My first day at EC Covent Garden English School was fantastic, there were a lot of people from different countries. Seeing all these people together makes one realise that English is the world language!” It’s possible to talk with who you want. The school team was professional and respectable and if you have difficulty in speaking fluently, they consider your level and your goals. I appreciate each person working there. Thanks to all my colleagues (general and business class), teachers (John, Adam, Matt..) and staff, the environment at school is like feeling almost at home. The first day, everybody was nervous, anxious. It’s the beginning of a new journey… I would just like to make a suggestion about the first day, the test applied could be separated into groups. You can listen better to each student calmly. Camila (Brazilian)
We chose this Covent Garden destination because London is very attractive for us. We wanted to improve our grammar vocabulary and language skills. In our estimation, we have improved our capabilities by 20%, through many conversations with other students at this school, we could expand our language skills. We were particularly impressed by the young dynamic teachers whose great dedication was evident and we loved the teamwork. We were in a home with a very nice and friendly family. We will recommend this school to our friends and family. Our new friends come from: Brazil, France, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Colombia, Japan, Switzerland and Germany. The EC Staff were all young, friendly and dynamic at all times and also very committed. These 2 weeks have been very instructive for us and very effective. Axel and Uwe – (Germany) === Find out more about EC’s General English Courses for Adults.
In our free writing class last week, our students learned how to write a story to describe a childhood memory. One of our Italian students wrote about her experience when she was 9 years old… The Mimosa Club Memories I’d like to share a particular memory about my childhood, I can surely say that it was one of my favourite school memories and it’s about my break time at school. I was more or less 9/10 years old and I was at primary school, we used to have a break after our lunch time and we would spend it in the school playground. What’s more, every day we used to play a sort of theatre drama, we’ve created a real club and I was the boss, it was called The Mimosa Club. What happened was this, in springtime we used to celebrate a huge mimosa tree, which was in a corner of the garden, during his flowering, just like a goddess. Also, each person had their own job: there were some girls who kept clean the ground around the tree and others who sang songs for our goddess. Finally, I used to be the main singer and everybody would repeat after me the song words. I clearly remember those play moments because they were some of our daily favourite moments at school! Chiara Politi (Italian) – General English, High Intermediate 1DB
I decided to study English at EC Covent Garden, because they have a special class for people over 30 years of age. I met a lot of people of different nationalities and backgrounds and the atmosphere of the classes is calm and suitable for adults. The teachers and staff here are friendly and helpful. I used to have lunch at the nice café in the school and they offer a variety of excellent social programmes after class and over the weekend, so I could get ample opportunities to be exposed to English. I would like to recommend EC for a great experience in London even if you have just one week!!! Yuko (Japanese)
I’d like to tell you about my great time at EC London 30+. I finished my 16 weeks course on 28 Mar 2014. I was afraid of learning with young students. That’s why I chose EC Covent Garden 30+. And it was the one of the best choice that I’ve ever done. There are many great teachers, kind employees, best management of everything and the atmosphere is very fine. Many teachers who have worked with me were very professional and efficient. We did really interesting activities during our lesson and could gain such a good achievement. They were always willing to help and listen to me and it was very helpful. I think it couldn’t be better. I deeply appreciate for their kind attention. Furthermore, EC Covent 30+ is in Holborn where is good place to learn English. It is a very centre of London. There are many places to see like National Museum, many theaters and many shops. I’m sure it’s impossible that you feel bored. Also, I was able to make many dear friends from many countries. It was a very happy experience that I couldn’t picture for me. I hope that I can keep all of these in my mind. If I went to abroad to study again, I definitely would go back EC Covent Garden 30+. Nayoung (Korean) === Find out more about EC’s Intensive English Courses for Adults
Hello folks! So, yesterday was April Fools’ Day in the UK, the only day of the year when you are allowed to play a trick on someone! Did you play a trick on anyone or were you the Fool?! Some of our classes at our 30+ language school yesterday learned about this special day. What is April Fools’ Day? On the 1st April we have April Fools’ Day, sometimes called All Fools’ Day and has been popular since medieval times. Every year we play practical jokes or hoaxes on one another, and children are especially excited by this day. Here in the UK an April fool joke is revealed by shouting “April fool!” at the recipient, who then becomes the “fool”. In Scotland, April Fools’ Day is traditionally called Hunt-the-Gowk Day (“gowk” is Scottish for a cuckoo or a foolish person). In France or Belgium and French speaking countries, in general it is a kind of a tradition to stick a paper cut-out of a fish on a person’s back without being noticed. In these countries they call it a “poisson d’avril”, literally meaning: “April Fish”. On the 1st April 1572, Dutch rebels captured the town of Den Briel from Spanish troops led by Lord Alva. This military success eventually led to the independence of the Netherlands from Spain. A Dutch rhyme saying goes: “On the 1st April – Verloor Alva zijn Bril.” This translates to: “On the 1st April – Alva lost his glasses”. “Bril” means glasses in Dutch, but is also a pun on the name of the town, Den Briel. According to Dutch legend, the tradition of playing pranks on the 1st April arose to commemorate the victory in Den Briel and humiliation of the Spanish commander. Here are some of our favourite pranks… 1980: The BBC reported that …