Introducing you to our very own professional clown!

We would like to introduce you to one of our very well known students (and well liked!) Chisato Yoshikawa who is in Low Intermediate. Chisato came to EC Toronto on November 19, 2012 and has been studying for 16 weeks. Chisato is known for her energy, bubbly personality and big smile. We recently learned that Chisato is a professional clown and today we had the opportunity to ask her about her career as a clown. How did you become a clown? My major in university was fashion design and when I finished school I got a job in fashion design. The job was very stressful and I wasn’t very happy. While I was working I became sick and had to have treatment for 6 months. During the treatment I met a clown and it was very inspiring.  Instead of returning to my job I decided to join a circus team!!! That was about 3 years ago now. Does a clown have to go to college or receive special training? It’s not necessary to go to school to learn Most clowns learn on the job from professional clowns with many years of experience. My clown team had more than 30 clowns! Each had different skills – balloon making, plate spinning, pantomiming. One of my clown colleagues was even 73 years old! It was a very diverse group and I learned a lot.           I was really lucky with my circus team. My teacher was friends with Patch Adams and I had the opportunity to meet him. It was a really great experience. What is your most memorable experience? I met a four-year-old girl while I was volunteering at a hospital. She was very sick and very sad. She was scared of the hospital. I was able to make her smile and bring … Read more

Why is Augusto smiling?

Augusto is smiling because according to him, he’s in one of the best classes ever! Augusto began at EC Toronto on January 7th and has been taking TOEFL ever since, but unfortunately, his last day is Friday March 1st! He describes his experience in TOEFL as “exceeding his expectations”. “Even when I was confused about an answer to a question, my teacher, Andrew, knew exactly the way to get around that question and figure out the right answer. He always had a way and a strategy. I loved this class.” It doesn’t hurt that his teacher Andrew describes Augusto as the “ideal student”, because Augusto always had great energy and a positive attitude. I’m sure Augusto’s hard work will pay off once he takes that TOEFL test. From all of us at EC Toronto, we wish Augusto all the best in everything he does, and good luck on that TOEFL test, your travels, and your dreams. EC Toronto Staff

EC Toronto said goodbye to Yuko Nishida

EC Toronto said goodbye to one of our special students, Yuko Nishida. She has been an AY student with us since March 2012 and has taken High Intermediate, TOEFL, Upper Intermediate and finally …. ADVANCED! Amazing! Soon she will be entering the world of work through our co-op program. We enjoyed having Yuko and her bright smile in our school, and everyone at EC Toronto will miss her! 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!

EC Toronto Students Express Their Opinions about Guns in Schools

Peter’s High Intermediate class read an article about teachers in the US wanting to take guns to school as protection. After some discussion, they wrote their opinions. Here is what Miguel and Taiana wrote. Although Miguel and Taiana have already finished their studies at EC Toronto, their classmates are sending them a greeting – hello, Miguel and Taiana, we miss you! Dear Mr. Gerald Valentino, My name is Miguel Licona, I’m writing from Canada but I’m from Mexico. I read the article of ‘teachers sign up for guns training’ and according to the article, you claim that teachers should be able to bring guns to school. However, I totally disagree and I want to show you why. Firstly, teachers mustn’t bring a gun to the classroom to protect their students. We can’t combat violence with more violence. If teachers are allowed to bring and use guns in the classroom, the violence will increase and more tragedies will be happen. Secondly, protecting students is not teacher’s business. The teachers should teach the students, not kill them. It’s their business to teach students to be a good citizen. Finally, I think that you want to get more money using this tragedy as a good reason for buying guns. You are only interested in selling guns. Actually you don’t care about the children. To sum up, students shouldn’t be protected only by hope, but also dreams, peace, love. So that we could live in a better world. Sincerely, Miguel & Taiana