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My favourite places in London

Hey guys, I have been in London since July, already 5 months have gone. London is a wonderful city full of surprises and many things to see and visit. During this long period, I created a wish list with all my favourite places that I love – let’s go! My first favourite place Is Camden town, because it is a place that has never lost its attraction. The Market is open every day and they offer amazing meals. During the summer it is fun to share a meal with friends near the river. During the winter you can feel the real Christmas spirit with the street full of lights. In Camden there are different streets with big interesting drawings. Another beautiful place that I suggest are the main touristic streets for example Piccadilly, Oxford Street, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. They offer a lot of markets, cinemas, pubs and shops. All the 4 streets are also close to each other. Piccadilly and Leicester Square are famous for the cinemas, which are some of the largest in London. In fact, every week we have a cinema night. This week we watched Charlie’s Angels. It is funny action movie open to all the ages. Love it ? And to conclude I present you . . . Covent Garden. It is magic because it has a big square, and it is 2 minutes from the station, it has different luxurious shops. But I prefer to visit the less crowded streets, in fact one of the best of this city is Neal’s Yard. It is a small alley and I love it because there is my favourite pizza restaurant the Homeslice Neal’s Yard, and around there are different wineries and many original decorations, that place transmits happiness’. I’m going to miss this city but … Read more

New intern at EC London 30+

Hi, I am Deanna, I’m 23 years old and I’m a student. I come from the State Tourism and Hotel Management School Switzerland.  I’m here at EC London +30 to do an internship, it is an experience that is helping me to improve my professional skills and the use of the language. In the past I worked in many sectors like welfare, administration, accountancy and soon on. And now I begin my adventure in tourism. I started to love travel and everything that it represents when I was a child. I remember my first solo trip, I went to Germany to learn the language, it was an experience that permitted me to grow mentally. I am a bit of an introverted person, but the team of EC are very helpful and friendly, and I hope to learn all that I can from them. After my internship I have already “organised” my possible next destination, it will be Scandinavia, and my dream is to visit all the cold nations by boat with my family, the problem is that they don’t like the cold, but I’m sure I can convince them ?. Something about me: clearly, I love travel, but my main difficulty is that I need to organise everything in minimum details, and consequently I can’t live the experience 100%. But on the other hand, I am a person dynamic and I need to have something to do, I can’t stay still. In fact, one of my favourite sports activities is walking. When I’m alone or bored I take my bottle of water and I go around. While during my typical Sunday I like to draw, I’m not a real artist but that relax me. Thanks for reading, Deanna ?   Ready for this adventure EC London 30+

EC London 30+ One Weeker student

Hi guys! Elora speaking from the EC London 30+ team. Last Friday I interviewed Marie, a one weeker +30 student from France. Let’s see what she has to say about her week in London. Hi Marie! So, let’s begin. Where are you from? I am from a small village under Paris, in the South. Why do you want to learn English? Well, I love the language and the British literature. I also wanted to learn in order to travel in English speaking countries with my family. Also, I own a campsite in France and I have a lot of clients speaking English. So, I thought it could be great to learn the language in order to speak better with them. Why London? Coming in London has always been a dream. It’s a beautiful city! And I was interested about the different customs that people have here so I chose to come around and feed my curiosity! And why EC London? Well, I have a friend called Marie Manguy, an English teacher in France, who told me that EC London was a great school. So, I just followed her advice… and here I am! What do you think about the school and the classes? The school is very good. All the teachers are nice and I enjoyed classes where we used authentic resources (for example: Youtube, Radio, Internet…) The level was perfect, not too simple or too hard. And I had an international group in my class, so I spoke with a lot of people coming from all around the world! Also, the school has a good situation. It’s in Central London and just 1-minute walking from Euston Station. It’s good when you want to visit the city after classes! Do you think your English is better after this week here? … Read more

An interview of Lisiê, a 30+ student

Hi, this is Elora from EC London 30+. Let me introduce one of our student and her story. Lisiê, a 30+ student, is from Brazil but before coming to London, she spent a few days in Portugal with her sister. She used to travel a lot, from the US to Europe for instance. “I love to travel! So, since I like the British culture and want to improve my English, I chose to go to London” she said. Unfortunately, she faced some issues when she arrived in the UK. “There was a misunderstanding and I was really nervous. I didn’t know what to do.” It’s true that being alone in a country you don’t know can be sometimes difficult. But no matter what the problem is, the school will help any students who is in trouble. Luckily, Alex managed to help her and the problem was solved in 2-3 days. “Alex was so nice to me, and super efficient. She was very patient and she reassured me. At the end, my problem was quickly resolved with the help of the staff.” Today, Lisiê’s problem is solved and she is relieved. “The school was perfect in helping me with my problem” she said. “Now I can enjoy my English classes without worrying about anything so again, thank you very much guys!” Lisiê has a pre-advanced level and she seems to be very happy with her classes. “The level is perfect, neither too simple nor too difficult”. When she was in Brazil, she had a pre-intermediate level and with private classes and the English workshop, she quickly improved her level. “I want to do my best here and I look forward to improve more and more my English” she concluded. And of course, we wish her all the best!

From France to London

Hi! I am Elora, a 20 years old student coming from the University of Strasbourg in France. I am doing an internship in EC London in order to finish my Applied Foreign Languages degree and after many struggles and hesitations, I am well settled and ready to begin a new life in London! My boyfriend is also coming with me and will work at the Apple Store of Brent Cross, starting in the middle of May. Since he must end his job contract in France at first, I managed to find a flat alone in Hendon, for us and our pet rats. This was quite difficult since the rental apartment market is crazy in London! But in 4 days of viewings, I found a nice and cosy flat in a residential neighbourhood. Before coming in London, I studied English and Japanese languages in Strasbourg and did several students jobs in restaurants or as a babysitter. Last summer, I also travelled to Japan alone and it was my first trip outside of Europe. It was also the best trip I ever did. I met a lot of people and went to a lot of places both in cities and in the countryside of the country. This is at this moment that I decided to live in another country than France because I wanted to discover the world. So, since the United Kingdom is not too far away from France, my boyfriend and I decided to go to London in order to become bilingual and start a new life abroad. So far, I love working at EC London It is a place where I can meet a lot of people from different areas of the world and all the staff is amazing. I am here for 5 months and I look forward to … Read more

Westminster Tour

Hello to all my dear EC London 30+ students and to all of our readers! On the 1st of April, EC London 30+ had the great pleasure of offering to the students a new activity: “Westminster Tour”. Once again, this activity was a way for our students to learn more about the UK. As well as acquiring English vocabulary and strengthening bonds between students. At 6:30 pm, students and EC London staff met the guide Karan, at Parliament Square. As a first step, Karan introduced himself so did each student. After that, we got an introduction of the surrounding buildings and their main functions. The Parliament Square Garden was overcrowded with protesters and reporters due to the controversial Brexit. After some pictures of the outside of parliament, we finally entered in the heart of UK’s legislature: the Houses of Parliament! Unfortunately, we were not able to get into the House of Common due to an incident that happened a few minutes before. However, we got the privilege to enter the House of Lords and attend a debate. MPs were debating on Brexit, more precisely about Brexit and Erasmus. In this hectic and uncertain governmental period, both staff and students were able to get a sneak peek of the behind the scenes. If you would like as well to Learn English Abroad and take part in this unique adventure, EC London 30+ is undoubtedly the place to be.

New intern at EC London 30+

My name is Myriam, I am French and I come from Grenoble. I am studying Foreign Languages Applied to Business and for my 3rd and last year of my degree I decided to go abroad, more precisely to London, the city of Queen Elizabeth. I am currently working as an intern in EC London 30+ reception. My main tasks are to welcome new students and help them out if they have any concerns. Moreover EC London 30+ offers manifold activities to the students and that is why part of my job includes promoting those events and updating the official websites of EC London. The people working in EC London are all very nice and mindful, as for the working environment it is very welcoming. Some of the new students struggle a lot with English when they first come, but the EC London 30+ team is a multicultural team so do not worry, you’ll always find someone who speaks your language. I have chosen to do my internship in Great Britain because I wanted to improve my English and discover a new city. When I first arrived to London, the first thing that disrupted me were cars and buses riding on the left side of the road ! Maybe I’ll get used to this with time, who knows … Today is my first week in London and I did not get the time to visit a lot (expect from the underground obviously). Despite that I am determined to visit every street corner of LONDON! Other languages: French, Spanish, Arabic. Favourite movies: Harry Potter, The Green Mile. Favourite singers: Sam Cooke, Jorja Smith, Joy Crookes, Etta James. Would you also like to experience this journey ? Then let’s join us and Learn English in London !

Our new intern in the EC London 30+ reception

We would like to introduce our new intern in the 30 + reception in London: My name is Linn Hidfors and I am the new intern in the 30+ reception. I am from Sweden, Gothenburg, where I am doing my last year of school. In Sweden I am studying Economics focused on business. The program that I am doing is also offering seven weeks of internship abroad, this is an EU project called Erasmus +. I applied for the internship and here I am in London now until the end of February. When I applied for the internship I wanted to work in an English-speaking country. In addition, I wanted a challenge. Therefore, London was the perfect place for me: A huge city with a lot of people. I come from a big city in Sweden, but I still got shocked with how many people are wandering around in London. I wanted to know what it was like to live in such a huge city with over 8 million citizens. It has been three weeks of my period here and I love London as a city. Additionally, I really enjoy my job here at EC London. The classrooms are nice and the location of the school is central. My co-workers are amazing and the same goes for all the students! Quick questions and answers about Linn: Other languages: Swedish and a bit of Spanish. Hobbies: I love working out as well as spending time with my friends! Favourite series: My favourite series is Friends. It is so fun, love it. Favourite food: I love tacos! Favourite spot in London: Probably somewhere with a good view of London, such as the Shard, Sky Garden and the restaurant Duck & Waffle. I would highly recommend Learning English in London at the 30+ school. Come and have fun with us along … Read more

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Dinner Club After English Class In London

      Not only does EC offer English lessons for adults in London, we also offer dinner club as part of our social program. Dinner club is a great way to meet other students, learn about other cultures, and try different food. Last week the cuisine was traditional British food, and next week we will be going to a barbecue restaurant. After a long day of English class, dinner club is also a way to relax and unwind. Every week we pick a new restaurant for students to try. London has so many great restaurants with different foods from around the world. Other than trying delicious foods dinner club is also a great way to learn about other students and their cultures. Last week we had students from Korea, Japan, Turkey, and Taiwan. The students shared experiences from their country and got to learn about each other’s countries. Getting involved in social activities is always a good way to meet new people and practice your English. Dinner club is not the only social event we offer. We also have meditation, walking tours, and dance classes. If you would like to learn more about our weekly social events make sure you check our social calendar. If you are interested in dinner club and want to get involved in our English lessons for adults in London look at our website.

CELTA London: Innovative English Language Teaching

  Are you thinking about taking CELTA in London? Whether you are already teaching English as a second language (ESL) or considering doing so as an exciting new full/part-time career, EC Language Schools can offer you a rewarding professional development experience. English is by far the fastest growing language worldwide. At any given time over half a billion people from China to Chile are seeking to learn English as the preferred second language. The demand for CELTA qualified teachers continues to grow. Language schools in countries around the globe need well trained teachers. The CELTA certification developed by Cambridge University is the most recognized and respected qualification available for both current and future teachers. EC Language Schools, at their flagship school in central London will be offering the 4 week course from Monday October 8, 2018. Classes are small. You will have the opportunity to learn, work with and socially interact with other like minded teachers. You will also experience and major language school in full operation with students from over 40 countries engaging daily with each other and their teachers. It’s a dynamic and fun environment. You’ll meet new friends and you’ll learn the most up to date teaching methods from some of the best teacher trainers in the world. Guess what?  Don’t worry but you’ll be in front of an eager class of international students teaching before the end of your first week. That’s the CELTA way you learn not only basic language knowledge but also practical teaching skills with lots of real life experience from the beginning of the  program. CELTA will make you a better teacher no matter how much teaching experience you have. If you are just beginning this exciting chapter in your career, CELTA London will give you the best possible preparation to be successful. So come … Read more