Trick or treat!

To celebrate Halloween, the Activities Team will be giving out free candies at school tomorrow. You can find them everywhere and don’t forget to say “trick or treat” to get special prizes!  

Movember

Every year, millions of men around the world grow their moustaches for the entire month of November to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. This year, here at EC we are having a Movember fundraiser contest! RULES: Any man who wants to participate must register for Movember at the front desk before November 1st. All participants must shave their faces completely on the morning of November 1st. All participants must have a team to help them raise money for prostate cancer. The team may have as many members as the participant can find, but every team must have at least one female. Teachers will be participating too! The participant must grow his moustache until December 1st. PRIZES: Two prizes will be given out: First prize goes to the team that raises the most money to be donated to Prostate Cancer Canada. Second prize goes to the man with the awesomest moustache. Any style allowed! Check out http://ca.movember.com/  for more information!  

Student Testimonial – Ravi Soares

  When I arrived here in Vancouver, I couldn’t speak English. It was very hard for me to come up with even the simplest phrase.  In my homestay, I used to ask the name of everything: fruit, vegetables, and utensils. I was like a curious child learning how to speak. Before I came here, I thought my English would be good enough to survive for the first few weeks, because after all, everybody knows how to say “hello,” “goodbye,” “yes” or “no.” But I was wrong.  I came to realize that I really needed to improve my English when I arrived in Canada. There were a lot of English speakers. On my flight to Vancouver, there was a woman sitting next to me.  She started talking to me, but I couldn’t answer her very well.  I felt really uncomfortable.  It feels terrible when you can’t communicate. You feel powerless and incapable. After I started studying at EC/LSC, I could see how much my English has improved.  The teachers were really helpful, friendly, and gave clear instructions.  I was able to improve my English gradually, and it became easier for me to speak and write in English.  I did not feel terrible about communicating in English anymore. Now I am not a student anymore; I am an employee at EC/LSC.  Because I am doing my Co-op program in the institution, now I can see matters from school’s point of view.   This experience of gaining both school and students’ perspectives has helped me grow as a Journalist.  At the same time, I am still learning English.  Everybody here is so friendly, open-minded, and willing to help me improve my English. However, this experience is not just about learning a new language.  It is also about understanding other cultures, people, and of course, … Read more

Litterbug – teacher Marc’s band – is playing tomorrow!

Litterbug is playing at Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive – close to Commercial/ Broadway skytrain). See our teacher Marc play and sing with his band songs about Vampires, the Incredible Hulk and the year 1972. Only $5!  Good food at this place. Come and have fun!

Writers Festival

The Vancouver Writers Festival takes place in Granville Island for panels, discussions, interviews, and even musical collaborations. The 25th edition of the festival will host 77 different events with Canadian and international authors. Tickets are available online and in person. The festival starts on October 16 and goes until October 21. For the whole schedule and tickets availability, visit: www.writersfest.bc.ca.

Eco Fashion Week

If you like fashion but also believe that your clothes should be manufactured sustainably you should visit the ECO Fashion Week. This event was created to inform and inspire the fashion-conscious and the sustainable-minded alike, in a way that harmonizes beauty and the environment. So if you ever wondered what it takes to make a simple t-shirt, you should know that it may take a lot such as fresh water, clean air, productive land and the stability of societies. According to the organizers of the event Fashion is the third most environmentally damaging industry in the world and during the event they will show what some of the fashion leaders are doing to promote the kind of sustainability necessary for their long-term viability. The event ends this Friday and you still can get tickets for the seminars onsite. To check the complete schedule please visit: http://ecofashion-week.com/schedule.html

Mireira Tristan tells us about her 6-month experience in Vancouver

I have just finished my 24 week long General English Program at EC Vancouver and I have to say that to have chosen EC to study English is the best decision I have done! When I arrived here from Mexico I couldn’t speak any English and now it has improved a lot. I feel confident speaking with native English speakers. EC Vancouver certainly was the element to do it. EC is the best Language English School in Vancouver!!! I loved everything of my school: materials, the teachers, the administration staff and also the facilities. The materials include grammar, listening, reading and speaking activities, so they were very helpful and essential in my personal development. The teachers were well-prepared, had the expertise and always were able to resolve my doubts. The administration staff was incredible, from the Director to the counselors, they were always available to resolve any situation I had in a fast and friendly way. My accommodation was in homestay and I spent an amazing time with my lovely homestay mom, a Canadian woman, who was always concerned about me and with a genuine interest in my studies and my English improvement , her home made me feel like at home and she became a very good friend. I also loved making friends from all around the world in EC: from Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Japan and Korea, because EC is multicultural. I had a lot of fun through school activities and my friends in Vancouver. Vancouver is gorgeous, it has beaches, amazing parks everywhere but most of all the best quality of life. I recommend you come to Vancouver and choose EC as the school that will help you to make your dreams come true. Mireira Gonzalez Tristan (Mexico)  

Movie class

Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 pm, we have another hilarious sitcom to show you! This time is ‘Extras’: Andy Millman was born to be a star. Unfortunately no-one else seems to have noticed. Even his agent isn’t convinced. After ignoring the old cliché ‘don’t give up the day job’, Andy (played by Ricky Gervais) does just that and pursues his dream to become an actor. Andy seems confined to a life of being an ‘extra’, chasing after that one line in the script like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We are sure you will laugh together with our teacher Marc, who will be hosting this movie afternoon! Popcorn comes along with it! Sign up list at reception.