Meet Gabriel, our Student Ambassador!

  Gabriel Henrique Volericia Barreto Tell us something about you: I am friendly, I like technology, hanging out with my friends and I love staying with my family. Why you choose to be a student ambassador?: I choose to be a student ambassador because I like helping people and I loved the school EC Vancouver. What is your job as student ambassador?: I help the students and if they have any doubts they can talk with me, organize some events and be present at most of them. In your opinion, what is the best part of being a student at EC Vancouver? Why? The best part of being student at EC is hard to say because I loved everything, but I think the best of them all is meeting lots of people from over the world and having a chance to have fun with them in one of our events. ===== Are you planning to take your IELTS test in Canada? Check out EC’s IELTS preparation course!  

Why do we carve pumpkins on Halloween?

Every 31st of October, people around the world carve pumpkins to make a Jack-O’-Lantern in order to celebrate Halloween. The story of the Jack-O’-Lantern originated from Irish legend, but Irish immigrants brought this legend to the United States, where the pumpkin comes from. The Jack-O’-Lantern folktale originated from an Irish man named “Stingy Jack” who invited the Devil to have a drink with him. However, he did not have money to pay for his drink, so he asked the devil to turn literally into money. Once he got the money, he decided to keep it next to a silver cross, so that the devil would not be able to turn back. Soon after Jack died, he was sent to the darkest place by the devil because he was not allowed to stay either in heaven or hell due to his bad attitude. Thus, the devil sent him to the darkest place, and he was accompanied only by a burning coal that he put into a carved-out pumpkin to light his way. Since then, people around the world began to refer this ghostly figure as “Jack-O’-Lantern”, and people use that figure to celebrate Halloween by carving a scary face into the pumpkin, putting a candle inside, and putting it in front of their house. EC Vancouver students, have you decorated your room with a Halloween theme? If you haven’t, join the EC Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest: Day/Date : Wednesday – October 29, 2014 Venue        : Second Floor Time           : 3:00 PM Note: Make a group of 3 people max and sign up at the front desk as soon as possible. ===== Are you interested in taking English language courses in Vancouver? Visit our website to learn about EC Vancouver!        

Melisa Carolina Castillo Pastore: “My Experience in EC School”

Melisa Carolina Castillo Pastore from Venezuela shares her experience while attending the General English courses at EC Vancouver (High-Intermediate 2). I can describe my experience in Vancouver as one of the best in my life and also EC has been a part of it. I think it is not just about learning English more than that. For me,traveling abroad and learning other cultures are really important, because I can open my mind to a new world. I decided to come to Vancouver, considering it is a multicultural city. And definitely studying in EC was the best option because all the people who work there focus on helping us in our learning and they work to give us an amazing experience by taking us to different places and doing all kind of activities. For example last weekend, I went to The Royal Roads University in Victoria. It was a tour organized by the school. It was a great opportunity for us to know the University and also we had such a great time. I must not forget to say that every time when I asked people for help, everybody did it in the best way. That is what I really appreciate about the people from EC School. That is why I want to say thanks to EC and people for opening their doors to me and gave such a marvelous experience!!! I am going to miss my School… Melisa Castillo ===== Would you like to learn to speak English in Vancouver like Melisa? Check out EC Vancouver’s programs!

Soyeon Lim from Korea: A great Alumni story!

Soyeon Lim  from Korea shares about how she learned to speak English in Vancouver while attending the General English Course (Upper-Intermediate). I started studying English at EC On February 3rd. I was so nervous to be away from my home country because I have never had experience studying abroad for such a long time. My English has been improved rapidly and I made a lot of friends from different countries at EC. Through activities, EC offers variety of opportunities that student can enjoy. I like the pub night that always held every Thursday because that is the place that I could meet more friends. Moreover, I also liked a trip to deep cove, university information session and university campus tour and many more. I have never thought about going to university in Canada, but I learned about the opportunity that students can go to college or university through EC pathway. Since then, I attended every EC’s pathway partner information session whenever available. Since then, I became more interested studying in Canada because, I did not really like my major that I studied in my home country. I wanted to try something different, so I went to Chantal (pathway coordinator) for counselling and she gave me some options based on my interest. After a several times of counselling, I applied to one of EC’s pathway colleges. I’m very satisfied with Chantal’s counselling and assistance in choosing a college and program and I’m very grateful to her that I can go to a college in Canada. I will be going to Seneca College on September and I cannot wait to start my new life at a college!  

Fun things to do for EC Vancouver students in October #7: Halloween!

Hi EC Students! Halloween is coming on October 31th!! It is one of the most popular events in the world. The origins of Halloween can be traced back to ancient Ireland and Scotland. They celebrated the autumn harvest and paraded around the street making loud noises to confuse and frighten demons away, but the modern Halloween has become more casual. People dress up in costumes and have a party with friends and decorate their homes with scary ornament and lights. They also carve scary faces or images into pumpkins called “Jack-o’-Lanterns” and children visit neighbours knocking on doors shouting “Trick or Treat”. But if the person doesn’t open the door and give them some candies, then they will play a joke or trick on them. EC Vancouver also has some fun activities for students like a Halloween Costume Contest on Oct 31 (Friday) and a pumpkin carving contest (Oct 29). Please sign up at the front desk(2nd floor) if you want to join! ===== Are you interested in taking English language courses in Vancouver? Visit our website to learn about EC Vancouver!

Fun things to do for EC Vancouver students in October #6: Vancouver Halloween Expo

EC Vancouver Students, are you a fan of anime, comics, and games??? If you claim that you are, you must be interested in attending this Vancouver Halloween Expo. This expo will have a convention of cosplay, anime, comics, games, myths, sci-fi, makeup and arts. Date : October 18 – 19, 2014 Venue : Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel (1088 Burrard Street) Time : 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission : October 1 – 17 = $30 /  October 18 – 19 = $35 You can visit the website below for more detailed information: http://www.vanhalloween.com/ihc/event/vanhalloween/en-us/register-expo.php?cpcode= ===== Are you planning to take your IELTS test in Canada? Check out EC’s IELTS preparation course!  

Fun things to do for EC Vancouver students in October #5: Fright Night at the PNE

Never say that you are not frightened of ghost if you have never been to FRIGHT NIGHTS at the PNE!!!! So, what are you waiting for? Just come and enjoy your Halloween at fright night by visiting 7 differences of haunted houses, 13 differences of frightening rides, and terrifying attraction at PNE FRIGHT NIGHTS!!! Date : October 18 – October 31, 2014 Venue : Playland Entrance at East Hastings and Windermere St.   Time : October 18, 23, and 25 = 7 pm – 1 am October 26, 30, and 31 = 7 pm – Midnight Admission : October 18, 23, and 25 = $34 Online, $37 Gate October 26, 30, and 31 =$29 Online, $32 Gate You can visit the website below for more detailed information: http://frightnights.ca/admission.html ===== Would you like to learn to speak English in Vancouver? Check out EC Vancouver’s programs!

Nicolo Perin shares his EC experience!

Nicolo Perin from Italy shares about how he learned to speak English in Vancouver while attending the General English Course (Low-Intermediate). Hi Guys, I’m Nicolo, from Italy. I want to tell you about my experiences at EC Vancouver. When I arrived in Vancouver, two weeks ago, it was a little bit hard to communicate, because I knew no one, but after making friends with other people things have gone very well. I have no worries, until now, about the party and the trips. The best trip I’ve gone on was to the Rocky Mountains: beautiful panoramas, places, very interesting activities (for example Safari River, snow on the glacier fields) and Rocky Party. I recommend this tour to everyone. The school is very cool, the atmosphere is very beautiful, friends are from around the world, and you can improve your English very well. I am very happy with the choice I made because Vancouver offers all types of services. I hope to see you here in Vancouver!!! Bye

Minkyoung Song from Korea: A great Alumni story!

Minkyoung Song from Korea shares her experience while attending the FCE Cambridge ESOL course (Jun 24, 2013 – Dec 6, 2013) EC has many good classes to prepare students for TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS. If you prepare for a specific test, you need more effort and EC is the perfect place for you to study. So I’m sure you will never get bored with English even if it is really hard to study. Also, there are many great teachers in EC School, especially in Cambridge course classes. They encouraged me every time when I lost my motivation to study English. I think that was the biggest reason which I could enjoy studying English. EC School has very strict attendance policy. It made me to come to school every day. ===== Are you interested in taking English language courses in Vancouver? Visit our website to learn about EC Vancouver!

Yuriko Shiratsuka’s Testimonial!

Yuriko Shiratsuka from Japan shares about how she learned to speak English in Vancouver while attending the General English Course (Low-Intermediate). In my first day at EC, I was excited because I was looking forward to seeing foreign people and making new friends. EC Staff are so kind and friendly, so I’m relieved. My class teacher was Hannah, she was kind and beautiful!! (I want to stare at her all day…), and also her pronunciation was clear, it was good for me to practice correct pronunciation. After three weeks, I passed my test and went to the next level!! I was so happy when I heard that, but I missed my classmates and Hannah. Almost every weekend I joined Club ESL Tours!! The tour co-coordinators were so friendly and funny. They told us many interesting stories along the way. I really enjoyed every tour. Now, I have made a lot of memories at EC. And I hope to make more friends during my EC Life!! Thank you Yuriko ===== Are you planning to take your IELTS test in Canada? Check out EC’s IELTS preparation course!