Academic English Courses

Do you ever wonder what it is like to attend an American university? 

Do you ever wonder what it is like to attend an American university?  Maybe you think your English isn’t good enough?  EC Fredonia has a solution that is right for you.  Our students can have both English instruction and experience living on campus.  There are so many things to do at SUNY Fredonia!  Improving your conversational English is easy when there are many social and academic events available.  Browse this snippet of our student events calendar this month and see all the fun and interesting opportunities to become more fluent: Paws to Relax Pet and play with certified therapy dogs. Part of the Counseling Center’s De-Stress for Success program. Observatory Public Viewing Take a guided tour of the night sky, and get a chance to look through the telescope on campus. Commencement Eve on Broadway: Music from… Join the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, along with student soloists and chorus for an unforgettable evening of music from Broadway blockbusters. Family Weekend 2018 “F” is for Fall, Families, and Fredonia! We encourage your family to come visit your student on one of the most exciting weekends of the academic year. All of these activities and more welcome EC and international students.  In fact, there is an international department on campus that has its own great events too.  These include coffee hour with Barry, who takes his time to really engage in conversation with students learning English.  Rarely will you find such an opportunity!  Also coming up is our Intercultural Center’s annual celebration of completion of the academic year where graduating international students are honored.  SUNY Fredonia and EC English together can offer you so much more than the traditional study abroad experience. Find out more about EC’s Academic English Courses  

Become fluent in English at EC Fredonia

Learn English at SUNY Fredonia

Come and study English for Academic Purposes at SUNY Fredonia and you will learn more than just a second language!  When you study abroad, you will also experience the culture that makes America great.  Need an example? Saturday many Americans celebrated a holiday that celebrates bilingualism and cultural fusion…el Cinco de Mayo!  For you non Spanish-speakers out there, that is the Fifth of May.  Why is this important to Americans? Many (one in seven!) Americans are Hispanic, or speakers of Spanish.  Specifically, this holiday is for Chicanos which are Mexican-American people.  It is a day to celebrate the heritage and accomplishments of Americans of Mexican descent.  Cinco de Mayo is celebrated across the country, but especially where there are high numbers of Spanish-speakers.  Los Angeles and cities on the border with Mexico are known for their parties.  Who doesn’t love an opportunity to celebrate such a diverse culture as we have in America? EC’s English for Academic Purposes path may be the perfect way for you to join in the fun!  

Study English abroad at EC Fredonia

Have you ever wondered about studying abroad?  Come experience EC’s English for Academic Purposes Programme and learn how to be successful in your studies.  The staff and instructors at EC Fredonia will give you so much more than knowledge of English.  In our unique setting (a university campus!) you will learn many new techniques.  One of these skills is the ability to write about an event you attended.  Since EC students attend many lectures and concerts, it is the perfect opportunity to practice writing.  On Wednesday, students taking the English for Academic Purposes programme went to the Art Gallery for class.  They listened to the director give a talk about how students think about art.   What a great opportunity to listen in English and take notes!  Our pupils not only practiced their English skills, but also practiced creative and critical thinking.  It is always exciting when learning and growth takes place outside of the classroom in an authentic environment.  EC English can give you a higher level experience.  Click the link below to start your journey!

Vocabulary lists specific to students’ majors

Want to improve your English skills? Come study at EC Fredonia and see how our devoted staff can help you meet your goals. Our amazing teachers are always trying to reach students in new ways. For example, this week, staff worked together to form vocabulary lists specific to students’ majors. EC Fredonia is different from other English schools because many of our students take both English classes and university courses. This gives our instructors a unique opportunity to customise courses. Students who study music, business or education can receive the intensive vocabulary study they will need to be successful in their fields. The result is a seamless transition to the State University of New York at Fredonia for many students. Having open communication between EC and the university is important to maintaining this uncommon relationship. EC instructors will not only teach you English, but will help you to prepare for college. In fact, our English for Academic Purposes program was created for this purpose. Students not only improve their literacy, but also learn what is expected of them in American universities.  Where ever you choose to go for higher education, come to EC Fredonia and we will prepare you well for your future! Find out more about EC Fredonia’s English for Academic Purposes Programme.    

Become fluent in English at EC Fredonia

Why do New Yorkers say March comes like a “lion” or a “lamb”?

An idiom is an expression that is natural to native speakers of a language. In Western New York they say that the month of March comes in like a “lion” or a “lamb”. What is meant by this strange expression? The weather of course!  The Great Lakes region is known for four very pronounced seasons.  Winter often has an unpredictable and dramatic end called March.  Will the snow and ice start to melt under the late winter sun?  Will there be a raging, impassable blizzard? One never knows.  Therefore people all around the country vote on whether the first of March will be like a lamb (sunny) or like a lion (snowy).  This year, what looked like a lamb became a lion. 18 inches of wet snow fell just after March first bringing down over 100 trees around the village of Fredonia. Weather can be exciting at this time of year!  Come study with us at EC Fredonia and experience the seasons firsthand. Find out more about EC Fredonia’s English for Academic Purposes Programme.

Find out more about EC Fredonia’s English programme

EC Fredonia offers a unique experience for you. Our connection to the State University of New York at Fredonia means the full university experience for our students.  Did you know SUNY Fredonia offers over 170 groups and clubs?  There is a club for every interest such as the “Artists Alliance”, “Ultimate Frisbee”, “Friends Across Borders” and the “International Student Society” to name a few.   If you want to improve your English conversation skills, university clubs can help you!  The “Speaking Your Language” club or the “Play On Words” club will help you boost your American vocabulary.  Just joining a club is a way to improve your English with every meeting! EC students are welcome to join any group in the university, not just clubs.  All the perks of university life, such as access to computer labs and libraries, are available to EC students.  As you advance your English, you can experience all the university has to offer.  You can meet new people and participate in new activities.  This is a great way to speak more English.  What a unique opportunity to become a part of the university even before taking your first college class.  EC Fredonia is all about options.  You can take English classes while participating in college clubs.  Another option may be to take college classes along with English classes.  No other EC school offers this opportunity.  You and your team of instructors can decide when you are ready to do both.  Come and experience university life while you improve your English.  Learn English for Academic Purposes (EAP) on Campus at EC Fredonia!  

Become fluent in English at EC Fredonia

Learn English for Academic Purposes Learn English for Academic Purposes at beautiful EC Fredonia.  There are so many ways to improve your English fluency.  The best way?  Study abroad at the English Center!  Located in the quaint village of Fredonia by scenic Lake Erie, EC’s campus is like no other.  While there are many English programs available all over the country, EC Fredonia has the college campus advantage. What does this mean to students?  Full access to the university’s library, computer labs, dormitories and restaurants.  Our students also attend many open lectures, concerts and theater events. SUNY Fredonia is renowned for the arts.  Many of the students who attend EC here are also musicians.  Pianists, flutists, vocal performers and music therapy majors add to an already diverse population.  These students find their niche where they can study both English and music.  SUNY Fredonia is not just for musicians, however.  With strong programs in education and science, our university has it all.  The best thing about it is you can transition from English classes to university classes seamlessly.  Our wonderful support staff is always there to help you achieve your dreams.  With a strong partnership with the international department, your needs will be handled expertly.  Learn English for Academic Purposes and be university ready!

Study English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Study English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and be ready for anything! British English or American English?  Many students studying English ask themselves this question.  Is there a difference?  Many people on both sides of the pond would say “yes!”.  There are differences in spelling, pronunciation and usage.  Studying in Great Britain allows students to learn specific dialects of English and the British style of spelling.  There are also many schools to choose from.  However, students are limited to a small area to explore and navigating the accents can be challenging.  In America, there is so much to do and see.  While there are many regional accents, many students say American English is easier to understand. However, we Americans don’t want to ignore British English.  EC students often listen to English accents during listening exercises. In order to increase this skill, EC Fredonia is starting an “English Tea-Time”.  This is where students get an intensive in British English while observing the culture of English Tea.  Great Britain’s David Attenborough is often featured in video and listening practice and tea snacks are served.  This is a time not only to become accustomed to British English but also to bond with friends and teachers.  EC students work so hard that it is nice to have a cultural experience while working on English skills too.  Come to EC Fredonia on campus and join us for tea time!

Learn English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Learn English for Academic Purposes (EAP)! Students come to EC Fredonia to get the college experience. Right now that means fall semester has ended and the spring semester awaits. New year, new semester and with it comes new year’s resolutions. Is your resolution to learn more English? Maybe you want to improve your academic vocabulary in 2018? Did you know (if you qualify) you can also take college classes along with your English classes? Advancing your college career has never been more convenient. Come and enroll in our English for Academic Purposes classes and be prepared for university lectures, projects and much more. Get the university experience! Our excellent teachers focus on the academic vocabulary, note-taking and study techniques you need to succeed as a college student. Academic success is not only based on intelligence but also the methods you use to study. EC instructors can help you find the way you learn best. We can also assist you in navigating university and campus life. Once you have the tools you need to succeed, “the sky is the limit” as they say! Come to EC Fredonia and learn English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

Learn English for University Purposes

Learn English for university purposes. Its December at EC on campus at Fredonia which means a thick covering of snow and the beginning of winter activities.  With winter comes many long days inside where students may not get exercise and sunshine.  This can result in “winter blues” where some students may feel depressed.  Today, students attended a lecture at the counseling center with the Lets Talk About It program leader, Ivory.  This program allows students a safe place to talk about their emotions and receive help if needed.  EC and SUNY Fredonia are committed to providing every resource students need for their mental health. So what can students do to combat the winter blues?  There are many activities happening in winter that can boost your mood.  Skiing and snowboarding are available at many local skiing resorts.  Ice skating is also popular as SUNY Fredonia has a skating rink for hockey teams and recreational purposes.  The Niagara Falls Festival of Lights is also a nice way to get out of town and see a beautiful show.  After Christmas shopping is also a great opportunity to get some retail therapy and lift your mood!  With all the activities available, students can stay active and combat depression.  However, the Lets Talk About It program is always there to help students in need! Learn English for university purposes and receive the royal treatment!