Mariana Bellonci shares her EC experince!

Hello! My name is Mariana Bellonci, I`m from Brazil and I studied at EC Vancover for 12 weeks. I would like to share a little bit about my experience in Vancouver. The time that I have been here in Vancouver was incredible. I had the chance to live some experiences  that I have never imagined before. I had the opportunity to live the real Canadian family living in a Homestay. It was brilliant! I also visited many beautiful places in BC, like whistler, Victoria, Stanley Park and Rocky Mountains. I met good friends from all around the world such as Turkey, Korea, Brazil, Switzerland, that I will keep in my heart forever. During my time in Canada, I was able to see the beautiful autumn, the rainy and cold winter and I also saw snow for the first time. I am very grateful to all my teachers and all the staff who work at EC. Without them, my days in Vancouver wouldn’t have been the same. I`m looking forward to travel again to meet all the friends that I made here in Vancouver.   Thanks EC Vancouver!   Thinking of taking a TOEFL test? Take your TOEFL test in Vancouver!

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!

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Attractions

  The 2010 Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were held in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The Olympics ran from February 12 to February 28, 2010, and the Paralympics from March 12 to March 21, during which nine competition venues were used, spread across Vancouver, Whistler, and the neighboring areas of West Vancouver and Richmond. The majority of ice sport events were held in Vancouver, while Whistler, which normally serves as a ski resort, hosted the snow events. Six non-competition venues, three each in Vancouver and Whistler, provided athlete housing, space for media, and locations for ceremonies associated with the Games.For the 2010 Winter Olympics, a total of ten sports venues were used, seven in Vancouver (including BC Place), and three in Whistler.  

The Wildfires in British Columbia

  Wildfire in British Columbia   If you are living in Vancouver or if you are just visiting, you certainly must have noticed the smoke surrounding the city.Metro Vancouver has been affected during the last couple of weeks by a huge wildfires in British Columbia. The famous lakes, hiking trails and natural attractions are not being recommended due to the bad air quality. The province of British Columbia has been facing the worst fire season in 6 decades and remains under a state of emergency. More than 7 thousand people are in alert to leave their homes. Due to the dry and hot weather, the situation is getting worse everyday. The summer season usually is the happiest season of the year for Canadians. Summer means parties, camping, stars and bonfires. This year, more that a half of the wildfires have been caused by humans. According to Chief information officer Kevin Skrepnek, almost 5000 square kilometers have been burned across the province to date. The government of BC issued some wildlife prevention’s:   Prevention means stopping wildfires before they start. Discarded cigarette   butts, campfires, hot exhaust pipes coming into contact with dry grass and vegetation, power tools (such as chainsaws), Tiki torches and even discarded glass can all ignite a wildfire. It is important to exercise caution when in the outdoors, not only when enjoying a campfire or off-roading in the backcountry, but also in using tools and handling, storing and disposing of materials and fuels. Campfires Many British Columbians and visitors to our province enjoy campfires. To prevent your campfire from turning in to a wildfire be sure to; Check current campfire restrictions for the area you are in Select your campsite and campfire location carefully Remove all leaves, twigs and other flammable material from the area around where you plan to … Read more

Canadian Cuisine

Canadian cuisine, which varies widely by region and its peoples. This cuisine combines the customs and traditions of the first three peoples’ kitchens of Canada, which are rooted in English, Scottish and French, and these provincial kitchens expanded after the subsequent waves of immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. From Central, Eastern, Southern, South Asia, East Asia and the Caribbean. Despite the ability to identify some of the dishes as Canadian depending on the ingredients used, or the area, it is difficult to define a complete style of Canadian cuisine. One Canadian official once said that Canadian cuisine is a kitchen and that it is a university of dishes from other cultures’ kitchens.   Poutine: Is a popular and very famous dish, first appeared in Quebec in 1950, consists of fingers of fried potatoes, cheddar cheese, sauce and chicken or beef broth, and the biotin eat low-cost high-calorie.   Nova Scotia Donair: It is sometimes called Maritime donair or Halifax donair. It is a famous snack or snack, including hot beef in French bread, topped with tomatoes, onions, sweet milk sauce, garlic powder, sugar and vinegar.   Nanaimo Bars: It consists of a wafer crumb-based layer topped by a layer of custardflavoured butter icing which is covered with melted chocolate made from chocolate squares. Lobster Roll: Meat mixed with mayonnaise, served in hotdog sandwich toaster.   ——- Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver!    

Laura Elisa Alves Amorim

Testimonial: Laura Elisa Alves Amorim

We love when our students want the share their experience at EC with the others. Here is the testimonial from Laura Elisa Alves Amorim. She started at EC Vancouver at the end of June this year. When I started making my plans to study in Vancouver, I imagined that I was going only for English classes, but to my surprise, when I arrived there I realized that EC has much more to offer! In my first week, our group went to Deep Cove. As soon I got off the bus, our activity leader took us to the trail through the woods. It was a bit difficult, but when we arrived at the top of the mountain I was surprised by the view. It was stunning! I took so many pictures to show all my friends in Brazil. In my Last week in Vancouver, we went to Lynn Canyon Valley. It is much more than only a suspension bridge. I had an amazing surprise when I saw the river with cliffs and transparent water. People were sunbathing and swimming in freezing water. By the river, it was possible to see the rocks over the water and the trees surrounding the area. The school is amazing and I loved every single moment at EC Vancouver! I will never forget my EC experience! ——- 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!

Debora Agostini

Testimonial: Debora Agostini

Hello EC Vancouver! My name is Debora, I`m from Brazil and I studied at EC Vancouver for 16 weeks. It took me so long to decide the destination and Vancouver became the best choice of my life. The city is amazing and offers many options to enjoy the nature inside of the city, also, that is always something nice to do. I`m a photographer and I was surprised with the beauty in the winter, It was a great experience and I will never forget about anything about my time here. I miss EC Vancouver because the teachers and staff were always there to help me with anything I needed. If you are feeling alone, or are looking for some fun suggestions for activities or if you just need to talk with someone, go talk to them! I made many friends from China, Korea, Switzerland, Turkey and I learned a lot about their cultures. I hope one day I can be back in Vancouver! Thanks EC Vancouver, see you soon! Do you want to share your experience? Send your testimonial to lucasfernandes@ecenglish.com talking about about your experience at EC Vancouver. —– Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses in Vancouver!

EC Vancouver Soccer Team

Club ESL Soccer Cup 2017

Football. Futbol. Voetbal. Futebol. Fußball. Fotboll. Calcio, Soccer. Many languages, one big passion. Soccer: The world’s most popular sport and the number 1 sport played all around the globe. No matter your religion, ethnicity, color; if you’re rich, poor, a boy or a girl, soccer unites people. Soccer is also the only sport able to stop a war! During the 1960s, Nigeria was wracked with a devastating civil war. But when soccer legend Pele and his team of Brazilian greats visited the country to play a match, both sides immediately agreed to take a break so they could watch the legend in action. The military even opened heavily guarded checkpoints so that people could make their way to the big game. (Source: KnowledgeNuts.com) It is a different, unique and magical game. Are you ready for the most fr tournament in Vancouver? Every year 16 English schools in Vancouver are selected to play for the Club ESL Soccer Cup. The league will be made up of two divisions, and league play will run for 11 weeks to determine each team’s seed within their respective division. Teams will then compete in a knockout tournament for the Club ESL Cup to be awarded on August 24th. Each team is guaranteed to play a minimum of 8 games and up to a maximum of 11 games. Get your gear ready and join the EC Vancouver Team!   —- Planning to come to Co improve your English skills? Find out more about TOEFL Courses in Vancouver!

Claudia Michelsen

Claudia Michelsen shares her experience

Claudia is from Colombia and she is studying here at EC Vancouver, she wants to share with us her experience: Vancouver overcame my expectations, and EC Vancouver too. On my first day, I met about 20 people from different countries, and at the beginning for most of us there was a language barrier, but as soon as we started the classes, (I was in an intensive English course – 30 hours per week) and felt comfortable with the language, we started to make friends, share experiences and know the city. No matter the ages, nationalities or how long they were going to be here. The methodology of teaching in EC Vancouver is completely different comparing with regular English classes, because you are able to move up your level periodically, there are focus classes where you can meet many people, and they are designed to work on special skills such as speaking or writing. In addition, the teachers are very friendly, and most of them have an amazing humor. The EC staff is very kind too, they are always willing to help and even some of them have become friends. Therefore, the classes and the experience there are fun. I am sure that I will not forget my experience in Vancouver. Most weekends I had something to do in the city or close to it. Furthermore, there are a lot of natural parks, mountains for skiing, museums, etc…  All the same, the season when you choose to come is really important. I was there part of the winter, the spring and the beginning of summer. I could appreciate how the city changes, how the trees bloom, even the clothes that the people wear. In fact, I made a list with the important places to visit. I was improving my English at … Read more