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

It’s Good to Talk

  The people of Guangzhou in south China really do love to talk! On the street, in the car, riding a bicycle – you name it, mobile phones are never far from people’s ears in this city.     Here are my top ten favourite unusual places where I have seen people chatting on their mobile phones:     10) On a very crowded underground train (yes, the phones here even work under ground!) 9)     In a cable car 8) While participating in a yoga class 7) While teaching a yoga class 6) In a crowded lift 5) On a bamboo raft 4) While riding a tandem 3) While riding an elephant 2) Standing on the peak of a very peaceful mountain     … and finally, drum roll please…     1) While taking off in an aeroplane!