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Summer Festivals

The summer can be a wonderful time to study English. There are many traditional summer events in Britain –the Wimbledon tennis tournament, the Notting Hill carnival, cricket at Lord’s- but one of the most recent and popular traditions is the summer music festival. It all started in the late ‘60s on the Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. The festival was a mix of music and hippy-ness and featured such iconic acts as The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and The Doors. By 1970 an estimated 600,000 people attended the festival, causing the government to ban it due to safety concerns. Since then the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts has become the biggest and best of an ever-growing number of similar summer events. It’s held every year in a little village in the west of England and regularly attracts 150,000 people. Festival-goers camp on the site and party for three or four days, watching the biggest bands around during the day and raving in the dance tents or chilling-out around camp fires at night. All of this is great fun when the sun is shining. However, this is Britain and just occasionally the summers can be rather wet and when it rains at Glastonbury, things get very muddy, very quickly! This doesn’t seem to put people off. In fact, wallowing in the mud at Glastonbury has become a new tradition in itself. Some people say you haven’t really done Glastonbury until you’ve done it in the rain. Have a look at the photo and decide for yourself!  

A student studying English at EC LONDON 30+

The Big New Move – New office

Studying English just got even better at EC LONDON 30+ The big move to our new Euston office took place this month and what excitement for all. The new building has been praised for its smart classrooms, great technology, social reception and beautiful views. Studying English at EC just got even better! Students and teachers alike have been exploring the new area since the move. From the vibrant markets in Camden Town to the quiet stamp collection at the British Library. This part of town has something on offer for everybody. Regents Park with its rose garden and London Zoo are only a short walk away. Bars, pubs and music venues are abundant; studying English isn’t the only thing you can do in Euston. Eateries and restaurants are numerous and the close proximity to the station and transport links has reduced travel times for many.   So, if you’re thinking about studying English in London, come along and check out our new facilities at EC LONDON 30+.    

A student watching TV and learning English at EC LONDON 30+

Is watching English TV good for learning English?

The answer is yes! Believe it or not, you can learn a lot from watching TV In English. Watching soaps in English can provide you with lots of slang and English expressions. If you’re interested in politics, watch the current affairs programmes for up to date understanding of British politics and news. Or simply tune in to BBC iPlayer to see what’s popular at the moment and learn something new about English culture. If you prefer a boxset there’s no better way of getting swept away into English and seeing how much more you understand after episode 10 compared with episode 1. You may really surprise yourself! If you prefer the movies then head to the cinema. Most cinemas have a showing with subtitles once a week for the deaf community so if you’re nervous about watching a film without subtitles then book in for one of those screenings. That reminds me… students often ask if it’s better to watch films with or without subtitles. The answer? Both! I recommend watching films in English with the subtitles on so that you can see all those grammar structures you’re learning about in use. Then switch of the subtitles and see how much you can follow. And if you’re watching a film with a friend don’t forget to chat in English as you watch: ‘pass the popcorn!’ Whatever you like to watch the most important thing is that you sit back and enjoy. Learning English should be a fun activity and it’s amazing how much more we can learn when we’re relaxed.   Check out why you should choose EC for all your language learning needs.

A week in London to learn English

  I’m Lewis; I’m seventeen years old and live in a town called Brighouse in the North of England, close to Manchester and Leeds, four hours on the train from London! I’m currently studying: Maths, Physics, French and Music at Greenhead College in Huddersfield. I’m here at EC Language learning School, London for the week on a ‘work placement’. Once a week every year after our exams in the summer, my college organise compulsory projects or work placements for all students. It’s great fun and hard work. I was luckily chosen by my French teacher to come down to London and spend a week with the team here at EC. In the north we don’t have anything like the ‘Tube’ system so there’s been plenty of confusion regarding getting 30 students to work! We’re all staying in Mile End, seven stops east from Oxford Circus on the Central Line. My experiences with languages so far have been rather dry, in the sense that I have been through the traditional route of language learning through school and college, with lots and lots of brain zapping grammar, buckets of vocabulary and literally hundreds of essays! This can be, as I’m sure you’re aware, a little tedious and monotonous but nonetheless tremendously important. These fundamental groundings of grammar and vocabulary are the foundations of languages and how we communicate with others. It also happens, unfortunately, to be the aspect that puts certain people off learning to communicate in a foreign language. This doesn’t, however apply solely to language learning. I myself am a pianist and just like everything, it takes time, passion and patience… lots of it! Music is a huge passion of mine. I have taught myself piano since the age of seven! Over the last ten years I have, of course, seen … Read more

Student work – EC LONDON 30+

One of our lovely students, Pia, studying at EC LONDON 30+ decided she wanted to do some extra writing outside of her usual class time as she is preparing for an exam in the future. We sat down and I directed her towards some self-study books. After just a few days, she came back to me with the following article, which I was so impressed with, I decided to put up on our blog for you guys to read. Thank you very much, Pia, for allowing us to share your work and well done.   With music – a new awareness of life It’s important to have something that the mental and morale healthy balance, isn’t it? For me, definitely yes! I play the saxophone…  that and music are my soul doctors. The beginning: It was Saturday and my son had to complete a musical instrument parcours. All my effort for trying the saxophone collapsed. I was so disappointed because I like the lovely sound the music makes. My son preferred the “Schwyzeroergeli” a traditional Swiss folk instrument. I don’ like this kind of music, but his eyes twinkled and he loved to play it. I unwillingly accepted his decision. On the same day, the music/saxophone teacher, asked me to try the saxophone. At first I thought, “It’s impossible to learn a musical instrument as an adult, but after my first music lesson I was sure… I will! Now this was 5 years ago… I love to play the saxophone. If I feel unhappy, exhausted or unsatisfied I play the saxophone and I know through music everything is going to be alright.   If you’re thinking about taking an exam course or about an English course for adults in London, check out these links for more information.

London Markets

Learning English is not just about what happens in the classroom. Of course it’s important to come to your lessons but it’s also about what you do with the wide variety of vocab, grammar and expressions you are exposed to. Speaking outside in the real world ( the vibrant city of London for our EC 30+ students), is essential for you to improve and here at EC London we have loads of suggestions for you. For example if you are a ‘foodie’, that’s someone who enjoys good food, why not take a trip to one of London’s many tasty food markets. Here you will find stalls selling local produce from all over the city and neighbouring towns. You can speak to the farmers themselves and learn all about the produce and traditional cooking. It’s the perfect place to practice speaking to native speakers whilst enjoying delicious food too! Learning English can be a wonderful, delicious experience if you let it.     Check out our website for more information if you’re interested in visiting London’s many attractions and learning English on one of our English course for adults in London.

‘Life in the classroom can be scary… but in a good way.’

  Students often say their first day in the classroom was a little scary. This is mainly because we throw you in the deep end. Right from the start you speak English only and join in with students who have been at the school perhaps for a week or two or even longer before you. We find by mixing the classes like this your fellow students are able to share their experiences with you. It may be a challenge on day 1 but within the week you are as much a part of the group as those who have been with us the longest.  Here’s what Carolina had to say about starting life at EC.   In the begin, I didn’t know too much about the way of life in London, I confess I was so nervous, to change my routine, my home, my life. I remember my first day in EC, I found friends immediately, but the lessons wasn’t easy. I was so frustrated, I remember that I had to talk with David because I thought he’d mistakenly put me in pre-intermediate level. It seemed too high. When your brain starts working, it’s like running a marathon every day, i don’t know how i did it, hovewer it’s possible, and it has been a wonderful experience going through the learning process and today be able to tell you my experience in english! I recommend EC 30+ London for all the people who want to learn english, here you’ll find good friends, an amazing city full of great expericences and a professional team of teachers always ready to help you! So don’t worry if your first day feels hard. Learning English may be as Carolina ‘like running a marathon’ but just as with running, it gets easier and easier every … Read more

Carolina Ramirez at EC London 30+

Carolina arived at EC London 30+ the 9th May, and she was studying in our school for 12 weeks. We’re really going to miss her but she has very kindly agreed to share her experience of EC LONDON 30+ with you. She began at pre-intermediate and in just 12 short weeks she managed to reach upper intermediate, which is amazing progress. Well done, Carolina, we’re all very proud of you. Thank you and good luck with everything.     At the begin, i didn’t know to much about the way of life in London, i confess i was so nervous, to change my routine, my home my life. I came EC through my agency in Colombia, i choose this school, because it was for older people, wich doesn’t mean we are old people!, just the idea to share my learning with teenager got on my nerves so i took the challenge and came here, in spite of united states is closer to me, and here found an amazing place, full of new people with diferents experinces from a lot of beatiful countries. I haven’t had a lot of experience about english schools, this is my first experience, but i can say not just talking about quality, which is hight, that the environment is kindness, profesional and fun as well. I recomend EC London 30+ for all the people who want to learn english, here you’ll find good friends, an amazing city full of great expericences to do and a profesional team of teachers always ready to help you! I have still plenty to learn, but i’m sure my improvement has been successful. Carolina Ramirez, Colombian We can see Carolina enjoying with her classmates in her Intensive lessons, Everyday English.    If you’re thinking about studying English in the future, check out our … Read more

Making friends at EC!

One of the perks of teaching English on our adult English courses here at EC 30+ is hearing what students  have to say both past and present. I was very happy to hear from an ex student Janpen this week and she has kindly allowed me to share this bit of news from her. Last year, I went to Europe again to visit my friends from EC who were students in the same class. I started by visiting Luigi in southern Italy and Valentina in Rome and then I went to Switzerland, Luxembourg, France and Bacelona. I had a lovely dinner with  Anges in Paris. Everyone are fine and we all miss you. You were always a good teacher for us and some of the friends I made came to visit me in Bangkok too in the winter. It was a fantastic time in my life. Friends you make on adult English courses aren’t just for the time you are there, it can also be the beginning of something really special. Not only does your English improve but you will share experiences with people from all over the world and perhaps, like Janpen, have the opportunity to meet these people again.   If you’re studying English for work, you might also make some valuable business contacts as well as friends.

Grammar blogs: Reported Speech – What did he say?

  If you’re studying English, I’m  sure you’ll have come up against reported speech. It can be quite confusing for new students. Well, in an effort to help you to understand it, one of our teachers has kindly put together a blog explaining the general rules of direct and indirect (reported) speech.   When we want to say what someone else has said we can use direct speech, with “quotation marks”:   “I work in a supermarket”   Or we can use reported speech:   He said he worked in a supermarket   In reported speech we often make changes to show distance from the original conversation. It is usually verb tenses, pronouns and time references that change.   Compare these two sentences: He said “my friend is going on holiday tomorrow”  (direct speech) He said his friend was going on holiday the next day (reported speech) In reported speech verbs usually move back a tense from the original: Direct Speech                                             Reported Speech Present Simple                                             Past Simple           “I live in London”                                          He said he lived in London Present Continuous                                     Past Continuous “I am living in London”                                He said he was living in London Present Perfect                                             Past Perfect “I have lived in London”                              He said he had lived in London Modal Verbs “I can sing”                                                    He said he could sing “I will buy some milk”                                   He said he would buy some milk If somebody says something that is still true now it is not necessary to move the verb tense back: “I am a doctor” She says she is a doctor If you’re studying English and want to find out more about reported speech and practise using it on our learn English website If you’re thinking about studying English in the future, check out our … Read more