Welcome to our new 30+ Intern!

We would like to introduce our lovely new intern to the team, Estela, who is working in our London 30+ school. She would like to tell us a little more about herself…welcome to the team Estela! Hello, I am Estela and it is a pleasure to be with you here. I studied at EC School London 30+ last year, between July and august, for one month, and I had an extremely rich experience as student and as ambassador also. The atmosphere was so good that I decided to apply as internship this year, for two months, and I started in February. Here I am Student Service Intern, working with Giulia and Saima. I love to travel, to meet people and to learn about different culture and countries. I made many friends around the world, from EC School and from the others courses that I did before. I believe that when we start a language course abroad we learn, travel and meet wonderful people to keep for the whole life. I decided to become an Internship at EC School London 30+ for these reasons and to having an international experience and improve my English-speaking skills.   If you are interested in Adult English Lessons in London please have a look on our website at our course options.    

Man the Lifeboats!

Right at the heart of our EC London 30+ programme is the cosy, comfortable 30+ student lounge. And well as being home to our dear EC London 30+ students and staff, did you know that it also stars in its very own music video? That’s right! This is the first single from Man the Lifeboats, our Centre Director Rich’s new folk band, shot in one afternoon in the EC London 30+ student lounge. If you ‘like’ the video on youtube you can even help Rich’s band tour the Caribbean!! Enjoy!!   Interested in British Music? Want to experience it yourself in London? Want to improve your English at the same time? Why not join EC London for some Adult english lessons in London

Socks or no socks? That is the question!

Ladies in hats and gentlemen without socks, this is how I have pictured British style in my mind based on lifestyle magazines. Unsurprisingly, it is common to glimpse sockless people, both men and women, on London’s streets even in the winter time. However, there is no doubt that these pieces of clothing serve a purpose and can be also very ‘classy’. Therefore, let’s talk further about ever growing no sock trend. The main reason of showing ankles is to achieve a stylish look as evidenced by the internet where number of guidelines teaches about sockless style. For example, according to esquire.co.uk no socks go better with skinny things while the site claims, once you embrace this style you will never look back (1). On the opposite site of the dilemma are mainly health reasons such as keeping the feet warm to avoid cold or possible foot infections. According to an article published by BBC, recently there has been a rise in fungal problems infections in young men because of the trendy ankle look (2). For example, wearing shoes without socks can lead to athlete’s foot (3). Many celebrities, such as Aaron Paul and Orlando Bloom, serve as good example of sockless style and inspiration for many young people (4). However, nobody wants to risk any health issues. Among one of the options for how to avoid health problems and to give the impression of going sockless is, according to fashion designer Robert Johnston, wearing of secret socks (5). Another possibility how to go with fashion is to wear stylish socks which are now available everywhere. The sockless trend inherently belongs to Britain and it is very stylish on the one hand, but on the other we should also think about our health and among one of options how to be … Read more

30+ Farewell or cake party!

At EC London we like to keep it in the family, and we are lucky to have some amazing connections in the cake world. From our teacher Katie and her Malarkey Cake company, to Saima’s cousin’s ButterCream Cake Boutique.   And we like to share this fortune with all of our students and staff, so at the end of your ESL course in London, at our EC London 30+ leaving ceremony all students can share the amazing baking skills of our friends and families, and – literally – have their cake and eat it!!    Just one of the many bonuses you can profit from when you take ESL courses in London 🙂   Happy Friday everyone!!     And here’s some useful cake idioms – do you know what they mean? – it’s a piece of cake! – selling like hot cakes – it’s the icing on the cake  – he’s a fruitcake!! – to have your cake and eat it ?

Isle of Wight, what a wonderful Surprise! Part 1 :)…

Let me talk to you about my great discovery here in England. Who would think that there is beautiful beaches in England? To be honest with you, not me……. Until that day.   I discovered a wonderful place with some of my friends a month ago.   Isle of wight is a small island in the south of England. It is not close to London but it worth the journey. My friends and I went with Anderson Tours company,they sell a day trip to Isle of Wight or week end trip.   We left from London and had about 3 hours journey by bus and then we took the ferry. What surprised me first is when we arrived at Southampton, the air was so nice. You can smell the sea air whaouuuuuu amazing!!! We loved the impression. Then we took the ferry, the crossing is about an hour.   We were on the ferry outside enjoying nice fresh sea air!! And then amazing feeling we’ve seen the isle :). We almost felt like explorers when they discover a new island. From the ferry, it looks quite big J!!! But it is not so big, Isle of Wight is 380 km².   We went back in the bus and started our visit of Isle of Wight!!!!! If you are curious about what we’ve done and discover in Isle of Wight, stay tune on EC London 30+ blog 🙂 !!!!   To be continued…

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

A Great Learning Experience for Life – Delvair’s Testimonial

Delvair’s Testimonial, a Brazilian student at EC London 30+     In First I would like to say thank you for your bright classes. I am really enjoyng it! I came to London looking for improve my English, but also have a great lifes’s experience. I choose EC because was recommended in Brazil for my Interchange Agency and really was a very great choice. I saw some reviews about EC recomending the school specially because your modern and dinamic learning method. In the first three days I was really scarried and thought about what I was doing here, but after ten days I can say that I am enjoying the classes and specially the differences between classes and teachers. It´s very important. London is very special because your diversity and the oportunities that offer for your visitors, including know people of different countries with different accents and cultures. I knew special friends and we enjoyed together many activities. EC is organized and the teachers are constantly helping us with our doubts and knowledge. I have been here for 10 days and will be here for more 18 days. It’s important to study very hard if you really want improve your English. Grammar lessons are very important as do the activities and homework is essencial. I will recomend EC to my friends like a great learning experience for life. Congratulations and thank you so much for make part of my student life. Best Regards. Delvair Mortari (Brazil) Find out more about English lessons for adults at EC London.

I feel blessed to be at EC!

Clemence started in our Accommodation Department at EC London and would like to tell us a little bit about herself.     My name is Clemence Tchakam, I am 20 years old and I was born on the 11th February 1997I am from Strabourg, France. I am in EC to increase my skills in English and improve my language. This is to help me for have the best score on TOEFL exam after the summer.I feel so blessed to be here because I took all my economies to be there and I don’t regret it (for the moment haha). Thank you for your welcoming and for make me smile every day (and also for all the words on the whiteboard).   If you are interested in English lessons for adults in London, please visit our website for more information.

Cool about London

Enjoy Autumn in London!   Autumn is officially here and all the leaves are turning yellow, gold and red. Now is the best time to take a lovely walk through one of London’s many parks. Did you know London has more parks than most major cities? In fact, 47% of London is green space. Some of the best public spaces to enjoy in the autumn are;   Regents Park and Primrose Hill (Camden)   Hyde Park (central London)   St James’s Park (Central London   Victoria Park (in east London)   If you venture into Regents Park and Victoria park, you’ll also come across a unique way Londoners choose to live; on narrowboats. Narrowboats are often painted in traditional styles and each one has a unique and interesting name. Walking along the canal you’ll enjoy the wonderful smell of fire smoke coming from their chimneys. Why not take a walk along the canal with a friend and practise your English! Of course, London wouldn’t be London without its pubs. And an autumn stroll wouldn’t be an autumn stroll without a stop in one of this city’s traditional drinking establishments. At this time of year most pubs will also be serving hot toddies (whiskey) and mulled wine (spiced red wine). These are traditionally drunk in cold weather and they will certainly warm you up for the next leg of your walk! Why not ask for one at a pub and practise your English at the same time.   Something interesting about English   Did you know that English has a word for a pleasurable walk with friends? A ‘stroll’. A stroll is always relaxed and usually accompanied by friends (or a dog playing in the autumn leaves). It collocates with ‘to go for’. So next time you have some free time to spend … Read more

Meet Hattie, the cute guide dog sponsored by EC London

  Say hello to Hattie!   EC London has sponsored a guide dog.  She is six weeks old and her name is Hattie.   The charity ‘Guide Dogs’ breeds and trains guide dogs and currently have around 5,000 active guide dogs in the UK. Guide dogs take about two years to train and then work for six or seven years helping blind and partially sighted people enjoy their independence.   The most common breed of guide dog is a labrador retriever.  They are easy to train and have the appropriate temperament needed to be a successful companion.   Hattie is a black labrador and has recently started her training. Watch out for more updates on Hattie over the next few months.     You can read more about the work of Guide Dogs on their website:   http://www.guidedogs.org.uk