Morning Chats in the 30+ Lounge

Every morning, we offer some extra conversation time to our students with a member of the staff. We sit, have a hot drink and discuss a specific topic or even play some ice-breaker games. One day of this week, they asked us to provide some “hidden gems” in London. More specifically, street markets that they can attend… FOR FREE! To start off, we discussed the famous Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill, which is the largest antique market in the world. Then, we talked a little bit about the Shoreditch area: Brick Lane and the Old Spitalfields Market. This last one is filled with the work of local artists and a wide variety of food to choose from. We briefly mentioned, probably the most known, Covent Garden in Central London and Borough Market by London Bridge, which is considered to be one of the oldest and largest markets in London. If you continue down the road from Borough Market, closer to Elephant & Castle, you will find another great place called Mercato Metropolitano. Here you will find food from all over the world like Vietnamese, Argentinian, Italian and Venezuelan. There are many other not-that-known places in this great city, so come discover them by studying at our English School for Adults in London.

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.

My 3rd Time at EC London 30+

    Meet Anne, our EC London 30+ student from France who tells us about her decision to learn English and how she came to study with EC for the third time! Everything started in 2017, when I decided to change a part of my life. I would improve my English and live an incredible and amazing experience. So what better than immersion? First time for me, quite worried about my skills, improvements… was I going to meet people or stay alone for 2 months… LOL. And how my French life was going to “survive” during my abroad stay… Everything wasn’t perfect and without some issues. But that seemed worthwhile! Such a rewarding experience of life ! And I improved my English skills so much.     The teachers and the whole team are amazing and teach with passion, the program of studies is awfully good. It’s been the perfect atmosphere to improve English. I’ve also met great people from different parts of the world. By the way, some are become friends, true friends. And the EC Staff are my “little family” in London. For 2 years, I finally was 3 times at EC, an English School for Adults in London, and I stayed 11 weeks. My words aren’t really enough to describe my EC experience, you have to live your own then!   By Anne,  EC London 30+ student from France 

Good and cheap food near EC London School

Hello to all our lovely English learners of EC London 30+, I hope you are all doing well and improving your English with us! Today it’s time to talk about food! We know that learning is important but so is food. From food trucks to fine dining spots, London has the best cuisine from all around the globe at a range of prices. Last week, I wanted to try exotic food. Therefore I opted for Korean food, which I never had before, and I can tell you that I do not regret this choice. On the Bab On the Bab is a Korean street food restaurant located in 36 Wellington St, Covent Garden. Moreover it is only 15 min on tube from our English School for Adults in London. If you do not want to wait for a seat, you can always ask for takeaway, which is convenient if you are on a rush! This restaurant is opened 7 days a week, usually from 11:30 to 22:30 on Mondays to Saturdays and from 11:30 to 21:00 on Sundays. Both, me and my friend ordered Bibimbap for £9.5, which is a Korean rice dish with various ingredients including the meat of your choice. I can say that it was tasty and healthy, the good thing is that we had a set of 3 traditional Korean sauces to add to our Bibimbap, from sweet to spicy. I am sure you will find your happiness! If you have a big appetite you can order Korean side dishes called “banchan”! Nice food, friendly staff and cosy atmosphere, I strongly recommend On the Bab!   Contact us for more information on learning English in London

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 !

Why you should study at EC London 30+

Are you trying to figure out where you would like to learn English? We got the right place for you! Here at EC London 30+, we have students from all over the world. Our 30+ school is offering students of all ages the possibility to learn English. It doesn’t matter where you´re from or your level of English, we encourage everyone to come and study at EC London 30+. We want our students to practice their English outside of their classrooms, therefore, we have an active social programme. For example, we go to a restaurant every week for some foreign food and to socialize. In addition, we have free classes if you would like some more improvement. The environment is welcoming as well as energetic. Take some time from your studies and hang out in the 30+ reception for a chat and some music. Get to know our staff and your classmates. You will enjoy this central school close to restaurants as well as some of the famous tourist attractions just a few tubes stops away. Come and have fun with us along the way and Learn English in London. EC London 30+

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+

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

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.