EC London 30+ Testimonial-Ricardo Ecclefield

I am writing to tell you something about my life during these days in London.   This travel has been my first travel that I´ve done alone. I´d never been alone in my life before.   I am here, because my boss” suggested improving” my English as soon as possible. Fortunately, my wife and my children supported me.   I am going to be in the school for 6 weeks, and this is my 5th week in London. At the begging, I was very anxious, in a different country, with different language, without your family, for me it wasn´t easy. Fortunately, everything has gone well, I liked the school, the courses and definitely the teachers. I´ve had the opportunity to get to know new people and cultures. I´ve had the opportunity to walk a lot in London and I think is an amazing city. There are many things to do. I´ve visited many cities/towns in England, like Windsor, Brighton, Oxford, Milton Keynes, etc., all of them are pretty nice.   At the end of the week, my family is going to arrive here.  I´m going to continue studying while they are “making tourism”. After next week, we are going to take holidays for 2 weeks when I finish my course. We are going to Brugge, Paris, Zurich and Berlin. My children are very nervous, because they´ve never been in Europe.   As you can see, I am very happy with this experience, It has been a great opportunity.   Regards Ricardo Ecclefield

Pulling my socks up as an intern at EC London 30+

Being interested in learning English and more about British work culture, discovering the life in a huge English city and improving my language skills, I went off to discover lovely London for two months.   Why voluntarily moving away from thirty-degree constant weather to a changing clouded wet English place? It’s because one of the advantages of becoming an English teacher for secondary school students in Switzerland: It provides me with seven weeks in an English country. In order to do so, I decided coming to London and doing an internship at EC London 30+. And it was absolutely worthwhile!  But learning English wasn’t everything, the internship had not only helped me to improve my English, I also had the opportunity to benefit my teacher skills. What were my responsibilities? The first week I was mainly at the reception: Besides chatting with the student’s, answering their questions, I helped them feel comfortable in the school and booked their trips. Furthermore, I accomplished some academic tasks such as doing the teachers’ schedules, the students’ timetables or preparing the certificates. Several times I had the honour to give some free lessons, for example the conversational class or breakfast club. And not to forget – Besides trying understand David’s Irish accent, I benefited from being introduced to British music groups due to of Suzie’s amazing DJ skills. The icing on the cake? I very much liked my time at EC 30+ because the working atmosphere was fantastic. The internship gave me an insight how a language school works and is organised. What is more, throughout the conversations with teachers and class observations I was able to collect useful ideas for my future lessons. It was also interesting to see the differences between a regular school teacher and a teacher whose students change every … Read more