EC Miami

Spotlight On: Learning English in Miami

    How would you like some good news to start off the year? Well, look no further, as EC Miami is reopening in March 2021 and getting back to what it does best – teaching you English! Miami, Florida has long been a popular destination for travellers and language learners alike. The locals speak over 128 languages. Yes – 128 unique languages! This is all thanks to a long history of people from many countries and backgrounds settling here and it makes Miami an easy place to fit in. This diversity creates a welcoming and comfortable place not only for learning English, but to put the language into practice on a daily basis, with students and locals alike. Warm Spring Weather Let’s jump straight in here and imagine that sunny weather during your stay. The temperature in Miami during March averages 25°C, and around 18°C degrees at night, unlike the chilly climate in most of the northern hemisphere at that time of year. Easy to see why December to May are the most popular months to visit the city. It’s warm without being too hot, and the humidity hasn’t crept in yet either. Oh, and just to put the cherry on top, the water temperature is pretty nice then too so, swimming? Yes please. Surfing? You bet. How about a balmy evening walk on the famous South Beach? Go for it!   School Reopening March 2021 We are so excited for this. On the 1st March, our Miami English school is scheduled to reopen following all the COVID-19 guidelines required and right now, our teachers, and all our staff, are busy behind the scenes to make the return to teaching as safe and memorable as ever. Even with the constraints of social distancing, our academic and social programs have … Read more

EC Malta Student Sara

Learning English in Malta by Sara from Spain

What’s it like learning English in Malta at times like these? Sara from Spain talks us through her experience as an EC Malta student. I have been at EC English school for a month and a half and I could not have chosen a better place to improve my level of English. Every day we take our temperature before entering the building and the classes are perfectly equipped to feel safe against the spread of the virus. The teachers use a very effective methodology to teach English and I feel like I am learning faster than ever. Who said you have to stop in times of pandemic? By Sara, studying English at EC Malta Malta is a tiny island surrounded by the glimmering Mediterranean Sea, where you can find some of the oldest temples in the world and a great beach vibe surrounded by gorgeous architecture. EC Malta is located in Malta’s entertainment district, with bus routes going all around the island nearby. At EC English, you, our students, come first. We do not react, and we do not settle for the “easy fix”. We research. We reflect. We make decisions based on the best learning outcomes. We are continuously monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in all of our schools. We will continue to comply with the national advice for each location and do everything possible to secure the safety of our students and staff. Want to know more about taking an English course in Malta? Contact us below, we’re happy to answer your questions

EC Cambridge Student Lucas

Happy student, Lucas, reviews our Cambridge English School

What’s it like learning English in Cambridge during covid and lockdown? EC Cambridge student Lucas shares his experiences of our English school. “My name is Lucas, I was a student of EC Cambridge from February to April before the first lockdown started and I always liked to study English at this school. I’m very happy to be able to study again right here during this new lockdown. I feel safe to study here because the school adopts all the protection measures to maintain the health of the staff and students, such as the use of masks, social distance, gel alcohol in all rooms, among others. In addition, the quality of teaching and functioning remains excellent, the staff and teachers continue to develop the great work they did before the lockdown started. In addition, the school has an excellent teaching structure that enables easy and efficient learning. It’s great to be back!” Contact us here for more information on our Cambridge school or for any questions you have about improving your English with EC.

Learning English online or in a classroom: why working with other students helps you improve

One of the most common comments from our students is that they want to talk more to the teacher, they do not seem to value time spent talking to other students in the same way – ‘how can I learn by talking to someone the same level as me?’ This is one of the perceptions that leads students to believe that small classes or one to one classes are the best options for their learning. However, whether you are learning English online or in a classroom working with other students is a really important aspect for developing your language skills – here are three reasons why: 1 – Learning a language is not like learning maths or history, knowledge (linguistic competence) is not enough. To be able to use a language you also need communicative competence, and this only comes with practice; practice in lots of different contexts with lots of different conversation partners – after all, you will not be speaking to only one person for the rest of your life. 2 – Language teachers are used to listening and interacting with students from all over the world. We are so used to interpreting what our students are saying that we often do it without thinking – when my student from West Java told me he was ‘going to piss in a fool’ – I knew without thinking he was going fishing – at the pool. Other students do not have the same experience and understanding of different accents and syntax. This means you have to work harder to understand and be understood – helping you to hone your communication skills. 3 – Unless you are planning to move to an English speaking country, the vast majority of conversations you will have In the real world will be with … Read more

Students taking an online lesson in EC Virtual using TEAMS

Why you need your camera on in an EC Online Lesson

During EC Virtual classes, we ask all students to have their cameras on. The reasons for having cameras on in live online learning lessons are simple: we make judgments based on facial expressions and body language and we decide if someone understands or if they are confused or if they are bored using those expressions. In the online world we use cameras so we can see you and see that you are engaged and understand as you, the learner, participate in the class. Are Live Online classes right for you? Some students are reluctant to have their cameras on, this is totally fine but it could be that live online classes are not the best learning solution for you. Maybe you should try a distance learning class where you work individually and interaction is with the computer programme. If you want to join live online classes with other students, be prepared to have the camera on. Body Language and facial expressions are important In a traditional classroom environment, the teacher uses students’ facial expressions and body language to monitor the classroom dynamic and to focus attention on those who need more support – even if they have not said it aloud. This is even more important in online live learning sessions as the attention of students is drawn to the teacher and all the other participants because each one is given the same importance on their screen. There is no ‘back of the classroom’ for anyone to hide in; it has become quite intimate and everyone has a responsibility to participate; this is a huge benefit of online learning. Be part of the classroom community Another benefit of seeing each other is that you get to ‘meet’ your classmates and you feel part of the room, part of the community … Read more

EC Virtual Student Review

Hear what our students are saying about EC Virtual

Hit play to watch a few words from some of our EC Virtual students and hear what they have to say about their experience learning English online. With EC Virtual you can bring our classroom inside your home, and learn English online live with our experienced teachers and classmates from all over the world. Visit our website below to find out more about our online courses, to take a FREE trial lesson or to contact us (ask as many questions as you like)!

Jose, EC Virtual Student

Student José reviews our online English programme

EC Virtual, our online English classes, are designed to help you improve your level, interact, and collaborate with international students, and receive assessment, guidance and feedback from your English teacher. Improving your English will give you more opportunities in life. Here’s a review from Jose, from Spain, who wisely decided to learn English online when he was unable to learn in school. I chose EC Virtual because I wanted to take advantage of the lack of face-to-face English classes in my country due to the coronavirus pandemic. So, rather than be in a rut doing nothing, I thought it would be an excellent moment to hone my English skills alongside students of all nationalities. I really learned a lot, particularly I developed my fluency in the language by speaking in public and losing the fear to make mistakes, as well I learned new vocabulary and expressions. The thing I liked most about the lessons was that I found the topics really interesting, pretty up-to-date. In other classes, you have to study arduous and dull topics, but it was not the case with this National Geographic book. Definitely I enjoyed studying this book, not only by its content but also because the teacher did it quite enjoyable. I would definitely recommend EC Virtual to everybody, it´s a good opportunity to learn a language and put it in practice with really professional native teachers. I only have good words to the two teachers I had on my four-week course. The other students were from Ukraine, Belarus, South Korea, Taiwan, China, and Saudi Arabia. From my stay, the stand out thing was the riveting vibe of the course. My advice for future EC students: don´t be afraid of putting your feet in while speaking in other languages and keep on practicising if you … Read more

ST Star Awards

EC nominated for ST Star Chain School

We are proud to announce we’ve been nominated for the ST Star Chain School in the StudyTravel Star Awards, 2020. This recognition of our commitment to delivering excellent service, particularly in these challenging times, means a lot! It’s a huge honour to again be finalists for the most prestigious award in the study travel industry. We’d like to thank all our partners, clients and staff for their continued support. Being shortlisted for this award is a celebration of not only the great service we provide to our students and agents at our English language schools but also to our commitment to the language travel industry. We hope to maintain this status as we continue to innovate and improve to ensure our students go on to enjoy the best #ecexperience possible. We have previously won Star Chain School four times. Those who win the award five times are introduced into the StudyTravel Star Awards Hall of Fame as a Super Star. ST Star Chain School, 2020 The 2020 ceremony will be held in London on September 5 at the prestigious Grosvenor House, AJW Marriott Hotel on Park Lane, the international education industry will gather to celebrate excellence in service at the annual, peer-voted ST Star Awards. First held in 2006, the ST Star Awards gather thousands of votes from professionals within the international education industry; agents vote for schools and service providers that have offered the best service in the last year, while schools vote for their preferred agency partners. Voters rate schools on the overall service they provide including classes, school facilities, accommodation and activities. Being recognised again by the study travel industry is proof EC provides the highest quality of service and programmes to its students. EC English With nearly 30 years of experience, EC brings an innovative approach to learning English … Read more

We're Good To Go!

‘We are good to go’ – EC UK English schools recognised for safety

We are good to go say VisitEngland! We are happy to announce that VisitEngland have certified our UK English schools (Oxford pending) as ‘Good to Go’. The ‘We’re Good To Go’ certification means we have worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and have a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing at our UK schools. We’re delighted VisitEngland has recognised the effort our staff has done and the Government guidelines we have followed in order to make sure our English schools were safe for reopening. To reassure English students, this certificate provides a ‘ring of confidence’. This campaign provides requirements for UK English schools and other tourism and hospitality businesses showing that they can prove their implementation of governmental and public health guidance relating to the current coronavirus pandemic. Businesses must complete a self-assessment through an online platform including a check-list confirming they have put the necessary processes in place, before receiving certification and the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark for display in their premises and online. For that extra level of safety on your trip to the UK, look for the ‘Good to Go’ logo on attractions, places to visit and restaurants. Our UK English Schools Immerse yourself in UK culture in one of our fully accredited schools. We currently operate seven English language schools in the UK, all in England.  EC London, EC London 30+, EC Brighton reopened 27th July. EC Cambridge, EC Bristol, EC Manchester are reopening 24th August. EC Oxford’s reopening date is to be confirmed at a later date. The safety of our students and team members remains our highest priority. You can find more information on our UK safety guidelines here. Our dedicated teachers offer engaging, interactive face-to-face English classes. We’ll give you the confidence to use the … Read more

Why study English in London with people from all over the world

Here’s why you should study English in London with people from all over the world. London is a city that needs no introduction: London is the perfect combination of history, culture and entertainment. Not surprisingly, it is the number one destination for those who study the English language and it may be the right place for you too. Studying English in London means being exposed to different cultures, broadening your vision of the world and making lasting friendships while practicing and improving your skills together with people like you. You will never stop learning in London. Your English will improve every time you meet new people and make new friends. In fact, learning a new language is not only about the grammar, the exercises and the words you read in the books or that you listen to in the classroom, but also about the possibility of immersing yourself in a culture and the opportunity to try your new language skills in a real context. With students from over 200 countries studying in London, you will have the opportunity to create a global network of friends and contacts with whom to communicate in English, which will last a lifetime! Live and Study English in One of the Most Exciting Cities in the World With EC London, you will be able to maximize your skills and improve your English effectively. London is a very welcoming city and you will soon be able to practice English even outside your classroom. This engaging city is a center of culture, history, music, fashion and entertainment. There is plenty to do in your free time, thanks to a wide variety of tourist attractions, bars, restaurants, discos, theaters, cinemas, shops, museums and galleries. Relax walking through the Royal Parks or take a boat ride along the Thames … Read more