Daneal’s Experience to learn English in London

This testimonial is from Danael , a Swiss-German student, who recommends everyone to go to EC to learn English in London! We asked him the reason why he chose to come to EC London: I chose to study with EC because my teacher in Switzerland and the agent from Boa Lingua advised it to me. Our second question is: what did he like about the school? I liked the people and the staff in EC school because they are helpful and open. We asked Danael what will be his unforgettable memory of EC? The most unforgettable memory of EC was when they helped me to choose the best way to travel. Especially one person spent her free time for this. We would like to know if he wants to recommend EC to a friend and why: I would recommend EC school to my friends because I had a very good experience to study here in London. EC was for my level the best choice. Our last but not least question is, what is the best thing to do on Sunday? The best thing to do on Sunday for me is going to the local Church with my christen friends. We thank Danael for this special message and we hope to see him and his friends soon!

Cecile shares her EC London English School experience

Dear Future EC London student,   Finally, the first day of your school of English EC London experience begins. Congratulations, because I know that you made a really good choice. I hope that you will have such a great time as me. To reach this I would like to give you some recommendations for your stay. The main point is that you really enjoy your time here in London both at school and during your leisure time. When it comes to socializing I’d rather propose you to join different things of the social program because it is very easy to make friends. What is really important is that you should speak English even if some of your friends may speak the same language as you. Another point is the homework. Try to do the exercises which your teacher gives you after every lesson. If they give you some extra practice, use this great opportunity if you find enough time. Also the attendance in class is quite important, otherwise you miss a lot of stuff and it’s a waste of money at the same time. So, the last thing I can say now, is that you should enjoy your time, make lots of new friends, especially British ones and study hard.   I wish you all the best! Cecile   Are you inspired and excited to study at School of English EC London? Come and join us this summer and attend an English course in London at EC London.

Learn English with songs at home!

Do you like music? What’s your favourite song at the moment? Do you want to use songs to help you improve your listening, vocabulary and pronunciation skills? Then this is the site for you! Go to www.lyricstraining.com, choose a song and a level of difficulty then complete the words as you hear them! The song will only continue to play if you have typed the correct words, and you can choose an easier level if you prefer. And best of all, it’s free! I hope you enjoy using the site – let me know what you think when you have tried it! Sam

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!

The EC London Careers Desk… coming soon!

Have you ever considered studying at university in the UK? Are you improving your English to help your career prospects? Would you like to find a part-time job while you study in London?   If the answer to any of these questions is yes (and you are a current EC London student) then look out for details of our brand new Careers Desk service coming soon to EC London.  There will be information sessions on the university application process, guidance on career paths and tips on looking for part-time work as well as the chance to make individual appointments with our careers adviser to discuss your own plans and needs in more detail.    See you there!

Guided E Learning launches at EC London!

Monday 8th November sees the official launch* at EC London of an online solution for studying English, finding information, signing up for events and submitting forms. Every EC London student will be given their own personal log-in and will be able to access an archive of study materials which adapt to their level of English and track their progress. Highlights include: Exam materials for FCE, CAE, CPE and IELTS including videos of speaking tests Tutorial facility to use with your teacher Request holidays/attendance letters/progress reports/bank letters online Book appointments with members of the EC team to talk about your academic programme/accommodation If you have any questions about how to use Guided ELearning, please come to Reception or email us on london@ecenglish.com Vocabulary: *Launch (v) (n) = to start/ a new beginning

Why do people blog?

What is it about blogging that keeps people interested? And are microblogging sites, such as Twitter, more popular than the “traditional” type? I really enjoy following other teachers’ blogs as they have many ideas to share and twitter is also a fantastic window on to what people are interested in RIGHT NOW! The only downside is not being to keep up with all the new technologies, websites, and ideas… it’s a constant game of catch-up! Do you follow anyone on Twitter or regularly read people’s blogs? What do you think makes a really good blog?

The Year of the Tiger

  Sunday 14th February 2010 was a day for huge celebration in China as we all welcomed in the new lunar year!   Similar to December in the western world, the month leading up to this great day is an exciting time of preparation and anticipation. Here in the Guangdong province lanterns adorn the streets, orange trees decorate the buildings and red envelopes containing “lucky money” are hung from the branches to be given to all unmarried family members on the first day of the new year.   Most people spend the previous day travelling home to their families where they enjoy the week-long public holiday feasting on traditional delicacies and celebrating together.      Not having a Chinese family to go home to, we decided to make the most of our week by visiting the beautiful town of Yangshuo in nearby Guanxi province. There we enjoyed a wonderful few days of cycling, bamboo-rafting, walking and climbing the stunning karst mountains. Here is a photo of me on the bamboo raft with our faithful captain, Andy:     We stayed in a fantastic guesthouse called The Giggling Tree where the friendly Dutch staff made us very welcome and the chef worked his magic to create no end of mouth-watering dishes.   We returned to Guangzhou feeling rested, refreshed and more than ready to take on the Year of the Tiger!     Vocab focus: lunar year = the year according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar anticipation = hope and excitement adorn = decorate (formal) feasting = eating hungrily and with great enjoyment to make the most of sth = to use to the best advantage, to profit from sth mouth-watering = delicious

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