Today is the last day of our FCE, CAE and CPE exam courses in Cambridge. After 12 weeks of studying the course is finally coming to an end with the exams taking place over the next five days! The speaking part of these exams takes place tomorrow and the main exam takes place next week. We just want to wish all of our students the best of luck for the exam! We know you will be fantastic! Good luck for the future and please stay in touch!
Meet Ana Beatriz. Ana is studying an FCE course and Business English in Cambridge. Here she tells us a little bit about it. My name is Ana Beatriz, I’m 18 years old and I came from Brazil. Here in Cambridge I’m doing FCE Preparation and Business English. As I study tourism at university is very important to have FCE on my CV. I decided to become an ambassador because I saw as a great opportunity to meet new people and get involved with EC. These two are definitely the things that I like most about being an ambassador. What I really like about EC Cambridge us the fact that the staff is always available to help you, and they are very friendly and attentive. Also the school has good teachers with a high teaching potential. In my opinion, I’ve improved my English a lot since I arrived, and I’m actually very happy with my results so far.
Meet Sebastian who is sitting for an Intensive English Programme in Cambridge. Here he tells us about his English Course at EC Cambridge. My name is Sebastian and I’m from the northern part of Europe, namely, Sweden. I came to Cambridge and EC at the end of April to improve my English for six months. However, my plans changed and I decided to extend my stay with two more months so I could go for the CAE certificate. Therefore my total time is eight months at EC. EC is a fantastic school if you want to improve your language skills. What I like most about the school is the fact that the teachers are awesome! I’ve had many good teachers who’ve helped me a lot to enhance my language skills. Not only are the teachers good, the whole “EC team” are very friendly and you feel a welcoming atmosphere from the first moment you walk into the school. As you may know, I’m one of the school’s ambassadors, and I really like doing the “ambassador things.” Greet new students and making them feel welcome to Cambridge and of course, answer any questions. Just the feeling that you help someone is fantastic, because I know how difficult it can be to move to a new country alone. If you have any questions just ask and I’ll do my best to help you!
Our students took a break from Studying English at EC Cambridge last Friday and baked some cakes to raise money for Children In Need. What is Children In Need? Children In Need is a charity founded in 1927. Since then the UK has raised over £740 million. This money funds over 2,600 projects for children and young people 365 days of the year. The heroic donations support small and large organisations local the UK. Who is Pudsey? Pudsey bear is the Children In Need Mascot. He was born in 1985. What did we raise? At EC Cambridge we raised over £240! Thank you to all involved for the hard work and donations! We made a little thank you video which you can check out on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=919130324765903&set=vb.189504514395158&type=2&theatre
Dario Zehnder is currently studying on CAE exam course at EC Cambridge. Here he answers a few questions about his course and his roll as a student ambassador. Why are you here? I am here, because I want to learn English. I know this sounds quite ordinary and as if I was forced to write that, but I assure I wasn’t. After my graduation (Eidgenössische Maturität) I decided to do a gap year, since I was one of the youngest in my class back then. I finally chose to do a language in English during that year. Not only is it one of the most spoken languages on Earth, but it is the of the most useful one too. Today we are often confronted with a large variety of people and obviously not all of them speak your mother tongue, but most of them do speak English. In the end I chose to go to Cambridge, although it was a close thing between Cambridge and Oxford, I now can definitely say: “I chose the right place to stay”. How long are you here for? As soon as I decided to go to Cambridge I also had to chose the certificate I want to do. I aimed high and picked the CPE (Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency English), but to reassure I don’t go home without any certificate I decided to take the CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) first. This is also the purpose why I stay until march. Why do you like being an Ambassador? First of all I am a very outgoing person, which makes it rather easy for me to speak to strangers. One day Michael came into our classroom and told us about the possibility of becoming a school ambassador. Me and my friend Sebastian Peterson looked at …
Say hello and give a big welcome to our new student ambassadors. Alex, Sebastian, Bea, Zuhair, Dario and Hyejin. How can they help you? All of them are currently taking an English Language Course in Cambridge but in their spare time act as valuable ambassadors for EC Cambridge. Most new students will meet them on their first day, either at the Welcome Dinner or when they register on a Monday Morning. They are ready to answer your questions, so feel free to test their knowledge. You can mind them around the school most days especially on A Monday assisting with the new students. Over the coming weeks we will introduce them to you one by one.
As well as offering General and Intensive English Courses in Cambridge, EC likes to try and give something back to the Community through our Coorperate, Social Responsibility Scheme. On Friday the 14th November we were raising money for Children In Need, A UK based charity that supports various Children’s projects around the UK. Staff and students baked cakes to sell to raise money. Staff also wore Children In Need t-shirts to raise awareness. Our Fantastic student ambassadors also got involved by collecting money, selling the cakes and promoting a raffle to win Pudsey Bear, the Children In Need mascot. Thanks to the efforts of students and staff we raised lots of money for charity. The final total is still to be confirmed!
Alex Flot is taking an Academic Year English Course at EC Cambridge. Here he tells us about his role as a student ambassador and a little about EC school. I am 23 years old and I come from France. I finished my studies last year and I am now in EC school in Cambridge. I decided to stay 6 months in EC to improve my English and after to work in a company, for 6 months too, to improve my vocabulary and my knowledge. I like to be an ambassador because I like to help people in any case and it is also another way to improve my English. We have already welcoming new students and I realize that they like our attendance because we can speak about our experience in Cambridge and about things they need to know. I like EC school because the building is completely new and we work in a good atmosphere, I felt already good on my first week in the school. The staff is really kind, open-mind and they are always here for you if you have any problems.