This week and next week we sadly have to say goodbye to our students studying for the FCE, CAE and CPE English Exams. Following a 12 week intensive preparation course, our students are now ready to sit these prestigious and Internationally recognised exam’s. The course began in September and is ideally suited to students wanting to take the First, Advanced and Proficiency certificates organised by Cambridge ESOL. Our FCE students take their exam next week. FCE or first certificate is for students studying at Upper Intermediate and the certificate is graded at B2. This years class contained students from a range of countries, Italy, Holland, Japan, Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand. This range of nationalities means that the students have plenty of opportunities to speak English and also learn about each others cultures and traditions. This terms CAE students take there exam this week following a 12 week programme. Again a great mix of nationalities means there is some cultural diversity in the class. Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Colombia and Italy are all represented here. One of their teachers Helen was voted as the person who helped our students learn the most for October, a good indication of the standard of teaching at EC. Finally, we have our CPE class. The Proficiency exam is notoriously hard however a 12 week course has given our students the best chance to pass this exam. Taught by Geraldine (pictured) and Helen (who also teaches CAE) the students have some great teaching and support throughout their course. After 12 weeks of hard studying we want to wish all of our students the best of luck for their exams over the next two weeks! Find out more about EC Cambridge Exam Courses.
Last Friday, the whole of the UK was fundraising for Children in Need. Children in Need is organised by the BBC and the aim is to raise money for Children’s Charities not just in the UK but around the world. Millions of people across the UK take part in fund raising initiatives and at EC Cambridge we are no different. On Friday 13th November we encouraged our staff to dress up as Super Heroes and get their oven gloves on. Staff baked some yummy cakes that we then sold to our students will all the money going to Children in Need. Thanks to our generous students we raised £133. On Friday the combined total was £38 million! If you want to study English in a school that goes the extra mile why not check out our website.
Every Sunday afternoon EC Cambridge staff and students, meet up for our football activity at Chesterton Community College. This is part of our free activity programme. Depending on Numbers we play anything from 5 aside upwards. Last week we had a 19 students! This activity is a way great way to meet other students. This week we had students from Korea, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Germany, Libya, France, Colombia, Mexico and of course Brazil so English was the first language for these students. After some 5 aside training, we got onto the full size pitch and had a epic game of 10 vs 9. Special mention to Adrianna, the only girl, who scored two goals and is credited for the photo below. If you are looing for an English Course in Cambridge that offers some great extra curricular activities, why not check out our website.
Each month we ask our EC Cambridge students to nominate the person that has helped them learn the most. This could be their teacher, a member of the admin team, their host family or even another student! This month the award went to one of our teachers Helen. Helen teaches our Cambridge Exam Classes and this term has been helping our CAE and CPE students get ready for their exams in November and December! Her students clearly wanted to say thank you and therefore Helen won by a landslide! Congratulations Helen! As well as teaching, Helen is a keen baker and therefore we rewarded her with a crown shaped cake tin full of chocolates for her to share with her students’.
Last Friday EC Cambridge celebrated Halloween with their students. At lunchtime the student area was full to brim of students wanting to get involved in some special Halloween Games that we had on offer. First on the list was Apple Bobbing. The students had twenty seconds to remove as many apples as possible from a bucket of water using only their teeth! to demonstrate, Matthew from our accommodation department went first and grabbed a winning five apples, however being a member of staff, we couldn’t let him win. There were may contenders but the prize eventually went to Ana and Paola who also got five between them. They won two tickets to the Lion King in London! Next up was a find the rat competition. Eight rats (plastic ones, they weren’t real) were hidden around various locations on the third floor. The students had to find as many as they could. One of our new students Louise, found all the rats and won a £10 Amazon voucher for her efforts! Finally, was a witch shaped Piñata. The first two attempts from students were pretty weak but the third student to have a go was Giovanni who smashed the witch into a sweetie filled oblivion. As well as the sweets that went flying, he also won a huge tin of chocolates! You can find more photos and Video’s of events happening at EC Cambridge on our Facebook Page and if you want to join the fun and take one of our English Courses check out our website!