EC Montreal Attends the Annual Languages Canada Conference!

Earlier this week, the EC Canadian Centre Directors attended the 12th annual Languages Canada conference.  The theme of the conference was “On Common Ground:  A Shared Commitment to Quality and Integrity in Language Education”. We had a chance to meet with all the other language providers in both the public and private sector across Canada as well as attend workshops on career development, technology in the classroom, educational training and homestay.  In addition, members of the government trade commissioners as well as the IRCC were there to give us information on visa processing times, trends in the industry as well as the future of language training in Canada.  The new biometrics requirements for Canada was also a hot topic that triggered a lot of discussions. The keynote speaker was Karyn Ross, a consultant in Lean management for excellent service.  We learned a lot about the importance of customer service and a personalized approach – something that is very dear to us at EC Montreal. The conference was held in Winnipeg – a very cold and interesting city.  It was great spending time with our colleagues at the other EC schools in Canada, sharing laughs and best practices. At EC Montreal, we are committed to offering our students a positive and rewarding experience and attending such conferences is key! Learn a new language at our English School in Montreal and know that we are all certified members of Languages Canada which is an assurance of quality in all service areas!  

Rafaela Marques From Brazil: “I would totally recommend EC Montreal to everyone…”

Rafaela Marques is a lovely young woman from Brazil participating in EC Montreal’s Bilingual programme.  Sadly, this is her last week at EC.  Here is what she wanted to share with everyone about her EC experience: I chose EC Montreal because it is a bilingual city and I could have the chance to improve my English and my French skills too.  I made a lot of new freinds from all over the world and this is going to be an experience I will never forget.  The school staff are great and everyone is very friendly.  The classes are nice and fun.  I would totally recommend EC Montreal to everyone. Learn a new language at our English School in Montreal and meet lovely students like Rafaela!

Meet our New Student Ambassador Susana Puerta Villegas!

We are thrilled to introduce you to our new student ambassador, Susana Puerta Villegas!  She is excited to begin her role as a student ambassador!  You will meet her on your first day and she will be your very first friend at EC! My name is Susana Puerta Villegas, I’m from Colombia. I have been studying English all my life because I think is a very important language  that can help us communicate and relate with a lot of different people and cultures all around the world. I love learning new thing like languages, cultures and  also meting new people from different places and that’s one of the reasons that I decided to come to Montreal, also because here I can learn and practice English and French. I have been in EC for a month, and feel it is the perfect places to learn, practice and make new friends. I have enjoyed studying in EC because I feel comfortable learning and at the same time I have a lot of fun, people here are very kind and welcoming with everyone and that inspire me to be like that to. Learn a new language at our English School in Montreal and meet amazing students like Susi!

EC Montreal Student Focus Group Feedback!

Every week, EC Montreal meets with its departing students to collect feedback on their experience.  We welcome this feedback as it helps us to improve our services and to better understand what students want.  This week we met with students from Brazil, Japan, Mexico and France.  Here is what they had to say about their EC experience: Thibault Cantelli From France Please note that this has been translated from French. I had doubts before coming as to how much I was going to learn but I was impressed at how much I really learned from the basics.  It helped to work in small groups with students with similar language abilities and I had many opportunities to speak English and advance my skills at a good rhythm.  I would not hesitate in coming back.   Paulo Henrique Pereto From Brazil I chose EC because a friend told me it was a good school for him.  I improved my English skills and I would recommend this school.  I really liked the teachers that I had.   Paola Tomotani Rodrigues Dos Santos From Brazil I chose Montreal and the EC school because I have a friend in this city and I would like to know Montreal.  In the school, I met people from many countries and I made new friends.  My favorite activity in the class are the interactive lessons because I learned faster and I had opportunities to participate in workshops – that’s so good too.  I would recommend EC to my friends because it is a friendly and organized school. They have many activities and after class too.  My studies here was a good experience for my professional and personal life.  Thank you EC!!!   Julieli Horn Guerreiro Campos From Brazil First, I chose EC Montreal because of the programme English … Read more

Melody Ruiz Garay From Peru: “It was a good experience…”

Melody Ruiz Garay is a student from Peru participating in EC Montreal’s English programme.  Sadly, Friday is her last day at EC.  Here is what she wanted to share with everyone about her EC experience: I chose EC because when I investigated the institute, I so so many activities on the website and I liked it!  Thanks EC Montreal for all!  I made friends from too many different countries like Japan, Colombia, Vietnam and Brazil.  Actually, I think I was the only Peruvian in the school.  I will recommend EC to all my friends.  It was a good experience and you can learn a lot of English because here you need to speak and think in English.  Thank you EC! Learn a new language at our English School in Montreal and make friends from all over the world!

Sakie Nakagawa From Japan: “It was so fun!”

Sakie Nakagawa is a lovely student from Japan participating in EC Montreal’s bilingual programme.  Sadly, this is her last week at EC.  Here is what she wanted to share with everyone about her EC experience: I chose this destination because I can study both English and French.  I learned speaking, listening and writing.  In addition to learning languages, I was able to make lots of friends from Switzerland, Mexico and Brazil.  I was very happy to be able to talk with them during the break time and the lunch time.  It helped me to learn English more.  I participated in activities on the weekend.  I could go to many places in Canada.  It was so fun! Learn a new language at our English School in Montreal and make lifelong memories!

EC Montreal’s National Pink Shirt Day!

Yesterday was National Pink Shirt Day – An anti-bullying campaign to spread kindness to end bullying. We asked all our students to come to school dressed in pink to create awareness.  We also had literature on every table in the student lounge about bullying. We encouraged our students to write comments about what they could do, personally, to help prevent bullying. Some of the comments students wrote were: “If you see someone being intimidated, do something – don’t just stand by.” “Educate people about bullies.” “Don’t judge anybody.” “Being nice to others and help if someone is in trouble.” “Encourage students to explore the feeling of empathy.” “By creating a loving environment in the classroom.” “Not having prejudices.” “By having more compassion.” “By being more kind with people.” “By making friends with excluded people.” “By making sure everyone is included!” Thank you to all the students for leaving your comments and for contributing to a bully-free EC! We also served pink refreshments to create a very warm and cozy environment for our staff and students.  The students enjoyed their hot cups with all the toppings; marshmallows, whipped cream and cinnamon. Our teacher Fred, also led an activity for his global citizenship class on anti-bullying.  They had a student fair with groups of students and counselors discussing how to identify bully behaviour and its prevention. The general rules are:  If someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do it once, that’s rude. When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once, that’s mean. When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it even when you tell them to stop or show them that you’re upset – that’s bullying. A special thank you to the EC Montreal team for raising bully awareness … Read more

Meet Valentina Naranjo Tobon: EC Montreal’s Student Ambassador!

We are thrilled to introduce you to EC Montreal’s new student ambassador, Valentina Naranjo Tobon!  She is excited in her new role at EC!  She will be welcoming our new students every Monday and being active in the EC Montreal community of students to help students make friends and encourage activity participation! Here is what Valentina whanted to share with all of you: My name is Valentina Naranjo Tobón I was born in Colombia and I am seventeen years old. Since I was four, I had the opportunity to grow up learning English and in 2012 I had the great experience of doing an exchange program in Canada. French is another language that I enjoy and I learned for one year. When I started searching about another exchange, Montreal was the best idea because of the different cultures that you can find and also because I would be available to learn the two languages that I really enjoy. I consider myself as a happy person, friendly and empathetic.   I really enjoy learning about different cultures and lives perspectives, that’s why I chose EC. It’s the perfect school to learn while you create new ties with people all around the world and for me, being  and ambassador it’s the best opportunity for motivating the new students to enjoy their exchange program.   Learn a new language at our English School in Montreal and meet amazing students like Valentina!

Montreal’s Annual Underground Art Festival is Back March 2!

Montreal will be hosting another festival next month called “Art Souterrain”.  It is the 11th edition to this art festival in the underground.  The art will include exhibitions by local and international artists.  The displays will be set along a six-kilometer route in Montreal’s underground city.  The festival is free and open to all who want to explore it. Every year there is a theme and this year’s theme is “True or False”.  Truth is both universal and subjective and it comes from what is natural, what we all recognize as authentic, what we personally feel and perceive.  On the other side of the coin, false refers to anything that transgresses what is real. – Art Souterrain explains as a definition of their theme. Each installation will be set in a different underground tunnel.  The festival is taking place from March 2 to March 24. We will definitely be including this festival as an outing for our English in the City class and as a Thursday cultural activity with our EC students. Learn English in Montreal with us and experience the fun city!

Meet Karoline Lima, EC Montreal’s Student Ambassador!

We are thrilled to introduce you to EC Montreal new student ambassador, Karoline Lima.  Karoline is so excited to start her new role at EC.  She is ready to meet our new students at 8:30 Monday morning with a warm and friendly greeting. Here is what Karoline wanted to share with all of you: Hi, my name is Karoline and I’m 23 years old. I am from São Paulo, Brazil. I’ll be staying in Montreal for 1 year. When I return to Brazil I will be a lawyer once I finish my university studies. I want to work for an international company. I chose EC Montreal because I really need to improve my English and to also learn French.   I arrived in Montreal on January 11th and I love this city. It is so safe, cool and has a lot of wonderful places to visit. Some of the most interesting places are the Old Port, Basilique Notre-Dame, Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal and the many museums. I know that I made a good choice and I’ll learn a lot here. In conclusion, I chose be an ambassador because I want to help new students make more friends and learn about other countries. In addition, I’ll improve my English and help students improve theirs. So, if you have any question or just want to talk I’m here to help you. Learn English in Canada and become an ambassador at EC !