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!    

My EC Manchester Experience – Spanish Student Noelia

My name is Noelia I am 19 years old and I am from Spain. When by November 2016 I decided I wanted to live my experience in Manchester, my agency recommended me to study in EC. I had high expectations and from the very first moment they lived up to the hype. The duration of my course was only 4 weeks, not too long but once you get to EC they make you feel like you are part of that great family. The welcome of the students and the staff is incredible and I was very shocked that being in a foreign country surrounded by people from all over the world they were making me feel like I was at home, or even better. The classes in EC are very dynamic, they are not the typical ones in which you spend hours without looking up from the book but the teachers give you the opportunity to express yourself and to improve your English a lot. Everybody in the class is always involved in the conversations and the teachers make sure of that. Also, the rest of the staff are very caring and they constantly ask you if everything is going in the best way possible. Thanks to EC Manchester I have lived one of the best experiences of my life and I have met extraordinary people, so I strongly recommend everyone to choose this school. I am very happy with the choice I made, it was the best decision ever. If you want to have an experience like Noelia, why don’t you sign up for IELTS Courses in Manchester  

My Student Ambassador experience at EC Manchester English School!

Being an EC student ambassador is one of the best experiences i have ever had here in Manchester. Since EC Manchester has become not only a school, but also a second home for me, i will never regret doing this. I still remember the moment i was asked if i am interested to be a part of the school as a student ambassador, i told myself “why not?”, and that is the beginning of the new me.   At first, I was too shy to speak. Actually, i was too shy to do everything because i was not confident in myself enough to feel that i am also as good as others. But when i became a student ambassador, i have to do things which i never thought i would do it before like talking with new people like i have known them for years, being even more friendly and out-going, trying not to be shy, making people laugh, entertaining them, helping them as they are one of my best friends, including answering some questions about grammar. These things were new to me but i think i have done it quite well. To be honest, i feel really good when people come to me for help. I don’t mind helping them. I love seeing their faces turning from confusing mode to realising one, and that makes me really happy. Besides, I can improve my English skills in both speaking and listening because I have to listen to many accents from all around the world, also learn to know how to speak and use the variety of vocabularies with different levels of people. Lastly, the most wonderful thing i have from being a student ambassador is friendship. I have got many friends. Even if i know that they come and go, … Read more

EC Manchester English Student Ambassador Testimonial by Ricardo

One of our awesome student ambassadors is leaving this week, here’s his testimonial about his EC Experience at EC Manchester. Thank you for the good times Ricardo!   Remembering my very first days at EC Manchester made me realize the importance of a warm welcome when someone, like I did, arrives into a new culture, particularly if it is going to be for a long period of time. I said this not because it wasn’t offered to me at that moment but because I wanted to take part in this process and try to make friends who I could enjoy this exciting city with.   Now that I am in my last days here and look back, the fact of being an EC ambassador opened to me a whole world of opportunities to enhance my experience, from going to play football on Fridays to participate in coffee and chat on Mondays when the new students come to improve their English. Those activities are available to join but when you feel part of the school, a feeling of belonginess arises deep down.   I will certainly miss EC, Manchester, my friends and but I am completely happy and satisfied I’ve accomplished a goal I’d set up long time ago. Now, I just have several tools to keep learning English whenever and wherever I go.   Ricardo Velasco   Find out more about homestay Manchester English Courses!  

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

English in the city: Police Museum Visit!

In addition to our general English courses, we also propose some Intensive classes every day from 13:00 to 14:30. While some students are preparing the IELTS exam or learning more professional vocabulary, others are going outside to visit the city. Thanks to the Special Focus class “English in the City”, an Intensive English courses in Manchester, students can improve their English by visiting Manchester. This time, the teacher took them to the Police Museum.   Next to the center of Manchester, this museum expose two hundred years of history until today. The first room was the crime room: an old officer office with a lot of different criminal weapons exposed, from the old and rusty blade to the tommy gun. The second room was the biggest of the museum. In this one, students were able to try some police suits as helmets and coats. A lot of pictures decorate the room, but also mannequin on police motorbike.   The visit continued outside, and it is probably the most animated part of the museum. First, armed policemen presented current police stuff like handcuffs, bulletproof jacket and rifles. Even without magazine, it’s very heavy! Then, a more attractive part for the youngest: a police dog with his master, who liked visitors hugs! The next part of the museum was an old police office. Students started by the reception were a policeman was presenting old handcuff and all sort of things. Next to this room, 4 jails was open to the public. Today they are not use anymore, so visitors was able to try the beds, that were actually made only of wood, very uncomfortable… In the last one, pictures of all people incarcerated decorate the walls. Finally, at the first floor of the police office, a small Court of Justice where they were able … Read more

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

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!

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