A Piece of London Art, by artist, Luis Ignacio Bottaro Paez Pumar

At EC London, we take pride in our wall decorations. We have some wonderful London designs and landscapes, and we were a little nervous when Daniel, our Assistant Director of Studies, proposed that one of his students do a full-size graffiti wall in our main student lounge. Luckily, that student was Luis Ignacio Bottaro Paez Pumar, from Venezuela, who has been having a great EC experience staying with a London Homestay and studying towards his CPE course. Luis started his research in January into the skyline and architecture of London, and in no time at all came up with a proposal for his design. A few minor adjustments were made, and Luis came in last weekend, and spray painted our beloved student lounge wall. Needless the say, the results are stunning. The design features London landmarks, features of the Skyline, the Shard, Wembley Stadium, the British Museum, Camden Market, the Walkie-Talkie Tower, the Tower Bridge, and the brightly coloured London townhouses and blocks have brightened up the whole room. We have had amazing feedback from students, staff and even some of our VIP visitors who come through the school. Luis – you have made a great piece of art and you have left a wonderful legacy on EC London: it will be enjoyed and admired for many, many years to come. Thank you!! If you would like to study English at EC London 30+, please get in contact with us at london30plus@ecenglish.com for more information or have a look at some of our courses we offer. We offer a wide range of Adult English Classes in London.

Valentine’s Day at EC London 30+

Hello everyone, today we are celebrating Valentine’s Day at EC London 30+! There are heart-shaped garlands and balloons and love is definitely in the air! Our interns Tony,Victor and Ida were preparing for today by helping us blow up our lovely heart-shaped balloons.   Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your country? Do you send flowers, cards or chocolates? Here’s a little more about the romantic day we all celebrate: Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on the 14th February. It originated as a Western Christian feast day by honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although note it is not a public holiday in any country. The 14th February became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine’s Malady). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The ‘Day of Love’ is celebrated all over the world – have a look at this article about the Top 10 Valentine’s Day Celebrations around the World. Interesting read! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! At EC London 30+ we offer many English Classes for Adults … Read more

London is my Favourite Town, by Beate

Beate spent 2 weeks with us at EC London 30+ and tells us a little bit about her time and also a little advice too!   I spent 2 weeks at EC London 30+ and I did 2 weeks in April his year. I recommend EC to a friend because the school is rather small, classes are not more than 12 pupils teachers do a very good job. They are different but all well prepared. The pupils come from all over the world and it’s interesting to talk and discus from the sight of different cultures. London is my absolute favourite town. I visited it for about 12 time. I’d like to extend the coporate design “orange” and give a bag to every pupil at the first day, including a file, a writing pad and pen, then put a hole puncher in every classroom that everyone can put the notes from the course in the file at once to have not a heap paper in the bag. The students will take these things in their home-country, remember the name of your school for a longer term and perhaps recommend EC more often. Perhaps install a wall where pupils can ask for accompaniment. Many arrange for activities but some are shy. My favourite hang out in the evening is pub. The best thing to do at the weekend is explore the city and outskirts, visit markets, take a coffee and watch people, shopping, make a picknick in a park, etc.. I did 2 weeks in April this year and I’ll come back next year.   If you are interested in studying English in London, check out our website for courses which we offer.

Elodie’s testimonial about EC London 30+

I decided to study at EC because I have 44 years and there are special courses for people under 30+. The school is fantastic, very clear, very well equipped and teachers and courses are very serious and professional but never boring :). My most unforgettable memory of EC is the FRIENDLINESS OF THE STAFF ! They helped me and found solutions to all my problems with my host family while I had not booked with them ! A special thank you to Saïma, Giulia and also Chris and Filipa. I would recommend this school for young and older and it is the first time that I am at school and I didn’t want holidays. In the evenings I like to drink a beer at the pub near the residence, and walking in London.   Elodie from France.     If you are looking for a great experience in London while learning English, please check out our website.

The wonderful charity project of the Global Career Development class

That happens at EC London!!! The Global Career Development students has done a great project and they need the help of everyone to make it happen! This project is about showing love to the homeless people in London this Valentine’s Day. With your help, they will be giving them each a drawstring bag containing 5 essential items – a toothbrush, a tube of toothpaste, wipes, a woolly hat and a granola bar. We need your help to fill 100 bags by donating any item you wish (these items can be found at any local supermarket), or by making a donation of money to buy the items themselves. There are 2 sets of donation boxes, which are located in the 30+ reception area and in the under 30’s study area. The money donation box is in the main reception area.  The deadline for collecting the items is Friday 10th February. They are also looking for volunteers to help them give out the bags on Valentine’s Day. There will be 2 groups on the 14th February: – Group 1 will be from 10am-12pm (South & East London) – Group 2 will be from 6pm-8pm (North & West London) If any students would like to volunteer, please email Tanzeem (tanzeemparkar@ecenglish.com) or speak to her in the teacher’s room. For any more information on the project, please speak to Tanzeem or the staff at reception. Thank you!!!            If you are interested in English lessons for adults in London, please check out our website.