Welcome New Students!

Today is the last day of 2012 and we welcomed only 2 new students from Brazil and Switzerland!  They are so happy to be spending New Year’s Eve in Montreal!  We are delighted to welcome them to our EC Montreal family and wish them much success in their language learning!

Snow Village!

Parc Jean-Drapeau welcomes- a SNOW VILLAGE which has a hotel, restaurant, replicas of familiar buildings and lighted snow tunnels to explore all winter long. This Finnish concept attraction allows visitors and clients to enjoy a unique Montréal-winter experience. The Snow Village ties in nicely with the Parc’s winter program. The Snow Village will officially open on January 4th.  This is the 2nd Annual Snow Village for Montreal!  The village honours New York City this year!! An overview of the Village’s attractions ice hotel heated spas snow igloos ice restaurant with a well-known chef ice bar with a terrace meeting rooms ice chapel snow sculpture exhibit snow labyrinth snow slide replicas of familiar buildings (photos courtesy of Tourisme Montreal)

January Social Events Calendar!

We are kicking off 2013 in a huge way!!  January will definitely be a month to remember at EC Montreal!  We’ve got so many wonderful activities and events planned for our students!  We will be offering somthing for everyone with all our cultural and sporty activities and our weekend excursions and ski trips!!  Although January is typically the coldest month of the year, it doesn’t stop us Montrealers from going out and having a great time!!  There is so much happening in the city; especially in Old Montreal with the winter extravaganza and the Snow Village on Parc Jean Drapeau!!  A whole village made out of snow and ice – bars, restaurants, night clubs – all made out of ice!!  Can you imagine that?! We hope to welcome you here in Montreal during the most magical season of the year!!  🙂

Ring in the New Year!

A lot of people are asking themseves what they’re going to do on the night of December 31, 2012 in order to welcome the New Year. It might be easy to plan for Montrealers but quite a few of our EC Montreal international students  actually asked us the  question. In answering them the first thing that comes to mind is the New Year’s Grand Ball at the Old Port. For its 9th edition, Old Montreal’s Extravaganza and the Old Port of Montréal unite forces to create what promises to be THE EVENT of the year! On the evening of December 31st, the New Year’s arrival will be celebrated once again at the very animated Place Jacques-Cartier. As usual, shows will take over the stage! The Final Countdown will take place on Monday, December 31st, at 23:59:50 .  About 40,000 people attend the Old Port’s Grand Bal du Nouvel An so be ready for a crowd And keep in mind it is free for all ages!!! If you are willing to spend some money you can check out www.clubzone.com for infinite options of saying goodbye to 2012 and welcoming 2013!        

Happy New Year in Snowy Montreal

EC Montreal would like to wish all their students studying English or French abroad a Happy and Prosperous New Year.  We at EC Montreal take pride in our beautiful city and school and we always strive to do the best for our students.  Yesterday we had our first major snow storm but that didn’t keep staff and students away from the school.  We had a record breaking amount of snowfall of 45 centimetres.  Students are absolutely enjoying the beautiful sparkly snow. WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY, HEALTHY PROSPEROUS 2013!! Enjoy the beautiful weather and the city at its finest.                                                                                                                                                                                             HAPPY NEW YEAR

Fun ways to say goodbye to 2012

Once again, we are approaching the end of the year. Our EC Montreal students studied English and French very hard all year long and we would like to present them some fun ways to end 2012 and say hello to the new year 2013! For music lovers In the holiday tradition: hear the Notre-Dame Basilica organ in action on December 23-24 and 28-31 at 2 p.m. and join the Arte Musica choral concert “Let’s Sing Christmas!“ at the Montreal Fine Arts Museum on December 28-29, 2 p.m   Even the cold weather and snow can’t keep you inside? Perfect! Because Montreal offers lots to see and do outside all winter long. You can skate on a huge outdoor skating rink looking at picture perfect skyline of Montreal. You will also want to check out Noël sur l’avenue along Mont Royal Avenue east of Mont Royal Park, and the further-east Olympic Park Winter Village, where from December 22-24 and again December 27-31, kids and adults alike can go ice skating and sledding, hang out with Rudolph and the other reindeer, sing Christmas songs and more – there are even fireworks on December 31.     New Years’ Eve Grand Bal  This is about as close as we will get to feeling like we are in Times Square for New Years eve, right here on home soil. The giant outdoor celebration attracts over 40,000 people with live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks presentation starting at 10pm on on New Year’s Eve at Place Jacques Cartier in Old Montreal. The featured house band this year is Raffy.   (Photos courtesy of Toursime Montreal)

New Schedule – January 7, 2013

As of January 7, 2013, EC Montreal will have a new course schedule for our General, Semi-Intensive and Intensive programmes. General = 20 Lessons Semi-Intensive = 24 Lessons Intensive = 30 Lessons Each instructional lesson is 50 minutes long. Please also note that starting January 7, 2013, EC Montreal’s office hours will change to 8:30 to 5:00 (Monday to Friday). EC Montreal wishes you much success with you language learning!

Student Review: Willem Wolleswinkel

An amazing experience! There are a lot of positive features surrounding this school, but to start of with the first one, it’s just the location already. The school is located in the middle of downtown area on the famous St. Catherine Street. The school is surrounded by all kind of foodshops and cafe’s. And besides this, the school has all kinds of technical equipment to support the learning of a language. The teachers that I had were truly amazing. Especially my A&B class teacher Lucy was really fantastic. Everyday she prepared the lesson with new material that was related to the interests of the students in the class. I could never imagine to learn soo much in such a short amount of time. Besides the facilities of the school and the teachers are there of course the other students. For me, it was a great experience to meet people from all over the world and most of these people were also interested in meeting other people, and with all the great activities organised by the two awesome activity coordinators, it’s really easy to find new friends! Overall I had an amazing time here in Montreal and I might come back to learn French one day! But I can definitely recommend this school to learn English or French!

Christmas Karaoke and Chocolate Candy Cane Martini

Oh my goodness what a fun filled entertaining afternoon. Today at EC Montreal we continued our Christmas festivities singing Christmas songs while drinking chocolate candy cane flavored martinis in the student lounge at the second break.  It was so much fun seeing all our students enjoy a wonderful afternoon singing, dancing and having a drink.  Students are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn English or French abroad and very appreciative of the attention given to them by EC Staff.  They love the extra activities that we provide and can’t wait for the next one.  Everyone at EC Montreal is ready for the Holiday Season-Best Wishes to All!    

recommended by a friend…

Two weeks ago an international student came to get information about our school. I was more than happy to give it to her accompanied by a tour of the EC Montreal facilities. She told me she was an international student from Brazil , already enroled in a language school in Montreal to learn French, but that her experience at the school was disappointing, and she wanted to change schools. After she told me all about her experience and I explained how our school works, she was ready to enroll.  At that point  I suggested her to take the placemetn test and try our classes first, just to ensure that the programme is what she is looking for in order to avoid another unpeasant experience. She absolutely loved the idea! To make a not too long story short, she is studying in out French beginner class now, and she was the first student to buy bakes goodies at our  charity bake sale on Friday Decemeber 14, 2012. On that occasion she told me she loves her classes! Oh, and I forgot to mention that I had asked her how come she came to us on her search for a better school. She said we were recommended by a friend… Good luck with your French course Lisiane, and I hope your time at EC Montreal and in Montreal will be just great!