EC Virtual Voted Best Online English Course

We are delighted to announce that Ryugaku Journal has chosen EC Virtual as their no.1 school in the Japan Best School Awards Special Edition after students rated our online English programme and gave scores based upon lesson quality, speaking opportunities in class, lesson length and level. Founded in 2003 and based in Tokyo, Ryugaku Journal is a counseling and placement organisation concerning all aspects of overseas education to Japanese people who wish to study abroad. The Japan Best School Awards, published once a year by the Ryugaku Journal (‘Journal of Study Abroad’), are a ranking of 500 international students who rigorously evaluate the quality of their language schools. In normal times the awards are given to face-to-face study abroad schools; however, due to the impact of covid on the study abroad industry, this year Ryugaku Journal implemented a special edition focusing on online study abroad programmes. Speaking about the award, Group Academic Director, Gillian Davidson, stated,””We chose to create a new program that utilizes the latest educational technologies and teaching methods. We are really happy and proud of the recognition EC Virtual is receiving and the satisfaction of students participating in our online language programmes.” We are therefore very proud and honoured to be recognised, not for the first time, by Ryugaku Journal and we promise to continue working hard to offer our students the highest level of quality, they and agents have come to expect from EC. Receiving this award is a strong testament to the hard work and dedication of our partners and teams across the globe. EC Virtual brings the feeling of an international classroom into your home with our online language classes. Students learn and collaborate virtually with qualified, experienced teachers and students from around the world using course eBooks powered by National Geographic Learning. We have … 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

EC Malta Residence

EC Malta English School – keeping your accommodation safe

When you choose an English school in Malta, it isn’t only about the classroom, where you stay is an important part of your study-abroad trip. At EC Malta, we care about the welfare of every student that enters our doors and our sole purpose, as always, is giving you this best possible experience which includes your health and safety. Watch this video to see what we are doing to make you feel comfortable and provide you with a very safe and healthy stay at EC Malta. Discover some of the enhanced sanitisation procedures and new practices we have implemented at EC Malta in our residence accommodation to keep our students and staff safe. How we keep your accommodation safe  We hope students learning English in Malta will enjoy their EC experience, safe in the knowledge that the highest standard of health and hygiene protocols are being stringently applied.

Montreal crowned world’s best city for students

The city tops the list of top 100 study abroad destinations around the world   Congratulations Canada, you’ve got yet another reason to party! In the same year the country celebrates its 150th birthday, Montreal, its capital of culture, has been voted the best student city in the world. So If you’re looking to study abroad, why not learn English in Montreal? This charming bilingual city is currently the world’s best place for students to live, according to a global rating of 125 cities conducted by QS World University Ranking 2017. The results are based on the responses of 18,000 students surveyed using these six metrics: Rankings: the quality of local higher education institutions Student mix: the amount of students including international students Desirability: good qualities such as safety and cleanliness Employment opportunities Affordability Student opinion and experiences On Montreal’s placing, Ben Sowter, head of the Intelligence Unit at QS, said, “It seems likely that smaller, friendlier places are a little more popular in the student view context”.   “For Montreal and other Canadian cities, the actual experience that people are having when they go there is much more positive than the imagination or expectation of it before they go,” he continued. There’s even more good news for anyone planning to learn English in Canada, with stunning Vancouver and Toronto ranked 10th and 11th respectively. Curious about other incredible destinations? EC has English language schools in four of the world’s top ten student cities! QS Best Student Cities 2017:   Montreal Paris London Seoul Melbourne Berlin Tokyo Boston Munich Vancouver   Why Learn English in Montreal? Multicultural, student-centred and inclusive, Montreal offers English learners a truly unique experience. Students enjoy a relatively low-cost of living and access to top cultural attractions, all in a friendly, welcoming setting, with the perfect … Read more

Football Star Bojan Krkic at EC Manchester

  Stoke City’s Bojan Krkic recently joined fellow language learners at EC Manchester to give his English skills a boost. The charming ex-Barcelona forward enjoyed Christmas with his family before getting into the EC student routine, with a combination of General English and One-to-One lessons. When he’s not in class working hard on improving his English, Bojan kicks back and enjoys a few games of FIFA against his newfound friends (playing as Stoke City, of course!). In an interview with The Daily Mail, Bojan talked about his EC experience so far:   ‘I did my first interview totally in English last week and it was great. I think you have to learn the language if you want to settle properly. I have lessons here and they tutor me at my house. It’s fun. I watch box sets. I worked my way through Breaking Bad and Prison Break. Luther is next on the BBC. I love films, too. I watch Denzel Washington films with subtitles.’   Would you like to boost your English like Bojan Krkic, and immerse yourself in one of our stunning cities? EC English Centres has 21 amazing destinations for you to choose from, and a range of courses to help you improve your English as part of a fantastic mix of international students. What are you waiting for? Contact us today to find more information about the best English courses to suit you.

Vancouver and Toronto in World’s Top 5 Cities

EC has English schools in the 2 of of the 5 best cities in the world. Melbourne in Australia is number one in the world, but Vancouver is ranked third and Toronto fourth. Toronto has been in the same position for five years, while Vancouver ranked first every year until being  overtaken in 2011. The Global Liveability Survey, complied by the Economist magazine, rated 140 cities in the areas of safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and environment. This basically means a ‘livable’ city is a great place to work, rest and play. “Those that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density,” according to the report. “These can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure.” Manchester was named the best UK city to live in jumping from its from its position of 51st in 2014 to 46 this year. Melbourne, Australia, took the top spot for the fifth consecutive year. Damascus (Syria), Dhaka (Bangladesh), and Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) featured at the very bottom of the list. Top five most livable cities are: 1. Melbourne, Australia 2. Vienna, Austria 3. Vancouver, Canada 4. Toronto, Canada 5. Adelaide, Australia / Calgary, Canada [hs_action id=”946″]

Google Webmaster Trends Analyst John Mueller answers SEO questions

EC Malta hosts meetup with Google’s John Mueller

On Thursday 23rd July 2015, EC Malta was proud to host an informal SEO / Webmaster meetup with Mr John Mueller, Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google. It all started when Mr Mueller posted this message on his Google Plus profile: Any webmasters / SEOs in Malta interested in meeting for a coffee / chat next week? I have a bit of time on Wednesday or Thursday and thought it would be a fun change to meet up in Sliema or Valletta for a coffee and Webmaster / Google Web search chat. Drop me a note if you’re interested! The message was picked up by renowned SEO blog Search Engine Round Table, which ran a post on 20th July stating that: “Malta is one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries, being 122 square miles and with a population of under 450,000. Not only that, Valletta, which at 0.8 km2, is the smallest national capital in the European Union. John should try posting something like this in New York City or San Francisco. :)” Invitations started pouring in and it soon became clear that a larger venue would be needed to accommodate everyone – that’s when EC Malta stepped in and offered to host the event for free at its school in St. Julian’s. More than 30 Professionals from the iGaming, Software, Digital Marketing, Medical, and Photography industries attended the event. Questions varied from current issues like Google Panda & Google Penguin updates; Google Analytics and Google Search Console; Ranking Factors; Back Links and Social Media for SEO – to what Google has in store in the near/distant future! EC Malta SEO Luciano Borg commented on how it’s not every day that a Google Analyst visits Malta and sends out an open invitation to meet up and discuss Google … Read more

New Letter in the English Alphabet

Addressing complaints that the English language is ‘too complicated’, the IBMEL (International Board for the Management of the English Language) has announced that a new letter will be added to the English alphabet. The letter, as seen in the picture, is pronounced ‘sh’ and will replace the use of ‘sh’ in words like sheet, shop, wish and wash. It will also replace ‘ch’ in words like machine and champagne. This news has come in a bid to make the English language simpler and more accessible to speakers of other languages. IBMEL chairwoman Miss P. Culiar said: “The introduction of this new character has been under discussion for ten years and I am proud to finally introduce this to the world.” It has also faced a lot of criticism, with people stating that it is just a way to sell updated dictionaries and publish re-written versions of popular novels and classic literature. The new letter will officially enter the vernacular one year from now, on 1st April 2016. In the meantime, users of English may use the letter as we start to phase out the use of ‘sh’. Until QWERTY keyboards are updated the shortcut ‘alt + S + H’ may be used. More details to follow.

Opening soon: New EC Cape Town

Hello EC fans and students, We have news for you! EC Cape Town will be moving to a better, more central location on the 30th March 2015! The school will be found on the first floor of a newly-refurbished building in Foreshore, just minutes from the Waterfront and City Centre. With panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain, the new school is stunningly located in the heart of the ‘Mother City’, and surrounded by beautiful state-of-the-art buildings, one of which received a four green star rating in 2014, an African first. Numerous cosmopolitan restaurants can be found close by and the very trendy Long Street is only one block away. The new school will offer the following facilities: 12 modern classrooms, equipped with interactive whiteboards A large library 10 student computers Wi-Fi access throughout the centre Large reception/student lounge We look forward to welcoming you to the all-new EC Cape Town! Want to learn English with us at EC Cape Town? [hs_action id=”1015″] [hs_action id=”943″]