Mother’s Day

Sunday May 8th is Mother’s Day. If you’re away from home and you’d like to show your mom how much you love her, here’s a list of some mother’s day gifts that you can give your mom while you’re away from home. Send her flowers: Pick a florist near your home and send your mom a bunch of her favourite flowers. It’ll be a nice surprise (that she probably isn’t expecting). Set up a Skype/FaceTime Breakfast/Lunch date with her: The time difference may not work in your favour for this one.  But if you can, arrange a Skype/FaceTime call during breakfast or lunch. You can share a meal with your mom on her special day (even if you’re on the other side of the world). Send her a care package: If you have time, create a care package for your mom and send it to her. You can include photos, postcards, and even souvenirs from your trip. Write her an IOU: Although you’re travelling at the moment, you will return home at some point. Write your mom an IOU with a promise of something that you can do together when you get back. Send her a card: All moms love receiving mother’s day cards (especially when they’re from you)! Send your mom a card wishing her “Happy Mother’s Day” and let her know that you’re thinking of her on her special day.   Check out EC for Adult English Courses in Toronto

Cherry blossom season!

High Park is Toronto’s largest public park. Centrally located on 399 acres of land in the heart of Toronto, High Park provides visitors with a unique and unusual sense of wilderness. Combining forested area, riparian zones including creeks and the largest pond in Toronto, as well as recreational facilities and well-mantained park land, High Park has something for everyone. Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites within the City of Toronto, the park contains an outstanding concentration of rare plant species. One of this species is the “cherry blossom tree” High Park is home of about 2050 cherry blossom trees, or sakura, donated from the Japanese ambassador to Canada and from individual families. These trees bloom in spring, and the beautiful blossoms are enjoyed by thousands of people every year. Many people ask about the best time to see the cherry trees in full bloom: your best bet is to pay a visit in late April or early May. Cherry blossoms last for about a week to a week and a half if the weather is nice, but if it rains while they are in bloom then the flower petals fall quicker and the blooming may be over in just a few short days. Some years – not too often – if the weather is unusually cold in April then the trees may not bloom at all, since Toronto’s climate is about as cold as the Sakura trees can tolerate. The next picture was taken the last week: Theoretically, the blooms might be better next weekend. However, according to the weather forecast, it will rain for most of this week, and so it is hard to tell how the trees will be. Make sure you do not miss this beautiful event. And don’t forget, EC offers General English and … Read more

EC Toronto – An official TOEFL Test Centre

‘Exam in Progress’ – You will see this sign every month at EC Toronto because our school is an official test centre for TOEFL exams. Last Friday we had our latest TOEFL test here at EC Toronto. Everything was well prepared for our test participants… But EC Toronto doesn’t just offer test dates for TOEFL exams. You can also take a TOEFL course at EC Toronto to reach your target score. Our amazing TOEFL teachers Andrew and Martin have been at EC Toronto for a long time – they are our TOEFL professionals. 🙂 So if you are not sure whether TOEFL is the right course for you then just take a trial class with Andrew and Martin. You will get to know their teaching methods and the content of the right TOEFL preparation for a successful exam result. EC Toronto was recently voted as the best English language school in Toronto in 2012 by one of our largest local agencies. Furthermore, our TOEFL programme was voted as the best TOEFL programme in the city in 2012 by TWO local agencies. We are proud to offer good educational quality to our students but we didn’t expect such success. Thank you for your confidence! Please keep this final phrase in your mind: A good TOEFL score open doors for universities and good jobs. Start your career by taking a TOEFL course at EC Toronto – your language school in Toronto! Our lovely student counsellors on the 4th floor and our Higher Score® Coordinator Sari are glad to help you with any issues related with TOEFL courses and exams. Register now! Your EC Toronto Team

National Flag Day of Canada

source: 1921: Red and white were named the official colours of Canada. 1965: The red and white Canadian flag was raised on Parliament Hill where our Federal parliament meets. Canada is not a very old country. Canada officially became a country in 1867 – that means we are only 146 years old! We celebrate Canada’s birthday on July 1st every year. How old is your country?? Your EC Toronto Team wishes you a happy ‘National Flag of Canada Day’!

Welcome to CELTA at EC Toronto!

We’re one of the best known CELTA centres in Canada, and we have a great team of tutors that will help you succeed! Our Toronto CELTA course: Is a full-time, 4 week programme Involves a minimum of 120 hours with additional time required for preparation and assignments Follows the Cambridge CELTA syllabus and provides practical and professional awareness of learners, language, methodology and materials Develops practical ability in classroom management, lesson planning, introduction and practice of new language, and the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills Is intended for native speakers of English and those whose English is of native-speaker level Provides pre-service training to those with no teaching experience Is also suited to those who are already in the profession, but who have no formal teaching qualification Contact us if you have any questions – we’d be glad to help you on your way to an exciting ESL career! One final sentence from a CELTA student explains everything: ‘I highly recommend EC Toronto. As a CELTA student, I find that EC is teaching me all the ropes of a quality English language teacher. I’m so glad I chose EC Toronto because the students are great to work with, and the trainers are dedicated to giving us the best preparation possible. Thanks EC Toronto, I’m ready to teach!’ Your EC Toronto Team    

What is Groundhog Day?

Each year, on February 2, the groundhog peeks its head out of its burrow (the place under the ground where it lives all winter). If the groundhog sees its shadow, it becomes frightened and immediately runs back underground to sleep. That means winter will last 6 more weeks. 🙁 If the groundhog does not see its shadow, that means spring will come early. 🙂 Groundhogs (called woodchucks in England and similar to badgers in other parts of Europe) are a member of the squirrel family, although they are larger. Normally, the groundhog hibernates all winter; before going into hibernation, it has to eat a lot. Groundhogs have front paws that can hold food like hands when they eat. Groundhogs dig long tunnels underground where they live; each tunnel has different ‘rooms’, including a sleeping area, an area for babies, and a separate toilet – groundhogs like to be very clean! The most famous groundhog in Canada is ‘Wiarton Willie’. Willie has been predicting when winter will end for over 55 years. Each year on February 2nd, in the dark and early morning, towns’ folk and fans from all over come out to see Willie‘s prediction in the town of Wiarton, located on Georgian Bay which is part of Lake Huron (north and west of Toronto). So, all you EC Toronto students, don’t forget to check the news on February 2! Will it be an early spring or six more weeks of winter? Your EC Toronto Team

Black History Month 2013 in Toronto

Each February, everybody – Canadians and tourists in Canada – are invited to celebrate Black History Month. People honour ‘Canadians of African and Caribbean descent’ with many festivities and events. This year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is focussing on the past and present achievements of black Canadians in law enforcement. Some Activities in Toronto: REGGAE OR NOT: The birth of Dancehall culture in Jamaica and Toronto (February 1 – 28; Gladstone Hotel: 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto) KUUMBA: Celebrating Black History Month through the arts (February 1 – 3; Harbourfront Centre: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto) TOUNKANDE: A Black History Month performance by Ballet Creole (February 1 – 28); various locations) L.A. Rebellion: Creating a new black cinema (January 31 – February 19; TIFF Bell Lightbox: 350 King Street West, Toronto) IN CONVERSATION WITH JULIE DASH (January 31; TIFF Bell Lightbox: 350 King Street West, Toronto) DRUM BEATS: As part of the Mutadi International Drumming Festival in honour of Black History Month (January 30 – February 28; various locations) And here the link to explore the virtual Canadian Black History Museum: – You have to try it. It’s fantastic! Your EC Toronto Team

Have you been considering post-secondary education in Canada?

Have you been considering post-secondary education in Canada? Unsure of what to expect? University students (native and non-native English speaking students alike) face many challenges at school. EC Toronto offers ‘study skills’ courses, which are designed to help with some of these difficulties and help you hit the ground running. The courses aim to improve general skills found in different disciplines: note-taking, how to follow key themes in lectures, contributing in group seminars, and of course, academic writing. In most university or college courses, almost all of your grades are based on written work. Thus, the ability to plan, brainstorm, synthesize information, edit, and re-edit your work is essential. By the end of your course, at EC Toronto you will have a better grasp of, and better ability to do, what is expected of students at this level of education in Canada. So don’t forget, study abroad courses are more than just about learning English – they can also be part of your goal of getting the university education that will open doors for the rest of your life!

Open House at Our Local Police Station

What? Metro Toronto Police 53 Division annual Open House It is an excellent opportunity for community members to meet their local police officers and to take a tour of the station. The tour involves crime prevention and educational displays and visitors have a rare opportunity to view some of our vintage police cars including a 1957 Chevy. On hand will be members of the TPS Mounted Unit, Police Dog Services, the Marine Unit and the Emergency Task Force. Refreshments will be served. When? On Sunday, January 20th, 2013, between noon and 4:00 p.m. Where?  75 Eglinton Avenue West, corner of Duplex Avenue, 1 block west of Yonge Street Website? Your EC Toronto Team

Luis de los Santos from Dominican Republic said about EC Toronto…

‘Being at EC Toronto has been a rewarding experience for me; it starts with the quality of the services and willingness of the staff to help me. I would like to say thank you to each teacher who gave me special attention during my stay. Before coming here I just had one goal in mind– learn English; however, in addition to feeling that my English had improved significantly, I made new friends from worldwide. Throughout my study time, the interaction with people from different cultures played a pivotal role in my learning process. Without good teachers, good infrastructure and very good friends, learning would not have been possible. For these reasons, I truly recommend EC Toronto as an English school.’