Meet EC Montreal’s New Student Ambassador: Juan Camilo Aguado Valderrama!

We are delighted to introduce you to Juan Camilo Aguado Valderrama, EC Montreal’s newest student ambassador. Juan Camilo is currently in our Advanced English class. We are so happy to welcome him to our team of ambassadors. Here is what Juan Camilo would like to share with all of you: “I’m having a really good time at EC. I really believe this is one of the most memorable experiences in my life. I trust the school in matter of the impeccable education it offers to us, and how it develops the different non-academic activities. It really makes students enjoy EC.” The reason why Juan Carlo decided to become a student ambassador is because of “the support they give to new students” and because “they keep everybody connected with the community.” Meet a friend like Juan Carlo when you come to learn French or English in Montreal!

EC Montreal Celebrates Mexican Independence Day!

EC Montreal wishes all our Mexican friends a Happy Independence Day!  This day is also called El Grito – which means the scream!  Mexicans scream out loud:  VIVA MEXICO!! There will be festivities all over Montreal this weekend, celebrating this day!! We celebrated with our EC Montreal students by serving margaritas, churros and other Mexican treats! In Mexico people celebrate with a big fiesta!!  A fiesta is a party or festival. Fiestas are held for many different reasons that vary from honoring a person, to events in Mexico’s history. Fiestas can be simple or elaborate and can last from one day, up to a week or more. There are many things that can happen during a fiesta, some of these things are colorful parades, music, dancing, eating spicy food, drinking strong drinks, bullfights, rodeos, and fireworks. Vendors come and set up booths to sell toys, souvenirs, food and drinks. The celebrating begins on September 15 (the eve of Independence Day) by having crowds of people gather in the zocalos (town meeting place) of cities, towns, and villages. In Mexico City a huge square is decorated with flags, flowers and lights of red, white, and green. People sell confetti, whistles, horns, paper-machete helmets, and toys in the colors of red, white and green. The people also eat lots of food. The people watch the time and when the clock strikes eleven o’clock the crowd gets silent. On the last strike of eleven the president of Mexico steps out on the palace balcony, and rings the historic liberty bell that Father Hidalgo rang to call the people. Then the president gives the Grito de Delores. He shouts “Viva Mexico” “Viva la independencia” and the crowd echos back. People do this at the same time all across Mexico. While the crowd says this … Read more

Saudi Arabian National Day at EC Montreal!

On Wednesday, September 20, we celebrated the Saudi Arabian National Day (La fête nationale de L’Arabie saoudite) in our student lounge! We served authentic coffee, tea, sweets, and food. An enormous thanks to Noura and her mother for bringing all the decorations and preparing the foods. Without you, the event wouldn’t have been the same! Noura will also be sharing a presentation on Saudi Arabia as part of EC Montreal’s student academic lecture series this week.  We look forward to learning all about your culture! Join a school that cares, learn English or French in Montreal with EC!

Block Party on Saint-Laurent Blvd. This Weekend!

The main street – Saint Laurent Blvd will be hosting a massive block party this weekend.  From September 7 to September 10, the street will be blocked off to traffic for an enormous sidewalk sale.  The block party will take place from Sherbooke Street to Mount-Royal. The block party will include great food, drinks, music and a lot of cheap clothing for sale! The weather is still mild and it still feels like summer in Montreal!  We will definitely be encouraging our EC Montreal students to attend this party on the Maine! There is always something cool happening in vibrant Montreal!  Join us and learn French or English in Montreal!  

EC Montreal August Teachers of the Month!

EC Montreal surprised its English and French teachers of the month today.  Mariella and Yasser were voted by our students for the best teachers in August. We presented Mariella with a special certificate and gift in her classroom.  She was so overcome with emotion that she began to cry!  It was really quite special.  Her students applauded and were so happy for her.  They proudly posed for a picture with the winning teacher! Next, we made our way over to Yasser’s classroom.  The students were listening to a very upbeat French song as part of their listening activity.  We waited for the song to end before surprising Yasser.  He was so happy that he gave our centre director, Elisa, a big hug!  All the students applauded with great enthusiasm!  They were genuinely ecstatic about his win!  We took a group photo of the class and everyone cheered! Thank you to all the students who voted and for all the wonderful comments.  We are delighted to share them with all of you: Super focused in making us learn. Best way to teach. Best teacher I’ve ever had. Nice classes. Nice and friendly teacher. Good teacher, nice class. Friendly, explains well.  I love him. His class his fun!! The best jokes! Really dedicated teacher. Best jokes. Fun, strict, always pays attention and is a good listener. Cheerful. Elle est attentive et souriante! Elle est très compétente dynamique et inspire me a lot! He is patient and helpful. She is nice. I like him.  He explains until I understand. He is the best teacher. He is funny. He teaches very well, easy to comprehend. Has a lot of patience with the new students. She makes her classes very interesting and captivating. Lessons with her are funny and full of activities. He is nice. … Read more

The Montreal Olympic Tower!

The Montreal tower is an integral part of the Olympic Stadium.  It has an altitude of 165 meters and a 45 degree angle.  It has been certified as the tallest inclining tower in the world by the Guinness World Records. The top of the tower can be reached via a two story glass-encased funicular that can carry 50 passengers at a time.  It takes about two minutes to reach the top of the tower. Once you reach the top there is an observatory that gives a 360 degree panoramic view of the city.  On a clear day you can see as far as 80 kilometers.  There is also a snack bar and souvenir shop at the top. The Montreal tower is a must see attraction that we inform EC Montreal students about on their first day! Get a view from the top when you come learn French or English in Montreal!

EC Montreal Celebrates Brazilian Independence Day!

Yesterday, EC Montreal celebrated Brazilian Independence Day!  This was our Wednesday complimentary activity! We have a large Brazilian community at EC Montreal and this was a way to honor and celebrate their very special day! We decorated each table in the student lounge with exotic fruit and served traditional Brazilian treats such as Coxinhas, Pastel De Carne and Brigadeiro. We had Brazilian flags displayed.  It was great to introduce all our EC Montreal students to Brazilian food, culture and music!  We had so much fun! Brazilian Independence is celebrated on September 7, the anniversary of the September 7, 1822 date regent Prince Dom Pedro declared Brazil’s independence from Portugal. Join a school that cares and learn English or French in Montreal with EC!

EC Wins Best Chain School 2017!

Have you heard? EC has just won Study Travel’s Star Chain School award for the 3rd time. That means we’re officially the BEST school in the industry and that you can trust us to continue giving you the #ecexperience of your dreams! Join us at EC Montreal where we believe the experience outside the classroom is just as important as the inside!  You will be in very good hands and we will help you to speak English and French with great confidence! Congratulations to all of us at EC that contributed to this very prestigious win!   Click on the link, if you want to learn French in Montreal!