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Academic English in Vancouver

Enjoy a stunning combination of fresh air and city living when you study Academic English in Vancouver

Vancouver sits on the west coast of Canada and offers the perfect blend of big city living and stunning natural backdrops.

This city has ocean on one side, mountains on the other, and a creative, thriving metropolis in between, with friendly locals to complete the package.

While enjoying this contrasting environment, you can learn everything you need in order to be fully prepared for life at an English speaking university.

From taking notes at lectures, to writing assignments and giving presentations, all bases are covered as you immerse yourself in an exploration of Academic English.

You will benefit from excellent guidance, monitoring and feedback throughout this course.You will be inspired by the history and the beauty of the city and by your exciting EC experience.

You will challenge yourself, become more independent and make lasting international friendships.

By the time you leave EC Vancouver you’ll have the skills and confidence needed to take your next steps in higher education.

Martha Delgadillo

Centre Director
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Academic English

This is a Special Focus Programme, combining 20 lessons of General English with 10 Special Focus lessons of Academic English for a complete intensive experience that is tailored to you and your personal reasons for learning.

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Academic focus

Your 10 weekly Academic English lessons will focus on areas such as:

Listening to lectures
Understanding academic texts
Report writing
Taking notes
Giving presentations
Expressing ideas and opinions

Real skills

This course provides you with the essential skills and knowledge required to succeed at college or university, while training you to become a more independent learner through self-study skills. You will learn the techniques required for real success in higher education.

Free language workshops

Free language workshops take place in an informal setting and target specific linguistic skills. Expect interesting lectures, topical conversation sessions and pronunciation practice.

Social Activities

Social activities will take place in the most lively and interesting areas of the city you choose to base yourself in. Enjoy everything from city tours, the arts, sports, dining, shopping, and nightlife.

Available: all year

Lesson length: 45 minutes

Lessons per week: 20 General English lessons + 10 Academic English lessons

Hours per week: 22.5

Minimum age: 16

Starts: every Monday

Class size: 15 maximum

Minimum Level: Intermediate

Maximum course duration : 10 weeks 

Your EC experience starts long before your first day at school. From the moment you book your course, we'll be there to help you prepare for student life in the best and smoothest possible way.

We know that the idea of arriving in a new country can be a little daunting, especially if you’re travelling alone for the first time. That’s why your EC family is there to guide and support you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

At any point during your arrival or stay you can call us on our emergency telephone number (you will be given this number when you book your course). We will work hard to make your arrival a straightforward and stress-free experience.

You can expect a warm, personal welcome and ice-breaker events to help you get to know your fellow students and EC staff. There will also be fun activities for the weekend before your first day at school, so you can get to know the other EC students a little better. Learn more about your first day at EC.

EC Online

EC Online is your first big step in making your arrival as simple as possible. Our system is a personalised study tool and powerful learning companion you can use throughout your EC journey! You’ll get access to EC Online as soon as you receive your booking confirmation. 

Through this online portal, you can:

  • Access study materials to start learning before you leave home.
  • Complete your placement test before you arrive (saving you time on your first day).
  • Fill in the pre-arrival survey so we can better understand your needs and expectations.

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Where you choose to live is a central part of your study abroad experience. We have a variety of accommodation options to suit your lifestyle, budget and needs. You can live with other EC students or in a homestay with local English speakers.

Residences often have lively atmospheres suitable for anyone who loves socialising. Our accommodation options are convenient for public transport, making it easy for you to get to school.

If you choose a Homestay, you will live with local English speakers and experience an authentic lifestyle. You will live as your hosts live, eat what they eat, and spend time at home together. Many students enjoy the home-cooked meals and the extra feeling of security in a homestay.

Whether you've booked a homestay or residence, you'll always receive a warm, personal welcome. All our hosts are fully briefed on how to make you feel comfortable and well-prepared for your first day of lessons. At our residences, an EC representative will be available at the weekend to help you with anything you need and answer any questions.

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