Top 5 Events in the EC World

Whether you’re already studying English in one of our fabulous destinations, or are just curious to know what’s going on around the EC world, check out the exciting events happening this month! London: Notting Hill Carnival August brings about the annual Notting Hill Carnival, a free street festival first started in 1966 in west London. … Read more

6 Things you learn when studying English abroad

When you learn English abroad with EC, you’ll learn a lot more than a language. Just ask any one of the thousands of amazing people we welcome to our schools each year – the #ecexperience is about going on an adventure, exploring a brand new city, and making it your own while you practise the … Read more

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What is IELTS?

Every year, thousands of students join us at EC to improve their English and study for exams like IELTS – the International English Testing System. But what is the IELTS exam all about? Let’s find out! IELTS is one of the most widely-accepted proficiency tests in the world, with two types of exams available depending … Read more

3 Apps to Test Your Vocabulary

Next time you’re looking to play games on your phone, why not try something more educational? Whether you’ve already studied English abroad with EC schools in one of our many destinations or are just getting started, check out these games that will help you improve your vocabulary and spelling while also having fun. And if you … Read more

5 Words Born in the 21st Century

Each year, the Oxford English Dictionary adds new popular words to its official list. This allows words we invent to become recognised as ‘real’ words. Stay up to date with the latest words being added each year, but if you’re looking for basics, why not try one of our English courses to get you started? EC … Read more

5 Things Every Student Thinks Before a Test

Whether you’re learning English abroad or just studying for those end-of-year tests, you know that there are certain things that every student experiences in the run up to exam day. Sure, you’ve studied (or sometimes, maybe not), but that doesn’t mean you’re free from those horrible things called ‘nerves’. Between coming up with plans for … Read more

The 8 Most Important Phrases to Know When You Travel

Have you ever been at a loss for words when travelling? Knowing a few English words can help you, even if you’re not in an anglophone country. Did you know there are over 850 million people worldwide who speak English as a second language? Why not get started learning English today? Have a look at … Read more

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EC San Francisco and SF Babel: Free language meetups!

Students learning English at EC San Francisco have been taking part in a fantastic language exchange event held at the school and organised by SF Babel via the popular online group, The exchange takes place every other Thursday from 6pm – 9pm, and gives students the perfect opportunity to continue practising their speaking and … Read more

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8 Weird English Expressions You Should Know

The English language is full of weird and wonderful words and expressions just waiting to be discovered and learnt by students like you! When you’re learning English abroad with EC, you’ll definitely hear some of these strange phrases and idioms. Don’t worry if you don’t understand these types of expressions immediately – we’re here to … Read more