I chose this destination because London has many interesting places I like it. For instance: museums, musical shows, historial places. During my stay here I learnt a lot of things about people, traditions and customs. I’ve found friendly and professional teacher with amazing skills to teach. I like everything about topics, listening and speaking lessons. In my opinion, EC Covent Garden is a good college for adult people that want to learn English. I think, I’ll remember this experience as one of the most beautiful of my life. Thanks, many thanks again. Testimonial by Zoraida (Spain) – Intensive English Please visit our website if you are interested in finding out more about Adult English Courses at EC Covent Garden.
I choose this destination because I needed to learn English and I wanted to visit others countries in Europe. I stayed alone in a flat and I have studied here for two months. I will recommend EC Covent Garden 30+ to my friends and I’m going to spend two weeks more in New York EC school. My favourite activities were with other students because I needed to talk English and I like to talk. For me, the best teachers are: Tina, John, Teresa and Matt but all teachers were very good. I loved the girls in the reception, the directors David and Suzie and I love the people in the restaurant. I never had a problem here, I’m very satisfied. Thank you! Janaina (Brazilian) If you are interested in studying English at EC Covent Garden, please click here to find out more.
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
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 …