New Year’s Resolutions from our EC Toronto Students

The new year has started already, so we thought it would be a good time to ask our lovely EC Toronto students about their New Year’s resolutions. WOW – we got responses from 25 of our students! We were happy to see that most of them want to study more. That’s great! Good for them that they are studying at one of the best language schools in Toronto, right? At this point we want to mention that we are offering free workshops for different English levels for our EC Toronto students! The next workshop topics and dates are: Resume Building I on January 16, 2013 Job Interview Skills on January 23, 2013 Resumes & Cover Letters II on January 30, 2013 Pronunciation Practice for Korean Speakers on February 6, 2013 Pronunciation Practice for Arabic Speakers on February 13, 2013 For more information or to sign up please see our student counsellors on the 4th floor at EC Toronto. We are waiting for you! 🙂 And almost all of the students who responded are willing to change to a healthier lifestyle. This is a great decision! Our EC Toronto students also had the chance to add their own personal resolutions. Some of their wonderful answers are: Chisato: Not too much clowning around (But we like you just the way you are Chisato!) Yurie: ‘Keep smiling 🙂 Make many Canadian friends’ (You have many Canadian friends Yurie. Everybody in the EC Toronto office is your friend. :-)) Dario: ‘Be nicer to my parents.’ (That’s always a good and desirable resolution!) Elisa: ‘Stop procrastinating.’ (Oh yes! We think almost everybody has this as her/his New Year’s resolution.) Guilherme: ‘Start to read another book.’ (Yes, you can improve your reading and speaking skills if you read the book aloud.) Yasushi: ‘Find new English skills.’ (Good luck … Read more

The Wizard of Oz

The Mirvish Theatre in Toronto describes this musical with the words ‘A Journey to Oz like No Other’. Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to reproduce his famous, all- time classic musical ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The producer, creative team and actors bring you a world full of magic over the rainbow! All your favourite characters and ironic moments will let you recognize the classic version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. But some surprises in the story line and new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber will give you a better understanding of the real intention of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. But we don’t want to spoil it for you so check out the most important facts about the musical ‘The Wizard of Oz’: Where: The Ed Mirvish Theatre – 244 Victoria Street, Toronto Prices and Times: Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday 7:30PM ($107 | $85 | $75 | $45 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $150) Wednesday 1:30PM ($93 | $72 | $59 | $35 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $150 (Mar 13, 14 only)) Friday 7:30PM ($119 | $99 | $89 | $49 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $150) Saturday 7:30PM + Saturday & Sunday 1:30PM ($130 | $107 | $89 | $59 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $175) No Shows Jan 9, 1:30PM | Mar 12, 7:30PM + Added Show  Mar 14, 1:30PM Holiday Schedule: Dec 27, 1:30PM + 7:30pm | Dec 28, 7:30pm | Dec 29, 1:30PM + 7:30pm | Dec 30, 1:30PM + 7:30PM No Shows  Jan 1 Jan 2, 1:30PM + 7:30PM | Jan 3, 1:30PM + 7:30PM | Jan 4, 7:30PM | Jan 5, 1:30 + 7:30PM | Jan 6, 1:30PM Pricing for all shows Dec 26 – Jan 6 ($130 | $107 | $89 | $59 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $175) Running Time: Act One – 1 hour 5 minutes Intermission – 20 … Read more

EC Toronto – Unique Selling Points

Hi Followers, Fans and EC Toronto students, If you are interested in festivals, events, sport activities, theatres, art galleries and general activities in Toronto check out the following link: Places to visit in Toronto. You can learn about the most important and most interesting activities in Toronto to enjoy during your stay here and make it an amazing time you will never forget! If you have any questions please feel free to: come to our EC Toronto office (124 Eglinton Avenue West, 4th floor) write a blog comment visit our EC Toronto Facebook page to contact our Social Media team Your EC Toronto Team

Are you an AY student? If not, why not?

Being an Academic Year student is so much more than getting your marks recorded on a weekly basis.  Academic Year students get their own counsellor, or as one AY student translated to another AY student “Your own academic angel”. Your personal counsellor meets with you a minimum of once a month, but if you need them more often or have questions or want to hand in homework, you can visit your Academic Counsellor anytime. You can even send them an email message!  These “Academic Angels” follow your progress and push you and support you to get the most out of your experience at EC Toronto. What’s been even more interesting that I’ve discovered this past year, is that there’s a closer relationship and bond that builds with the AY students.  Everyone in the office knows them, and I begin to memorize their first and last names too!  They are kind of like student celebrities in my eyes. My personal students write me emails just to even tell me what they did on the weekend or on holidays. Your Academic Counsellors also start to get to know the real personalities of their AY students and can help them not only with academics, but also give advice on their adjustment in Toronto and special activities or programs to join. It’s a personal touch and added connection that is priceless. Now I ask you again – If you’re not an AY student, why not? Become an AY student by extending your studies, and you’ll also be extending your EC Toronto experience. If you want to see more pictures of our Acedemic Year students visit our EC Toronto Facebook page. Your EC Toronto Team

Best Sales in Toronto During Boxing Week(s)

Did you see the displays on the streets and in the shopping malls and advertisement posts on the Social Web? It’s ‘Boxing Week’! Special offers and amazing discounts are waiting for you! Here are some of the best places to go now: Where? Magwood Sale(1418 Dundas Street West) When? Dec 27 to Dec 30 What? Carefully selected vintage pieces Where? Ted Baker London Boxing Day Sale(Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin Street) When? Until end of January What? Clothes from across the pond. Men and women save 50 % on autumn/winter pieces. Where? Leigh & Harlow Boxing Week Sale (634 Queen Street West and 4 Karl Fraser Road) When? Dec 26 to Jan 6 What? Clothing from GSTAR, Mink Pink, Haight & Ashbury, Rich & Skinny, Scotch & Soda, Paige, Joe’s, Alternative Apparel (save up to 70 %) Where? Crocs and Reebok Warehouse Sale (International Centre, 6900 Airport Road) When? Until December 30 What? Sports Clothing from Reebok NHL apparel, Adidas golf wares, Callaway golf bags and running shoes Boxing Week and Boxing Month at Eaton Centre Toronto – Special Store Promotions: Where? H & M When? December 06, 2012 to January 01, 2013 What? Fashion Finds from $3! Ladies skirts from $3 and men’s shirts from $10, kids outerwear from $15, ladies knitwear from $7 + Scratch offs for the first 100 people in line! Where? Mexx When? December 26, 2012 to January 04, 2013 What? ADDITIONAL 50% off the last ticketed price Where? Levi’s When? December 26, 2012 to January 06, 2013 What? Up to 50% off! Where? Danier When? December 26, 2012 to December 30, 2012 What? Up to 70% off! Leather jackets starting from $99. Plus get 25% off the lowest ticketed price on all accessories! Do you want to see more sales’ offers and events? Then check out these links: www.toronto.com/article/633204–the-shopping-list-sales-and-events-in-toronto www.torontoeatoncentre.com/en/promos/Pages/PromotionsByUpcoming.aspx Your … Read more

How to survive during the Christmas and Holiday Season?

In our current blog we want to give you some information about the opening hours of the most important shopping malls here in Toronto. In addition to that, three of our staff members at EC Toronto give you some tips which market you can visit to buy a great Christmas gift for your family, homestay family and friends and maybe you can also pick up some ideas from them what to buy if you haven’t any creative idea yet.   Elizabeth Whittington Which is your favourite shopping mall? Kensington Market What do you want to buy? Do you have any ideas yet? specialty cheeses and other specialty treats & ice wine (great combo!) How much money do you want to spend? $ 50 – $ 100 per person (all in all $ 500) For whom do you have to buy gifts? my parents, boyfriend, sister, brother, sister-in-law, parents-in-law   Susan Craig Which is your favourite shopping mall? Yorkdale Mall (But I don’t really like malls, I prefer stores on the streets.) What do you want to buy? Do you have any ideas yet? funny and beautiful things, nothing practical! How much money do you want to spend? $ 10 each – be creative! For whom do you have to buy gifts? My family and a few close friends  

10 tips on how to eat healthy and stay fit

10. Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. -Your daily food selection should include bread and other whole-grain products; fruits; vegetables; dairy products; and meat, poultry, fish and other protein foods. 9. Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. -One should be eating 6-11 servings from the bread, rice, cereal and pasta group, 3 of which should be whole grains. – One should also be eating 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables. 8. Maintain a healthy weight. -You should find out what weight is right for you, and that depends on many factors such as your sex, height, age and heredity. -Excess body fat increases your chances for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer and other illnesses. 7. Eat moderate portions. -A clenched fist is about a cup — and a cup is the amount experts recommend for a portion of pasta, rice, cereal, vegetables, and fruit. -A meat portion should be about as big as your palm. -Limit the amount of added fats (like butter, mayo, or salad dressing) to the size of the top of your thumb 6.Eat regular meals. -Skipping meals can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in overeating. -When you’re very hungry, it’s also tempting to forget about good nutrition. -Snacking between meals can help curb hunger, but don’t eat so much that your snack becomes an entire meal and snack on healthy foods. 5. Reduce, don’t eliminate certain foods. -You should never cut out any food type, so cut out carbs for example. -Your body needs carbs and all the other variety of foods, so make sure to just eat a balanced meal, versus cutting out a kind of food from you meal. 4. Know your diet pitfalls. -To improve your eating habits, you first have to know what’s … Read more

Five easy tips on how to become a better English speaker!

  5. Listen to the language everyday! ->try to listen to the radio and watch a lot of movies and TV shows that are in English! 4. Think in English! -> make an effort for all your thoughts and thought process to be in English! 3. Don’t dwell too much on the grammar! -> don’t be too conscious if your grammar is incorrect in the beginning, that will come with practice. 2. Practice, practice, practice! ->practice makes perfect! So keep practicing and don’t worry about how you sound, just practice! 1. Be PATIENT! -> just remeber, learning English won’t happen over night! So be patient and have a positive attitude and you will become a better English speaker!