Top 10 reasons why should you study ESL abroad at EC Bristol. No.3

Why should you study ESL abroad at EC Bristol? Here is No.3 of our top 10 reasons why EC Bristol is the perfect place to study English. (Be sure to follow the blog for the rest of the Top-Ten!)Environmentalism is a huge part of life in Bristol. If you are currently living in Bristol or studying an ESL course abroad at EC Bristol, you will have certainly wandered around the city. But what you might not know is that some streets are hiding amazing places such as Farms! Yes, farms! One example is Windmill City Farm. A few weeks ago this city farm organised a big event in which a number of charities (Green Peace, Bristol Big Green Week, Horse World) took part. Music, Charity stands, Yoga club, Organic stands and Animals were all there to raise awareness about the environment and endangered animals. This event attracted a vast number of Bristolian families. Animals such as donkeys, owls and pigs keept the kids entertained and smiling. Overall, everyone had a very good time. But this is not the only city farm that exists in Bristol, there is also St Werburghs City Farm, Sheepdrove Organic Farm and Horfield Organic Community Orchard. So if you are currently living in Bristol, we recommend you relax and have a walk through the lovely parks of Bristol such as Victoria Park & the Downs but also go and visit the city farms & community gardens. They also organise specific environment related workshops for you to join in. For your information the city of Bristol is organising two specific festivals in June related to the environment: Bristol Festival of Nature: It is the UK's largest free celebration of the natural world. Everyone will be able to explore, enjoy, and get close to nature in the heart of the city. Throughout the weekend, … Read more

Samuel Wildbolz, student from EC Bristol, Testimonial

We would like to thank Samuel for his testimonial. Samuel has been studying an ESL course abroad at EC Bristol. He has been an amazing student and we hope to see him again soon at EC Bristol. Q: 'Why did you choose this destination? A: Because of the location and the beautiful environment.   Q: What did you learn? A: I improved my vocabulary, speaking and grammar skills.   Q: How much did you improve? A: I was here for just three weeks, which is too short to give a comment but I can practise the language more easily and in a fluent way.   Q: What did you like most about the school/lessons? A: The interactive lessons and my favourite classes were in the morning.   Q: What did you like most about your accommodation? A: The location: very close to the school.   Q: Would you recommend EC to a friend? A: Yes!   Q: Where did your new friends come from? A: Mostly from Swizterland and Spain.   Q: What will you remember from your stay? A: I will remember my stay as a good experience! I've learnt loads of things even if it was a short stay.' Thanks again Samuel for this lovely testimonial!

Top 10 reasons why should you study ESL abroad at EC Bristol. No.2

Why should you study ESL abroad at EC Bristol? Here is No.2 of our top 10 reasons why EC Bristol is the perfect place to study English. (Be sure to follow the blog for the rest of the Top-Ten!)Music is as much a part of Bristol as art. At EC Bristol many of our members of staff and students are musicians. We often organise an EC Stars Night in which people studying or working at our language centre take part. These nights are the most successful nights organised. Why? Because it's a perfect opportunity for everyone from our English language school students studying an ESL course abroad, teachers, and all the administrational staff to mix and share interests, isn't it great? Plus, it's a chance to enjoy different genres of music, delight in a multitude of different foods, have a drink or two and dance! As you might know, Bristol is a city that has produced loads of famous names and among them there is Massive Attack, an English musical group progenitor of the trip-hop genre. Their most famous single is Unfinished Symphathy. The duo is often seen in the streets of Bristol. Some members of our English language centre have met Daddy G and chatted with him. If you love music, the EC Bristol Team highly recommend you to come to Bristol. It's a great place for venues: Thekla, The Fleece, Mr Wolfs, Louisianna, The Birdcage, Colston Hall, O2 Academy, The Canteen, The Trinity Centre, The Victoria Rooms, The Old Duke and so on. And all over the year the city organise many music festivals such as the Dot to Dot festival, Love Saves the Day, Let's Rock Bristol, The Clifton International Festival of Music and many more. So would you like to be the next to rock the streets of Bristol and study an ESL course abroad in an awesome cultural atmosphere? THEN COME TO EC BRISTOL!

Get up for the Upfest!

Why should you study ESL abroad at EC Bristol? Bristol is well-known for its graffiti art & being a multicultural city. One of the most notable Bristolian graffiti artists is Banksy who uses his original street art form to promote alternative aspects of politics from those promoted by the mainstream media. Some believe that his graffiti helps to provide a voice for those living in urban environments. Every year Graffiti events (See-No-Evil, Upfest…) are held in the city of Bristol and loads of our amazing EC students go and take part. This weekend 25th-27th May, in Bristol, Upfest is taking place. Upfest is Europe’s largest live urban arts festival and it will once again be filling Bristol with an explosion of colour. Upfest will be a weekend of live painting as well as interactive family areas, illustration battles, street buskers and four music stages. It will be based at the Tobacco Factory and throughout North Street, Southville and will be running between the hours of 11am-8pm. The festival is FREE to attend. And once again Upfest will help raise money for and awareness of The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) who offer a confidential phone line for children effected by alcoholism with the family unit. Bristol is a city that has an answer to all tastes. Are you into ecology or independent shops or organic products? Southville/Bedminster/Ashley Down areas are made for you! Are you into music and alternative arts? The area of Stokes Croft is perfect for you! Do you like architecture, parks, tea rooms and lovely cafes? Then Clifton is the place for you. Do you like the riverside, boats and harbour? Then head off to Hotwells. EC Bristol school is at the heart of Bristol so if you want to live in an English-speaking country and you would like to get more information about studying in an … Read more

Meet our Teachers at EC Bristol – Part 2

Miriam Davies, one of our smiliest and outgoing teachers at EC Bristol, shares her favourite places in Bristol, UK. At the moment, Mim teaches the Intermediate and Grammar Context class. 'I live in the outskirts of Totterdown.' 'I love the Bocabar in Bristol.' 'My favourite venue for Art is Spike Island (not far from the SS Great Britain). What's more they have good coffee.' 'My local pub is the Thunderbolt situated in Bath Road.' 'My favourite restaurant is in Bath. It's called Graze and it has a fantastic terrace, its brand new and very swanky. Did you know that beneath our language centre EC in Bristol we also have a Graze where all EC staff and some of our students go and enjoy sipping drinks and eating chips.' 'I don't have any favourite bands. However, I like a mix of genres such as jazz, pop, disco, opera, gipsy!' 'How do I like spending my free time? I like go rowing and play trumpet with my friends.' 'My best day is going out for picnics near the Docks.' 'What do I like the most? The Docks of Bristol, views from the water, cheese, goats, reading and watching films & documentaries.' 'My ambition is to have loads of goats because they are cheeky, cute and clever!' 'My dream is to live abroad in a boat & a goat!' Thanks Mim!

Top 10 reasons why should you study ESL abroad at EC Bristol. No.1

Why should you study ESL abroad at EC Bristol? Here is No.1 of our top 10 reasons why EC Bristol is the perfect place to study English. (Be sure to follow the blog for the rest of the Top-Ten!)   Reason No.1 In our language centre in Bristol, we have an important number of artists among our teachers, students and staff. Musicians, painters, photographers and so on. The city has a great arts, crafts and culture scene. So, if you are creative or if you are interested in art, Bristol is the greatest city to be. There is always something happening in Bristol and there are literally hundreds of fesivals and events throughout the year, many of which form part of our social/activity calendar events. From tomorrow it’s the launch of the Mayfest in Bristol, it runs from the 16th May to the 26th May. Mayfest is set to take the city by storm for eleven days of local, national and international contemporary and alternative theatre. Mayfest is Bristol’s unique annual festival of contemporary theatre and is dedicated to presenting a broad range of unusual, playful and ambitious work from leading theatre makers from Bristol, the UK and beyond. Now firmly established as an important fixture of the UK’s cultural calendar, Mayfest takes over venues and unusual sites across the city to present the very best local, national and international theatre and performance. This year Mayfest is working in collaboration with more venues than ever before, staging a medley of theatrical events at Bristol Old Vic, Arnolfini, Tobacco Factory, The Brewery, Spike Island, The Trinity Arts Centre and many more sites across Bristol. So if you are currently living in Bristol and/or studying an ESL Course at EC Bristol, we recommend you to go to the Mayfest. Please have a look at the Mayfest’s programme: http://mayfestbristol.co.uk/mayfest-2013-programme-announcement-1/

What a great idea!

                    Here at our language centre in Bristol, debating and discussion are extremely popular with staff and students.  You will always find a discussion going on whether it be in our lessons, tea & Conversation sessions or in in the staffroom. Topics range from tongue-twisters to international politics. On this note, May in Bristol sees the start of the 9th Annual Bristol Festival of Ideas. The festival was set up as part of the city’s bid to be the capital of culture in 2005. Its goal is to “stimulate people’s minds and passions with an inspiring programme of discussion and debate”. This year’s talks include topics such as: Drone warfare, Forecasting, The moral limits of markets, Design, The politics of cooperation, Austerity and Feminism. There will also be talks and interviews with famous people talking about their lives and careers.  If you are interested in debating or want an alternative activity for your weekend why not go along. For more information be sure to check out the  EC Bristol Facebook page and the official website http://www.ideasfestival.co.uk/  

Queen Square Pop Up

Visitors to EC Bristol may be surprised to see large tents being erected in Queen Square.     For the second year running Queen Square will change into a “tipi village” from May 13th to May 27th. The tents or "tipi" are part of a pop up restaurant event that celebrates the thriving food and drink industry in Bristol.   Inside the tents visitors will find a restaurant for 100 people, a 200 seat tapas cafe, bars, a live performance stage and an exhibition space.   The best chefs and independent restaurants in the city will take a turn to showcase their menus in the restaurant and a “modern British tapas” menu will be served in the cafe, using food from local suppliers.   As well as the food and drink, other attractions include:   Some of Bristol’s best musicians and acts will be performing over the two week period. A market of local suppliers produce. Art exhibitions, theatre performances & talks and seminars.     For more information go to www.eatdrinkbristolfashion.co.uk

Bloomin’ Marvellous Competition at EC Bristol

Sunflowers are a great way to bring a little brightness into our schools. They symbolise positivity in many cultures, they’re environmentally versatile (used for biofuel, cooking oil, etc.) and the seeds taste great! So we're going to have an EC-wide Sunflower Growing Competition! 😀 Every centre will grow a sunflower, and we'll see who can grow the biggest plant. Today, Friday 03rd May every EC centres will have a group-wide planting day. So what do we need to grow a sunflower? sunflower seeds soil a pot water The winning school will be given €100 to donate to the environmental charity of their choice, and there will also be a ‘special prize’ for the most amusing sunflower photo. What are we waiting for? Grow for it! The competition will end on 31st July but this date may be reviewed. So let’s get the competitive spirit going! Our language centre in Bristol is determined to grow the biggest sunflower. Please have a look at our green fingered students & members of staff pictures on EC Bristol Facebook page.

Meet our Teachers at EC Bristol!

BRISTOL Ellie Lindsay, one of our greatest and most sensational teachers at EC Bristol, shares her favourite places in the 8th biggest city in the UK. At the moment, Ellie teaches the Elementary, Low Intermediate and Get Talking class. 'I live in an up and coming part of Bristol known as Brislington. I live in a victorian terraced house besides the famous Black castle, now a pub.' 'I love Piccolino's restaurant. It's a really cool place and it has a great outdoor terrace. Plus they prepare lush cocktails. It's located in Cabot Circus and the restaurant offers a wonderful combination of both modern and classic Italian dishes. ' 'My favourite venue is Paintworks located on Bath Road (not far from Temple Meads station). Inside, they have lots of small galleries and funky shops. It's a pretty trendy area. What's more they have a bar called Bocca and they cook the best pizza ever. It's really good to chill out on their little terrace. But I also enjoy chilling out with a drink in Queen Square during the summertime.' 'My local pub is the Thunderbolt. It has a very nice little garden and it's a kind of a relaxing place.' 'My favourite restaurant is the Riverstation. It's a bit pricey but they cook amazing English food. The riverstation is located only 5 minutes away from EC's English Language Centre. 'My favourite band is Foo Fighters!' 'My best day is waking up late, going to Bocca for a pizza, drinking beer in a park and having a BBQ. Yummy!'