Shiori Arai from Japan: “I’ve made the very right choices ─ to choose Vancouver and EC. I’m lucky.”

Hi, everybody! My name is Shiori and I am currently taking TOEIC class at EC Vancouver. I’ve been studying at EC for almost 6 months. Til my graduation, I have only a week left at EC, now I’m pretty sure that, for my study trip, I’ve made the very right choices ─ to choose Vancouver and EC. I’m lucky. Now I’m going to talk about something I like about EC. Firstly, EC has great teachers. Each teacher has an original way to teach English and I’ve never gotten bored of them. They take care of every student. Secondly, students come from all over the world. Here at EC, I made many foreign friends that I would never meet if I was in Japan. To talk with them about their country or their culture allowed me to expand my horizons a lot. It’s a great experience. I’m glad to have friends who still keep in touch with me after they went back to their countries. Besides, there are a lot of seasonal events and activities at EC Vancouver which provide a good chance to make friends. Also, EC Vancouver has a great environment for improving your English because they have an English Only policy at school. Lastly, I would like to express my appreciation to all of my friends and teachers I’ve met here. Thanks to them, I’ve never gotten homesick. Not only did they make me happy in Vancouver, they made my trip invaluable.

Are you thinking about taking TOEIC in Vancouver?

The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is an English language test designed specially to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment. What makes TOEIC challenging is the fact that TOEIC questions use many high-level words, so you would need a strong vocabulary to begin with. Don’t worry about that!!! You can prepare yourself for the exam by taking the TOEIC class at EC Vancouver. Our TOEIC class will help you develop your receptive skills: reading and listening to achieve a great score. Every Friday, you have a practice TOEIC exam which can show your weak areas that needs to be focused on.

Rosaura Olivia De Leon Diaz: New EC Vancouver Student Ambassador!

What is your name? – My name is Rosaura Olivia De Leon Diaz. Tell us something about you. – I would describe myself as a friendly, optimistic, and helpful person. I like to meet new people, learn about other cultures, experience, new ideas, and simply make new friends. Why you choose to be a Student ambassador? – I chose to be a student ambassador because I think this is a great opportunity to improve my English skills and it can be a great opportunity to share ideas to help improve new projects at EC Vancouver. What is your job as student ambassador? – Come to introduce myself every Monday to the new students. – Come to the graduation and participate in the picture taking. – Organize special events and local excursion for the students. In your opinion, what is the best activity at EC Vancouver?  Why? – I think EC Vancouver offers a range of activities that allow students to learn through different ways. I personally to attend conversation and pronunciation club and also enjoy the movies on Mondays. ===== EC offers various English Courses, including TOEIC in Vancouver.

Show your love on Valentine’s Day at EC Vancouver

“Valentine’s Day” also known as ” The Feast of Saint Valentine” , is observed on February 14th each year and celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them. What do people do at EC Vancouver School? Students at EC Vancouver show their love by writing a short message to our favorite teachers and staff members on the pink board located across from the Front Desk. You can either join us by voting for your favorite female or male person at the Front Desk.   Don’t  forget The 4th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival until February 14.  

Push International Performing Art Festival

Push International Performing Art Festival is starting today! This year is the 10th Anniversary of one of Vancouver’s signature events. EC Vancouver English School students can enjoy various events here, such as: films, main-stage performances, night clubs, and much more. The best way  to experience the Push Festival is by buying a “push pass”. Just go to www.pushfestival.ca to get some useful tips. Don’t forget: “Super Night” is waiting for you!!!

The chocolate fondue

Are you sweet tooth person? On Dec 27, EC Vancouver English School had a chocolate fondue party. Take a  look at the picture! It still looks delicious! Americans first enjoyed fondue of the Swiss variety, which is the classic cheese fondue served with crusty bread. The french name fondue is “fondre”, it means “to melt” or “to dissolve”. What about enjoying fondue, today? It’ll make you happy.

Word of the day

“Mingle” is today’s word at EC Vancouver English School which means “to come mix or cause to mix”, and when is followed by “with” means “to come into close association” E.g: “I can’t stay talking to you all evening, I must mingle with the guests” Let’s try to use this word properly in a conversation with the front desk staff to enter to win a prize!!!

Meet Yura our new intern

Hi, everyone. I am Yura  from Korea. I am totally new staff member at EC Vancouver English school.  I will be at the front desk. Here are a million things that I don’t know. But I’m trying to adapt quickly and I’ll do my best. Also I’m excited to be here. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work at EC Vancouver. I believe this experience will be great. If you have any questions, please come to the front desk. Thank you.

Goodbye 2013!

2013 is almost over and there are a lot of different ways to celebrate in Vancouver. One of the biggest parties in Vancouver is the NEW YEARS MASSIVE hosted by Club ESL. They will be celebrating at GOSSIP nightclub with the motto: End this year with a blast. Start the New Year off with a bang. Buy a ticket at Club ESL for only $50 and enjoy an awesome party. You can find a lot of different parties that night. But not just only in clubs. There are also different Party Busses or just throw a party at your home with your friends. By the way EC Vancouver English School students, don’t forget Translink is offering free fares from 5:00 PM – 5:00 AM tonight.  

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is one of the most popular shopping day of the year. Boxing Day is upon us and arrives on December 26th and sales usually continue throughout the week. Traditionally, Boxing Day is the day after Christmas Day, when the servants got gifts from their employers, known as a “Christmas box”. People also spent more time with their family. They just relaxed during the day and before the New Years celebrations arrive. Today, Boxing Day is known as the Shopping Holiday. Since it is a federal holiday, EC Vancouver is closed. You can find really good deals, especially one electrical appliances. Stores downtown and especially on Robson Street will be full of discount sales and packed with people. Shoppers even wait in front of the stores until they open, which is usually before the normal time. The best thing that you can do is go early in the morning or late in the evening. Enjoy your shopping!