Undiscovered talents at EC Bristol English Language School

Walking through the corridors of EC Bristol English school we might not think that some of the students studying here have great talent, but this is not the case. Some of them are singers, musicians, artists or have other impressive skills. After chatting with students,  the EC Bristol team discovered youtube videos of students' bands. Their videos are really great fun and it is amazing to see that our students are so involved in the artistic world. Recently we discovered that the Angolan students, who are currently studying at EC Bristol English school, possess a great talent. They love drawing! They draw flowers, portraits and much more. Please have a look at their drawing below:

TOP 5 museums to visit in Bristol!

Bristol has many interesting museums. EC Bristol English school often organises days out to museums or art galleries. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of the city of Bristol or to discover new art. The EC Bristol team recommends the top 5 museums to visit in Bristol. M Shed: Tells the amazing history of the city through the objects and stories of the people who have made the city of Bristol. It also has a gallery space where there are many amazing exhibitions. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: Tells the story of our world in every display, from the beginning of time to the present day. It has 19 galleries over 3 floors. In November it will be hosting the stunning Wildlife Photographer of the year Exhibition. The Red Lodge Museum: A historic Elizabethan house, tucked away near the buzz of the busy shopping areas of Park Street and the Christmas Steps.  Built in 1579-1580, it's kept its original tudor rooms. SS Great Britain: A museum ship and former passenger steamship considered advanced for her time. She was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854. The Georgian House Museum: Originally built around 1790 for a wealthy sugar merchant,its decorations & furniture have been preserved and it is displayed as a typical late 18th century town house offering a glimpse of life hundreds of years ago. All museums mentioned above are very central.

TOP 5 Bristol parks to go to!

Bristol has many parks and in autumn what's better than walking into parks and staring at the trees and their colourful leaves. Plus, you will also have the opportunity to see squirrels and birds. After a brief discussion, the staff members of EC Bristol English school ranked their 5 favourite parks in Bristol. The Downs: A large grassy open space – perfect for picnics, sports such as football, cricket, badminton, flying kites, jogging and events. The Downs consist of Clifton Down and Durdham Down. It offers lovely views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avonmouth gorge. It is also the best place to watch the Bristol Balloon Fiesta. Victoria Park: A large, rolling Victorian neighbourhood park in south Bristol. There is a children's play area and it's also great for excercising. Brandon Hill: It is one of the oldest municipal parks in the country. Full of history and features. The park also offers splendid views of the city of Bristol, with Cabot Tower, situated at the summit of the hill, in the distance. It is a great place to see Avon wildlife and its wildflower meadow. Ashton Court Estate: it has over 1.6 million visitors annually. It is the UK's third busiest country park. Every year, it hosts the Bristol Hot Air Balloon Festival. It covers 850 ancres of woodland and grassland. The perfect place for practising golf, horse riding, mountain biking and ballooning. Castle Park: A haven for local residents, city centre workers and shoppers alike. It is a large, striking, feature filled park on the site of Bristol's ancient castle and mediaeval town centre. Festivals are often organised there.

World Teachers’ day at EC Bristol English School!

Last Friday was World Teachers' day! And to celebrate this special day a tasty lunch and an entertaining night was organised for the academic staff at EC Bristol English school. The teachers had the opportunity to choose any topic for their lessons (music, movies, history, interactive speaking games and much more) and 15 minutes before the end of the class, the students had the chance to teach vocabulary from their own language, how to do their country's traditional dances, explain their traditional songs and much more. It was a cultural day for both staff and students and was very rewarding. At lunch time all the members of staff stuffed themselves with a very tasty curry. The staff room was full of joy, excitement, colours and odours. And in the evening all the members of staff went bowling at the Lanes at which a very competitive game took place. Gina, one of our teachers, came first and Dan, the director of studies, was the runner up. Not only was the game competitive but also hilarious when Andrew, one of our teachers, launched a ball so high that it crossed onto another lane and then bounced back to the first one. Everyone had a very fun day!

The hairdresser

Studying at EC Bristol English school or working in the UK, you wouldn't be able to avoid the hairdresser's experience. First of all, the main thing you might need is vocabulary. A trim, a perm, highlights, a wash, a cut, a blow dry, a fringe, wax…etc. There are plenty of useful terms to know before you get to the hairdresser. And we suggest you go & have a look at that very instructive video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEMr1RCW3bg And finally you will need a place to go. We all know how much British people enjoy spending time at the hairdresser and you won't be disappointed by the choice of hairdressers in Bristol. Here are some suggestions for you: Hobbs Toni & Guy Lavish Salon & Spa Reflections Essensuals The Barber Shop Macks Daddys RSR Mens Hair Central Studio

S q u i d s o u p Exhibition

Bristol was hosting an exhibition called s q u i d s o u p at The Eye near Temple Meads. It was a pop-up exhibition which attracted loads of visitors. They were exploring the social and tactile aspects of the piece, but also contemplating this virtual world of lights floating into space. This breath-taking exhibition is to be exprienced from inside as well as outside. Playful colours enlighten the nights of Bristol. Walking through the bridge towards the Eye it makes you think you will get lost into another world; a world of colours and sensations. Once inside you can walk around freely, creating a three-dimensional immersive experience completely surrounded by light, sound and movement. Each picture taken during the exhibition are all different and originals. Website: http://www.squidsoup.org/blog/ For more information about current art exhibitions in Bristol, please have a chat with the members of staff of EC Bristol English school.

What to do on a rainy day?

Bristol is such a lovely & lively city where there's always plenty to do. Here are five tips for you just incase you get bored on a rainy day: Go Shopping: Bristol has three great & stylish shopping centres; The Galleries & Cabot Circus, both located in Bristol City Centre, and The Mall in Cribbs Causeway. Visit art galleries and museums: Bristol is famous for being a great place for the artists and art lovers. There are many venues to visit to explore the creative talent that the city has to offer, the largest are RWA, Arnolifini and Spike Island. The latter two are reknoned for showcasing contemporary art. To find out more about Bristol's rich history then you cqan visit one of it's fascinating museums. M Shed makes for a great day out where you'll learn lots about the history of the city you're studying in, there's also the Bristol City Museum on Park Street. Go to the Spa: Enjoy a great day and/or evening out and treat yourself to a visit to a wellbeing centre. Bristol boasts many spas such as The Relaxation Centre, The Lido, Spa Naturel at the Mercure Holland Hotel, Spa at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel and also the Spirit Health Club in Filton Holiday Inn. Eat cream tea. Have you ever tried the typical English afternoon tea? If you haven't, then you should! The best way to enjoy it is in a relaxing café with great atmosphere. We advise you visit Browns, who do a fantastic afternoon tea. But for many other cakes you can also go to Boston Tea Party, Spicer & Cole, Birdcage, Guild Café, Cox and Boloney, Caffe Clifton and Tart. Watch a movie at the cinema. More into independent movies rather than Hollywood blockbusters? Then the Watershed is for you. Otherwise you can always go to Showcase Cinema de Lux in Cabot Circus as well as Odeon or … Read more

What’s new at EC Bristol?

EC Bristol English school offers a wide range of activities & trips to its students. To start with, we offer social activities such as Dinner & Conversation, Cider sampling and Conversation Club. Then there's cultural activities such as visits to Bristol museums & art galleries and the Georgian House museum. Also included are event activities, such as visiting the Circus Festival Performance. Finally there's sports activities such as Football and Basketball. October also offers brand new activities such as KARTING. If you are a current student at EC Bristol, don't miss out! It's a great opportunity to have fun with your mates and socialize with new people. What does October also mean? Halloween. And you can make sure that our EC Bristol team will organise a great day & night out for the students. Have a look at EC Bristol October calendar below and tell us what you think or give us your suggestions for new activities on our EC Bristol Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ec.bristol