A Piece of London Art, by artist, Luis Ignacio Bottaro Paez Pumar

                At EC London, we take pride in our wall decorations. We have some wonderful London designs and landscapes, and we were a little nervous when Daniel, our Assistant Director of Studies, proposed that one of his students do a full-size graffiti wall in our main student lounge. Luckily, that student was Luis Ignacio Bottaro Paez Pumar, from Venezuela, who has been having a great EC experience staying with a London homestay and studying towards his CPE course. Luis started his research in January into the skyline and architecture of London, and in no time at all came up with a proposal for his design. A few minor adjustments were made, and Luis came in last weekend, and spray painted our beloved student lounge wall. Needless the say, the results are stunning. The design features London landmarks, features of the Skyline, the Shard, Wembley Stadium, the British Museum, Camden Market, the Walkie-Talkie Tower, the Tower Bridge, and the brightly coloured London townhouses and blocks have brightened up the whole room. We have had amazing feedback from students, staff and even some of our VIP visitors who come through the school. Luis – you have made a great piece of art and you have left a wonderful legacy on EC London: it will be enjoyed and admired for many, many years to come. Thank you!!     If you would like to study English at EC London, please get in contact with us at london@ecenglish.com for more information or have a look at some of the English Courses we offer. We offer a wide range of courses to suit your needs, from General English to Special Focus classes to exam classes like Cambridge and IELTS. At EC London we also offer a great range of … Read more

The Benefits of Private Lessons

Learning English can be difficult at times, and it can also be difficult knowing which kind of course to choose. General English? Exam English? Business English? Private Lessons? Everyone is different, and before choosing your course it can help if you know exactly what you need. But this is not always the case. Among the most popular kind of courses are private lessons. So, why take private English lessons in London? They are often (a lot) more expensive than group classes, and often much shorter as well. So why do students decide to take them? Well, there are many benefits: The teacher can focus on YOUR English, on your strengths, and the areas you need to work on. As long as you do a lot of homework, your English may well improve faster than if you study in a group. You can negotiate the lesson topics and subjects with the teacher, and study things that YOU find interesting. If you need English for a specific job or situation (University Project, Job Interview) it can be very helpful to work ONLY on this. You can ask the teacher for as much correction and as many explanations as you want without worrying about the other students in the class. You can go at your pace – if it’s too fast, slow down! Too slow? Speed up! You can bring your own materials to class and the teacher can prepare tailor-made lessons for you. There are often fewer distractions, and private lessons are often very INTENSIVE. However, many students find this to be a great benefit. Hard work brings greater rewards! However, there is one disadvantage of private lessons, which is you do not have the same chance to practise your English with other students, and there is no group interaction. This is important … Read more