An End of Summer Picnic at EC Montreal!

This afternoon, EC Montreal held an end of summer picnic party in the student lounge!  We have a lot to celebrate!!  The sun is shining, the weather is still nice and warm, everyone is in a party mood!  It is difficult not to smile! We decorated the lounge with checkered table cloths and served refreshing lemonade, watermelon, veggies, apples and potato chips!  The students sat around and enjoyed the wonderful food! It was beautiful to see everyone smiling, interacting with one another and enjoying every bit of our summer picnic! We look forward to even more festive activities at EC Montreal this month!  We have a lot of wonderful surprises in store for our students! Check out EC’s IELTS Montreal exam courses!  

Kimberly Geier From Germany: “The atmosphere was always really nice…”

Kimberly Geier is a lovely 19-year old student from Germany participating in EC Montreal’s General French programme.  Sadly, today is her last day at EC.  Here is what she wanted to share about her EC experience: I really like EC Montreal.  The atmosphere was always really nice.  Everyone was friendly and helpful.  Through EC, I made a lot of new friends.  The teachers are friendly and they are really professional.  I improved in talking but the grammar that we did wasn’t new for me.   All in all, I was really happy with my EC experience and I would recommend the school to my friends. Check out EC’s IELTS Montreal exam courses!

Malak Hakeem From Saudi Arabia: “I will be very sad when I leave…”

Malak Hakeem is a lovely 23-year old student from Saudi Arabia participating in EC Montreal’s General English programme.  Here is what she wanted to share with everyone about her EC experience: I really like the school and I am planning to stay longer.  I like all the students and teachers.  They offer nice activities.  It is a good location. I will be very sad when I leave. Check out EC’s IELTS Montreal exam courses!

Manuel Garcia Roman From Mexico: “I will always recommend EC to my friends…”

Manuel Garcia Roman is a great 17-year old student from Mexico participating in EC Montreal’s General French programme.  Sadly, today is his last day at EC.  Here is what he wanted to share about his EC experience: I chose to come to EC Montreal because of the bilingual city and I love Canada.  I came here to learn French bit it is also a good way to open your mind and find new things you don’t know yet.  I improved from knowing nothing about French to the pre-intermediate level. I love that the classes are always interactive and not boring. I will always recommend EC to my friends. Check out EC’s IELTS Montreal exam courses!

Maria Elisa Antolin Martin From Spain: “I have learned so much…”

Maria Elisa Antolin Martin is a lovely 21-year old student from Spain participating in EC Montreal’s General English programme.  Sadly, today is her last day at EC.  Here is what she wanted to share with everyone about her EC experience: I like EC.  I was here last summer for one month and I have wanted to return because I had a very good experience.  I have learned so much and I have enjoyed my time with friends and my teachers.  I think that EC has very good teachers and they know how to make people learn. I will recommend EC because it is a beautiful experience and it is very nice to learn and meet people from different countries at the same time. Check out EC’s IELTS Montreal exam courses!

Yuri Arade From Japan: “I am very satisfied with EC…”

Yuri Arade is a lovely 21-year old student from Japan participating in EC Montreal’s Intensive Bilingual programme.  Sadly, today is her last day at EC.  Here is what she wanted to share with everyone about her EC experience: I chose to come to EC Montreal because I wanted to study both French and English, so Montreal was the best place for me.  I learned many things, especially vocabulary.  My listening skills improved a lot.  There were a lot of activities for students.  I really liked all my lessons and all the teachers were kinds. I will introduce EC to all my friends.  I am very satisfied with EC and Montreal, so I will never forget my experience. Check out EC’s IELTS Montreal exam courses!

EC Montreal’s 2nd Annual Alumni Reunion!

Last night, EC Montreal held its second annual alumni reunion party!  It was wonderful welcoming back our EC Montreal students and finding out what they have been up to since we saw them last.  We were so impressed to hear so many success stories and are proud to have been a part of their journey. We served delicious wine and cheese and held workshops in both English and French.  In English, our teacher Fred delivered a workshop on “small talk”.  It is so helpful to learn how to communicate in social settings.  These skills are useful not just for our international students but anybody invited to an event where you are meeting new people.  In French, Jillian delivered a workshop on letter writing skills and tricks. In addition, everyone who participated in a workshop got a raffle ticket to be eligible to win a prize.  The prize was a gourmet gift basket from a very popular Montreal food shop. Our alumni were happy to share their experiences!  We are delighted to share them with all of you: Simea Prelicz From Switzerland (class of 2017) I am now working in a restaurant where I can practice my English skills every day.  I think back at my time at EC Montreal a lot and I still talk to many of my friends that I made there.  So, I really want to say thanks to EC Montreal for making my life a lot more exciting. Edward Abreu From Dominican Republic (class of 2016) After I ended my studies at EC Montreal I finished my Bachelor in Civil Engineering and now I am a master’s student at the University of Waterloo. I am highly thankful with EC and the staff due to their superior service making the students have fun, making new friends and … Read more

A Taste of Sweet Quebec Corn at EC Montreal!

This afternoon, EC Montreal held its annual Corn Festival at the school.  It is corn season in the province of Quebec.  We have miles and miles of corn fields in nearby farms.  Quebec corn is typically sweeter.  It has two colors; white and yellow.  They call this “peaches and cream” kernels.  The whiter the kernels, the sweeter the corn. We went directly to the farm to pick up ten dozen corn on the cobs.  We chucked, cleaned, cut and boiled them.  At the school, we smothered them in butter and roasted them on our grill.  The smell of butter and the sweetness of the corn drifted along the school corridors and into the classrooms.  It aromas were heavenly! We also served corn chips, popcorn and delicious corn salsa!  Each table had corn decorations.  We created a festive atmosphere to celebrate this special corn season! At EC Montreal, we love to give our students a taste of our local flavors.  Every month, we introduce students to what we call “a taste of Montreal”.  The month of September, for example, is apple season. These festivals and social activities also give our students wonderful opportunities to interact with one another. Life is sweet as corn at EC Montreal! Check out EC’s IELTS Montreal exam courses!

A Sneak Peak at September’s Calendar of Events!

The month of September is right around the corner.  This means back to school for many people, but at EC, it’s always time for school!  We had a very busy summer and welcomed hundreds and hundreds of international students!  We welcomed students from over 40 different countries!  The world really does come to us! It is technically still summer until September 20 and at EC Montreal we plan to make the most of the last warm month of the year!  We usually experience Indian summer this time of year.  The autumn foliage begins but yet it is warm enough to enjoy so many outdoor activities; like piknicing, sports and nature walks! The month of September is apple season!  The province of Quebec has many apple orchards where visitors can go spend the day picking apples in the country.  We will be celebrating the apple next month – it is our taste of Montreal in September!  September’s theme is “An Apple a Day…”  We will be hiding an apple around the school every day.  Each apple has a question.  The student who finds the apple must take it to the office and answer the question to win a prize.  Every question is “apple” related! In addition, all the other Wednesday complimentary activities will showcase the different cultural celebrations around the world; Brazilian Independence Day, Mexican Independence Day and Korean Thanksgiving!  The Thursday outings will continue to embrace these traditions through our group dinners. The calendar would not be complete without a trip to the Laurentian mountains to see the fall colours.  On September 29, we will offer a 1-day trip to Mont-Tremblant, the tallest mountain in Quebec! What a festive month we look forward to at EC Montreal! Check out EC’s IELTS Montreal exam courses!  

Nejat Guvensoy Presents “Turkey and the History of the Turkish Nation”

EC Montreal’s student Nejat Guvensoy from Turkey gave a presentation to the school today on Turkey and the History of the Turkish Nation as part of EC Montreal’s student academic lecture series.  Although Nejat is studying French, he chose to give his presentation in English. Nejat began by giving us a short history lesson on Turkey.  He described all the different empires and the different geography throughout the years.  He explained the meaning of the flag.  The red symbolizes blood, the moon and stars. Nejat went on to clarify stereotypes people have about Turkey, including the cuisine, religion and politics.  The biggest stereotype is the country’s capital.  Most people thing it is Istanbul when in fact it is Ankara. Nejat ended his presentation by talking about the most touristic cities that we should visit if we plan a trip to Turkey.  He pointed out that there are a lot of beautiful places to visit. Nejat did a wonderful job at presenting his country.  He did so confidently and proudly! Check out EC’s IELTS Montreal exam courses!