Which English Proficiency Exam Is Right for You?

There are so many different types of English proficiency exams out there. How do you choose which one is right for you? We’ve composed a guide to show you the difference between each one and (hopefully) will help you decide which one is right for you. TOEFL What does it stand for? The Test of English as a Foreign Language What is the TOEFL test? The TOEFL test measures how well you can apply your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to complete academic tasks. The test is 3 hours long and is taken on a computer or on paper. The TOEFL test consists of four sections speaking, listening, reading, and writing. TOEFL Test Scores: You will receive a total score out of 120 based on your performance in all 4 sections of the test. Who accepts TOEFL? More than 9,000 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. We recommend the TOEFL test if you are: planning to study at a higher education institution applying for a scholarship at a higher education institution looking to track your English-language learning progress applying for a visa in an English-speaking country.   IELTS What does it stand for? International English Language Testing System What is the IELTS test? The IELTS Test assesses the English language proficiency of people wanting to work and study in an English-speaking environment. Like other English proficiency exams, the IELTS assesses your reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The IELTS speaking test is unique because it involves a face-to-face interview with a certified examiner. The reading, writing, and listening modules are 2 hours and 45 minutes long, while the speaking test is about 15 minutes long. There are two versions (Academic or General) of IELTS test: the Academic IELTS test and the General IELTS test. … Read more

Volunteer Students

Free English Classes at EC Toronto

As part of our teacher-training program at EC Toronto, we need volunteer students to participate in free lessons given by our student teachers in the CELTA program. CELTA free classes are provided at the Pre-Intermediate to Upper Intermediate levels.  Lessons are carefully supervised by our teacher trainers. Part-time classes are held three times a  year (in January, June and September) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:15pm-8:15pm.  Our next part-time course starts on Tuesday February 2nd.   If you are in the Toronto area and would like to attend Free English classes, please come to the office between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday to enrol.  At this time, we will let you know whether there are any spaces available.  If the class is full, we will notify you when there will be space available in a class.  A $20 registration fee deposit is required when you register for the class.   Please be advised that the free classes fill up quickly.  We recommend that you come in to the office to sign up 3 to 4 weeks prior to the class start date.  In fairness to all, signing up can only be done in person. For more information, please visit our website. Check out EC Toronto for Full Immersion English Courses in Toronto

La Poutine Week

Have you tried poutine yet? Poutine is one of the most Canadian foods you can get. It is made with French fries and cheese curds topped with brown gravy. While in Toronto, you should definitely try some of this delicious fare. Next week is La Poutine Week in Toronto and restaurants are offering special poutine dishes for only $10.  Partcipating restaurants include: Poutineville, Victory Cafe, Let’s Be Frank and more! Blog TO recently listed the top 9 places to get Poutine in Toronto. If you are in the mood for a special Canadian treat, try one of these places. You won’t be sorry! http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_best_poutine_in_toronto/ Of course, don’t forget to try our famous Canadian bacon and maple syrup as well! EC is an English school in Toronto offering ESL classes.