First day and Welcome Drink at EC Manchester

Every Monday we have new students who come to the school for their first day, they arrive at 8:30 and have a free muffin. After an induction of the school presented by Mike, they have the placement test to find their level. At lunch time, they can enjoy the tour of the city organized by the interns where they can discover the most useful places near the school. In the afternoon, the new students have Coffee and Chat, in this activity, they can meet other students and play different games and have free coffee/ tea and biscuits. Their first day finishes when Sarah gives them their timetable.  After this long day, the new students will have many occasions to meet the other students for example in class but also with the Welcome Drink on Tuesday. At EC Manchester, we have many different activities but one of the most popular for the students is the Welcome Drink. Every week, more than twenty students meet at the Yates Pub which is  5 minutes from the school and  after a long first day of class for the new students. This Tuesday the students were lucky because it was sunny and they enjoyed the terrace. The Welcome Drink helped the new students to feel integrated into the group.  With a drink and for some students a meal, they share their experience in the school and also the old students gave some tips to the new about the life in Manchester. For EC Manchester, it’s very important that the new students feel comfortable as quickly as possible, so we try to do our best to help them to do that.

North Wales Tour with Smile Adventure

Last weekend fifteen of our students went on a trip to North Wales with Smile Adventure. The students took the bus on Saturday morning in the rain in the direction of the city of Llandudno. A sun was awaiting them, they were able to discover the small seaside town considered  the most pleasant city to live in the Wales. After a walk on the waterfront and many photos proving that in England can also be nice, the students were back on the road to the town of Cowny. Conwy is a small traditional town which is very well known for its magnificent castle built in 1284. The students visited the castle in a “Game Of Thrones” atmosphere. After they enjoyed a traditional Fish & Chips by the river in the sun where good humor was present. After two stops in towns, the students left for the famous Snowdonia National Park. In a completely different atmosphere, the students found themselves in the countryside. The small walk through the greenery was amazing and beautiful. The students were able to admire the different landscapes that were offered to them between the rocks, lake and sheep. In the park, the water is so pure that it can be drunk directly to the river, the more adventurous decided to taste the water. During this trip, new friendships were created between the students who have at the same time where improving their English. All the students were delighted with this trip and discover another version of Britain! It is therefore possible thanks to EC Manchester for students to discover the beauty of England while improving their English.

July activities calendar

EC Manchester July Activity

Today, we will discover together the EC Manchester July Activity  creates by the interns especially for the EC Manchester students. All of our interns worked tirelessly to find the best possible activities to do on Manchester. Firstly, on July 5th our students will have the chance to visit the Museum Of Science and Industry, a place inevitable in Manchester, the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Then, every Thursday for July and August, our partner Smile Adventure offers our students a bike tour to discover Manchester under the summer sun. Moreover, we planned to do a bowling July 12nd with all of our students and then rock climbing on July 26th for lovers of strong sensations. In addition, like every Friday night after their classes, EC Manchester offers our passionate football students to compete in a match. Several other activities will also take place, including the international social event in a well known Manchester restaurant on July 11th, an escape room on July 19th for our most lazy students and finally our “Welcome Drink” which takes place every Monday of the month To welcome our new students and to allow them their first friendship in the school. On weekends in July, students will not have time to get bored as we have planned several trips to exceptional places around Manchester such as Peak District, Lake District and York to enjoy the view and relax Under the sun and I no longer think of anything. Otherwise, for the most terrible of them and sensation enthusiasts we organized for the 22nd of July a day at Alton Tower and on the 29th of July a day at the paintball. Thus, our students have to be prepare for the monthly programme created especially for them. We look forward to many of them and hope that … Read more

Manchester Bike Tour with Smile Adventures

Smile Adventures, our partner, prepare every week-end wonderful activities as tours in Liverpool, Peak District, Alton Towers, etc. In July, the agency has organised every Thursdays a new kind of activity : a Bike Tour all around Manchester! On Sunday and Monday, students can make a quick visit of the city center of Manchester. But with Lee, the Smile Adventures guide, they have the possibility to visit further and very nice places in the city! The starting point is Piccadilly Gardens, but they don’t need to hire there bike: Smile Adventures already did it for them! They start by follow the canal until the museum of Science and Industry. A very important place for a city which has taken its symbol from the Industry Revolution, the worker bee. After that, they regain the canal passing through Castlefield, until the old Trafford Stadium. A staple place for football lovers!   The second part of the bike tour is Salford Quays. Next to Manchester, the Salford’s quays has a lot of interesting staple places as the Lowry art center and one the five Imperial War Museum in England and Media City. During the tour, the guide speak about the story of different stops they do. Perfect to support a full immersion English courses in Manchester, with an historic approach of the city. A last stop at Peel house, and our bikers are back after two or three hours going through Manchester and Salford. They all past a wonderful tour with Lee! And next week, new student will enjoy it! Why not you?

First day with EC Manchester: Manchester Orientation Tour!

Even if classes start on Monday, the bravest future new students can join us on Sunday at 11:00 am for a brunch in Manchester. It is a friendlier way to meet us for them, and a good way to enjoy a wonderful brunch in our favorite restaurant “The Alchemist”. After everyone ordered their brunch, we all start to speak about where all are from, what do they study, etc. After roughly one hour, once bellies full, we start our Manchester Orientation Tour! And we are very lucky: the sun was here on the day, for a perfect walk! We started by showing them all interesting places around Piccadilly Garden such as the post office, the bus stop… but it is just the useful spot, the most interesting come after. For our football fans, we pass through the National Football museum and its famous football players pavement. The next step is the oldest public library of all Manchester, the museum Chethams Library. Maybe you already know it but all museums in Manchester are free to visit!  The next stop is the pubs Sinclair’s Oyster & Old Wellington, where we took the time for a picture together.Then we kept walking in Manchester, passing through John Ryland Library, Lincoln Square… Finally, we arrived in front of the Town Hall, where there is a festival those days! And we ended our tour by passing in Chinatown, the biggest in the whole UK where you can find a lot of Asian restaurant, karaoke also, etc. There are now ready for a full immersion English courses in Manchester! Tomorrow we going to see them for the beginning of their EC Experience!

A Special Barbecue at EC Manchester!

The EC Family expected for this barbecue on Sunday. A lot of students sign for it and everybody spoke about it the whole week ! Our interns bought meat, bread, crisps, drink… but the Manchester weather was not in our favor, so we can’t find any place outside where we could go… Anyway, we did not get discouraged, and we stayed inside for a Special Barbecue at EC Manchester Language School and enjoyed our time! While most of students were playing board games as Uno or Jenga with half of the interns.Together, we had set up the reception room into a buffet, with game spaces! We completely improvised, but it was a nice alternative to the expected barbecue. And preparing it all together made it much better! After three sandwiches per person, we spend all afternoon in the school. With chocolate biscuits for the dessert, playing together, discussing… It was also a good opportunity to meet new students who will start the EC adventure the next day. Everybody stayed until 4:30 pm, tired of this wonderful afternoon together, but now it’s time to rest before going back to class tomorrow! To share this time with us too : why not subscribe for a full immersion English courses in Manchester?