ESL – Describing People- Listening and Speaking

Is your next unit on descriptions of people? Try this fun and challenging activity with your ESL students (pre-intermediate and above). The game is basically as follows. Break your class up into teams of 4 or 5 (each team must have at least 2 cellphones and 2 cameras). The teams then go to the stree … Read more

Cambridge Exam – EC Test Prep

By Sarah Weekley As summer winds down, some of our EC New York teachers are gearing up for completely new groups of goal-oriented students. September marks the start of our fall session of Cambridge exams preparation. Students from Switzerland, South Korea, the Netherlands, and many other countries … Read more

EC Photo Competition

Meet Peter Karanyi, winner of this month’s photo competition Take a creative picture of the EC water bottle and win a prize! Each month we will announce the theme. Photos must be emailed to Katie ( You can still send your submission even after you’ve returned h … Read more

New York: A Classroom at Your Fingertips

Bindu Varghese Everyone knows New York as the city that never sleeps, but it’s also a place with English language opportunities all around you. With just a little creativity and motivation, any English language student can find lots of ways to practice English outside of class while having a lot of … Read more

EC goes to the Times Square Toys R Us

On Wednesday a bunch of students and I went to Toys R Us in Times Square, NYC. It is a stone’s throw away from EC NY. It took us literally five minutes to get there. On our way there one student from Italy suddenly felt ill, so we got her a cab and sent her to her residence somewhere on the up … Read more

Games and Learning

Why having fun in the classroom is more than just a nice thing Everyone knows that it’s better to be in a fun class than in one that isn’t, but did you know that you’ll probably learn more too? There are many reasons for this, but the basic gist is that the mind is hard-wired to re … Read more

EC’s own “Amazing Race”

Sunny July morning. 3 teams from the High Intermediate 2A class set out from EC English in Times Square on a race around nearby Bryant Park. The challenge: search Bryant Park and surrounding areas for the answers to several questions and to collect photographic evidence of required tasks. The first … Read more

Brian Leo Invites!

WHO: You What: Art party/Karaoke Bar Where: Baby Grand 161 Lafayette St. ( Soho, NYC) When: Wednesday at 6 p.m. Aug 8 EC students are invited to attend my art opening/ karaoke party in SOHO! The karaoke bar is called Baby Grand and is located in Manhattan at 161 Lafayette Street and Grand Street. It … Read more

Studying English? Look outside for inspiration!

Being in the heart of the most vibrant and energetic city in the world can be inspiring for many students looking to study English abroad. At EC New York, we know that a large part of what draws students to study here is our location. We endeavor to include the city itself into our activities whenev … Read more