EC Manchester Covid Safe

Student, Celia, reviews our Manchester English school

Celia is learning English in Manchester with EC. Find out what it’s like being a student in Manchester during Covid and what we are doing to help her improve her English while keeping her feeling safe and secure. I am currently on a language study trip to Manchester at the EC Manchester English school. As far as my school is concerned, I feel very safe and secure. The recommendations are being seriously implemented. For example: wearing a mask required, the distance between each person, disinfectant is available, every morning our temperature is taken, etc. But that in no way affects my learning. The teachers are available and help us if necessary. I have had great encounters. This “strange” situation makes us more united and connected with the people I have met. Regarding the situation in general, I feel as safe here as in Switzerland. When I arrived I carried out a strict 14-day quarantine. It allowed me to have time to discover my host family. Despite the restrictions, over the next three weeks, I was able to explore the city, while feeling safe. I noticed when I entered closed places, there were always security guards who enforced the rules. Recently new restrictions are in effect, this does not take away the pleasure of my stay. The people I have met are more conscientious about the situation than in Switzerland. Before I left for Switzerland, I noticed that many people were breaking the rules, especially regarding the wearing of masks on public transport. Here if you do not have a mask you cannot enter the transportations and any other places. I live in a welcoming family. I have a very good understanding of the lady with whom I live. She cleans the door handles several times a day. The bathroom is also … Read more

4 Ways to Learn English Around Manchester

If you are considering studying English abroad for a few weeks or months, either to improve your academic or professional future, we have a suggestion: study English in Manchester! In recent years, it has become a hugely popular destination. In 2017 alone, the city received around 1,319,000 visitors! In addition, Manchester has been chosen as the best city to live in in the United Kingdom for several years running. These two factors have brought many students there,eager to study English and fall in love with this vibrant place.     Economy, Art, Culture and Music! Manchester is famous for its low cost of living. Compared to big cities like London, Manchester can be up to 30% cheaper for those who decide to live there. This economic benefit allows students to afford more social and cultural events and really live the life of a local. Famous for its excellent music scene, where great artists such as Oasis, Take That and The Smiths began their careers, Manchester is also a popular destination among lovers of history and art. After class you can join EC Manchester’s trips to places like the Museum of Science and Industry or the Lowry Art Centre. Or simply venture with your friends to explore the city as you please.   Enjoy Their Love of Football Do you like football? Then studying English in Manchester is a must! If you are a football and sports lover, in Manchester you can spend every moment of your free time enjoying its sports scene. Become a fan of Manchester United or Manchester City and attend football matches at any of the local stadiums. Our EC school, for example, offers visits to the Manchester United stadium and has its own football club where you can play games with your teachers and other students. … Read more

Learn English in Manchester

Manchester is home to great music and a good place to study English

Students often choose a Manchester English school because they love the local music scene and the legendary bands that called the city home. Music is a great ally for learning English and the UK is the birthplace of many world-famous bands. So how about looking for an English language school in Manchester and getting to know some local bands that have made and are still very successful while learning the world’s most spoken language in a historic, culturally-rich city? This, of course, is a subject for many posts, as it is not fair to leave any famous “Mancunian” (Manchester-born) out! To start this theme, we opted for 3 bands that certainly are or have been part of your playlist, and highlight some successful songs and that can help you develop some English skills. Learn English “little by little” with some inspiring lyrics from Oasis band That’s right! Oasis is a band that was born in Manchester in 1991 but decided to split in 2009, to the chagrin of the fans. However, the hits played by Liam and Noel Gallagher, Paul Arthurs, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock (final lineup) still rock and inspire many people around the world due to the depth of the lyrics. Who doesn’t remember “Little by Little”, “Stop Crying Your Heart Out”, “Stand By Me” and so many others? Despite the band’s demise in 2018, “Live Forever” was named the best British song of all time, following a survey by Radio X. Check out a little example: “Maybe I just want to fly I want to live I don’t want to die Maybe I just want to breath Maybe I just don’t believe Maybe you’re the same as me We see things they’ll never see You and I are gonna live forever” In addition to first place, … Read more

Student, Manchester

Hello! My name is Ai

  Hello! I’m Ai from Japan, a student ambassador in EC English School Manchester. Since this is my first entry, let me write about some advantages of studying at here.   Some people may think studying abroad is overrated, but I think it’s actually worth enough to pay. First of all, by talking, listening and reading in class, we get chances to think about various things that we usually don’t think about. It lets us find the right way to express our thinking so that we improve our skills! I think this is why attending classes is the fastest way to make progress.   It is sometimes difficult to study in the multi-cultural environment, we must try something different from what we usually do in our home countries. For me, I simply try to talk more and find topics for chit-chatting. In Japan, stereotypically it is said people are reserved so I train myself to be more talkative to have conversation with new friends. It results in improving our skills for interpersonal communication which is important in any situation in the future!   As an illustration, I had a classmate who seemed not comfortable talking with me, however, after keep talking and sharing my opinions, we became good friends! We went to café, had a tea together and talked a lot. It is such a simple thing and sounds very normal but the fact that we overcame the invisible wall between us was a big achievement for me!   Finally what I really like about our school is we can learn special Mancunian language from native teachers! It’s difficult to copy their pronunciation but if I can manage it in the end, it should be the best gain of study. Also, we hear their English outside of school every day … Read more

February Activity Calendar at EC Manchester

EC Manchester Activity Calendar – February 2018

Monthly Activities and Free Workshop Calendar There are many fun activities and classes to get involved in at EC Manchester this month. Why not come and join us! Every Thursday and Friday there is a language workshop for you to improve areas of your English. The area changes every week so you can choose which you would prefer the most from pronunciation, writing, preparing your CV and grammar. Also, IELTS clinic every week will help you to prepare for the exam. There are many fun trips this month around lovely areas of the UK. If you prefer the quiet countryside and walking among the hills, the Peak District is perfect. If you fancy spending some money, head over to Chester and the Outlet on February 10th to find designer brands at cheaper prices. Or if it’s historical buildings and more of a buzzing city you enjoy, why not join the trip to Edinburgh or York to discover some of the wonderful cathedrals, castles and old shopping streets. As always, we have coffee and chat on Mondays and the welcome drink on Tuesdays to get to know the new students and make friends or if you prefer something a little more active, the football club on Fridays is always a popular option. If you are thinking about studying at a UK University and are interested in preparing for the IELTS, why not register for our EC Manchester IELTS special focus class to get yourself ready. Have a fun February at EC Manchester!    

EC Manchester leaving ceremony.

Bye, bye, Levi!

    The time has come to say farewell at EC Manchester to our amazing Student Service Intern, Levi. Here is a short testimonial from her speaking about her time living and working in Manchester: “I worked as a Student Service Intern for EC Manchester for five months. Back home in the Netherlands I’m studying to become a translator and this internship was meant to get “fully emerged in the British culture” and improve my English language. While working at EC and living in a home stay in Manchester, I learned lots about the British way of life and also had many interesting conversations with students who taught me all kinds of different cultures. For example: I learned Cuban Salsa from a Polish man, I spoke to students from Saudi-Arabia and Oman about marital law, I discussed corruption and poverty with students from Colombia and maybe even most dangerous of all…I told Brazilians my opinion on football. I had an amazing time in Manchester. If you ever come to visit, please go to Monton and take a walk in the beautiful Broadoak Park, try chips with gravy and if you go and see any cultural building at all, let it be the John Rylands Library, because to me that is the embodiment of the Mancunian spirit. It represents the hard-working but also social history of the people and how curiosity never goes out of style. But whatever you do when you’re here, enjoy yourself as much as you can and don’t hold back, because it might feel like it’s going to be an eternity when your homesickness kicks in, but looking back during your last week you’ll realise that time flies and not a single conversation, trip or drink was wasted and you’ll remember those moments forever.” From all the students … Read more

Student international night out – Erasmus Party!

Erasmus party in Manchester Hi everyone my name his Hugo, currently I’m an Intern at EC Manchester for 2 months, today I write this post to share with you my own experience in Manchester especially about it’s night life with the Erasmus party ! The party was at the ARK Club in the Deansgate Locks, a sumptuous place in Manchester and probably one of my favorite ! The party was the 21th September, 1300 people were present this night from all over the world. The atmosphere in the club was really crazy, it was a good opportunity to meet people and make new friends. Inside the waitress served a lot of shots, it was funny to try new alcohol from England with friends ahah ! If you come in Manchester you should try an Erasmus party, we hope to see you soon 😉 If you’re interested in following an English course at EC English Manchester, why not join an IELTS Course in Manchester

Trip to magical North Wales with Smile Adventures

  Hi I’m Levi, one of the interns at EC English Manchester, on Sunday the 24th I went on a Smile Adventures trip to North Wales. Here’s how I liked it: During the trip we had 4 destinations; Llandudno, Conwy, Snowdonia National Park and Betws Y Coed, I’ll tell you a little bit about all of them. Llandundo After a trip of about 90 minutes we arrived in Llandudno, a beautiful Victorian seaside town where we were able to walk on the beach and the pier, there are all kinds of nostalgic little shops. Foodie tip: try a Welsh meat pie (only try this if you’re REALLY hungry, because there’s a delicious lunch waiting for you in Conwy). Conwy This was our longest stop (two hours), our guide gave us a choice to either visit the old castle, or join him on a walk on the city walls. I chose the walk over the city walls because it was free, yes I am THAT Dutch;), and because I wanted to enjoy the nice weather (no rain Yay!). Foodie tip of the day: After the walk we got pretty hungry so we went to an award winning fish & chips shop, although I usually don’t like fish & chips that much, but it was so good!! The fish batter was golden crispy and the chips were not too greasy Snowdonia national Park After that we drove into the national park where we had a short walk amongst the mountains. As I come from the flattest country in the world I was mesmerized by the beauty of the surroundings and how clean the water was. Betws Y Coed Our last stop was in a little town on the edge of the National Park, this was the perfect ending tot he trip as it combined the friendly town-life with the stunning nature of the park. … Read more

My EC Manchester Experience – Spanish Student Noelia

My name is Noelia I am 19 years old and I am from Spain. When by November 2016 I decided I wanted to live my experience in Manchester, my agency recommended me to study in EC. I had high expectations and from the very first moment they lived up to the hype. The duration of my course was only 4 weeks, not too long but once you get to EC they make you feel like you are part of that great family. The welcome of the students and the staff is incredible and I was very shocked that being in a foreign country surrounded by people from all over the world they were making me feel like I was at home, or even better. The classes in EC are very dynamic, they are not the typical ones in which you spend hours without looking up from the book but the teachers give you the opportunity to express yourself and to improve your English a lot. Everybody in the class is always involved in the conversations and the teachers make sure of that. Also, the rest of the staff are very caring and they constantly ask you if everything is going in the best way possible. Thanks to EC Manchester I have lived one of the best experiences of my life and I have met extraordinary people, so I strongly recommend everyone to choose this school. I am very happy with the choice I made, it was the best decision ever. If you want to have an experience like Noelia, why don’t you sign up for IELTS Courses in Manchester  

My Student Ambassador experience at EC Manchester English School!

Being an EC student ambassador is one of the best experiences i have ever had here in Manchester. Since EC Manchester has become not only a school, but also a second home for me, i will never regret doing this. I still remember the moment i was asked if i am interested to be a part of the school as a student ambassador, i told myself “why not?”, and that is the beginning of the new me.   At first, I was too shy to speak. Actually, i was too shy to do everything because i was not confident in myself enough to feel that i am also as good as others. But when i became a student ambassador, i have to do things which i never thought i would do it before like talking with new people like i have known them for years, being even more friendly and out-going, trying not to be shy, making people laugh, entertaining them, helping them as they are one of my best friends, including answering some questions about grammar. These things were new to me but i think i have done it quite well. To be honest, i feel really good when people come to me for help. I don’t mind helping them. I love seeing their faces turning from confusing mode to realising one, and that makes me really happy. Besides, I can improve my English skills in both speaking and listening because I have to listen to many accents from all around the world, also learn to know how to speak and use the variety of vocabularies with different levels of people. Lastly, the most wonderful thing i have from being a student ambassador is friendship. I have got many friends. Even if i know that they come and go, … Read more