Jason last week EC Manchester

My EC Experience

I’m a French student and as part of my studies in a business school (IAE), I did a 3-month internship at EC Manchester in the “Student Services”. My stay is coming to an end, I have decided to talk about my EC Experience in EC Manchester Language School and in this city. First of all, my work at EC Manchester consists of two main tasks, management and communication tasks in order to make sure to make students stay as pleasant as possible. I’m Student in Bachelor in Marketing /Sales in my school in France and during this internship, I decided to make some changes in the school to improve as best as possible the experience of the students. For my first overseas experience, I decided to leave in England is especially in Manchester as I had a project to improve my English in a big city without French. Manchester being the cultural capital of England I made great discoveries and learned a new culture that I thought I knew but I do not know. In my free time, I visited Manchester, meet some great people that I will remember all my life.     During my EC Experience, I have made incredible encounters especially with Mike the school Centre director and Sarah the Director of Studies who are both adorable and pedagogical people. Then at the Student Service I met Liz an exceptional person and Hani my blog coach.This internship allowed me to meet people I would never have met without EC Manchester including Colombians, Brazilian, Saudi and Italian. All these meetings made me grow because I became acquainted with people of different nationalities and cultures which allowed me to learn the local customs in some countries.During these 3 months in this school, I gained know-how and a knowledge to be that I could not … Read more

Graduation at EC Manchester

All beautiful things have to end one day. After few weeks or few months, it’s finally time for our students to leave. After weeks of effort, of classes, but also fun, meetings, animations… they finally go home, heads full of memories, with new friends all around the world. It’s with emotion that we award their EC Manchester Language School  diploma. Directed by Aimee.   The graduation ceremony brings together all the students in the reception, to applaud them. Even their teachers come to participate, to greet one last time their students. Biscuits, sweet things, coffee, tea… It is full of emotion that we share a last moment discussing and taking photos together with our famous EC English orange frame. Among our new graduates, some stayed almost 1 year with us, in   Manchester: Abdullah, Nader, Hamad, Badr, Saleh, Ahmed, Abdulmuhsen, Abdulrahman, Abdullah, Mohammed & Asama. They are going to miss us, we hope that they enjoyed their time in our company in Manchester. Special thanks to Abdullah, our student ambassador who helped us to integrate new students every week, as an intermediary with all students and for his everyday good mood. EC Manchester will always remember them, but this is not over: Next Monday, new students will arrive, the EC team will expand again, and the adventure will keep going. We can’t wait to welcome them.    

New EC Manchester Language School students introduced though a Coffee and Chat

Coffee and Chat for our new students

Like every Monday, we have the pleasure to welcome new students at EC Manchester Language School. For start their new adventure  they will integrate their group as soon as possible! But above all, they will meet the other students who have arrived before them. That’s why we organise every Monday the activity Coffee and Chat: through role playing games, group speaking exercises… they are introduced to the Student Ambassadors, but also other students! The most important things of Coffee and Chat is to create friendship between our students, to permit them to interact in english not only at school, but outside too. Thanks to these new friends, they going to pass a wonderful journey in Manchester! Students are supervised by one of EC Manchester’s teacher while our lovely interns prepared for them coffee, tea, biscuits… to make this moment even more enjoyable. Now our new students are ready to start classes and become true bilingual with EC Manchester Language School!

Peak District Tour with Smile Adventures

On Saturday 27th May, some of our students had the pleasure to go on a trip to the Peak District with our partner Smile Adventures. The students visited one of the best national parks in the United Kingdom, located less than an hour from Manchester. The trip was for the whole day escorted by Lee, a super and friendly guide who helped them discover the beauty of Peak District with in a joyous and relaxed atmosphere.     The first stop was in Mam Tor, the students walked on a hill where they admired the 360-degrees view on the whole Peak District. The presence of free sheep made this place unique! The next stop was the traditional village of Castelton. This village attracts every year thousands of tourists. Students visited Peak Caverns located in center village. The Peak Caverns are the biggest natural caverns on the British Island where you can see the rest of an old village where a whole community lived and worked. Meanwhile other students preferred having a walk in the wonderful village under the sun and after they had lunch in a traditional pub on the terrace. After a good meal which permitted to create friendship between the students and in the same time to practice their English they resumed their trip. As the weather was good, Lee decided to add an improvised stop so the students had the chance to visit a very nice place which is not very know by the tourists.   The last stop was the famous Ladybower reservoir where the students had discovered one of the biggest reserves of drinkable water of England which supply the cities of Derby and Leicester. For the return, the bus passed in the “Snake Road” where the students admired for one last time the beautiful landscape of Peak District. Through EC Manchester Language School and Smile … Read more

Pietro receiving his graduation certificate

Pietro’s Testimonial

We would like introduce Pietro who came from Brazil and stayed one month with EC Manchester Language School. He would like to share his EC experience with a short testimonial:   “Student life in Manchester is, in general, quite comfortable. The facilities at the school are great, there’s no shortage of places to go shopping, and the nightlife is wild. Excluding the occasional unmotivated study partner, the class atmosphere is also great, with teachers that try their best to keep the classes entertaining and fun, which reflects on the students and their behavior. Said teachers are qualified and very effective, not to mention cheerful and fun, but most importantly, they are helpful: There was not a single moment in which I didn’t feel like my opinions mattered, or a situation where I felt like I wasn’t being listened to. Overall I’d definitely recommend the school to others looking for quality english teaching, as EC’s facilities are great, their teachers are dedicated, and the activities they do on weekends through Smile Adventures tours are also really fun. I made some good progress while there, from Advanced (C1) to Proficiency (C2), but I’m on the lower end – I’ve seen people walk in without knowing a single word of english, and in no time they were perfectly capable of holding conversations. It’s all possible if you put yourself to it.”   Want to have the same experience as Pietro? all you have to do is join us at EC Manchester or any of our language schools.   we promise that you will have an experience that you will never forget.   #ecexperience @ #ecmanchester  

FIFA Tournament

Last month, we had the idea of coming up with  a FIFA Tournament at the school. Thus, the tournament began on May 9th 2017 and it is finished on May 26th 2017. During this period, all students clashed one by one on the PS4 of EC Manchester. This tournament was really an amazing experience as it allowed some students to forge links and allowed them to  integrate into the school festivity. Thus, many students decided to participate in the tournament which took place throughout May. Several phases have been organized; Group Stage, Knock out Stage, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals & the Final!. Between each break, the students had only one goal, to play their FIFA match and to win as many matches as possible to go to Final. We are proud to have organized this tournament which was an enormous success in our school because the students were just talking about this event. The final  took place on 26 May 2017 between Javier and Camilo, it was a tough final, the score was  very tight and both participants are going to penalties. The suspense was at its highest until the last second of the match. So, Javier is our big winner of FIFA tournaments of May 2017. To congratulate him, we decided to offer him a magnificent Adidas football shirt with his name on it.           The big winner of the FIFA tournament       Although not everyone was able to participate in this event, it brought the students closer to the school and after its success, we want to organize another FIFA tournament at EC Manchester Language School.   Want to share the same experience of our students, then join us at EC Manchester. #ecexperience #ecmanchester

June Activity Program

For June, the Student Services Team from EC Manchester has done everything possible to offer amazing activity program for students in order to make the most of their experience with us. Firstly, we decided to create a new event called “Around the world Food Night”, with the aim of offering twice a month during the evening a restaurant to eat specialties from each country. So, to start this new event we chose to eat in a famous French restaurant to enable students to discover French culinary specialties. In two weeks, we will stop in a Mexican restaurant to eat the best burritos of Manchester. So, by the end of the year we would like to go around the world of the specialties of Manchester. In addition, on this activity program we offer students a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry, an outing at the Manchester Skating Rink and a beer pong in one of the best bars in the city. Also, with the beautiful weather coming, we had the very good idea of organizing a giant BBQ at Heaton Park with all of our students, we look forward to that moment.     This month we offer fantastic trips with our partner Smile Adventure in Lake District, Liverpool, North Yorkshire and Leeds. These weekend trips are an opportunity for students to discover new horizons and make new acquaintances. I will let you discover the activity program offered to students this month at EC Manchester Language School.