Testimonial of our intern Kirstin Schneider

It is with great delight that we post the warming testimonial of Kirstin Schneider known as Kiki. Unfortunately, Kiki's last day of work at EC Bristol was last Friday. The EC Bristol Team wants to thank her loads. She really worked her socks off! We also thank her for her energy and enthusiasm. We will miss her. And we wish her a Happy Easter and all the best of luck for her future! 😀 'Applying at EC Bristol as an intern was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I chose to come to Bristol as I wanted to gain work experience in a completely new place and I was eager to immerse myself in the UK for a few months. At university, I attended seminars in intercultural learning and communication. Working in a foreign language environment like EC gave me the opportunity to experience all these theoretical skills in practice. I have gained so much by meeting great people from a variety of countries and backgrounds. Thanks to them, I have the impression that no week in my internship at EC has been the same. Bristol is a great place to be. Since I got here, I have found myself becoming a walker – you can easily discover all of the good places on foot. I experienced Bristol as a vibrant, young city with a large variety of beautiful spots and sights, pubs, cafes, parks, galleries and friendly people. At work, I learnt so many new things every day. I got to know all parts of the company since the work I was given covered almost all areas (reception, accommodation, finances and bookings, etc.). By the end of my internship, I had been trusted with an amount of responsibility I had not expected, which I really … Read more

Climbing the walls

  As many students at our language school in Bristol know, EC organises a regular indoor climbing activity at the Bristol Climbing Centre where students can enjoy a truely unique experience, have some fun and also learn some of the unusual vocabulary and expressions connected with climbing.    Can you guess what this climber is saying? "I was super pumped at the crux of that chossy splitter, and when I took a whipper I almost cratered!" (You can find the meanings to the words below)   Inside the former Church of St.Werburghs   Built inside the fifteenth century Church of St.Werburghs, the Bristol Climbing Centre's facilities offer something for everyone from complete beginners to expert climbers. The church provides a unique atmosphere for the spectacular 12 metre high climbing walls, pillars, fins, overhangs and arches. Last week a group of students met up and braved the cold weather to visit the climbing centre. Climbing indoors is a great way to keep fit especially in the cold winter months.        The climbers!   Gearing up & getting ready to climb   Climbing expressions and vocabulary Crater- To hit the ground when falling on lead. Crux- The hardest part of a route. Choss/Chossy- Rock that is not solid and likely to fall off under pressure. Rock like this is chossy. Pumped/Pumpy- The state of being exhausted from climbing to the point of fear of falling. Splitter- Adjective or noun. A crack with mostly parallel sides with no other holds around. Stem/Stemming- Using both arms and legs on two separate faces to hold the body up. Imagine placing your feet on either side of a narrow hallway… Whipper- A fall, usually big, when climbing on lead.   Keep up to date with the EC Bristol activity schedule and sign up at reception for the next indoor climbing session! Click here to check out our Facebook page!

Did you know…

The Old Vic Close to our English Language Centre in Bristol (5 minutes away) is the oldest continually-operating theatre in England housed in a lovely old-fashioned building and its line-up is always very exciting. Every year it is visited by hundreds of visitors including EC Bristol’s students and even royalty. A few months ago, the Queen came to visit and to see a performance of Peter Pan. Currently, the Bristol Old Vic is running a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a must see for any Shakespeare fan. History: The present theatre company was established in 1946 as an offshoot of the Old Vic theatre in London. It is associated with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which became a financially independent organisation in the 1990s. Bristol Old Vic runs a popular and highly successful Young Company for young people aged 7–25. The Theatre Royal building was built during 1764–66 on King Street in Bristol and the Coopers' Hall building, built later 1743–44, was incorporated as the theatre's foyer during the 1970’s. Together, they are designated a Grade I listed building by English Heritage and add to the period buildings neighbouring the EC Bristol language school and the surrounding Queen Square area. Bristol’s actors are not limited to the stage. The city is proud of stars such as Daniel Day-Lewis, star of ‘Lincoln’, who underwent his traditional acting training at the Bristol Old Vic itself. If your taste is more for the silver screen than the stage, Bristol cinemas are currently showing the following feature films, including ‘Lincoln’ for which Daniel Day-Lewis won the BAFTA award for best actor. •             A Good Day To Die Hard •             Argo – BAFTA AWARDS, Winner of the best picture, best director (Ben Afleck), best editing. •             Broken City •             Cloud Atlas •             … Read more

Upcoming trips!

On the 23rd March we have a very special trip planned to North Devon.  We will visit 4 great locations: Barnstaple:  Our day will start with a short guided tour of this Medieval Port and Market town, you will have the chance to soak up the bustling atmosphere in one of England's oldest Markets, and explore it's cobbled back streets before boarding the coach and taking a short trip across Exmoor to Lynton and Lynmouth:  Referred to as Little Switzerland these beautiful villages lie on the coast of England, and at the mouth of the river Lyn.  We will take a walk through the streets of Lynton before walking down the coastal path to Lynmouth to enjoy another short tour, followed by freetime to visit the Lyn Gorge, have a cream tea, walk on the beach or explore the many craft shops in the Village. We will round off our time in Lynmouth with a ride on the Cliff Rock Railway, before heading to The Valley of the Rocks to get some pictures of the stunning coastline before heading back to Bristol. Cliff Rock Railway in action:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYuHj8-2184 We will leave at 9AM and the price is £30.  Sign up if you want to explore a part of England that many tourists do not get a chance to visit!

EC Bristol Birthday 2013

On Thursday 28th February 2013, EC Bristol celebrated our second birthday. Our English Language School in Bristol has now been opened for two years! To celebrate this day in true EC Bristol fashion, we ordered an amazing cake. Everyone jumped with joy at the sight of it. Dan, the Director of Studies, cut the EC Bristol strawberry & chocolate birthday cake for the second time. Our School Administrator Ana, the first student of the school, and Josie and Lisa the first two teachers at the school were also there to celebrate this great day. We ate cake and we took many pictures. Have a look at some of them below: We are really proud of the fast and amazing development of the school. And we are constantly working to make it a perfect place to study. Thanks to all the past and present students and all the EC Bristol staff.

March is here

March is here. Spring is on its way. Fact: The name March comes from Ancient Rome, when March was the first month of the year and named Martius after Mars or Ares, the Greek god of war. In Rome, March was the first month of spring, a logical point for the beginning of the year as well as the start of the military campaign season. January became the first month of the calendar year either under King Numa Pompilius (c.713 BC) or under the Decemvirs about 450 BC (Roman writers differ). The numbered year began on March 1 in Russia until the end of the 15th century. Great Britain and its colonies continued to use March 25 until 1752, which was when they ultimately adopted the Gregorian calendar. Many other cultures and religions still celebrate the beginning of the New Year in March. Our English Language School in Bristol is giving its students the opportunity to play more sports. Every week, students will be able to play badminton, football and enjoy laser tag or indoor climbing. Plus on Wednesday 13th March we are organising a SALSA DANCE NIGHT at the Slug & Lettuce pub. Beginner or advanced salsa dancers, this is a great opportunity for you to have a rhytmic evening.

Author Martha Lea coming to EC BRISTOL

On March 13th, published author Martha Lea is coming to EC Bristol! Her new book ‘The Specimen’ is set in the Victorian era and is a murder mystery and a love story. Martha will be giving a lecture to EC students at 14:45 on Wednesday March 13th.  Remember to put your name on the sign-up sheet on Tuesday! She is going to talk about the stages of writing a book. If you’ve ever considered writing a book, or like good stories, this lecture is for you! Check out the following links: http://www.whsmith.co.uk/, Martha Lea's The Specimen