EC Montreal: Fundraiser for Mexican Red Cross

Next Thursday, October 5, EC Montreal will hold a fundraiser for the Mexican Red Cross. After the devastation that recently occurred in Mexico, EC wanted to get involved to show support to the victims.  EC Montreal has a growing population of Mexican students and want to show them how important they are to us and how much we want to be involved with the recovery in Mexico. We are selling tickets for $10 for the event.  The event will take place at the La Marq residence.  There will be a movie screening, refreshments and access to the games room. We will be meeting outside the EC Montreal main campus at 3:45 p.m. and will walk over to the residence together.  We open everyone will participate and make this event a huge success.  For those students who can’t be present, we ask that you pass by the office and make a small donation to this very important cause. A world of thanks, in advance, to all the planners and participants!  Let’s show the world that EC cares! Learn French in Montreal!

EC Montreal: English Immersion is Possible!

There is a huge misconception that Montreal is too French to learn English.  The province of Quebec is a French-speaking province, however, Montreal is the exception.  In order to work and live in Montreal, having knowledge of both English and French is essential!  Most Montrealers not only speak English and French, but also have knowledge of a 3rd and sometimes a 4th language. Visitors should not be surprised to be greeted in French by store merchants or restaurant servers, however, if you reply to the person in English, they will usually switch to English to serve you better. St-Laurent Blvd divides the city between east and west.  The east is generally more French speaking and the west is more English.  As you can see from our homestay map below, where the red dots represent English speaking families, the blue dots French speaking and the white dots are bilingual families, Montreal has some concentrated English and French areas.  A student can be completely immersed in the English language at school, at home and in their neighborhood. EC Montreal is located in the city center, west of St-Laurent Blvd.  Just sitting outside at a nearby cafe, you can hear people speaking English and French and sometimes both languages simultaneously!  This makes our city truly unique and extra special.  Not only will our students learn English but they will get a taste of the beautiful French language too! Many of our visitors fall in love with our city!  They immediately feel welcomed and appreciate the fact that although Montreal is a large city, it has a small town feel to it.  They are also surprised to learn that although we are made up of so many different cultures, religions and races, it is a very peaceful place to live. What are you waiting … Read more

Evacuation Procedure Practiced at EC Montreal!

At EC Montreal, our students’ safety and well being is of the utmost importance.  Each EC centre has a crisis management team and evacuation procedures in place.  If an emergency should arise, we want to be as prepared as possible to ensure our students are out of harm’s way.  Every classroom has the evacuation posted and all the teachers and staff have been trained on what to do. Today we had a chance to practice our evacuation plan.  With the assistance of the building and the Montreal fire department, EC Montreal held a drill exercise.  It took only 7 minutes to get all of our staff and students out of the school and to the meeting point across the street from the EC Montreal campus.  We currently have 215 students and 25 staff members.  The fire department was impressed with our plan. We have a folder that is taken when there is an evacuation.  The folder includes a list of all EC staff with phone numbers as well as the evacuation plan and student attendance list.  This way, we can take attendance and ensure that every person from EC Montreal is accounted for. Here are the basic rules when it comes to evacuating the school: Listen closely to directions. Quietly line up. Walk carefully out of the building to your assigned place. Stay with your class at all times. Wait with your teacher until it is safe to return to your classroom. In addition, most of the EC Montreal team is CPR trained and equipped to handle an emergency situation. You are in very good hands when you choose to study English or French at EC Montreal!

Oktoberfest Celebrations at EC Montreal!

EC Montreal held its annual Oktoberfest celebrations today!  We wanted to make our German students feel at home and wanted to introduce our other students to this very special time of year for our German students from Munich. There are Oktoberfest celebrations all over the city of Montreal this month! The Oktoberfest event at the school consisted of imported German beer, grilled sausages and pretzels.  We decorated the student lounge with Oktoberfest banners! The students loved it!  They all lined up to get a taste of this German tradition! We like to introduce our students to these different traditions and special occasions from around the world!  It also gives them many opportunities to interact with each other and to practice their English and French skills. When you come to EC Montreal to study English or French, you will learn a lot more than a language, the world will come to you in so many wonderful ways! Prost from EC Montreal!

Free Academic Workshops on Fridays!

Do you want to focus on your pronunciation in English or French? Come participate in our pronunciation clinics! Every Friday at 1:30, these free academic workshops are available in both English and French!  Do you need more contact time with the language and our amazing instructors?  This is a great way to further practice your language skills! This special lesson on Friday afternoon  is one of many free activities offered at EC Montreal. If you plan to study FSL Abroad at EC Montreal, you will be able to practice French and English through participating in the free afternoon academic activities. Whether it is a Lecture, a movie afternoon or a French/ English for work preparation clinic – all these activities will allow you to improve your language in addition to your courses.  The best part is they are offered as free academic extras at EC Montreal! One-to-One English lessons in Montreal are also an option to help you improve your pronunciation skills.  There are so many language course options available to you at EC Montreal! Join us as you learn English or French in Montreal!

Bilingual EC Montreal!

Did you know that EC Montreal is the only EC centre where you can learn 2 languages?  You can immerse yourselves in 2 languages for the price of 1!  Montreal is the largest bilingual city in the world!  Its citizens speak both languages on a daily basis!  If you want to live and work in Montreal knowledge of these 2 languages is essential!  Our students are amazed to see us switching back and forth from English to French in our daily routine.  It is second nature to us Montrealers and it is what makes us very special! There are many bilingual programme options at EC Montreal!  Students can take their core classes in English, for example, and their elective afternoon lessons in French.  Students can take the first half of their studies in English and finish with French!  Students can book an English course and stay with a French-speaking or Bilingual family or visa versa.  Students can book an English class and do the Gastronomy sessions in French – we offer countless possibilities!! Montreal is a unique destination where you feel that although you are in a modern North American city, you get a taste of old world Europe! What are you waiting for?  Come learn English and French in Montreal!

EC Montreal’s Gastronomy Sessions!

Learning English or French at EC Montreal is a treat in itself, however, the city of Montreal has so much more to offer!  Montreal has something for everyone!   If you are a foodie, Montreal and EC are the place to be!  Montreal is described by Tourisme Montreal as a food lover’s paradise!  There are over 6000 restaurants on the island of Montreal!  Montreal is also the home to so many celebrity chefs who have opened up establishments right here in our magical city.  As Montreal is also one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, the restaurant world reflects these diverse cultures.  No matter what you are in the mood for, you will find a restaurant in Montreal to satisfy your desires!  Whatever you crave, you will find satisfaction in the many, many quality restaurants at your disposal. EC Montreal teaches English and French as a foreign language, but we do so much more than that!  We offer you an experience of a lifetime!  We offer you a complete immersion programme where you can not only learn a language where it is spoken but you can devour everything our city has to offer! EC Montreal offers an English and French plus gastronomy programme.  In addition to a student’s general English or French programme, for only $305 per week, our students can sign up for 2 Gastronomy sessions per week!  They can be food tours, mixology lessons, culinary classes, tastings, pastry making and so much more!!  Montreal is the ideal destination for this programme as we are famous for our joie de vivre and our love of food!  Food is definitely celebrated in this city through our many festivals, special events and every day living. Our EC Montreal students get a taste of this lifestyle during their stay – in … Read more

October Social Events at EC Montreal!

The month of October is right around the corner.  It will be a month filled with fall activities and Halloween fun!  The social events calendar includes visits to the Botanical Gardens, pub nights, group dinners and weekend tours! Wednesdays are fun days at EC Montreal!  We create lovely opportunities for students to get together, to make friends, practice their language skills and get a taste of Montreal!  These activities are essential in creating an EC community at the school. This October, the activities will give our students a taste of what Fall is like in Montreal as well as the thrilling and chilling Halloween festivities.  For most of our students it will be their first North American Halloween experience!  We want them devour every moment of the season, from the Halloween candy to the horror flicks! The activities include Korean thanksgiving on October 4, a fall apple festival on the 11th, cupcake decorating on the 18th, pumpkin decorating on the 25th and an exciting Halloween party on the 31st! What a festive month we look forward to at EC Montreal!  Join us and learn English or French in Montreal!

“Fall” in Love with Autumn!

This is the first week of Autumn.  Although many are saddened to say farewell to our hot, festive summer season, many are excited to welcome autumn.  Personally, it is my favorite season!  The leaves start to change colours.  They are bursting in hues of orange, red, gold and yellow!  It is definitely the most beautiful season! The air is crisp but we get many sunny days.  We look forward to taking walks through parks to purposely step on the fallen leaves.  Many stop to pick the most beautiful and colourful maple leaves while others find joy in jumping into piles of leaves! Many shops already have their Halloween decorations up and display their different shaped pumpkins.  The fruit markets have towers of pumpkins on display. Many coffee shops will advertise their seasonal pumpkin spice lattes.  It is still warm enough to enjoy the restaurant patios and soaking up the last comfortable days outside. At EC Montreal, we have so many wonderful activities planned for our students.  We want them to “fall” in love with this special time of year.  There will be outings to Old Montreal, pub nights, hockey parties, welcome dinners and shopping trips. We also hope you will have opportunities to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with your homestay hosts or with your friends.  EC Montreal will host its annual tree of gratitude activity when you will all have a chance to write down what you are most thankful for.  It is one of our favorite activities that is a real “feel good” moment.  We look forward to reading all your comments that will be displayed on our tree of gratitude! We invite all of you to join us at EC to learn English or French in Montreal and “fall” in love with autumn!

Montreal’s Annual Chinese Lantern Festival!

The magic of lanterns is an annual festival that takes place at the Montreal Botanical Gardens.  The festival runs from mid-September to mid-November.  Words cannot describe how beautiful the lanterns are throughout the gardens.  They are hanging from above, floating on the ponds and found in every place imaginable throughout the gardens. It is best to visit the lantern festival when the sun goes down to get the full effect of the display.  Two gardens are part of the Gardens of Light experience, both of which draw from their respective cultural roots.  The Japanese Gardens are illuminated by glowing lighting designs and structures, creating a serene night-time atmosphere, while the Chinese Garden is lit up with The Magic of Lanterns, the coloured glowing orbs of Chinese tradition. EC Montreal will take our students to visit the festival on Thursday, October 12.  We cannot wait to see the looks on their faces when they see how majestic the gardens look at night. The entrance fee is $19, however, a group of 15 or more will benefit from a fee of $13.  Please make sure to join EC Montreal to be part of this magical evening in Montreal! Join us at EC to learn English or French in Montreal!