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!

Jeongwoo Heo from Korea: “EC Vancouver is an awesome place to study English.”

Jeongwoo Heo from Korean shares his experience while studying English in Vancouver at EC (General English courses: High Intermediate). EC Vancouver is an awesome place to study English. Every EC is located in the most convenient place in the city. EC Vancouver is also located in the most convenient place in Vancouver. You can study with smart friends who come from many countries and you can enjoy your free time with them in beautiful places of Vancouver. Unfortunately, the winter season in Vancouver is usually rainy. So, if you want to enjoy best time in Vancouver I would recommend you to go to Vancouver in the summer. Of course, teachers in EC Vancouver are funny and fantastic. Jeongwoo ===== Are you looking for an English School in Vancouver? Come to EC Vancouver! We offer various English Courses, including IELTS in Canada.

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.  

Yu Chen Liao (Bernice) from Taiwan: “My English improved a lot and I feel satisfied with my decision.”

Yu Chen Liao (Bernice) from Taiwan  shares her experience while taking the TOEIC – Higer Score Canada in Vancouver. My name is Yu Chen (Bernice) Liao and I come from Taiwan. I graduated from university last June. It was a big turning point in my life. My options were either find a job or achieve my dream to go to another country to learn English. I needed to improve my English skills because my major is Tourism. I really appreciate my parents supporting me with everything when I decided to go to Vancouver. They were encouraging me to do something I like. Then, I started to search further information about evaluations of ESL schools on the Internet and I found an agency in Taiwan. When I went to the agency, they recommended me to go to EC, because EC has many branches in the world, there are different courses you can choose, good facilities and an excellent system. After strong consideration, I made a decision and chose EC in Vancouver. Vancouver is one of the top cities to live in, because of the suitable weather, low crime rate, wonderful nature, etc. So far, I have been at EC for 9 months and everything is the same as the agency said. EC has provided us with varied C/D classes and free classes, that I can choose according to what I like or in order to improve my English skills. Also the school offers us many kinds of indoor and outdoor activities, for example, yoga, tennis, movie times, sightseeing in Vancouver, etc. On top of that, the teachers are passionate and patient and they have always given me advice and encouraged me when I have felt depressed. During those 9 months, my English improved a lot and I feel satisfied with my decision. … Read more

Pomi Chen from Taiwan: “I can study English well in this environment. My English improved a lot.”

  Hi EC Vancouver students! My name is Pomi Chen and I am a Pre-intermediate student. I like EC’s teachers, everyone is nice and in the school we only speak English. I met a lot of friends and they are friendly. The school’s location is very convenient for transportation, we can take a bus or the skytrain to school easily. The library is nearby and the facilities if the school are new. I can study English well in this environment. My English improved a lot. ===== EC offers various English Courses, including TOEIC in Vancouver.

Hsin Hug Tsai from Taiwan: “My English has improved so far because of the amazing teachers.”

Hello everyone! My name is Hsin Hug Tsai (Grace) and I am taking TOEIC at EC Vancouver. I have studied here for almost 3 months already. My English has improved so far because of the amazing teachers. I deeply appreciate EC School for giving me this opportunity to study in an English speaking environment. And I have made many friends from other countries; I can even practice listening to many kinds of pronunciation. EC School also offers a tutor program which is very helpful and effective. That is why I chose EC to be my language school in Vancouver.

Anti-Bullying Day

    Hello EC Vancouver Students! Do you know that today is Anti-Bullying Day also known as Pink Shirt Day? It’s celebrated on various dates around the world, originating in Canada but it’s most commonly known in North America. It takes place on the last Wednesday of February. Bullying, the use of force or threat to intimidate or impose domination over others, and is a major problem in schools, workplaces, homes and over the internet. Anti-Bullying day raises awareness on these issues and links us to information needed to stand up against bullies and step in when we see it happening.

Yuka Oura from Japan: “Thank you for giving me such an amazing time, EC Vancouver!”

Yuka Oura (General English – High-Intermediate) shares her EC Vancouver experience. Hello everyone! Today, I’d like to talk about how wonderful my life in Vancouver is. My name is Yuka. I’m from Okinawa, Japan. I have been in EC Vancouver for nearly a month. (I wish I could stay here longer, though…) I love Vancouver! One of the reason why I came to Vancouver is that before I came here, all of my friends who had been in Vancouver told me that Vancouver is amazing in terms of lots of different kind of things such as nature, people, and cities. All of them told me the same. After I heard their stories, I always wanted to go to Vancouver and I made a decision to go to Vancouver right away. My decision was undoubtedly right. EC Vancouver, our school, is the best school to learn English. I’m currently taking a General English class in the morning, and am also taking an elective class in the afternoon. You are able to get a lot of chances to speak, write, read, and listen, which is fantastic. Also, my classmates are incredibly amazing. They study hard, are friendly, and are enthusiastic. They make me pretty highly motivated. I feel very comfortable taking classes with them. Most importantly, my teachers are awesome. They not only have great teaching skills, but also are always caring about us and encourage us. They are always there to help you. All of the teachers who I have learned from were amazing. Another thing that I’d like to tell you about is that the place that I’ve visited so far with my friends. As there is lots of nature in Vancouver, I’ve been enjoying the nature; I went to Stanley park, Grouse mountain, some forests, Capilano suspension bridge, beaches, … Read more

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.