Future Tenses

  This week one of our teachers taught our  Grammar In Contexts 1 class how to use different future tenses. The lesson started with every students being given a new celebrity identity… Here are some examples – Angelina Jolie, Jamie Oliver, Barack Obama and Richard Branson! The students had to keep their new identities secret and then discuss the following questions with their partner: What are your plans for tonight? What are you doing this summer? What are your arrangements for next weekend? Their partner had to listen to what they said and guess their secret identity! The teacher told the class about a phone call she had received, her friend had invited her to a party! The first time they listened they had to decide of it would be a good party or not! The students listened again and then they were asked to write down 4 different grammatical structures that the teacher’s friend used in the message to talk about the future. Here they are – Present continuous ( for future arrangements) Going to +infinitive Will/ won’t + infinitive Might + infinitive The class then analysed the language, they looked at the differences in meaning and discussed when to use each one. Then the class looked at how to say them. They listened to sentences from the voicemail and found contractions like ‘she’s’ in ‘ she is definitely going to come’ and the weak pronunciation of ‘going to’ which is said /gənə/. The class then practised saying the sentences, repeating after the teacher to sound more natural. At the end of the lesson students had the opportunity to practise the language some more. They used the new language to talk about the future plans of their secret identities from the beginning of the lesson. Then they got together in … Read more

A Life of Pies

I’m not sure if anyone eats more pies per person than the British – or the Scottish, but we here in the UK certainly love a bit of meat in pastry or potato. But now autumn is arriving and the mornings are getting cold, where are best places near EC London 30+ to get your hands on a hot, crusty, flaky, pastry-covered mouthful of meat? My favourite pie shop (near to EC London 30+) is the Newman Arms, just north of Oxford Street  – and it seems Time Out agrees in its TOP FIVE PIE RESTAURANTS IN LONDON! But what is a pasty? What is the difference between a ‘Shepherd’s pie’ and a ‘Cottage pie’? – here are a couple of examples to whet your appetite… SHEPHERD’S PIE & COTTAGE PIE The Daily Mail did a survey a couple of years ago to find that Shepherd’s pie is the most popular winter dish in the UK. It is made with lamb (‘shepherd’s’) or beef (‘cottage’) with sauce covered with mashed potato. Mmmmm. HISTORY: Potatoes became popular as a food of the poor in the 1700s in the UK – the word ‘cottage’ (a small house for a rural worker) became associated with the dish. Originally, cottage pie used leftover roasted meat of any kind, inside a mashed potato ‘envelope’ INTERESTING LANGUAGE FACT: It was only in 1877 that the term ‘shepherd’s pie’ was first used for a lamb pie, separately from the beef based ‘cottage’ pie. AROUND THE WORLD : In Argentina and Chile a similar dish is called “pastel de papa” or “pastel de carne”. The Chilean version includes minced meat, minced and fried onions, black olives, raisins and hard-boiled eggs. In France, “hachis Parmentier”. In Russia, “Картофельная запеканка”. In Portugal, “Empanada”, with two layers of mashed potatoes and a layer … Read more

I am proud to have worked at EC

Working as Intern in EC Covent Garden 30+ has been an amazing experience. I was delighted to work with in a team who live for their job with passion and involvement. To work every day with the staff, the teachers and the students was really enthusiastic and I thank each one of them for the attention they gave me. In EC, I discovered how an English company works and how they create dynamics in daily life. It was also an amazing opportunity to be immersed in the English culture and to improve my English a little bit more each day. EC Covent Garden 30+ really knows how to provide both a professional teaching and a familiar atmosphere for the students in the same time. The school is continuing to share the knowledge from amazing teachers and the staff is involved in making to make the students comfortable and happy every day. I am proud to have worked in EC Covent Garden 30+ and wish the best to this school which gave me the wonderful opportunity to live this experience. Clement Domeizal