Why Try Veganuary 2020?

Next week, EC schools are hosting a vegan brunch to raise funds for those suffering the devastating effects of the recent Australian bush fires. Thankfully, we can report that all of our students learning English in Australia and our staff at EC Sydney, EC Melbourne, EC Gold Coast and EC Brisbane are safe and well. The theme of the brunch manages to raise an interesting topic of discussion, that of being vegan. More than ever, veganism is hot on everyone’s lips. Gone are the days of people rolling their eyes at the mere mention of vegans. Brush-offs such as, “How do you know what a vegan looks like? Don’t worry they’ll tell you”, also seem to be a thing of the past. Freedom of choice, right? It begs the question,”why do people become vegan?” and “why is Veganuary such a big deal?” View this post on Instagram go vegan neon in dark ? A post shared by VEGANO (@vegano_cafe) on Sep 15, 2019 at 2:54am PDT Why? The climate impact. The most recent cause for the mass changeover to veganism is in an effort to combat climate change. We’ve all seen the growing frequency of natural disasters, from drought to flooding to fires, happening in greater frequency and increasing force across the world. There are several contributing factors to this but there is a belief, with lots of supporting scientific evidence, that a drastic reduction in meat production is one of the quickest and most effective solutions to this. One of the key supporting arguments is that it takes 1,799 gallons/6,809 litres of water to produce 1lb/453g of beef, while it takes 302 gallons/1,143 litres water to produce 1lb/453g of tofu. Water being our most precious resource, and an exhaustible one, we need to do what we can to preserve … Read more

Women’s Day 2018: What’s it all about?

Established in the United States in 1909 as a demonstration in favour of women’s right to vote, Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th, represents a moment to reflect on social, economic and political victories, but also on the discrimination and violence that women have been and are still victims of almost all the around the world. For this reason, a gift that every woman should give herself on this special day is to carve out time for herself and reflect on which direction she wants her life to take. Independence, freedom, and success are what all 21st century women want. These are all goals that can be reached with hard work, determination, and sacrifice. Education and being fluent in at least one foreign language are essential to be able to thrive in the professional world. Learning English is about boosting your career, traveling the world, and broaden your horizons! What better way do to that than by attending one of our English courses abroad? Whether you’re a student, career-minded woman or simply want to resume your studies, you’ll definitely find the right EC destination to suit you. Learn English in the USA For the woman with a great spirit of adventure and who loves the eclectic “Big City Life”: Discover wonderful cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, Miami or Washington. With EC, the American dream is really within reach! Learn English in Canada Let your inner hiker run free! Mountains, valleys, forests of maples, and waterfalls await you here, with the Canadian metropolises offering trendy bars and restaurants loved by locals, inspiring art galleries, and stunning theatres. EC Montreal offers the unique experience of combining the study of the French language with English: an excellent solution if you are undecided or if you’re always looking for new … Read more

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Love Music? Learn English in Malta this Summer

Whether you’re thinking about learning English in Malta, or are already working hard at EC Malta, then you’ll be happy to know that this sun-kissed Mediterranean island is the perfect place for music-lovers to be this summer. Here’s a quick look at just some of the hottest events of the season:  Earth Garden | 1- 4 June 2017 Described as “Europe’s best-kept secret”, Earth Garden is a laid-back 4-day music festival set against a chilled, natural backdrop. With 4 music areas and over 35 live acts on offer, you’ll definitely find something to suit your tastes, so kick back, relax, and enjoy the weekend! Camping tickets are sold out, but you can still buy a single day ticket on their website. Isle of MTV/ Malta Music Week | 23 – 28 June 2017 This free open-air music bonanza is a huge success year after year, with thousands of people coming together to watch  some of the biggest music stars in the world perform live at Isle of MTV, with the chance to discover new, lesser-known artists too. This year, The Chainsmokers will be headlining, with other acts to be announced soon. Acts from previous years include: Akon, Maroon 5, Enrique Iglesias, Lady Gaga, OneRepublic, The Kooks, The Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, Scissor Sisters, Kelis, Snoop Dogg, LMFAO, Flo Rida, will.i.am, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Afrojack, Rudimental, Hardwell, Nicole Scherzinger, Dizzee Rascal, Martin Garrix, Jason Derulo, Wiz Khalifa, Steve Aoki, Clean Bandit.  United with Tomorrowland | 29 July 2017 For the first time ever, Unite with Tomorrowland will be bringing its electric beats to Malta! The show features a live connection with the Tommorrowland Mainstage in Belgium, meaning that you’ll get the chance to connect with music-lovers from all over the world, with synchronised special effects and the top-quality lineup you can expect from the … Read more

Malta Takes London

EC Supports Malta Takes London

Earlier this month, EC English Language Centres was one of the proud sponsors supporting ‘Malta Takes London’, an incredible music extravaganza created to showcase local talent and provide the perfect opportunity to experience the buzzing London music scene. To quote the Malta Takes London Facebook page, the event, now in its 4th year running, ‘was created by musicians, for musicians’ and gives Maltese artists based both locally and in London the chance to come together and perform in one of the world’s great music capitals. This year’s edition was an awesome success, with a fantastic crowd and captivating performances by No Snow/No Alps, Federica, Fuzz Honeys, Canvas Wall, Brodu, The Ranch, BILA, I am Willow, YEWS, NBOME, An Experiment, Beesqueeze, Berne, Rob Harbour, Michael Bugeja, and Ben Vincenti. The overwhelmingly positive response to Malta Takes London is an encouraging sign that the Maltese music scene is gaining confidence, while enjoying some well-deserved praise too! Check out their official after-movie here. Trackage Scheme The alternative music scene in Malta is home to a wide range of music genres just packed with loads of potential, especially when you consider how small the island actually is. Trackage Scheme is an awesome imitative set up to bring all of Malta’s musical talent together under one eclectic roof, with the online music hub identifying, supporting, and promoting local talent, no matter the genre. Trackage scheme helps musicians by boosting the profile of the Maltese music scene not just locally, but on an international level, and supporting Maltese talent in pursuit of their musical dreams and aspirations.

Dream Big with EC!

On September 1st 2016, EC English Language Centres will host a one-of-a-kind event bringing together the top Maltese visionaries to share their successes and challenges with you, called Dream Big Malta, to be held at the Westin Dragonara Hotel in St. Julian’s. Following each talk, attendees will enjoy an opportunity for panel discussion. Some of the speakers include: Alfred Pisani, founder and chairman of Corinthia Hotels, whose international success has led him to be honoured with the title of “Officer of the National Order of Merit” by the President of Malta. Miriam Gauci is the only Maltese soprano to have sung in leading roles at the prestigious La Scala of Milan, the Bastille in Paris, and the Vienna State Opera, among others. She is not only a member of the National Order of Merit, but is also a Cavaliere of the Italian Republic. Andrew Mangion has been with EC English Language Schools since its infancy, and is currently Executive Chairman. Additionally, he serves as a director of Chiswick House School and St Martin’s College, two of Malta’s leading private schools. One lucky attendee will win a 2-month internship at any one of EC’s 24 schools around the world, with destinations including London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, and Cape Town. The winner will also benefit from a series of 5 personalised, professional coaching sessions with Baton Baton. There are also 10 runner-up prizes available which will allow runners-up the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with our inspirational speakers during the event.  

What’s on Malta – August

Take advantage of the golden Maltese summer before autumn sets in by enjoying unique festivals and events taking place on Malta this month. Whether you are studying at EC Malta or on holiday, check out the most exciting events on in August. The Delicata Classic Wine Festival Try some of Malta’s best wine while enjoying stunning views over the Grand Harbour and The Three Cities. From August 4th-7th, the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta will host wine aficionados, local musicians, wine makers, and food caterers alike for the Delicata Classic Wine Festival. Entry to the event is free, while those who would like to sample one of the 24 wines available will have to purchase wristbands in return for as much wine as you would like as well as a souvenir wine glass to take home. Two local bands will perform each night and specific caterers have been chosen specifically for you to test the versatility of the wine selection with various types of food. The event begins at 7pm and closes at midnight each day of the festival. The Gozo Ceramics Festival Watch local artists practicing their craft during the Gozo Ceramics Festival on August 6th. Many ceramic making techniques will be shown including throwing, coiling, modelling, and firing. A children’s table will be set up to allow them to try making their own sculptures, led by an experienced pottery teacher. An installation of swans made by both the artists and children will be set up on the sand, with proceeds from their sale going to the Puttinu Cares charity to help families with children suffering from cancer. Make your way to Xlendi Bay on August 6th at 7pm to experience this unique festival. The Great Vegetarian and Vegan Stand-up Barbecue Event Experience a beautiful sunset from a private beach in … Read more

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Learn English in Malta | What’s on in June?

  June in Malta is a fantastic time for music lovers, with Malta Music Week and the widely popular Isle of MTV event bringing thousands of locals and visitors together in their love for awesome tunes, talented musicians, and golden Mediterranean sunshine. Let’s take a quick look at some of what’s happening in Malta this month! [hs_action id=”1591″] 16th June: Jazz Collective at Electro Lobster Project If you’re in the mood for some mellow jazz sounds, meeting new people, and a few ice-cold drinks, then the Electro Lobster Project is the place to be! Check out the event page here.   21st June: Valletta Tour     Enjoy a tour of Malta’s stunning capital city and 2018 city of culture, Valletta, with your friends and EC classmates! This historic gem is bursting with fascinating sights, sounds, and stories about Malta’s cultural background, so if you’re looking to discover this unique destination, be sure to sign up as soon as possible through EC Malta.   22nd June: 3 Cities By Night     ‘The Three Cities’ is the collective name given to the three fortified cities of Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua. Each one of these charming cities are home to impressive palaces, churches, and fortifications dating back to the Knights of St. John, offering an unbeatable experience of authentic Maltese life and a fascinating look into the island’s maritime history. If you’d like to take a tour of these enchanting cities by night, book your place today via EC Malta.   26th – 28th June: Malta Music Week & Isle of MTV!     Malta Music Week is the perfect backdrop to the massive summer bash known as Isle of MTV. Take a look at the event programme to find out which major DJs are performing throughout the week, find out … Read more

Stunning Artwork created for EC Malta

At EC Manchester and EC Washington, DC, students study English surrounded by murals that embellish the classroom walls. Last weekend, the artist who designed the schools’ murals collaborated with EC once again, on an artwork that he painted over three days at the Sliema Arts Festival in Malta. elDimitry painted a mural entitled Detras está la Urbe (the city is behind you), and the final artwork (as seen in this photo) will be displayed at EC Malta for all students to enjoy.     Students on our Freestyle programme for students aged 16 – 20 years also got creative with a ‘Maltese tile’ workshop. Their painted tiles were displayed on the Sliema promenade all weekend. The project, bringing creativity into the classroom, is part of our effort to make our schools more colourful and inspiring, providing vibrant learning spaces for international students.   Are you planning to study English in Malta? Check out all you need to know about this amazing island in our Malta Travel Guide now for FREE! [hs_action id=”1591″]

EC Artist to Participate in Sliema Arts Festival

Blue skies, crystal clear water and an abundance of festivals, concerts and activities to choose from; there’s nothing quite like summer in Malta. This year, we’re extremely excited to be involved in the Sliema Arts Festival, arguably one of the most exciting events of the season. Taking place only 10 minutes from our school and right next to Surfside (EC Malta’s official beach club), the festival welcomes artists from all over the world. EC has decided to curate its own EC artwork as part of the festival, so we have invited the amazingly talented elDimitry to collaborate with us once again. His final artwork at the Sliema Arts Festival, which will be done on a large wooden canvas painted over three days, will then be displayed at our school for all current and future students to enjoy. elDimitry is a Spanish illustrator and designer whose stunning murals embellish the classrooms at EC Manchester and EC Washington, DC, helping us to provide inspiring learning spaces for our language students. At EC Manchester, bright colours and funky designs liven up the classroom walls. Cultural icons such as Mancunian singer Morrissey, footballer Nobby Stiles, and Ethel ‘Sunny’ Lowry, the first British woman to swim across the English Channel, are depicted in elDimitry’s abstract style. These artworks along with the urban, edgy design throughout the school make EC Manchester a unique place to learn English in the heart of the city. Across the Atlantic at EC Washington, DC, elDimitry’s creations reflect the global influence of US presidents throughout the ages. Lincoln’s focused stare and a collage in homage to Kennedy evoke a powerful and inspirational atmosphere. In Malta, elDimitry will be painting right on the beach throughout the weekend. He will be located by Surfside, EC Malta’s official beach club, so students can watch him and be inspired as they relax or take a dip in the Mediterranean. If that’s not enough, … Read more

Top 5: What’s on in Bristol?

Studying in the UK means having an unbeatable opportunity to be immersed and learn English in the place where the language was born. Today, we’re taking a closer look at what this beautiful and fun-loving city has to offer this summer. [hs_action id=”1321″]   Bristol Harbour Festival | 17th – 19th July 2015 Enjoy a weekend full of live music, markets, dance, and local tradition for free at the Bristol Harbour Festival this July. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and practise English in the real world, so pop down to the Bristol Harbour for live performances, boat races, circus acts, and friendly people!   Bristol International Balloon Fiesta | 6th – 9th August 2015 Don’t miss Bristol’s 37th International Balloon Fiesta this summer! This is Europe’s biggest ballooning event, with four days of fun activities for everyone to enjoy for free. The main attractions include model aircraft flying displays, model balloon parades, fairground rides, and food vendors offering cuisine from all over the world.   Encounters Film Festival | 15th – 20th September 2015 Film lovers take note! This is the UK’s #1 short film and animation festival celebrating talent, creativity, and innovation in the cinematic arts. The festival runs for 6 full days of film screenings, parties, workshops, and other engaging events where those in attendance have the chance to meet like-minded people and mingle with some top names in the industry. Students booking their tickets in groups can benefit from special prices and an early-bird discount too!   Banksy & Bristol Graffiti Tour | Dates and times vary Explore the streets of Bristol and discover mind-blowing graffiti on the city’s walls. The inspirational street artist Banksy is originally from Bristol, so a considerable number of his works can be found here. Grab your camera and see how … Read more