Marina Ito From Japan: “It was awesome…”

Marino Ito is a lovely young woman from Japan.  She is participating in EC Montreal’s Bilingual programme which consists of 30 Lessons per week. Here is what she wanted to share about her EC experience: I chose EC Montreal because I wanted to learn English and French.  It was a big challenge for me and sometimes difficult but I always do my best. I participated in many EC activities.  I really loved them.  My favorite activity was the Mont-Tremblant excursion.  It was awesome and as our tour guide, Marcus always says “sooooo romantic”. I will always remember my time at EC Montreal! 

Camilla Fogli From Italy: “Great experience…”

Camilla Fogli participated in our full immersion French programme in Montreal.  She studied in our General French programme which consists of 20 Lessons of tuition per week. Today was her last day at EC Montreal and she wanted to share her experience with all of you.  Here is what she had to say: Great experience!  It helped me a lot to improve my French.  I really enjoyed the weekend trips. I had good teachers.  I liked my accommodation at the Varcity 515.  Everything was wonderful! Thank you!

Nayeli Martinez Hernandez From Mexico: “This experience has been the best…”

Nayeli Martinez Hernandez has been participating in EC Montreal’s General English programme for the past six months!  She is a talented film maker from Mexico City.  She decided to shoot a short film of her EC Montreal experience during her stay.  This, she says, will be part of her portfolio.  She promised to send it to us when it is completed.  We saw bits of it during her stay and we are already impressed beyond belief! Nayeli was also a student ambassador for us during her stay.  She helped to welcome the new students and assisted us in promoting our activities and events.  Today is her last day at EC.  We will really miss her sunshine smile!  Here is what she would like to share about her full immersion English programme in Montreal: This experience has been the best!  I’m really satisfied with everything that I’ve done in Montreal.  I have learned a lot and l have met so many people from all over the world that are now my friends. My teachers were great!  They really know how to teach.  I’m really thankful to this school for all the support that I have had. Montreal is a beautiful city!  It doesn’t matter which season it is.  You are able to find something to do all the time!  Montreal is the right place to learn and to have a wonderful time! Thank you EC Montreal for the unforgettable experience!

Corrado Spinato From Venezuela: “I really like the classes…”

Corrado Spinato is a lovely young man who recently immigrated to Canada.  His father came to sign him up and was so impressed by EC Montreal!  He wants his son to improve his English so he can attend an English speaking University in Montreal. Here is what Corrado had to say about his full immersion English programme in Montreal: I chose Montreal because I have part of my family here and I wanted to spend time with them.  I have been here for seven weeks and I really like the classes. I feel that I have improved my English skills a lot but of course, I want to learn more!  What I like most about the classes is the interaction between all the students.  It’s really a comfortable way of learning for me!

Cupcake Decorating at EC Montreal!

EC Montreal held its annual Cupcake Madness activity today!  As we approach Halloween, we are introducing our students to some common customs and activities. The students were given plain cupcakes and an amazing variety of frosting, icing, and sprinkles.  The toppings had a special Halloween theme.  We had eye balls, black icing and knives. The students had a great time decorating their little cakes in the most creative ways. EC Montreal loves to give its students these opportunities to interact with one another, practice their English and French skills while having a marvelous time! A full immersion English and French programme in Montreal goes beyond the classroom.  We see it in every activity and event we organize for our students. As October 31st approaches our students are getting more and more excited to experience Halloween!  For many, it is a custom that is not celebrated back home so it is even more anticipated!

PhoneBox Visits EC Montreal Every Monday!

Every Monday, a representative from PhoneBox sets up a booth at EC Montreal!  PhoneBox is a small Canadian telecommunications company that provides quality mobile service. The company was created with the aim of lowering costs of wireless service.  They cater to individuals who are new to Canada, which is an attractive option to international students. The plans are designed for those who do not wish to commit to long-term contracts.  Most of their clients are international students and travelers here on a working holiday visa. The plans are all affordable that offer the benefits of freedom and flexibility. PhoneBox is a relatively new company.  They began in 2011 servicing Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.  They have now branched out and are able to cater to our student population doing a full immersion English or French programme in Montreal! The Infinity plan includes unlimited calling, unlimited messaging, Caller ID, Voicemail and Call Forwarding for only $33 per month.  The best part is that PhoneBox sells other plans ranging from $30 to $79 per month and some plans include Free International Calls!  Our students could stay connected with their friends and loved ones back home without incurring incredible bills.  They don’t have to wait until they get home to use Skype, they can ring up their friends anytime and anywhere….except in the classroom, of course! EC Montreal students who sign up get a $10 voucher that they can use towards their montly bill. Please look for a PhoneBox staff member in the student lounge every Monday during the lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  

EC Montreal: Benefits to Being Bilingual!

So you decided to study English or French in Montreal with EC. You wanted to discover a new city and learn a new language. That is a good enough reason but we bet you didn’t know that researchers at the University of Edinburgh and York University have come up with 10 benefits to being bilingual! They make a very convincing argument as to why everyone should know at least two languages! You’ll read faster: Learning words and concepts in two different languages forces one to become more familiar with both languages’ lexicons, leading to faster reading times and comprehension. You’ll speak better: Bilingual individuals have improved verbal fluency. They are able to pronounce and speak words at a faster rate while still being completely understood. You’ll improve your multi-tasking skills: Knowing more than one language constantly makes your brain choose between different words and phrases, while actively keeping the other language out of the way. This improves ones brain function like attention, selection and inhibition, all being high-level processes used when one multitasks. You’ll stay young: Individuals who speak more than one language build up cognitive networks in the brain’s frontal system, the part of the brain that’s first to degrade once you get older. However, with a solid base acquired with the knowledge of another language, the effects of aging will lessen. This means that the chances of acquiring dementia will diminish. You’ll be more intelligent: If you learn a new language gives your brain a great workout that will improve your memory and problem solving skills. You don’t need to practice every day:   no difference was found between active and passive bilinguals. People subconsciously activate both languages even if they aren’t using one of those languages regularly. You can learn a new language at any age: The studies … Read more

EC Montreal’s Tale of Two Lauras!

What are the odds that part of EC Montreal’s homestay programme we had 2 students by the name “Laura” in the same host family? Well, slim you’d say.  It did happened without any planning! Laura from Germany and Laura from Columbia are both 2 charming ladies who came to study French in Montreal. They were placed with one of our many wonderful hosts Chantal and Marc by pure coincidence! They very much enjoyed their homestay host and the EC Montreal school in general, Laura from Columbia is still with us for a few more weeks, and Laura from Germany advised us before leaving that she hopes to return to EC Montreal next February!

Camila Magalhaes Lima Mutzenbecher From Brazil: “I want to come back again…”

Camila Magalhães Lima Mutzenbecher is a student from Brazil participating in EC Montreal’s General English programme.  We are so proud of her achievements and accomplishments at EC!  She is a disabled student but this did not stop her from participating in all our activities as well as some weekend excursions!  Here is what she wanted to share with all of you about her full immersion English programme in Montreal. I chose EC Montreal because a friend of mine studied here and she loved it!  I improved my English, I found that EC Montreal is a very good school and I want to come back again! My favorite class was Conversation because now I can understand the English language much better. I would recommend EC Montreal to my friends, definitely! Everyone is so attentive!  They really take care about the students.  The staff, the teachers and the other students are all extremely nice! Thank you EC Montreal! 

EC Montreal Wishes you a Safe and Happy Halloween!

EC Montreal would like to wish all its students a safe and Happy Halloween! EC Montreal loves Halloween!  The staff at EC Montreal is looking forward to the activities planned for the day.  Students look amazing with their costumes and we can’t wait for the festivities to begin.  At the lunch break we will have music, candies, punch and we will have a contest to choose the best costumes! At night, EC Montreal students will go to a local nightclub where the Halloween parties and festivities will continue. Here are some tips for staying safe at night: Before going out: Make sure you are dressed for the weather. Make sure your shoes fit properly and costumes do not fall below the ankles to avoid tripping. Enlarge the eye area of masks and check visibility or use makeup. If wearing a mask, push it up on your head while walking. Walk, don’t run; stop and look both ways before crossing the street; and when crossing at a traffic light, wait until the light turns green and approaching vehicles stop before proceeding. Don’t accept drinks from strangers in the nightclub.  Stay together as a group and look out for one another. Don’t accept any “candy” from people you don’t know in the club. Know your limit – don’t drink too much! Most Halloween costumes for women are very revealing.  Make sure you are not giving the wrong impression. If you miss the last metro or bus home, call your homestay to let her know you will be late.  Get a taxi home. Use the buddy system the entire night EC Montreal wishes you all a safe and Happy Halloween!