Loveday at EC London 30+

Happy Loveday everyone! Here at EC London we are celebrating all kinds of love today, the love for family, friends, partners and yourself. Valentine’s day should not only be about relationships. We want to unite our students, to come together and spread love. Therefore, we encouraged our students to write love notes, in their language or English. We then created a wall FULL of love. In addition, we asked students and teachers to bring cakes, chocolate or sweets, to share over a lovely lunch chat! We had a great time and the students arrived in their classrooms with a wide smile of their faces, all ready for their lessons. We played love songs all day in our 30+ reception, a mix between foreign songs and English, therefore, students could share their favourite songs with their friends and us! “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other”, is our quote of the day. Take care of your loved ones, share some extra love and do not forget to give some love to yourself! I would highly recommend to Learn English in London at the 30+ school. Come and have fun with us! – EC London 30+

EC London Culture Day

Yesterday the Bloomsbury Group of EC London 30+ put on an amazing day of culture, food, and dance. The day started with different language lessons including a Lithuanian lesson by Vitalij, and a Spanish lesson with Paula. Later in the day students and staff got to learn difference dance styles. Zeynep started off by teaching the traditional dance of Turkey, belly dancing. After belly dancing Hardy from Columbia taught us how to salsa dance! Lastly, Fernando taught us a famous Brazilian dance called ciranda.   After a morning full of learning languages and dancing we were able to enjoy many foods from different countries. Yessica and Mario brought delicious empanadas from Columbia. Matilda brought multiple homemade Korean dishes. Wendy brought Chinese food, Sara brought Arabic food, and Beatrice brought cheeses from France.   To end the day, we had a wonderful presentation from Yuka, Gigi, Matilda, and Younyoung on the culture of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Their presentation included information on foods and clothing of each of their countries. A big thank you to Yuka for organizing the presentation. We hope everyone had a fun day experiencing cultures from around the world. Below are some photos of the day!     To learn more about English teaching courses in London please visit our website  

Charity bake sale at EC London 30+

  The Bloomsbury Group – Bake Sale   Teacher Jess C and students supported a great event on 2 December 2016 to make cakes and sell them to raise money for two charities: Guide Dogs and Holy Cross Centre Trust.   Members of the Bloomsbury Group designed posters to promote the event and students came together to make and buy lots of delicious cakes.   The Bake Sale raised more than £350 so a very big thank you to everyone who supported the event.   The money was divided equally between the two charities. The Holy Cross Centre Trust was able to buy much needed kitchen equipment to help them provide food for homeless people.  The Guide Dogs charity were able to train and support a new guide dog, Hattie, thanks to our donation.   Enjoy a great experience while taking English lessons for adults in London with EC.

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

What is Comic Relief?

  This week at EC Covent Garden school for Adult English courses we are organising an event for Comic Relief. We hope that our students will help us to raise money for this special charity, which is quite popular in the UK and everywhere in the city people work to help raise money for this organisation. The famous Live Aid concerts in 1985 saw rock ‘n’ roll royalty come together to raise awareness of, and money for, starving people in Ethiopia. Entertainers from the world of comedy were inspired by the success of these events and established Comic Relief to do a similar job using laughter instead of music. Over the following thirty years Comic Relief has become a biennial institution with millions of participants raising an impressive £1 billion for good causes in the UK and the developing world. Every penny of that £1bn. has gone to charities that help disadvantaged people as the administration costs of the organisation are all paid for by corporate sponsors. That alone would make Comic Relief a special charity, but what really makes it such an enduring success is its way of combining very serious issues with a light-hearted approach. People are encouraged to wear ridiculous clothes and perform ludicrous stunts in sponsored events that raise money for important causes. In this way the general public have come to see donating time and money as a positive, enjoyable thing rather than an onerous obligation. You can join in this celebration of silliness this Friday, the 13th of March. Put a few coins into our collection bucket, buy a raffle ticket or put on a red nose –the symbol of Comic Relief- and get your fellow students, who are taking Adult English courses at EC Covent Garden, to sponsor you to keep it on all … Read more

Election Fever in Britain

If you plan to learn English in London or generally in the United Kingdom in 2015 you will probably hear about the upcoming general election. They will happen in May 2015 but the electoral campaign has already started. The election will decide how the 650 seats in the House of Commons, which is the lower house of the British parliament, are divided up. The majority is composed of 326 seats and any party or coalition which achieves this majority will appoint the new British Prime Minister. The United Kingdom is divided into Parliament constituencies and each constituency will generally elect one Member of the Parliament (MP). There are 533 seats in England, 59 in Scotland, 40 in Wales and 18 in North Ireland. There are 4 main parties which will compete for the elections. The leading ones are the Conservative Party and the Labour Party. The Conservative Party, the party of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, currently holds the majority in a coalition with the Liberal Democratic Party. The leader is David Cameron who will run for the general election in 2015 for the appointment of Prime Minister. The Labour Party will be represented by Ed Miliband. Historically this party has always been more powerful in the northern areas of England and in Scotland and its historical leaders are Scottish, such as Ramsay MacDonald, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. The Lib-Dems are the third party. Until the end of the First World War it was in competition with the Conservative Party in the era of David Lloyd George as Prime Minister, but they lost power with the rise of the Labour Party. The last party is UKIP. This is a nationalist party which strongly supports the independence of the United Kingdom and is against any restrictions imposed by the European Union. … Read more

St David’s Day is coming your way!

What’s coming up in March? Do you love to socialise? If so, then here are two days that you can be part of next month. Learn about what these days mean, some fun facts and how to improve your English below. St David’s Day    When is it? On the first day of March we celebrate St David’s day in honour of the Saint David of Wales who died on that day in 589 AD. Who is St David? He was a Celtic monk who lived in the 16th Century and spread the word of the religion Christianity across Wales. His most famous story is of him standing on a hill and preaching about Christianity… then the ground on which he was standing rose up… and the huge crowd could hear his words. How do British people celebrate this day? Some children wear the national dress of Wales which is a tall black hat and a red cloak. Most people mark this day by wearing the Welsh emblem which is a small daffodil or leek. You usually see magnificent yellow daffodils at the start of Spring which is a very exciting occasion for British people! Why? Because the sun is coming! Goodbye Winter! Want to hold your own Welsh dinner party? Welsh cuisine is wonderful! Try making ‘Cawl’ a dish made with lamb & a mixture of Welsh vegetables like leeks & swede and of course a fusion of herbs like rosemary, thyme & parsley.   If you’d like to improve your English, follow this link and learn more about English parties! What can EC students do to celebrate St David’s? London loves different cultures & celebrating them to the maximum! You can be in the heart of it all.  Near to EC Covent Garden is London’s Welsh centre for … Read more

It’s Pancake Tuesday!

Today is Pancake Tuesday, one of my favourite days of the year. When I was young, I used to come home and my mother would make us extra thin pancakes, rolled up with jam, sugar and lemon. We’d gobble them down, they were absolutely delicious. I’ve never really been able to recreate her pancakes and Pancake Tuesday has never really been the same since but I have got quite good at making American-style pancakes and I’ve decided to share what might be the easiest pancake recipe of all time. And, just so you also learn English I’ve added some definitions for the more difficult words. Just click on the word for a dictionary definition. Here’s what you need: Flour Milk salt Sugar Fresh fruit Syrup Here’s what you do: Take a mug of flour and sieve it into a bowl. Fill the same mug with milk and pour that in. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar. Mix it all up. Melt some butter in a frying pan on a low heat. Ladle in some of your pancake mixture and when you start to see some bubbles on top, flip it over. When the pancakes are nice and golden, serve them up with some fresh fruit and syrup.   It’s not quite how mother used to make them but they tick my boxes: easy to make and delicious! So, try them out and let me know how they go…and hopefully you’ll learn English words along the way as well. Here’s a few students at EC London enjoying their pancakes. Now it’s your turn!   Try out our learn English website if you’d like to learn English vocabulary. Have a look at our main website if you’re thinking about booking some adult English courses in the UK.  

A very British Christmas – Annika Robinson

Christmas Day! Traditionally, Christmas Day is the most important day in December and of the season but there are also some other significant days. 24th December.  This is Christmas Eve and although the day time is usually spent rushing around the shops for those last minute presents or putting the finishing touches to the Christmas decorations at home, this is all usually finished by the evening in order to celebrate with friends and family. Although, presents are not usually opened on this day. 25th December.  This is a family day and most people only leave the house to have a walk in the local area or to visit other members of the family. People usually open their presents together in the morning and then have a big lunch together – Christmas dinner – between 2 and 4 o’clock.  People play games or watch television or go and visit close friends and family. 26th December.  This is called Boxing day and is the day after Christmas.  The name comes from people giving and receiving presents in boxes, even though traditionally presents are exchanged on Christmas Day.  Families may decide to get together again today and have another big lunch, basically a repeat of the day before!  Or for some people, despite being a national holiday, Boxing Day is just another normal day. 31st December.  This is New Year’s Eve and so friends usually get dressed up and go to a special party.  Just before midnight, there is a countdown and then when the clock strokes 12 at midnight people hold hands and sing a traditional song called ‘Auld Lang Syne’.  People kiss and wish everyone in the room a ‘Happy New Year’. 1st January.  This is a national holiday and so people are at home.  They usually spend the day relaxing … Read more

The Origin of Halloween

  As we all know Halloween is all about “trick or treat”, jack-o-lanterns, fancy dresses and parties, but it used to have a complete different meaning for the ancient Celtics. In fact Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (“sah-win”) which was the celebration of the end of the harvest season in the Gaelic culture and in this period the ancient pagans used to take stock of supplies for the winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on the 31st October the coundaries between the living’s world and the dead’s one overlapped and the dead would come back to life and cause chaos such as sickness or damaging crops. So now you’re ready to celebrate Halloween with a biit more of knowledge.   For more information about EC Covent Garden, please click on the link provided.