5 Benefits From Studying Abroad and Making Friends

There are many benefits from studying abroad and making friends from around the world. Studying in a foreign country may sound difficult, but it is actually easy because you meet great people and have amazing experiences that helps you grow as a person and human being! Canada is an amazing place to study and live in. There are many benefits from studying English at EC Vancouver as well. We cater for our student experiences and offer a community for people to explore the city and make lifelong friends! Our English classes offer the best educational methods and teachers who are interactive and always helpful.   1 ) Share and make happy memories! It is all about learning and enjoying yourself at the same time! The best of two worlds! Here at EC, we make sure that you meet people from around the world and have the opportunity to experience the city!   2 ) Enjoy the city with the company of people and friends! Studying abroad can be tough for certain people because we can’t live away from our families or friends.. However, when you meet new people abroad, you feel that you have made a new family and friends that you can count on! You will be shocked to know that you may share similar likes of music and movies!   3 ) Practice English and study together! It is important to practice English. It is even better to practice with someone who is in the same class as you because you share and learn similar material!     4 ) Building connections for future work and opportunities. Making lifelong friends and sharing experiences with others is important. You can find your next international business partner or peer. You’ll never know! 5 ) Meet friends in their home countries. … Read more

Bard on the Beach 2019

“To be, or not to be, that is the question”. These are the same exact words young Hamlet spoke when he was contemplating life.   Every year from early June to late September, Vancouver proudly hosts “Bard on the Beach”, an outdoor theatre/Shakespeare festival that is meant to educate and inspire a community of Elizabethan theatre lovers. This year’s Bard on the Beach will be held at Vancouver’s BMO Theatre Centre which is located at 162 W 1st Avenue. Regular tickets cost $26 and performances run from Tuesdays to Sundays with the occasional previews.   Three Shakespeare plays are making it to the stage this year along with an extra screenplay: The Taming of the Shrew All’s Well That Ends Well Coriolanus Shakespeare in Love (Screen play by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard)   With that in mind, Bard on the Beach is a unique festival that gathers many scholars, students and theatre enthusiasts from around the world. Shakespeare in the outdoors is a fun and interesting way to experience high culture and acting. EC Language Centre is an English school in Vancouver that provides state of the art ESL classes and student experience. Studying English abroad is an excellent way to kick start your career in another country. We offer classes starting from basic elementary to complete proficiency along with test preparation programs like Cambridge and IELTS. Contact EC Vancouver and EC Language Centres around the world to book your trial lesson and experience the orange carpet yourself!

Tongue twister

Don’t twist your tongue, twist your brain!

English tongue twisters are not just comical phrases and poems, but also a popular tool for practicing pronunciation. When we begin to get used to foreign sounds, it is difficult to pronounce them because they are too unusual for the brain and speech organs. It is not enough just to know how to pronounce sounds, you need to practice their pronunciation, so that the brain has learned to form the necessary signals and organs of speech to make the required movements. Tongue twisters are exercises that accelerate this process.   You can, of course, learn the rules of reading and pronunciation without tongue twisters by reading out loud and listening to the speech of native speakers and then repeating after them, but with tongue twisters, it is quicker  We have collected tongue twisters of different levels for you, from easy to difficult. You can just repeat them from time to time, but it is always a good idea to memorize a few. It is interesting and most importantly useful for your English. It makes no sense to translate tongue twisters as they are based on wordplay and are often meaningless.  Red lorry, yellow lorry  Truly rural  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream  Rolling red wagons  Red blood, bad blood    Blue blurry vines blind   Betty loves the velvet vest best  Barber baby bubbles and a bumblebee  Burnt base, vicious  vase  Vivacious Val vacuumed Violet’s very vivid vehicle    A big black bug snoozed on a big black rug  He threw three free throws  Thin sticks, thick bricks  Fred fed Ted bread and Ted fed Fred bread     King Thistle stuck a thousand thistles in the thistle of his thumb. A thousand thistles King Thistle stuck in the thistle of his thumb. If King Thistle stuck a thousand thistles in the thistle of … Read more

EC Vancouver English Centre looking for student ambassadors

Are you enjoying your student life here at EC Vancouver English Centre? Do you want to improve your English? Make friends and enjoy many activities for free?? We want you for our Student Ambassador program! Is your chance to make friends, be part of a school project, join social activities and speak English while developing advanced personal, professional and leadership skills. The ambassador will work together with our EC staff organizing events, leading activities, helping students and much more! Also, when you finish your time here at EC we can offer you a reference letter! Go home with more than an English certificate, go home with a life experience! Join us and let’s rock it!

Banff, Alberta

Banff is a resort town and one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations. located in Alberta’s Rockies along the Trans-Canada Highway, known for its mountainous surroundings and hot springs, it is a destination for outdoor sports and features extensive hiking, biking, scrambling and skiing destinations within the area. Sunshine Village, Ski Norquay and Lake Louise Mountain Resort are the three nearby ski resorts located within the national park. Banff is the community with the second highest elevation in Alberta after Lake Louise.     The area was named Banff in 1884 by George Stephen, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, recalling his birthplace in Banff, Scotland. The Canadian Pacific built a series of grand hotels along the rail line and advertised the Banff Springs Hotel as an international tourist resort. The Banff townsite was developed near the railway station as a service centre for tourists visiting the park. It was administered by the Government of Canada’s national parks system until 1990 when the Town of Banff became the only incorporated municipality within a Canadian national park.   – Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses in Vancouver!

Why Vancouver?

Vancouver is a city of beauty, hospitality, and globally recognized facilities. On your downtime, you will be able to explore the endless corners of the city and its surroundings without ever worrying about getting bored with the options at hand. In terms of livability, lifestyle, costs, and inclusiveness, Vancouver offers everything a person could possibly want when studying or living abroad. If you haven’t already done so, and are considering a full-time academic or language program abroad to learn English then take a closer look at what Vancouver has to offer.  Residents of Vancouver are proud of their cultural heritage and the fact that we have a rainbow of nations at our fingertips. Vibrant festivals such as the Sikh Vaisakhi Parade, the Persian celebration of Nowruz, Italian Day on The Drive, The German Christmas Market located in the Heart of Downtown Vancouver, and the annual Chinese New Year festivities bless the city with food, music, people and performances from around the globe. We are fortunate in this city to live amongst so many different cultures. The only requirement we demand of those coming to the city is an open heart towards fellow residents regardless of race, colour, ethnicity, religion, political leaning, sex, or gender. Festivals take place year-round and are full of activity and life. If you wish to call the Pacific North West your new home, you had better be prepared for events such as the Celebration of Light, The world famous Pride Parade, the Santa Clause Parade at Christmas, the Pemberton Music Festival, and the Vancouver Folk Fest. One thing we can guarantee is that you will never be bored while you are on the west coast.   —– Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver!

Testimonial: Dana Lucia Angel Palacios

My experience in Vancouver has been awesome; since I arrived it has been perfect! I have met many people from different countries who are now are my friends, and I have been able to visit different places around British Columbia and Alberta like Victoria, Hope, Tofino and Banff. Also I can improve my English with an incredible process in EC because when I arrived six month ago I couldn`t speak, read or write anything! I consider my progress very successful. My plan for the future is to start studying at University and at the same time work in Vancouver.   —– Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses in Vancouver!

Go Canucks, Go!!

Last Monday the hockey season started in Vancouver. Some of EC Vancouvers students and staff went to see the game. Let’s read about their experience. Inna Lin (intern): “The season has started and everyone is going crazy in Vancouver. You can see a lot of people in blue tights. But why everyone is so exited? Is an ice hockey game so special? The answer is yes!!! You can’t compare the atmosphere with anything else. Everyone in the stadium is so excited, they are screaming and cheering for their team – the Vancouver Canucks. They’re singing and they are so happy if the Canucks score a goal. Also there are mascots who animate the crowd. Furthermore there is a cam which shows fans on a big screen and their faces are so funny when they recognize that they’re being filmed. In the stadium you won’t die of hunger because they sell a lot of drinks and food. For example there are nachos, chips and salty popcorn. Because of the huge variety of offers, you are not allowed to bring your own food or drinks with you. All in all I can say that it was a great experience to see the game in the stadium and I recommend it to everyone. So get up, buy a ticket and enjoy your time at Rogers Arena in Vancouver!” Alma Begovic (Acommodation Coordinator): “We entered the stadium through Gate 2 of Rogers Arena and made our way to our seats to settle in for the game. Despite it being a pre-season game the stadium was filling up and the atmosphere during the National Anthem before the opening face-off was electric. It was a perfect lead up to a hotly contested game that often boiled over into some fighting which at the professional level in … Read more

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: http://www.ecenglish.com/school-locations/learn-english-in-vancouver/english-courses/academic-year-programme

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