TV Club with the Bloomsbury members

   The Bloomsbury Group is for students who stay in EC for 10 weeks or more.  We created this group to get students know each other from different levels, share their experiences and enjoy events. We want them to make lots of friends and feel comfortable at EC.  try organising a few events every month.   This time we had TV club that We enjoyed watching the series called ‘The Good Place.’ Students practiced their listening skills through the series. Chris had prepared some questions to check how much they understood and tell everyone about their opinions. Then, they talked each other, shared their thoughts and discussed it. They really liked this events. We would continue this event in nearly future.   If The Bloomsbury Group seems interesting for you as much as English lessons for adults, have a look at EC London school website.    

Let me introduce you to Takato, new 30+ Student Services Intern

Name: Takato Age: 25 Nationality: Japanese Mother tongue: Japanese Home: Sapporo in Japan Job at EC English School: 30+ Student Services Intern How long are you going to stay at EC? Until November Other languages: Japanese Hobbies: Doing sports, workout and watching films Family: I live with my parents in my city. Studies and future plans: I studied Economics and Sociolinguistics. My future plans are vague, but I want to live in Hawaii sometime. That is my goal. Favourite food: Cheeseburger Favourite place in London: I like St James`s park. What is your favourite serie? Santa Clarita Diet! This is so hilarious and cozy! What is your first impression of London? When I came here, I thought this place was crazy. I went to soho and I got surprised. I got used to this city now and everything is amazing. Why did you choose London? I came here as a student at first. When I was thinking about studying abroad, I watched some random English films, then I liked the way they talked. That is why I chose London.   I was also  a student at EC London, so If you are interested in English lessons for adults in London, please have a look at our website.

London’s Interactive Map

  There is so much to do and see in London, sometimes it is easy to get lost. Time Out has designed an interactive and cultural TFL map that lets you click on each tube station to see what’s going on in the area. This interactive map of Transport for London’s network shows more than 500 Time Out-recommended museums, galleries, street art and more near each station. It is a great way to see London from a new perspective. Time Out did a great job of compiling interesting places close to tube stations and creating a interactive map. If you have time to spare before class this map is a great way to explore London. Below are examples of how the map works. Click here to check out this interactive map!       Find out more about EC’s English lessons for adults in London.

The sound of “ schwa”, black belt and taste of marmite

Thomas testimonial and advice on how to keep your good level of English. How can I improve my English when I’m back home?   That was my last question during my hard work at EC London. The right answer was given to me by one of my four teacher’s over these 4 weeks. Every day I should invest 25 minutes in English practice listen and speaking exercises. I do this now with BBC 6 minutes English and watch series on Netflix. First watch and listen a short sequence without subtitles to trainee my understanding in a listening practice and then for verifying the same with subtitles. For BBC 6 minutes English I found an app on the store. The benefit here is the listening and reading from the transcript. For speaking practise I’ll speak to my new friends I met during the EC study. What are the meanings in my headline? This are my terms I’ll join every time to this amazing time at EC London. Did you ever have a teacher who has a black belt in martial arts? I predict to everyone you’ll do the homework every day. I did the same (mostly). The most important thing what I learned was the sound of “schwa”. How is the really pronunciation the triggers to understand the fast-talking English natives. Schwa (/ə/) is the phonetic writing rule that men’s over 40 definitely couldn’t understand ?, but it’s very helpful. In a lesson unexpectedly with closed eyes I had contact with the famous English brown food taste. The teacher said to us please close your eyes and trust me. I thought what the hell will happen now. Could I trust this miraculous teacher? Sometimes he sat on the ground 🙂 and let students in a way of free choice to play the guitar. … Read more

How to enjoy a full movie in English from Luciana

Wonderful testimonial of Luciana, Brazilian student at EC London. So, first I will talk about the EC. Without a doubt, I’ll indicate this course to other people, because, I liked the reception, the structure, the people that I had ‘contact’ working there were always polite or educated with me, (sometimes I don’t know the better word hehe) the teachers (I will do a specific “review” about it), the location was important thing, it’s near a terminal and underground, just perfect (and near Camden Town too, it’s amazing, hehe just a joke).   And another detail (in my opinion) to keep separate the 30+ class, I thought it important, because I felt the people could interact more (not really sure, but I felt it) So, for the experience at EC was perfect, more than I expected.   And I need to tell you about an own and exciting experience, when I was coming back, at the flight, I saw 3 movies, completely in english and without subtitle, woooww for me it’s very nice, I remember, I felt so happy, because, of course, some words or sentences I couldn’t understand, but I got the message, some jokes, conversations, I thought it really nice, and a wanted to share with you.   And now about my teachers, hehe…   I liked the way you teach. I could learn, and you can hold our attention because this way is interesting. We can see that you like to do it and it facilitates to learning and teaching when you do something that you like. Probably I’ll never say again words like ‘sidewalk’ ‘subway’ or ‘soccer’  I promise FOOTBALL, and study (definitely) for understanding the exactly moment that I could use “I have been here for….” But now I ask myself “What’s the British people problem with words that beginning with a letter “S”? (I’ll investigate) … Read more

Our favourite films at EC London 30+

  There are few questions that we can answer in our lives. Who are we? Where we are going? Why life is so hard? Does real love exist? What is your favourite movie? I asked the latter question to my colleagues around office and this is our EC London 30+ top movie list! Suzie – Gandhi (1982) “No man’s life can be encompassed in one telling. There is no way to give each year its allotted weight, to include each event, each person who helped to shape a lifetime. What can be done is to be faithful in spirit to the record and to try to find one’s way to the heart of the man” with these words, the director Richard Attenborough opens his biographical film on the life of Gandhi. The leader of India’s non-violent independence movement is skilfully played by Ben Kingsley. David – The Commitments (1991) Ireland is famous worldwide for its amazing green landscapes, Guinness, fishermen sweaters, awkward and challenging city names (Muckanaghederdauhaulia) and for its potato-based diet. Not for its soul music. This is a film about Irish soul music. The story begins in Dublin where few working class youths decide to give birth to a brand-new soul band. The life of the band will be endangered by a clash of egos that will involve its members. This movie is based on the homonym novel of Roddy Doyle. Sarah – Pulp Fiction (1994) The second film directed by Quentin Tarantino. After 20 years it is still a masterpiece and has rightfully entered in the hall of fame of the best movies ever. Seven episodes that kicked off a new age for the black comedy and crime film and became the milestone of neo-noir genre. Although the performances of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson are probably … Read more