Breakfast Club: new language

Yesterday in Breakfast Club, 5 EC students from France and Japan discussed the headlines of the day, namely the summit taking place to rescue the eurozone and the cause of death of the singer, the late Amy Winehouse.   There was a lot of new vocabulary which came up – here are just a few of the new words we talked about below. Can you guess which story they came from? a trillion (n) = 1,000000000000 binge drinking  (n) = when people drink a very large volume of alcohol in a short space of time with the intention of getting drunk an increase in debt = more debt rehab (n) = short form of rehabilitation; a form of treatment to help someone overcome a problem they have the bailout package (n) = the agreement the Heads of State were trying to come to to save the economies in the Eurozone to stare at someone/something (v) = to look very hard at something. It is considered impolite to stare at people a gun (n) = a tool used to shoot things, animals or people the leaders/the Heads of State (n) = the people responsible for the government in their countries e.g Prime Minister, President, Chancellor Breakfast Club takes place in our cafe every week, Tuesday-Friday 8.30-8.55am.  See you there soon!

Halloween at EC London

Dust off your pumpkin costume and prepare to be scared this weekend as Halloween descends on EC London… Breakfast Club has a Halloween theme every morning this week, last night’s walking tour was a Spooky Halloween Special and tomorrow night there is a free Halloween party for all EC London students at Proud 2 in London. Happy Halloween everyone!

Breakfast Club today!

In Breakfast Club today, there were 7 students present and we discussed: > The Volcanic Ash Cloud and continuing disruption around the world > How chimpanzees grieve for their loved ones > Jersey Royal Potatoes > The Election New language which came up included: -a wheelbarrow – to be in mourning for someone -spuds – The English Channel – a noose If you’d like to learn new expressions like the ones above and join other EC London students for breakfast club, come to the cafe Tuesday-Friday 8.30 – 9am and join in! Tuesday and Thursday are for High Intermediate- Advanced students, and Wednesday and Friday are for Beginner-Intermediate students.

Top Tip: BBC One minute news summary

What’s in the news? If you haven’t had time to read a newspaper or catch the latest news programme, try: http://news.bbc.co.uk/ and click on One Minute News at the top of the page. What is it? It’s a 60-second round-up of the current international news. Why is it useful? It’s good for listening practice, predicting content, vocabulary connected to current affairs, dictation, note-taking and being aware of what’s going on in the world around you! Any drawbacks? There are no subtitles so you can’t read the text while you are listening to it – but you can watch and listen as many times as you like! Suggestion for Language Practice: Try watching it all the way through once without the sound. Focus on the visuals and write down in English what you think the story might be. Then listen and see if your predictions were correct. Listen twice more, writing down the key words (the nouns, adjectives and verbs). Try and write sentences using the key words, thinking about the function words (the prepositions, the articles, the adverbs). Write it up in your English journal and show it to your teacher at the end of the week or email it to your teacher to be checked. Look up any words you didn’t understand but heard  – you could try using http://www.macmillandictionary.com/ for definitions and the thesaurus function. Pat yourself on the back* for being an independent learner and practising your English! Vocab: to pat yourself on the back (idiom) = to hit yourself gently on the back to tell yourself “well done” for some good work

Breakfast Club: what was in our news this week

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning in EC London’s cafe, we hold our breakfast club where students can come and discuss the day’s news with a teacher or other EC team member. We have the news on the BBC but we also have a newspaper to discuss topics and new language. Some of the language we have discussed this week is below. We hope to see you at the next Breakfast Club for a chat and hopefully a good English start to your day! a bin/ a rubbish bin  (n, count)= the place you out your rubbish e.g. crisp packet, old paper (British English) trash (n, uncount) = what you throw away and the place you throw it (US English) rubbish (n. uncount and adjective) = what you throw away and something that is terrible  e.g. That film was rubbish! (British English) spam mail  (n. unc)= emails which are sent to you that you do not want junk mail = emails which are sent to you that you do not want uni (n, count) = university e.g. Which uni did you go to? I went to Royal Holloway Uni for 4 years to soar (v) = to go up quickly e.g. the prices in London have soared / the birds soared above the city sore/saw = the same pronunciation as “soar) homophones= saw/sore/soar  = an example: words in English with the same pronunciation, but different spelling and different meaning snowflakes (n. count)   = the snow that falls – each individual piece is a snowflake to waste time = to not spend your time well or efficiently to benefit from something = to spend your time well doing something e.g. We really benefitted from the EC Breakfast Club!

Happy Australia Day!

Today is Australia Day and there will be celebrations going on all over Australia and London. But how much do you know about Australia and the history behind Australia Day? Find out more at: http://www.australiaday.org.au/experience/page76.asp Also, if you would like to join in the celebrations in London, visit this site for some ideas: http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/whatson/australia-day-london-feature-1686.html And if you’d like to learn some Australian expressions and slang, there’s an A-Z of Aussie language at: http://www.koalanet.com.au/australian-slang.html Ace!

Introducing: EC London’s Breakfast club!

What is it? A free drop-in session every morning from 8.30am (with the exception of Monday) for our students to kick start their English-speaking day in our wonderful café where students of similar levels can watch the news together, read the daily newspapers and discuss the issues of the day, with or without a teacher present. What it isn’t: Breakfast Club offers free English practice but you’ll need to pay for your coffee and croissants! And it isn’t a reenactment of the film by the same name. How will students benefit? · Free access to newspapers and opportunity for listening and speaking practice before even getting to class · Similar levels on different days giving students the opportunity to discuss issues with greater ease · Getting to know other students in the school, experiencing yet more varieties of English · Engages students in informed critical thinking (particularly useful for IELTS and Cambridge students) Sounds great! When does it start? From Tuesday 26th January: Tuesday & Thursday: High Intermediate-Advanced, including Exam students, Business minigroup and Private students Wednesday & Friday: Beginner-Intermediate students Hope to see you there and don’t forget: *********Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!******** to kick start (v) = to begin with energy the issues of the day (count n.) = the important topics or subjects that are in the news a reenactment (count n.) = a remake, a new version of something with greater ease (uncount n.) = it is easier