Ivan’s testimonial or how to enjoy London by walk!

Ivan’s testimonial, an EC London student.   My name’s Ivan. I’m 34 years old and I come from Spain. My expectations before arriving to London were learning english and stay in a good city to visit things, and during after 2 weeks in the academy… All my expectations were covered! Probably better than I thoguht … Read more

Afternoon Tea – Social Programme

This week on our social programme we decided to go for Afternoon Tea in Bill’s, a lovely restaurant in the heart of Soho. We originally booked it for about 10 people but it was soon clear that we were going to need more space and a bigger sign-up sheet. In the end we had twenty students … Read more

Word(s) of the Week: Giving Advice

As an English teacher, I find myself giving a lot of advice to students. This week, I have decided to look at a few different ways / phrases for giving advice. Check out the examples below. Please leave me any comments if you have any questions.   (1) Modal verbs: – You should call your … Read more

Weekly Grammar Question: Is the Past Perfect as simple as it seems?

I can’t count the number of times over the years that students have said something along the lines of: “Teacher teacher, I don’t understand the present and past perfect, it’s too difficult”. Now, the present perfect can be quite tricky to get your head around for a number of reasons. The main one being that … Read more

Ice Skating Fail

Christmas is over and London is absolutely freezing cold so here at EC Covent Garden 30+ we, naturally, decided to take our students ice-skating. We advertised it a week in advance and watched as the sign-up sheet filled up. It looked set to be an amazing evening out, ice-skating and falling on our bottoms to … Read more