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

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

English Courses with New Friends in London

My Name is Andy and I have been teaching English courses at EC London for 8 years. I have seen, now more than ever, students learning English by making new friends and speaking together outside of the classroom and I want to share what I have seen with you. New Friends With the current global situation, I have found that the students who are studying at the EC London school right now are looking for any opportunity to maximise human connections. Before class, during breaks and after class, it is wonderful to see learners planning their afternoons, evening and weekends together, trying to make the most of their EC and London experience even more fruitful and memorable. The one thing that is really touching is how established students welcome new students with open arms and are keen to involve them in their social experiences outside of class time. Social Life From speaking to students, it is wonderful to hear what they have been doing with their free time when not in class. They have been going out on walks, going to pubs, going to restaurants, visiting museums, relaxing in parks, sightseeing and even more I’m sure. For some of these students, they are embarking on a new chapter in their lives. For others, they are learning English to study at university. Some are learning English out of interest or out of a desire to travel or for their work. One thing that all of these students have in common, though, is a desire to be social in an environment where they are able to enrich not only their EC or London experience, but their life experience as a whole. Speaking English While students speak a lot of English in class, it is important that they continue this outside of the … Read more