Chitipat from Thailand shares his expierences in Vancouver

Chitipat Cholchawalit from Thailand, who studied TOEFL in Vancouver with EC, shares his experiences in Vancouver. Hello everyone! My name is Chitipat Cholchawalit from Bangkok, Thailand. I’d like to write about my days in EC Vancouver. I had a fascinating time here. I was studying in TOEFL class at EC Vancouver for 3 months. Although there are a lot of language schools in Vancouver, I decided to choose EC because, first of all, I would like to say that this school has only a few Thai students which means that I can’t speak Thai in this school and I get more advantage to improve my English skill. Additionally, I can learn about many cultures from my friends who come from different countries around the world. I would love to say that I got plenty of wonderful experiences from EC Vancouver. I’m going to tell you some examples and the thing that you have to do while you are reading this essay is just try to imagine to follow my experiences. To begin with, I would say no words can explain how impressive it is when you are able to talk with your friends who cannot speak your first language and you cannot understand each other. Secondly, how interesting it is to learn about other cultures you didn’t know, and how beautiful Van City is. In my opinion, it is the best place to live in the world! Finally, how kind, helpful and awesome EC staffs are. You will get to know all of these things when you arrive here and I guarantee you that you will obtain such a wonderful time as me in Vancouver because all the things will not let you down. Thank you for a great experience. I will never forget even one day of my EC days. Chitipat Cholchawalit ==== … Read more

Edson Bicudo Junior shares his EC experiences in Vancouver

Edson Bicudo Junior from Brazil shares his experiences in Vancouver while attending the General English courses at EC Vancouver. I have been living in Vancouver for three months, and I would say a lot of good things about this city. I spent most of the time in my school, EC Vancouver. The structure of my school is very good and the building is very big, where we can use the Wifi, internet and computers whenever we want. There are a lot of classes and the location is in a good place, since it is Downtown and close to shops, restaurants and pubs. In the school, you can improve your English and learn new things. Teachers are very polite, respectful and they teach very well. Besides that, their English is very easy to understand. There is only one bad thing about this city; it rains a lot. Edson Bicudo Junior ==== EC offers various English Courses, including TOEFL in Vancouver.

Things to do in Vancouver in Feb #5: Winterruption Festival on Granville Island

One decade ago, the first ever Winterruption Festival took place on Granville Island. This year’s 10th edition of the festival allows Vancouverites and visitors to escape from the winter blues for three days, from Feb 22nd to 24th, by celebrating both local and international artists of all disciplines. Some of the highlights this year are the largest outdoor mural ever created by Brazilian artist OSGEMEOS on Ocean Concrete’s six gigantic silos, the intriguing story of the afore mentioned and other remarkable artists in the documentary “Grey City”, and smooth Brazilian vibes brought by Coastal Jazz and many other special guests and DJs. The Sustainable Seafood Market Dinner will surely sell out – be quick and get your ticket early. For all booze enthusiasts, the Meet Your Makers Tour will satisfy your taste senses by offering local beers, sake and spirits, all of which are produced on Granville Island. ==== Are you interested in studying TOEFL in Canada? Come to EC Vancouver! We offer various English Courses, including TOEFL in Vancouver.

Things to do in Vancouver in Feb #4: Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver

Chinese New Year is right around the corner, and with it comes Vancouver’s annual Chinese New Year Parade. Come down to the China town on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015. Every year, Vancouver’s Chinese New Year events culminate in a full day of New Year’s celebrations in the heart of historic Chinatown, starting with the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade, which celebrates the start of the Lunar New Year. Organized by the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver since 1979, the parade has grown into a must-see event in Vancouver. The 1.5km Chinese New Year Parade route starts at the Millennium Gate at Pender St. and heads east, turning south onto Gore St., then west onto Keefer St. It attracts over 50,000 spectators and 3,000 performers, including the largest assembly of lion dance teams in Canada. You will see more than 50 lions and diverse multicultural dance troupes. The parade will start at 12pm and will end at 2pm. After the parade, free festivities continue at the Chinatown Spring Festival & Cultural Fair at Sun Yat-sen Plaza (50 East Pender Street) until 5pm. Come to the China Town on February 2nd and enjoy the exotic performances and atmosphere. For more information, check the website of Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver. ==== Are you interested in studying TOEIC in Canada? Come to EC Vancouver! We offer various English Courses, including TOEIC in Vancouver.

Things to do in Vancouver in Feb #3: Vancouver International Wine Festival

There’s good news for a wine lovers; starting on February 20th until March 1st, the 37th Vancouver International Wine Festival takes place! Over eight days, visitors are able to taste more than 1,750 wines from 14 different countries. The spotlight this year is on Australia as the 2015 theme country as well as on the wine grapes Syrah or Shiraz. The festival not only provides an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public, but is also a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and was initially founded as a fundraising initiative of then Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Society. Still nowadays, the Vancouver International Wine Festival raises funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. There are different events each day such as a gala, educational wine seminars and various wine tastings together with brunch, lunch or dinner. Tickets to the events are available online at vanwinefest.ca .The heart of Vancouver International Wine Festival is the Acura International Festival Tasting Room at the Vancouver Convention Center, where more than 750+ wines are available for sampling, with an additional 165 wines available at the trade tasting. Ticket prices for this event range from $45 to $395. ====== Would like to learn English in Vancouver ? EC offers various English Courses in Vancouver, including TOEFL in Vancouver.

Dajeong Daisy Kim: “I got high score to the TOEIC exam!”

Dajeong Daisy Kim from Korea who studied TOEIC in Vancouver with EC shares a great news with her TOEIC teacher, Jeremy. Congratulations!! This is Daisy who is Korean student in your TOEIC class! Long time no see! I got high score to the TOEIC exam!! 870, it’s much more than I expected. Thanks to you. It is all about your class. I don’t have to take any more tests. Hahaha !! My field, Design, doesn’t need more than 900. I really do miss all of Vancouver. Maybe in the future, I will work in Vancouver! I’m going to try to do that. Take care and good luck in 2015! Daisy DJ Kim ==== EC offers various English Courses, including IELTS in Vancouver.  

Emi Ishida from Taiwan: “My life in Vancouver and EC”

Emi Ishida came from Taiwan to learn English in Vancouver. She shares her experience while attending the General English courses (Low-Intermediate) at EC Vancouver. My name is Emi from Taiwan. When I came to Vancouver, I couldn’t speak English at all. So I was depressed, feeling lonely and home-sick. However, I am lucky because I have met many nice people from my home-stay and school. Everyone is patient with me. My English is improving little by little every day. In Vancouver, I have visited many places. I went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge to walk over the longest bridge; visited Whistler to take the gondola for sight-seeing; walked around Granville Island to see a lot of interesting shops and had a delicious dessert. My home-stay is in North Vancouver. There are the sea, forests, and mountains. When it is snowing and the snow lay on the ground, it looks amazing and beautiful! I go to Deep Cove sometimes because it is close to my home-stay. I feel relaxed when I see the sea and mountains. It is my favorite place. I am having the best experiences in my life! ===== EC offers various English Courses, including TOEIC in Vancouver.

Things to do in Vancouver in February #2: Lunar Fest Vancouver 2015

Lunar Fest is one of numerous activities and things to do in Vancouver that you can enjoy. It was started in 2009 as a Vancouver Winter Olympics Legacy event. After the festival was built, it was chosen one of the top 10 Cultural Olympiad events in Vancouver by the Georgia Straight, a free weekly Vancouver newspaper. After that, this festival expanded to Toronto in 2012. As a celebration of one of the oldest traditions of many Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year, the festival encourages and fosters Canadian and international artistic collaboration and expression. You will see the cultural collaboration that brings Soul, Art and Life on one stage during the event. It is running for three days, from February 20th to 22nd at Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza downtown. The festival entertains you with various kinds of programs, such as drum performances presented by Asian drummers, fortune tellers, charities, and so on. For this year, an award winning team, Jhuo Lan Dragon Dance Team, is coming from Taiwan to Canada for the first time, so don’t miss this chance to see it. Furthermore, there are some activities you can participate in: making lanterns and dumplings, and you can try finger-licking dumplings from many Asian countries, not only China. Why don’t you go to this artistic, fun, and entertaining annual event with your friends or family? You can visit the Lunar Fest website to get more information about the festival. ===== Are you interested in studying TOEIC in Canada? Come to EC Vancouver! We offer various English Courses, including TOEIC in Vancouver.  

Mario Koeppel from Switzerland: “My Experience at EC Vancouver”

Mario Koeppel from Switzerland shares his experience while attending English courses including IELTS in Vancouver at EC Vancouver.  Hello everyone! My name is Mario Koeppel and I came from a beautiful small country in Europe called Liechtenstein. As Ernest Hemingway once said: “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” My journey at EC Vancouver is almost over now. However, I would like to share my experience with you about the amazing time that I have spent here in Vancouver. Last year, I had already attended EC Toronto for 6 months. I had an incredible time there, met a lot of people, who became good friends of mine, and of course I also made huge progress in my English skills. Still, my English was not at the level that I wanted or that I needed for my future. So, I travelled to Canada again, the country that I have fallen in love with. This time, however, I went to the west coast of Canada and I have been living in the beautiful city of Vancouver for the last 5 months. I started in General English before I attended the IELTS preparation course for 2 months. I have really enjoyed the General English and the IELTS courses. Both have helped me to improve my English further. The classes at EC are always great. I think they have a really good mix of serious teaching as well as some fun activities during the classes. When I was not at school, I was exploring the city of Vancouver and its breathtaking surrounding areas. From watching a soccer game at BC stadium, or going to a Canucks game at Rogers Arena; to making a skiing trip to one of the local mountains or … Read more

Cambridge Exam Preparation courses at EC Vancouver

Cambridge English exams are recognized by 15,000 employers, universities and colleges worldwide and the results are valid for a lifetime. EC Vancouver not only offers, along with many other courses, Cambridge Exam Preparation courses such as for the FCE, CAE and CPE, but also provides the opportunity to take the exam in-house. But what’s the Cambridge Exam Preparation course all about? Basically, what EC offers to their students is a four to twelve week preparation course in relation to the Cambridge Exam. Students will not only be briefed on how the exam will look, but will also acquire the needed knowledge such as grammar, vocabulary and skills for reading, listening, writing and speaking. Students will have 30 lessons a week, separated in four lessons in the morning and two lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays and three lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon, all of which are 45 minutes. After having successfully completed the course, students have the opportunity to take a Cambridge Exam in-house. This means that EC offers their students the chance to take the exam in the school with teachers, who are officially certified by Cambridge to supervise the exam. ==== EC offers various English Courses, including IELTS in Vancouver.