5 New Words in the Oxford English Dictionary

Do you like words? Of course you do! If you are reading this, you are probably an English language student looking to improve your English. Well, you have definitely come to the right place! No language can be communicated without words! ‘But what about grammar?’ we hear you ask. Yes, grammar is extremely important and without some grammar it is difficult to understand the language you may be reading, listening to or even trying to use yourself. But without words, there is no grammar! How can you even produce a grammatically correct sentence if you don’t have the words to form it? So, what is one of the better ways to learn or check new vocabulary than to head to the Oxford Dictionary! Did you know that the Oxford Dictionary has 273,000 headwords? 171,476 of those words are currently used regularly. That is a lot of words! Did you know that the best thing about the Oxford Dictionary is that each year it is updated to include new words? So, what are 2020’s latest additions to the dictionary? Well, as you can probably imagine after this year, many of the new terms relate to COVID 19. Let’s take a closer look at 5 of the most important ones that you may need to use or understand. C-19 Contract Tracing Front Liner Physical distancing Zoom Simple definitions C-19 (n.) – A shortened version of COVID 19 Contract Tracing (n.) – Finding people who have been near someone who has an infectious disease. Contract tracing aims to tell these people that they should stay at home (self-isolate) for a period of time and not pass the disease on to other people. Front Liner (n.) – A person working closest to a difficult or dangerous situation. During the C-19 pandemic, doctors and nurses … Read more

Celebrating Christmas in England

It is December and that can only mean one thing. Christmas! Do you celebrate Christmas in your country? I you do, how do you celebrate? Celebrations in your country are undoubtedly as unique and special as our traditions here in England! So, what do we do here to enjoy this special time of year? The Tree No Christmas is complete without a tree in your living room, be it a real fir tree or an artificial tree. These days, more people are buying artificial trees with snow, fir cones and red berries on the branches. Some people love big tall trees that touch the ceiling while other people look for small trees in pots that can be put in the garden after Christmas to continue growing ready for next December. People spend time decorating their tree with twinkling fairy lights and lovely round baubles in rich beautiful colours such as red, gold and silver. After the tree is finished, families put their gifts to each other underneath it wrapped in beautiful coloured paper. With the introduction of artificial trees many families now decorate their homes at the very beginning of December. If you walk around the streets of England, you will see many beautifully decorated houses both inside and out! Christmas Eve – the 24th December In England, Christmas Eve is a day full of excitement and anticipation but unlike Europe, we don’t usually spend this day with family, eat traditional food or open gifts in the evening. Instead, we may go to work during the day and in the evening celebrate with friends in a restaurant or pub. Excitement is in the air and everyone is in a fantastic mood ready for the next day. Some people use this day to do some last-minute Christmas shopping! Some families go … Read more

Online English Virtual Quiz

With Covid restrictions in place, organising online English virtual social activities for students has been more challenging than in previous times. However, with the enthusiasm of our wonderful and energetic students at EC London, we have been able to host a successful regular activity in the form of a English virtual quiz. These quizzes have taken place on our EC Virtual platform, Microsoft Teams. This has enabled us to keep students in their bubbles for a successful and socially distanced social programme. Quizzes so far So far, at EC London we have hosted two quizzes. One quiz was about music and the winners of this quiz were able to choose the topic of the following week’s quiz. The topic they chose was movies. Here’s what was included in each one… Music quiz Our music quiz, created by our assistant director of studies, Daniel, consisted of 6 rounds. These ranged from a dancing round to a Tik Tok round. The winners were Melissa’s Army with our students, Mark, Erwan, Linus and Yujin. They then decided to Film quiz Our film quiz, created by our assistant director of studies, Andy, consisted also of 6 rounds, ranging from a picture round to foreign translation round. The big moment in this quiz, though, came in the bonus round where students had to recreate a famous film scene, taken from Lord of the Rings. Take a look at the picture below and decide for yourself who you think recreated the original scene best: Our winner on the day was Jeongwoon (picture number 2), but the others also submitted fantastic pictures that may have easily won on another day. Future social activities This week, we are planning to watch an episode from a British TV show. All students will be able to join online and talk … Read more

EC Virtual – EC English School Online

Taking a course with EC English school online is easy and affordable with so many of the same benefits as face-to-face learning. Here are just a few reasons to go ahead and do it. Online Lessons are convenient It is so easy to get started as all you need is a computer. Many students who wish to learn English are unable to travel right now. There are perhaps other reasons as well why it is not possible for every student to go abroad for face-to-face lessons. Whether you would like to take one-to-one private lessons or group classes, EC Virtual is very well priced. It is also very flexible so no matter what your time zone, you will be accommodated for. You can even take a free trial lesson if you want to make sure. EC Virtual Social Programme If you are thinking that you will not have enough exposure to the English language when studying online, you shouldn’t worry. EC has a social programme dedicated to students learning online. There are free lessons including pronunciation, grammar, listening and much more. There are also a number of social activities, such as quizzes, cooking lessons, EC Virtual café, all opportunities to use the English you have been learning in your classes. Before, During and after Class On EC Virtual, you will be able to combine your online experience with your time away from the computer. Your teacher will give you tasks to complete before and after your class that relate to what you are studying in the lesson. This means that you will be able to get the most out of your lessons and your free time as you will be completely ready for the lesson and you will know how to use what you have learnt afterwards as well. This … Read more

Presentation on Morocco and Algeria!

As salamu alaykum everybody! We are Maryam and Myriam, two french interns at EC London. On Thursday 30th May we made a presentation about our countries of origin, which are Morocco and Algeria. It was held twice; one in the morning and one in the afternoon so you could attend it. During our presentation we spoke about the currency of our countries, the localisation on the map, the landscapes, waterfalls, deserts and food… And you need to make sure to eat at least one moroccan dish before you die… At the end we also asked the students to ask us some questions about things they didn’t know, and we had a little chat that was very cool. The students also taught some arabic words such as ‘As salamu alaykum’ which means ‘may peace be upon you’, which is a way to say hello. We also taught them how to say thank you ; ‘shukran’. I hope that presentation was good enough for you to discover our countries but of course the best way to discover a country is to visit it! If, unfortunately you missed it, you can always come and ask us about Algeria and Morocco at EC London ! It will be a pleasure for us to speak to you.                 Shukran,   Maryam

Teng-huo our chinese student

Teng huo from China

Teng Huo is an EC LONDON student from China. He took IELTS Courses in London.   It was a pleasure to meet him. He left his beautiful feedback to us to share: He explained why he choose to study with EC, and He said that: firstly, I searched the language school in Google. Ec has the highest review. When I come here, I found it was the best language school for any students, whatever you want to learn. When we asked to him what He likes of London and what about the school He said: London is a friendly and tolerant city, and multi-culture as well. The school is also very friendly. Talking with friends who have different culture background is an enjoyable things. At the same time, I can practice the grammar and vocabulary that I’ve just learned. The most unforgettable moment of EC for him : I have met a lot of friends coming from different countries. That’s the most unforgettable memory memory for me. And all of teachers are brilliant. They helped me a lot. He definitely recommend EC to a friend, because comparing with other school, he thinks, EC is the best one. It provides a wonderful opportunity to study in London. At the question what is you favourite place to hang out he said: There are so many impressive restaurants in London. Every week EC organise a special dinner for students. It was a unique experience. Once we went to an Indian restaurant near King’s cross. The food is surely wonderful. The social programme at EC provides an excellent chance to communicate with friends.   We are grateful for the positive feedback that Teng Huo  gave to us and feel glad that he had a great time here :).  

Daniele From Italy

Daniele from Italy

  Daniele is an EC LONDON student from Italy. He wanted to take General English Courses in London It was a pleasure to meet him. He left his beautiful feedback to us to share: Why did you choose to study with EC? I chose EC, because it’s one of the best English school What do you like about London? What do you like about the school? About London I like the public transport,About the school I like the fact that there are a lot of people that come from all over the world What will be your most unforgattable memory of EC? The most unforgattable moment of EC was the first day I came here. Would you recommended EC to a friend? Why? Yes, because you can improve your English, but also you can learn other culture and meet a lot of people Where is your favorite place to hang out in the evenings? What is the best thing to do on Sunday afternoon? My favorite place to hang out in the evening is Soho, The best thing to do on Sunday, If the weather is good, is going to the parks.   We are grateful for the positive feedback that Danile gave to us and feel glad that he had a great time here :).  

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Takato had a wonderful experience at EC London!

Takato is an EC LONDON student from Japan. He wanted to take English Courses in London. It was a pleasure to meet him. He left his beautiful feedback to us to share: Why did you choose to study with EC? I chose here randomly and followed my instinct What do you like about London? What do you like about the school? People are tolerant. I like the combination of historical places and urban city. I like the atmosphere in the school and also teachers and staff. What will be your most unforgattable memory of EC? It must be meeting lots of great people. I spent unforgattable time with my friends. And, amazing teachers, they were always helpful and encourage me. Would you recommended EC to a friend? Why? Absolutely Yes! I assure than you can improve your English. Where is your favorite place to hang out in the evenings? What is the best thing to do on Sunday afternoon? I’d say wandering around in London is always good. My favorite is Tower Bridge in the evening. St James’ Park is the best place to chill out.   We are grateful for the positive feedback that Takato gave to us and feel glad that he had a great time here :).

Getting tired of speaking in your mother tongue in London?

Despite being in London, Have you ever felt that you are not speaking in English all the time? Or do you want to improve your English or meet new friends? Well, let me tell you that we have the solution for you “The conversation club”. But what is the conversation club? What can I do there? Is it for everyone? Let us hear a little bit more about this idea.   As students we realised that the time in classes is not enough for practising our speaking, and if we want to do it, we have to chat in English as much as possible, however, most of us are living with people who speak our own language, that is why the school has given us the chance to set up this club, which is an occasion where we are able to meet peers from different levels and improve our skills through a nice talking by pairs with a wide variety of topics according to our nationalities.   If you were looking for something to improve your speaking, this is the right place to enjoy your passion for learning about new cultures and improving your English at the same time. New members are welcomed.   Activities, what can you do? As well as practising your skills, a number of activities are planned every week. It does not matter which level are you; after all, all of us can benefit from others experiences, such us: * Conversation (Monday). * Coffee and conversation (Wednesday). * Vocabulary games (Thursday). * Plus: In case you have something in mind just tell us, we are open to new ideas. How can you register, what do you need? Membership is open to anyone and all that you need is coming along at the reception every Monday at … Read more