Learn English in Vancouver

NEW SCHOOL: EC Vancouver 30+

We have some exciting news from Canada! We are proud and excited to announce our newest addition to the 30+ family: EC Vancouver 30+ as of January 2020! Now, you can study in a location that mixes big city living and the great outdoors, combining the perfect work/study-life balance. Picture yourself in the heart of Vancouver, learning English with the aid of modern and cutting-edge facilities such as interactive whiteboards. All classes are delivered by passionate teachers, focused on your learning and progression. Don’t forget the student lounge, library, free Wi-Fi, self-study area and computers. The only this missing is…you! EC Vancouver 30+ school has its own co-working space, dedicated areas for 30+ students to network, to research or to do your work. When you select a school, it’s because it fulfills your English language goals and allows you to do so without interrupting your life. With a combination of lessons and activities, your days are filled with opportunities to practise your English. While lessons provide you with direct learning, excursions, free language workshops and activities give you indirect vocabulary and language practice, offering you a balanced and thorough learning schedule. Our 30+ English schools were the first in the business and thanks to the dedication and hard work of our teams, we remain the best. We launched our 30+ English school in 2013 in London and Malta and in 2016 in New York and Toronto and then expanded to Dublin in 2018. We now have six 30+ schools in five countries, so you are sure to find the perfect city for you to learn English. Our 30+ English schools are designed specifically for more mature students who have greater experience in life and the world of work. Contact us to learn more about our new Vancouver English school.

Andrew Borg’s Internship at EC San Francisco

In September 2016, EC English Language Centres hosted Dream Big Malta, a conference which gathered visionaries in their fields to pass their message on to the 18-30 year olds of Malta. One lucky attendee was selected to win a two-month internship at any EC school around the world, plus 5 personalised professional coaching sessions with Baton Baton! To apply to win, attendees were asked to upload a video of themselves or writing a newspaper headline discussing their future success stories. Our winner, Andrew Borg, chose to do his 8-week internship at EC San Francisco. Let’s hear what he has to say about his experience… Andrew Borg’s Experience with EC San Francisco ‘Last September, I was given the opportunity to intern at any EC school across the globe by Dream Big Malta. Initially, I was overwhelmed with the luxury of choices I had available to me at the time. ‘Eventually, I ended up deciding on interning at EC San Francisco. This was down to two main reasons: ‘Firstly, the diversity the city has to offer as I felt being exposed to this type of environment will help me develop as an individual. Secondly, it being the innovation hub of the world, there were several conferences/meet-ups on tech and marketing that I was eager to attend. ‘This choice ended up being an inspired one, as these 8 weeks proved to be a great learning experience for me. During my 8-week internship acting as a marketing intern, I attended 10 meet-ups on topics such as Machine-Learning, Cryptocurrencies and Marketing after work hours. ‘It was an excellent opportunity to meet the very best of the respective industries and be exposed to their insights. I have learnt a lot from them and look forward to applying their knowledge in the future. ‘On another note, my accommodation … Read more

The World’s First Reality TV Show on Snapchat Comes to EC Miami

This June, EC Miami is proud to host the world’s very first reality TV show to be shown on Snapchat, Les Lambdas Débarquent! Co-hosted by Snapchat-famous Mark Abdelli, who attended EC Miami himself, and French reality star Amélie Neten, this French-speaking show will follow five Francophone students on their journey to study English in Miami for two weeks. Read on to find out more about the cast and the experiences they will have, but don’t forget to add the show on Snapchat: @tvleslambdasoff  The Cast Allan Hailing from the Paris region, Allan is 18 years old wants to experience the American dream. He dreams of exploring the world, from the Grand Canyon to the pyramids in Egypt. He’s most excited to try out the American way of life and enjoy the sunshine on Miami Beach.   Amandine Amandine is 22 years old and comes from Picardie, just a few hours north of Paris. She believes learning English will not only help her in life, but allow her to go anywhere in the world. She can’t wait to try swimming with dolphins and seeing Disney World!   Habib From Le Havre, in northern France, Habib is a 22-year-old who can’t wait to step into the American business world. He’s excited to live a unique adventure and fulfill his dream of learning English.   Kevin Kevin is 27 years old and from Paris. He’s most eager to enjoy the scenery, the ocean, and to experience American everyday life. He wants to use his English skills in the business world, as owner of his own company.     Virginie What brings Virginie, 36 years old from Grenoble, to EC Miami? She wants grow professionally, but also to discover more about American culture. And to maybe swim with dolphins. The Experiences The show will follow the students as … Read more

EC Oxford Debate Workshops a success!

The students at EC Oxford enjoyed the perfect chance to practise their speaking and listening skills on Friday 21st October at yet another Oxford Union Debating Workshop! The workshop was a huge success, and took place in a stunning historic building right in the centre of the city, just minutes away from our school. 8 students from EC participated this time around, all with the aim of practising the skills they’ve learnt at EC English Language Centres in authentic situations.     The Oxford Union is one of the oldest and most prestigious debating societies in the world, with an unparalleled reputation for welcoming international guests and speakers to the city. Our students look forward to this event as it offers them a chance to engage in a ‘real’ discussion based on real issues and current affairs. The workshops are an unmissable opportunity for students to practise their Speaking and Listening skills in a productive, real-life situation.     This first workshop of the new term covered a recent hot topic: the upcoming United States General Elections. The workshop started with a short presentation about the US elections, which was really useful as it allowed students to take note of any new or interesting vocabulary related to the topic. Students were split into two groups (Followers of Donald Trump’s Republican Party versus Followers of Hilary Clinton’s Democratic Party) before discussing politics, revising vocabulary, and preparing themselves for the debate. Another event was held on Tuesday 25th October, when EC students were invited to a discussion about mental health. Everyone was surprised to learn  that 25% of all adults suffer from mental health illnesses and conditions, and this figure doubles to 50% amongst Oxford University students! Many feel that drastic action must be taken to fight these high percentages and tackle … Read more

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United World Schools: Taking EC to Cambodia

Every member of the EC family around the globe is happy and proud to be working hand in hand with United World Schools, a fantastic international charity committed to creating opportunities for children in some of the world’s poorest regions to get the education they need and deserve: UWS has a very strong sense of social purpose combined with a balanced sustainable model that focuses on educating children in post-conflict developing countries whilst stimulating global cultural exchange and understanding. […] We work with communities to build schools and develop local teachers, providing a low cost and sustainable way to teach the unreached. – United World Schools This incredible organisation doesn’t just provide education where it’s needed the most. UWS also: Works in complete partnership with local community leaders with support from district authorities and authorisation from national governments to ensure the smooth running of the school Ensures that educational programmes are locally anchored and protect indigenous languages, cultures, and customs Trains teachers from within the community with a focus on continual education and mentoring of local UWS teachers, and ensures long term sustainability by pairing schools in developed countries All of this – and more – allows UWS to empower children in the community while instilling a sense of global responsibility and appreciation for the circumstances of marginalised children elsewhere in the world.     This time around, UWS and EC are partnering up to build a school in Ban Houy village in Cambodia, home to 165 local children who will be able to learn music, art, sport, numeracy, and fluency in Khmer, the national language. That means vastly improving the prospects of each and every one of these young minds so eager to learn. A well will also be built to provide fresh, clean drinking water for the whole community! EC will have its own presence on the ground in Cambodia, with a … Read more

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EC’s 25th Anniversary Week

Last week EC English Language Centres celebrated our 25th anniversary! Since 1991 we have worked to provide the best English learning experience to students from all over the globe. Over the last 25 years, our single school in Malta has expanded to teach success in 24 schools in five different countries on three continents. Last Thursday featured a school-wide 90’s dress-up day in celebration of our anniversary, while on Friday we reached 50,000 likes on our EC Central Facebook page! Thank you to all of the teachers, students, and staff, who allowed for such a great “birthday” week. We cannot wait to see what the next 25 years will bring!       [hs_action id=”2771″]

Giving Back at EC

Here at EC we care about giving back to the communities in all 20 of the cities we call ‘home’. Social responsibility is part of everyday life at EC, with our centres making a special effort to stay green, volunteer, and organise fundraisers throughout the year. We are very aware of just how important it is to participate in global initiatives like World Environment Day, World Ocean Day, and Environmental Clean-Up projects to name just a few examples. On World Environment Day (the United Nations’ main platform for global awareness of environmental issues) everyone at EC helped to promote a more eco-friendly workplace while raising awareness of current environmental problems. We participated in a number of awareness activities such as avoiding the use of paper with a ‘No-Paper Day, teaching environment-themed lessons in class, and wearing green to work. EC San Diego went one step further and organised a fantastic fundraising activity for World Ocean Day! Past Corporate Social Responsibility projects at EC include: Fundraising for the 3 Peaks challenge Bake sale, treasure hunt, and car-boot sale with all sale proceeds going towards Hospice Malta Planting fruit trees for the Racehill Community Orchard in East Brighton Charity treasure hunt with the €5 entry fee going to Hospice Malta Supporting The Liberated Feast, with proceeds going to an education and feeding project for a school in Kenya     Selling arts and crafts at a car boot sale, with all proceeds going towards Hospice Malta Bringing in food for the food bank and an international food competition with all proceeds going to a local homeless shelter Helping out at The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, a celebration of literature Sorting books at The Bookerie to be delivered to Cape Town schools without a library Helping the Children’s Society by supporting their runners for the London Marathon Arranging cultural exchange and communication among local community … Read more

Remember, remember it’s the 1st of Movember!

Mo, tash – whatever you call it, It’s time to let it grow! This morning, some of our kind bearded boys here at EC Central have kicked off the special month of Movember with a shave and a fresh-scented, smiling face. And yes, all the girls smiled back. Our ‘Mo Bros’ have the next 29 days to cultivate their moustaches, beards and goatees back into their places, but most importantly, raise funds and awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Learn ‘mo’ and support our Mo Central Bros!

Heart of gold, legs of steel

What was EC’s own CEO, Michael Xuereb (second from the left), up to last Sunday, the day of rest? Take a guess… Full English breakfast in bed A brisk walk along the promenade, or An end of summer swim… None of the above! He woke up to a 51 k run (!) in aid of The Ladybird Foundation (www.theladybirdfoundation.org), an honourable cause which gives terminally ill children a last wish. Now, isn’t that just admirable? Here are a few words from the brave man himself: What keeps me going is the purpose of this run, which is to give children with terminal illnesses a last wish. The funds are given to underprivileged families who do not have the means to take their child on that last holiday – whether it is Disneyland or to watch their favourite sports team. What’s more, Michael and his four friends created a site to make it easy for people to donate: http://www.donationto.com/The-Ladybird-Foundation. EC Malta and EC Head Office also showed their support by organising and attending a charity walk to help raise more funds. Well done to all those who walked, ran or contributed to the cause, and kudos to Michael Xuereb for such a fantastic feat! More photos taken at the event can be found on the foundation’s own Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheLadybirdFoundation.

Boa Lingua enters the Super Star Hall of Fame

We congratulate our Swiss partners Boa Lingua on winning the STM Star Award for the 5th time and thus joining the Super Star Hall of Fame as the first agency worldwide. We wish Boa Lingua the best of success and look forward to our continued collaboration together. Read more