Zeliha Cetinkaya, our Special Correspondent at EC Bristol, reporting on the M SHED!

Did you know that EC Bristol offers IELTS Exam Preparation courses? If you wish to get more info, please click on the following link:IELTS exam preparation EC Bristol is really happy to count in its team a wonderful blogger Zeliha who is a current student at EC studying on an English adult course. On her article below, she reports on her visit of the museum M SHED so please read: Hi everyone! Have you been to the M Shed before? When you walk through the main door you think it is just an ordinary museum but then when you go to the other floors you’ll realize that it isn’t just a museum, it is the museum of the stories and people who made Bristol what it is today. The name of the M shed is proof of this. Before being used a museum, the M Shed was one of transit sheds on the harbour which were labelled in alphabetical order. There are a lot of things from Bristol’s history and daily life on show. For example while you can see Bristolian historical clothing style in one side of the museum, you can see examples of trade or stores in Bristol on the other. There are also portraits of Bristol’s famous faces from every walk of life from musicians to dressmakers & shoe repairers etc. Visitors are also able to watch videos about Bristol’s history and events in Bristol as well as Bristolians’ and visitors’ testimonials. Children aren’t forgotten at the M Shed. One section of the museum is designed specifically for children to teach them about the history of Bristol through enjoyable games, illustrations and simulations. M shed also has a little shop where visitors can buy souvenirs for the museum and Bristol. I think if you are in Bristol, studying or just … Read more

Zeliha Cetinkaya, our Special Correspondent at EC Bristol, reporting on Foodies Festival!

Our special reporter Zeliha, studying on an English adult course at EC Bristol reports on the Foodies Festival. Please read her article below: It was Friday, the weather was perfect, I had finished my intensive class just a few minutes before and Stella had a ticket for me to the Foodies Festival (the world’s most delicious festival). What else could I want? Of course loads of fun and delicious food and sweets! Last weekend- July 12th 13th and 14th, the Bristol Foodies Festival was held on the Harbourside. The Festival was spread over a wide area and my friend and I couldn’t contain our excitement as we started with the JJ pie stand. There was a huge range of food and drink from pies to falafels, Asian food, macaroons, lemonade and of course cider and fudge, making it possible to try something from other cuisines as well as English dishes. Other than food stalls there were also theatres where people could learn about cooking from famous chefs. We attended two workshops in these theatres. The first one was in the Cake and Bake Theatre and we learnt how we could decorate cupcakes. After this workshop we understood how simple it is to make cute and different cupcake designs. The second one was about chocolate, yay!, and we learnt about chocolate tasting and the effects of different ingredients on the taste. It was very enjoyable and totally yummy! I know some of you couldn’t go and I don’t want to make you jealous but it was the tastiest festival that I’ve ever been to. Thank you again and again Stella!

Where to hire a bike in Bristol?

Are you a current student at EC Bristol? Are you studying hard during the week to improve your English and get to the top? or are you preparing your IELTS exam or FCE/CAE/CPE exam? It's summer now in Bristol so why not go for a ride along the Harbourside of Bristol or the surroundings of Bristol? Would you like to rent a bike in Bristol? But where should you go? EC Bristol has the answer for you! Cycle the City, based in No.1 Harbourside (Bristol City Centre), offers only to our EC Bristol students and members of staff a very great discount on the rent of stylish and comfortable vintage bikes. Cycle the city offers 20% off on their bikes rental. If you wish to get more information, please go to Reception. Please have a look at Cycle the City's website: http://cyclethecity.org/

EC Bristol offers IELTS Exam Preparation Courses!

Some of you might wonder what the IELTS exam is? IELTS standing for International English Language Testing System is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. This exam conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. Where can you take the IELTS Exam Preparation? In most centres all over the world and EC BRISTOL is one of them. Have a read through the following link: http://www.ecenglish.com/school-locations/learn-english-in-bristol/english-courses/ielts-exam-preparation So why not joining our IELTS Programme?! If you wish to get more details, you can always send a message at the following email address: bristol@ecenglish.com or call EC Bristol at the following number 0117 938 8600.

Laura Boisan, one of our ex-students at EC Bristol, testimonial!

Laura Boisan was one of our greatest students studying an ESL course at EC Bristol and we would like to thank her very much for her testimonial. Laura was a really lovely person who we loved having around the school. 'I chose Bristol as an English study destination because from my country, Spain, there were some direct flights. I only studied at EC Bristol for two weeks but I improved my English, particulary speaking. My favourite classes were the ones on Grammar and Pronunciation because during these two classes I learnt a lot. I liked all the activities. The trips are maybe the best. I'd recommend EC to a friend.' Thanks Laura! 😀

Meet our new intern Elizabeth Stahlmann at EC Bristol!

We are happy to announce that we have a new intern at EC Bristol. Her name is Elizabeth. She will be working with us for two weeks. Please read a message from Elizabeth: I'm Elizabeth from Germany and I've worked at EC Bristol since Monday as an intern. In my spare time I love playing volleyball, go shopping, meet friends and listening music. My favourite music artists are Maroon 5, Olly Murs and David Guetta. I also love chocolate, coffee and going round and seeing new things. Here at EC Bristol I will be doing some admin work and also working on some projects to make you feel more comfortable during your stay. I would be pleased if some of you would support me and help me by filling out a questionnaire. (Information will be given soon) So I look forward to meeting you! WELCOME ELIZABETH!

What’s going on at EC Bristol?

Our English language centre at EC Bristol, where people from all over the world study an adult English course, would like to focus on the fusion between several disciplines within creativity. Why? Because at our school, amongst our programme, we have many musicians, singers and artists. So we are trying to organise activities related on these subjects. Many afternoon activities involve visiting art galleries and museums, going around the most famous graffiti adorned streets of Bristol and talks on cult movies such as films by Alfred Hitchcock. On Wednesday the 10th of July we are organising an OPEN MIC NIGHT where students and staff will have the opportunity to perform in front of a bunch of people, isn’t it great? We are also organising a design competition for our EC Bristol Logo all over the month of July. Students and staff will have to create the most amazing and eye-catching logo. The winning design will be used on cool EC products such as pens, t-shirts, rubbers or key rings…etc. So be ready! Don’t miss out! .  

Zeliha Cetinkaya, our Special Correspondent at EC Bristol, reporting on The Gromit Unleashed Trail!

Our special reporter Zeliha, studying on an English adult course at EC Bristol, went to track the Gromits all around the centre of Bristol. There are still a lot to be discovered in the city of Bristol so now it's your turn to go on their trail. Please read her article below: 'Hello everybody! Have you seen that the Gromits have been unleashed in Bristol? They are so cute, aren’t they? In addition to them being aesthetically pleasing, they have a charitable purpose. The Gromits will be on display until September 8th and after that they will be auctioned in October to raise money for The Grand Appeal, Bristol Childrens’ Hospital Charity. The aim of this Charity is to help sick children by supporting Bristol Childrens’ Hospital. You can buy a sculpture from auction or you can visit the passport stops and shops during your Gromit trail to support the charity by buying Gromit Unleashed merchandise. There are eighty unleashed Gromits in Bristol waiting for your visit. Although they are on display until September, I think you should hurry to see them and to support the charity! You can start  by visiting the Gromits which are facing our EC Bristol School. Have a look at the pictures below'

WANTED MODELS FOR A STUDENT PHOTOSHOOT!

On Monday 15th July, Josh our official EC photographer will come to school to take some shots to promote our fantastic EC Bristol. This is where you come in, we need students who are willing to be photographed! If you are interested come to see Stella at Reception and let her know by the start of next week.   The project will involve a tour of the city with the photographer and it will be a rewarding experience for you. Plus, you will have the chance to be on our 2014 brochure, which is shown to a world-wide audience.   We did the same thing last year and the students involved really enjoyed being part of the project. Take a look at some of the previous pictures on our EC Bristol Facebook Page (photo album called MARKETING 2013). Please click on the following link: http://www.ecenglish.com/gallery/bristol/students