EC’s Online English Course – Student Review

Nina shares her experiences improving her English online with EC Virtual. My name is Nina; I am from Germany and I have planned to do this language trip since a very long time. I have done another language trip to Scotland once and it was a great experience. Therefore, I decided to do a further trip to refresh my English, especially my English for work skills, as I need them in my Recruiting – Job. I wanted to combine this with a trip out of Europe, new travel experience and a personal break from my everyday life. I also love nature and for all these reasons, EC in Toronto was an easy choice. When I arrived the COVID-19 pandemic had already arrived in Europe, but it seemed to be better in Canada and so there was no moment where I thought about cancelling it. However, the events came thick and fast with very similar actions in comparison to Germany. But before I could really get nervous about the consequences for me in person, I got the information from EC via social media that classes were supposed to be online. And here I am, enjoying the online English classes for two weeks now and feel really grateful for this. The teachers are awesome, classes are well prepared, the usage of Teams is easy going and even though I was not that bad in English before, I really see the progress. I like the mixture of grammar and practices to sound more fluent, the group discussions as well as the combination with the specific English for work part. There are so many topics and new ideas coming up, you would never talk about with your friends and of course, the mixture of the different nationalities does the rest. Even though I haven’t … Read more

C Oxford Teacher Spotlight: Agnieszka Gurbin

EC Oxford Teacher Spotlight: Agnieszka Gurbin

Choose to improve your English at EC Oxford and you could learn from Agnieszka, one of friendly teachers. Background information: I am originally from Poland, moving here around 4 years ago. I am a DELTA-qualified teacher, coach and lecturer. I hold a PhD in Polish humanities, an MA in English language and literature, a BA in linguistics and a Qualified Teacher Status accreditation. I also have coaching qualifications, which I obtained by finishing Postgraduate International Coaching Studies. I enjoy skiing, jazz music and I am quite the filmaholic. Years spent teaching: 11 years What made you decide to become a teacher? I originally saw a disparity in Poland between communities that had access to a higher level of education, and communities that struggled moving up on the social mobility ladder. I felt it was necessary to become involved to help level the dynamic. What’s the thing you love most about teaching English at EC? Apart from a great and friendly atmosphere at EC Oxford, there is this fantastic international mixture of students and staff, that makes you feel very welcome, this inspires me. There is also a strong support network and you are given the tools to become a better teacher. What makes teaching at EC so special? First of all, it is the people. There are fantastic and inspiring colleagues around me to draw positive energy from, there is friendly and supportive management, and the students are so enthusiastic about learning. Secondly, there is excellent state of the art technology to utilize. The school is beautiful and modern, and a pleasure to work in. Thirdly, there is plenty of opportunities for creativity, personal development and fun. For instance, In February 2017 I took part in a voluntary mission to Cambodia, which was one of the most rewarding experiences I … Read more