiful city of Montreal. I also had the opportunity to improve my English language skills very well.

I achieved important aims that I had in mind. I am looking forward to becoming an international university student in Canada, especially in Montreal.

I absolutely suggest that anyone wishing to study choose EC Montreal for several reasons such as; good friends everyone can make, a very available staff and interesting courses including many different activities you can attend.

2014
12.16

Ice Skating in Montreal!

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There is something about ice skating that really adds fun to the holiday season.  Maybe it’s the twinkly lights in the trees or the holiday tunes playing on the speakers hung in the trees?  Personally, I think it’s terribly romantic gliding side by side with the one you love!

As it’s a favorite activity among friends, family and couples, you can find amazing skating rinks all over the city!

The two most popular are Beaver Lake on Mount-Royal and the Old Port!  Last year, a Christmas village with a  skating rink can be found at the Olympic park!

The city of Montreal has over 1000 parks and you are sure to find skating rinks in most of them!

If you just can’t take the cold weather, the indoor skating rink Atrium 1000 is the place to be!  It is accessible through the metro tunnel, so you don’t even have to walk outdoors!

Winter sports on Mount-Royal can be found on the EC Montreal December calendar of events next Sunday!  Join us for a jolly good time!

 

2014
12.15

EC Montreal offers great weekly activities and excursion trips to our students with very reasonable prices.  I had the opportunity to join EC weekend Tour to Toronto & Niagara Falls trip a few weeks ago and got to see what our students experience myself!!  Two words to describe this trip….Sooooo Romantic!!!

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We left Montreal early morning on Saturday with the bus filled with fun crowd. EC Montreal teacher Maria-Elena & Graeme, Rafael from the office joined us too, which made the trip even more special.  Marcus, the awesome tour-guide / multilingual speaker / simply a romantic guy lol who was very generous, attentive, efficient and accommodating made sure everyone was having a great time every second of it.

The bus ride was long, but we were singing, discussing about our lives, practicing both English and French, watching movie and doing karaoke, so it rather felt fast. We had a coffee stop and lunch stop at nice cafeteria where we could stretch our legs and grab good food.

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Finally we arrived in Niagara Falls, we caught the very last boat ride of 2014 to see the Falls close by. We all got matching ponchos and went on the boat. It was not my first time to be on the boat ride or to see the Falls, but honestly I was impressed all over again with how amazingly beautiful Niagara Falls was!!  After the boat ride and a bit of souvenir shopping, Marcus took us to the Table Rock to see the best view of Canadian Niagara Falls.

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Then Rafael, EC student counsellor and a great colleague of mine, had a surprise in store!  He took out a beautiful engagement ring from his pocket and proposed to his girlfriend Andreia on one knee!

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It was sooooo romantic! With the view of the waterfall in the back, happy couple in love, there was nothing more romantic that I could think of!  Congratulations Rafael & Andreia!!!

We went to the hotel, and checked in. The room was pretty nice with the view of the river.  Then we headed to an All You Can Eat Pizza Party!!! As we were walking to the Clifton Hill, which is a mini Las Vegas of Ontario, we happened to catch Fireworks in the sky…it was breathtakingly beautiful.  We ate all kinds of pizza, Caesar salad and had a fountain of soft drinks for only $15 (tax tip included), which was awesome!

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After dinner, we all had free time, some went to Haunted House (don’t ask me why but there are 4 haunted houses in Niagara Falls!), some went to see the Falls again, others went to Ferris Wheel, and where did I go??? Hard Rock Cafe for yummy dessert!!!   Ended the day with happy tummy, thanks to warm Brownie and melting ice cream.

Even though I ate all-you-can-eat pizza and big brownie for dessert.. I woke up hungry!  Then what was waiting for us? Breakfast Buffet! More surprisingly it was a full American Breakfast with eggs, pancakes, French Toast, sausages, bacons and even some dessert…ok I filled up again. It was a delicious breakfast!

All packed up, full of energy with happy tummy, we headed for Toronto, after saying one more good bye to the majestic Niagara Falls!!!

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Once we arrived at City Hall of Toronto, we all had some free time.  Some of us went to CN Tower, some went to new Aquarium, others went shopping at Eaton Centre (ahem I was one of them), Kensington Market, Chinatown, there were too many places we wanted to visit, but instead we decided to stand outside in the crowd and wait for ….. Santa Clause!

There was an Annual Santa Clause Parade, which happened to be right where we got off the bus at the City Hall of Toronto.

The parade was so much fun! The floats were so big and entertaining that I got excited watching them like a little child. Unfortunately we had to hit the road before Santa’s appearance, but all in all it was one of the best parades I had witnessed.

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To sum up, we were so lucky to catch the last boat ride of the year at Niagara Falls, Fireworks at night, the first evening of Niagara Christmas illumination, Annual Santa Parade in Toronto…so much happened in just two days…two amazing days!!!

EC excursion trips with IKO Tours are highly recommended!  Come join our English school in Montreal and share this amazing time with your EC family!!

Yuki Goda

 

2014
12.15

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Last Friday, EC Montreal held its annual staff and student holiday party!  It is an event we look forward to every year!  It is wonderful to celebrate with the entire EC Montreal community!

The guests consisted of EC students, teachers, office staff, drivers and even some EC representatives!  Everyone was in a very festive mood!

The evening began with a holiday toast by our Centre Director, Elisa.  She kicked off the festivities and then handed over the entertainment to our Activity Leader, Milena.

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Milena animated a few games such as pass the santa hat, dance freeze and a scavenger hunt.  The scavenger hunt was spoiled by our teachers who got a hold of the list and were ready with their sack of items before the game even started!  The winners of this game won drink tickets.  As it was a close call between the teachers and another table, we decided to give them all drink tickets!

Everyone participated with great enthusiasm!

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The buffet dinner was amazing!  We wouldn’t expect anything less from Atti!  It is by far our favorite Korean restaurant in the city!  Everyone got up for seconds or thirds!

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When dinner was over and all the prizes had been won, the Karaoke segment began!  Many staff and students got up on stage to sing!  It was absolutely wonderful!

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We ended the night with everyone on stage for a group photo and a last song!  We all sang “We are the World” together!  It was a very fitting song as the world really does come to us at EC Montreal!

Happy Holidays from everyone at EC Montreal!

2014
12.12

I Love EC Montreal T-Shirts!

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EC Montreal has special souvenirs for sale in the office!  They are I love EC Montreal t-shirts!  They are available in English and French and in different sizes for men and women!

The t-shirts were designed by our very talented Operations Manager, Renee Lee.  She wanted the EC brand to be showcased so she chose the heart and lips in the vivid EC orange colour!

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We sold them at our annual charity bake sale this week and will continue to sell them in the office until we are out of stock!

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They have already become quite the popular souvenir among our students!  Everyone on staff purchase one because we really do love EC and love what we do!

The t-shirts are $12 each.  Come get yours today!

2014
12.12

Fire and Ice Shows in Montreal!

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EC Montreal students are excited to join the Fire and Ice shows at the Old Port this winter!  For 4 consecutive Saturdays, there will be a firework celebration on the skating rink at the Old Port!

There will be Christmas music and food trucks available for a real party spirit!  When the sun goes down, the fireworks show will begin.

The Fire and Ice shows will take place on December 13, 20, 27 and January 3!  What a spectacular way to enjoy the festive season in Montreal!

Join us this holiday season!  Take an English course in Montreal and devour everything our magical city has to offer!

2014
12.12

EC Montreal is proud to introduce you to Graeme Acton Maclean, our newest member of the English teaching team!  Within a short time period, Graeme has already bonded with his work colleagues and students and has become a valuable member of our team!  We wish him much success in his new role at EC!  He is here to assist you with your English courses in Montreal!

Here is what he would like to share with all of you:

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I  began my post secondary education in Vancouver, BC where I studied animation and received my bachelors degree in Media Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. While living in Vancouver I had the opportunity to teach art and computer animation to children. This was when I realized how much I enjoyed teaching and how meaningful and rewarding it can be. Not long after that I moved to Barcelona, Spain to get certified to teach English as a second language and gained experience teaching adult learners. From there I moved to a small city in southern Thailand called Phatthalung where I taught English, math, and computer animation to teenagers, which confirmed my passion for teaching and inspired me to continue.
Teaching English at EC Montreal has been an excellent experience. There is a very warm and welcoming atmosphere, a friendly community of students, and very talented and experienced teachers. Montreal is a very diverse city and truly bilingual, which makes it a great place to study English and French.

Graeme Acton Maclean

2014
12.11

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Valentina Bellantone is a lovely girl from Italy participating in EC Montreal’s General English programme.  She came to take English courses in Montreal to pass a proficiency test with her university back home.

She was an absolute beginner in English and thought she would never learn the language.  In only 3 months time, she reached the Pre-Intermediate level.  She is now able to make conversation and speak with great confidence.

Here is what she would like to share with everyone about her EC experience:

I learned so much in only 3 months at EC Montreal.  I never thought that I could learn English so fast!  The teachers are very good and the staff in the office, especially Elisa is so kind and friendly.

I will definitely recommend EC Montreal to all my friends.  With EC, I was able to accomplish the impossible!

Thank you!

2014
12.11

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A very successful example of putting language into action is EC Montreal’s student academic lecture series.  Students choose a topic of personal expertise or interest and with the support of their teachers perfect their presentation skills and share their knowledge with their learning community.

Omar Souki is a Brazilian student taking French courses in Montreal.  This week, Omar presented to the school.  He chose to talk about the Cirque du Soleil, specifically all Cirque du Monde foundation that they began.

Omar began his presentation by talking about the founder of the Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte.  He came from very humble beginnings.  He was a street performer in a small town in Quebec.  His passion and driver lead him to begin this very special type of cirucs and become one of the wealthiest men in Canada.  He is also the first “clown” to fly to space!

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The Cirque du Soleil isn’t like any other circus.  Firstly, there are no animals in the show.  It is an artistic performance with acrobats, trapeze artists, clowns and other entertainers.  They come up with specacular themes and have shows all over the globe!  They have become the most popular performers in Las Vegas with themes like the Beatles and Michael Jackson!

Every spring, the Cirque du Soleil tent comes up in Montreal’s Old Port!  It is something we all look forward to!

The Cirque du Monde foundation is very special.  It is an outreach programme that helps troubled youth.  They recruit people in different cities around the world, specifically in countries like, Brazil, South Africa and Quebec, Canada.  They get this teens off the streets and teach them cirucs acts.  They end up being employed by the Cirque du Soleil and making a better life for themselves.

We all learned a lot about the Cirque du Soleil from Omar.  He gave a stellar performance!