February Activity Calendar at EC Manchester

EC Manchester Activity Calendar – February 2018

Monthly Activities and Free Workshop Calendar There are many fun activities and classes to get involved in at EC Manchester this month. Why not come and join us! Every Thursday and Friday there is a language workshop for you to improve areas of your English. The area changes every week so you can choose which you would prefer the most from pronunciation, writing, preparing your CV and grammar. Also, IELTS clinic every week will help you to prepare for the exam. There are many fun trips this month around lovely areas of the UK. If you prefer the quiet countryside and walking among the hills, the Peak District is perfect. If you fancy spending some money, head over to Chester and the Outlet on February 10th to find designer brands at cheaper prices. Or if it’s historical buildings and more of a buzzing city you enjoy, why not join the trip to Edinburgh or York to discover some of the wonderful cathedrals, castles and old shopping streets. As always, we have coffee and chat on Mondays and the welcome drink on Tuesdays to get to know the new students and make friends or if you prefer something a little more active, the football club on Fridays is always a popular option. If you are thinking about studying at a UK University and are interested in preparing for the IELTS, why not register for our EC Manchester IELTS special focus class to get yourself ready. Have a fun February at EC Manchester!    

Ninja Warrior: EC Students coming to your TV screen soon! (or not…)

For a change of activity, the EC Manchester staff organised a Ninja Warrior training last week. Exactly as the famous TV show, it is a really difficult obstacle run, where all your body is working hard! Nevertheless, a lot of brave students wanted to try. Just in case, we booked the Academic level, it was the first time for everyone after all. When we arrived, it  was the case that the academic level is for young people… So we finally change for the Ninja Recruit level. Fortunately, even for adult runs, there were different level of run. Full of confidence, we were starting with the first obstacle in front of us when a member of the staff interrupted us. We were just starting by the hardest one. So she took us to the easiest one, made us some warm up exercise and gave us the security policy. Now, we were really ready to start our ninja initiation! At this moment, it was possible to see different behaviors between the student : those who went first for it, and the other who preferred to look first how to do and then try. It was very demanding tests:strength, velocity, balance… All the body was solicited! But some students were very comfortable, and succeeded the tests one after the other! The favorite one was the final of each runs, the wall! Students had to run on the wall and jump to reach the border, and it was increasingly difficult! But increasingly fun too!   Only the bravest (and tallest) students were able to partially manage the hardest run! Despite of the challenge, they didn’t give up! For a first time, they were really motivated! It is fatigued that we came back in town, eager to take a good shower!

EC Activities: “Prison Break” with Break Out

Last week-end, EC Manchester organised an Escape room for a couple of students. This is Rene’s testimony, one of the participating students : “We arrived the hall of breakout. One of the staff members welcomed us and wanted to know whether we have some experience in playing escape games. He realized the most of us had their first escape room experience on this day. So he has given us a detailed introduction than. Before the game has been started they took me in the room at first. Because I was the wrongly imprisoned person in this game. He handcuffed me and looked me into a cell. Now the game could finally start. The others came in the room and it was their task to free me from the cell and afterwards we had to escape the room before the warden is back in his office. The room was separated in a cell and the warden’s office. Obviously the warden was a big fan of playing games. We’ve found some play cards, poker chips and a chessboard. Now my mates started to investigate his office and I my cell. Unfortunately my range to move was rather limited because of my handcuffs. But one of my mates found the key and I could free my self from my handcuffs. But I was still locked in my cell. At least from the cell I could help to find some ideas how to manage some of the puzzles. Than we found a connection how to use the poker chips and the chessboard. Also the playcards led us to a new solution. Finally we found a key to open my metal door. We continued together to investigate the rooms, open padlocks and found also some really tricky hidden places. Of course we needed also a … Read more

Wonderful 3 months internship at EC Manchester English School!

My name is Theo, and I am a French student in a business school Telecom Business School. This summer, I had to do an internship, and a friend told me about his internship. He did it at EC Manchester, a language school, 2 years ago. It was a great opportunity, to be able to complete my internship abroad. So, interested in, I postulated and here I am: student at the “Student Services”. The first main part of my internship here was student registration management. So every week, I have prepared Welcome packs for arriving students, input their information in the system, prepared timetables and schedule… It was very nice because it is the first contact with students, and with new friends! Because it is also the opportunity to meet new friends from all around the world, with their own culture! And on the other hand, it was a communication internship. As I have a second technical degree in com munication I was able to use my knowledge to help the school to improve its communication. So I created new templates for posters and weekly presentations. By improving their communication, I also improve my skills in English by writing blogs like this one. Of course, I didn’t just work here, but I also have enjoyed the beautiful city of Manchester, and around thanks to the trips organised! I have been pleasantly surprised how open minded Mancunian people are. They have all their own style without fear of others’ opinion. I have really appreciated it! And Northern Quarter was definitely my favorite place, very different from what kind of neighbourhood we can find in France. Thank you EC Manchester for those amazing 3 months, I am coming back home the luggage full of souvenirs and memories!

Paintball with Smile Adventure !

Some of our students played Paintball Saturday 29th July. They left Manchester in the morning with students from others language schools . All the paintball staff welcomed the students with military atmosphere.  Once everybody was fitted with all of the protective clothes, the staff explained all the security instructions and how to play paintball. In total, we had four teams and each team played against the same team every times. The goal of the first game was to take the flag of the opposite camp. For some students, it was the first time they played Paintball so the first game was a discovery. After the second game, the students had a break and enjoyed a free pizza. During this time , they shared their experience of the paintball and tried to make new tactics for the afternoon games.  After a break of one hour, the games restarted. For the third game one team had to steal the money in a bank during the other team had to try to protect it.  The last game was  “one shot” rule, one team had to shoot all the other players of opposite team. If a player is touched, he left the game.  Each round lasted 30 minutes so at the end every student played 2 hours. At the end of the day despite some bruises, students can’t wait to play again! Thanks to EC Manchester and Smile Adventures, students were able to discover a new sport and really enjoyed themselves!  

Smile Adventures journey : Chester!

Like every weekend, our partner Smile Adventures organised this Saturday a wonderful journey. This time, it was in Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet & Chester. Between the whole Designer Outlets in the United Kingdom, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is the biggest! Thanks to a group offer, they all had 10% discount in every fashion shop of the village! Very useful to complete their dressing! So our students were able to enjoy shopping from 10:00 to 13:00 in shops like Hugo Boss, Vans, Superdry ,etc. After lunch, it is finally time to go to Chester! This fabulous two-thousand-years-old city has a lot of history, beautiful alleys, and spots dating to the Roman empire period. A lot of things to learn and admire, like the Eastgate Clock of Chester.   After some selfies, the smiling guides took them to the roman vestiges as thermals and the amphitheater. According to the history, a lot of people trying to run from the city was killed in this theater… It was found during public works, building a new church just next to the place! Then they went to the Chester Quays, and squirrels came to welcome them! Finally they finished the day by free time. So they were able to visit the city center, the cathedral or alleys, by 18:30 everybody was tired and decided to go home, with lots of pictures and souvenirs! Thank you Smiles Adventures for this amazing journey!   If you want to participate in these type of trips, come over and study General English courses in Manchester! We are looking forward to meeting you!

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.

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!