Academic Year Programme at EC Vancouver

Our Academic Year (AY) Programme is for students who study at EC Vancouver for 24 weeks or more. What is the AY Programme? Taking the time to seriously focus on your English will open up unlimited opportunities for you. Your English level will greatly improve, broadening your horizons and giving you an advantage in your chosen career or education. On a more personal level, spending time to study ESL abroad at EC Vancouver will give you incredible experiences. You will challenge yourself, become more independent and make lasting international friendships. What are the benefits of being an AY student? As an AY student you will receive a Personal Language Portfolio, regular one-to-one meetings with your personal mentor, and class tutorials. Your Academic Year Co-ordinator (Aaron) is dedicated to serving your academic needs, and to ensuring you are reaching your learning objectives and developing to your full potential. Leave EC with a qualification You will also have the opportunity to prepare for and sit an internationally-recognised Exam, such as IELTS, TOEFL, or one of the Cambridge ESOL exams. In addition, Academic Year 30 students are awarded an EC Diploma at the end of their course, while Academic Year 20/24 students receive an EC Certificate of Merit. For more information please visit:

Things to do in June – Hats Off Day

What? Hats Off Day is when Heights merchants “take their hats off” to their community and their customers, and the entire Heights community celebrates together. It’s a huge, one-day extravaganza featuring a colorful main-street style parade with real local flavor, followed by a big street party. When? Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where? The Heights is located on Hastings Street between Boundary Road and Gamma Avenue in Burnaby. It is situated 15 minutes east of Downtown Vancouver along Hastings Street. These buses run regularly through the Heights along Hastings Street: C1 Hastings at Gilmore Street/Kootenay Loop C2 Capital Hill/Hastings at Gilmore Street 129 Metrotown Station/Edmonds Station 130 Metrotown/Hastings/Kootenay Loop 135 SFU/Hastings Street/Burrard Station (Downtown) N35 Downtown/SFU Nightbus For more information, route maps and schedules visit or call 604-953-3333. Cost: FREE

Study Tip – How to prepare for an exam

How to prepare an exam? Written by MinHa Kim Select a place where you feel comfortable. Clean the place where you would study. Read through the entire notes that will be on the exam. Memorize notes, concentrating on one major theme at a time until you know it well. For the first major theme, start at the top and just read through. After you feel confident that you know every theme, put down your studying and take a break from the subject. Sleep well and eat well. Whenever I prepared an exam, I guess I usually crammed in the last few days. It was pretty effective to get high score, even though I wiped out and needed whole day for sleeping to recover myself after the test. Actually, I used to study for my exam for enough time like a month or more. One day, I had final test in high school and I couldn’t afford to have enough time to prepare it. There were so many other things to do at the time. When I got to have time for it, I had only 3 days. I was desperate and started to review my notes quickly. I barely slept for 3 days in a row. After test, my score was a lot better than before when I had long time for the test. Since then, I had been strongly believing that cramming is the best way to prepare an exam. I crammed for the other tests again. However, time goes by, I realized I forgot everything that I have studied. It was just studying for the SCORE. Consequently, I couldn’t learn anything on a long term basis, despite I studied. it could be the best way for an exam, but it shouldn’t be the wisest way to learn something. … Read more

Things to do in June – Maker Faire

What? Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community. When? Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2 From 10 am – 6 pm Where? At the PNE forum building, which is easily accessible from the corner of Hastings and Renfrew. How do I get there? We encourage you to use alternate transportation. The PNE is easily accessible by public transport and there are bicycle racks located at the corner of Hastings & Renfrew. For more information about getting to the PNE via transit, including fares and schedules, please visit or call 604-953-3333. Cost: Adult day ticket $15 + tax Adult weekend pass $25 + tax

An Interview with Aaron Petovello

What is your name? My Name is Aaron. What is your position at EC Vancouver? I’m the Academic Year Coordinator. In a nutshell what do you do in your position? I oversee the AY program, organize the monthly AY lectures, set up students with tutors and that kind of stuff. I also help out Taona and Jason when needed. Also- I’m working on the library- ordering books and stuff. When should a student come to see you? Never. I hate students. Just kidding. 🙂 If an AY student has a question about their class, their tutorials or pretty much any other concern they can come talk to me. Also- if they want to find a book in our library they can come talk to me there. It’s in room 404 and I’m there every break. So come say hello and get a book to read!

An Interview with Angela Lee

What is your name? My Name is Angela Lee. What is your position at EC Vancouver? I am the Regional Finance Administer ( Belongs to Malta Financial team ) In a nutshell what do you do in your position? I am doing the bookkeeping for EC Vancouver, EC San Diego and EC San Francisco. When should a student come to see you? When the students need translating in Mandarin or Cantonese.

Jacki’s class goes on a Dragonboat trip!

Personal Floating Device (PFD) – We received PFD to start Dragon boating with paddles, and we got instruction. When did you go? We went for a Dragon boat trip on the 9th of May. We decided own partners and choose row seat numbers. Who did you go with? We went there with our Cambridge FCE class including the teacher. We were about to start paddling. What did you do there? We took there Dragon boat lessons and ended up doing a Dragon boat race. We practiced how to paddling. What was your favourite thing about the day? Dragon boat paddling changed our teamwork spirit. Before we went there we liked each other, but after the exciting afternoon we loved each other. We have learned we just can succeed, if we act as one team. Our task to improve our teamwork was banging the paddle in a rhythm on the boat. At the beginning it was hard to act in unison, however after a while we were experts. We went far away till under the bridge. It was funny to see walkers looking at us. Are you going to go again? / Would you recommend this activity to students? + Team building + Good change for D class + Good instructors If we had stayed for a longer time in Vancouver we would probably do it again. It was a really interesting afternoon for us. We would highly recommend this experience to others who for example need a change from D classes. The instructors were friendly and motivating. We had the chance to greatly improve our teamwork which is, in fact, one of the most important parts of Dragon boating. After practicing, we separated in two groups and we had a competition. We came back, wet and exhausted, but really happy … Read more

Things to do in May – Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

What? Celebrating its 24th Season in 2013, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September. When? May – September Where? Site Address (June – September): Vanier Park, Kits Point at the Foot of Whyte Avenue Address for Taxis: 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vanier Park Using Transit: From Downtown Vancouver, take bus #2 or #22 from multiple locations along Burrard Depart bus at stop #50101 westbound at Cornwall and Cypress Walk North on Cypress Right at Whyte and continue to the Bard tents Cost: please see

Things to do in May – Vancouver Craft Beer Week

What? Vancouver’s popular Craft Beer Week is back for 2013 with 60 breweries, over 30 venues, and more beer events than you can imagine – 9 Signature events, 6 Feature events, 6 Walk Up events, and some epic week-long specials dedicated to all things craft beer. When? May 31 to June 8, 2013 Where? 30 Venues – please see: Cost: please see:

Things to do in May – EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

What? Celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food and beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans, and many others from the culinary world will come together for a three day public extravaganza at BC Place Stadium. EAT! Vancouver encompasses unique food experiences, opportunities to learn behind-the-scenes culinary magic from professional chefs, dynamic entertainment through celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and culinary competitions, diverse food, beverage and cooking related exhibits; and of course fantastic shopping opportunities. When? Friday, May 24th, 2pm–9pm Saturday, May 25th, 10am–9pm Sunday, May 26th, 10am–5pm Where? BC Place Stadium Cost: Adults $16 (online purchase $2 off), Seniors $14, Youths $9, Children Free (12 and under) 17.95