Teacher’s testimonial: Sameh Drira

About me:   My name is Sameh Drira and I live in Manchester. My passion has always been books, travelling and teaching. I speak Tunisian, Standard Arabic, French and I’m learning Spanish! My dream is to travel around the world! I’ve already visited 20 countries so far and I love collecting miniatures as a souvenir representing each city/ country.   Professional experience:   I have an MA in Theoretical and Applied English Linguistics and an MA in English/Arabic Translation. I worked as a freelance translator and translating film scripts was what I enjoyed the most. I have a CELTA and I took a development course in order to be able to prepare students for the IELTS test. (I know the IELTS test inside out as I passed it myself!). I gained valuable experience teaching both adults and teenagers working at a private high school in the Middle East and volunteering at a language school in Manchester. I have been an EFL teacher at EC English for almost a year and I’m enjoying it!   My classes are… ..student-centred where my role is to enable learners to become their best through effective and interactive lessons. My students are the source of inspiration as to how to plan my future lessons. You are all here to learn and discover a new language by following an English course, so don’t worry about making mistakes, relax and have fun!   What I love about Manchester: It’s a vibrant city where there is always something to see and celebrate (Christmas markets, Festivals, street performances). People are friendly and eager to help. September is the busiest month as many students from different corners of the world come to study here. It’s a student-friendly city! So don’t miss out the opportunity to go out and practice your … Read more

Intern Testimonial : Maeva

  Hi, my name is Maeva and I am the new Student Services Intern. Before that I studied employment law for 5 years at the University of Bordeaux in France and after I have studied Human Resources in the Business school of Bordeaux. It’s very important for me to improve my skills in English and that’s why I decided to do my internship in the UK  and more specifically in Manchester and that’s why I’m following an English course. I am doing my internship with a programme “Erasmus Primera” which is a European Programme. I chose Manchester because I would like to improve my skills in English for my future job and discover British Culture. It’s my first week in EC Manchester and the Staff and the teachers are very nice and friendly. Working at EC Manchester it’s a real opportunity for me to talk with many people who come from all the parts of the world.   Maeva Ferrand

Intern Testimonial : Celest

 Pablo and Celest Hi! I’m Celest and I’ve been studying at the School of Translation and Interpreting in the Netherlands, Maastricht, and am doing my internship here at EC in Manchester. I’ve been here now for almost a month and really enjoy both the school and Manchester. Compared to my hometown, this city is very big and feels so alive. There is always something to see or do. From going out in the clubs, getting a pint in one of the pubs in the Northern Quarter, going to a concert in the Ritz or Manchester Central, to shopping in Arndale. I really enjoy working at the school! Because the school is relatively small, you get to know everyone and because it’s a school for people who are learning English, you get to know a lot of different cultures as well, which can be really interesting. I’ve already met some really great people and know for sure that the next four months are going to be as awesome as the last one has been. Cheers!