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EC Vancouver

Former known as: LSC Vancouver, Language Studies Canada

Language School, Vancouver, Canada

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Elise Bernard
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France

Student Testimonial
I’ve been very impressed with the school organization. At school there is a very friendly Canadian way of life! The first day I wasn’t very confident but then I was getting along with a lot of people coming from different countries. So in the evening the whole “international gang” went out and this is a way for me to practice what I’d learned during the day. I really improved my skills in English, just what I need for my medical studies. I really enjoyed this life experience in Vancouver.
Raul Garcia
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Mexico

Student Testimonial
I've studied in Canada for over one year in total. I think the school has really good methods. You improve everything, your speaking, reading, writing and listening skills. Teachers are great. They find ways to motivate us. They are all open minded and use very creative activities that help you learn. The discipline at the school makes us responsible, more independent and we learn that there are consequences to our actions. I am very happy with my experience. I now speak fluently, and understand English perfectly.
Sung Hwa
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Korea

Student Testimonial
Hi, I’m Sung Hwa. I’m from Korea.

It has been 3 weeks since I arrived in Vancouver, Canada. My first impression of Vancouver was that the weather was too cold and rainy. But now, I am a lot happier because of EC Vancouver. I am good friends with my classmates from all over the world, and I love my teachers and host family. I can share my deep feelings with my friends that are not from Korea.

EC is a good place for students to study English for many reasons. First, the location is excellent; it is close to the sky train station. Second, the school has excellent facilities, such as Student Resources Centre, many classrooms, computers, and student lounges where students can relax comfortably.

Also, EC has excellent curriculum and many choices for courses. Students can changes courses easily. I learned a lot at EC and can speak English a lot better than I used to. Too bad I cannot study longer at EC. I really wish I could stay here longer.
Ayako Uchida
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Japan

Student Testimonial
The teachers here at EC Vancouver are excellent. They are well educated and very skillful. Also, there are only a few Japanese students, which is great because I don’t want to speak Japanese.

Vancouver is a very beautiful city. People from Vancouver have a warm heart for students who are learning English. It is definitely a good environment for international students.
Esteban Castillo
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Mexico

Student Testimonial
There are many places to study but the main reason why I chose Vancouver is because it is a wonderful place for many reasons. Firstly the transportation is excellent because there is big variety of transportation such as the seabus, skytrain and bus. My second reason is because it is really secure to walk on the streets even in the late hours of the night. Another great reason is that there is a big variety of cultures and nationalities in the same place.

I like EC Vancouver because all the teachers are really professional and they know how to give a class in an interesting way that is also useful at the same time. The facilities are great and they include a fantastic computer area.

I had an incredible time here in Vancouver and I made lots of friends from all around the world. I am from Mexico and in Mexico we don't have many Asian people to interact with. So it was such a nice experience to make friends from Korea, because they have a completely different culture from us. I made friends that I am so glad I met and I will never forget them.

If you are a student and you are deciding on the best place to go, I highly recommend you come to Vancouver due to the fact that Vancouver is a spectacular city with many restaurants, nightclubs and great spots.

EC Vancouver has a huge number of activities, but one of my favorite activities is running through Stanley Park because you have a nice view of downtown but you can also enjoy the beautiful nature of Vancouver.
Isabela Ferreira
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Brazil

Student Testimonial
I always liked Canada so I decided that Vancouver could be my new home because is a safe city and I like the crazy weather, especially the cloudy days!

My school has an original way to help the students learn English. The teachers are the best!!! They all have a special way to teach… It is just excellent!

But the best thing about this trip is meeting new people from different nationalities. I have friends from Mexico, Japan, Korea, France, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and of course from Brazil! It is just perfect to meet new people every week and learn about their different cultures.

If I could give advice for students that are planning to come to Canada, I would say: “Come to Vancouver to enjoy the beautiful mountains, the amazing parks and to have fun in the pubs with your friends!”

And what do I think about my homestay? Well, I arrived here 3 months ago and since then I have lived with my host mother, Yasmin, in North Vancouver. She is perfect, a really good friend and a lovely person! We have spent nice moments together and we have shared our secrets and our experiences. I’m very happy to have the opportunity to spend an incredible time with her. She is my Canadian mother and I really love her!
Jimmy Persson
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Sweden

Student Testimonial
It was in August 2011 I decided to go to Vancouver to stud English. In March 2012, I arrived in Vancouver and started my adventure! I remember the first day at EC. I was confused because there were many international schools around the same area. But at the end, I found the right one, EC, a stylish big blue building in the centre of downtown!

The teachers at the school were good and had different ways of teaching with exercises. Meanwhile, I was learning grammar-structures, formal-language, and idioms, but also informal-languages like “daily-talk” and slang-words which were very useful! The staff at the school was very friendly and helpful and was always trying to find a solution if you had any concerns.

However, after four months, I felt that I wanted to study something different so I studied “Advanced Business English” for my last three weeks. In my opinion, it is difficult to see your own progress and efforts because you are learning new things all the time, but in my case I have at least developed my ability and skills to understand English better. I also made friends from other countries.

I really enjoyed my school and Vancouver in general, because there were a lot of opportunities to do things. A few things I did were Whale-watching, hiking, visiting parks and trying out different restaurants. I enjoyed summer as well by going to many beaches! Vancouver also has good public transportation which makes you able to go to places smoothly.

I have met people from other countries and have learnt a lot of things that I will always remember and bring back to my country.

I would really recommend to EC to other students due to the fact that all staffs are friendly, and the teachers are all professional.
Emiliana Paris
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Italy

Student Testimonial
Thanks for the amazing experience, especially to the teachers Linda and Tom!!!
Jason LeHuquet
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EC Vancouver, Canada

Teacher Testimonial
Why do I love teaching English? The ESL classroom is an incredible place where each and every person, students and teachers alike, bring something unique to share with everyone else. Different cultures, personalities and quirks make it a dynamic and fascinating environment, and at the end of the day we all walk away enriched, informed and enlivened.

The city of Vancouver is an experience in itself. The beautiful summers here offer a variety of beaches, hikes and festivals, and there's nothing like a walk or bike ride around Stanley Park along the seawall. In wintertime, some of the best skiing and snowboarding in North America are only a short drive away, on the majestic mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb.

There is never a dull moment for the students here! Every week we have school outings to football, soccer or hockey games (Go Canucks!). Some of the most popular activities are paintballing, rafting and boat cruises, and of course, excursions to nearby Seattle and Victoria. And for those students who like to take in the nightlife, there are a variety of bars and clubs within walking distance from the school.

Vancouver, with its’ natural beauty and thriving cultural scene, is the perfect setting to improve your English, make some new friends and learn just what amazing things you are capable of!
Hannah Holmes
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EC Vancouver, Canada

Teacher Testimonial
My name is Hannah Holmes. I'm originally from the South Island, New Zealand, but have lived in Vancouver for the last 6 years. What I really enjoy about this city is its location on the spectacular West Coast of Canada, with access to beautiful beaches, mountains and parks. My favourite activity to do in Vancouver is jump on a bike and explore the city and outlying areas.

I am a native English speaker and have taught the English language for 3 years, in Vancouver and in New Zealand. I come from a background of English Literature and Linguistics, and have worked as writer and editor in addition to teaching. I have taught and tutored a wide range of levels, students, and classes, everything from beginner conversation classes to the Cambridge First Certificate and Certificate in Advanced English.

The most important thing for me in a classroom is that every student feels comfortable to be themselves and to let their personality shine. I am a big advocate of students helping each other and answering each other's questions if they can. I think of myself as more of a facilitator than anything, and when everyone gets involved in a grammar point or vocabulary discussion, the greatest learning takes place.
Mindy Thompson
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EC Vancouver, Canada

Teacher Testimonial
My name is Mindy Thompson. I’m originally from Tahsis, a very small village on Vancouver Island, just a few of hours from Vancouver. I recently got married and I have four step children that I love like my own children. I am very loyal to my friends and family. My hobbies include dancing, walking and getting together with friends and family. I really enjoy living in Vancouver because there is so much diversity!

I always knew that I wanted to teach English because more than half the people on earth need or want to learn English, and I love helping people to achieve that goal. Working with many different levels of students in international schools and community centres in Vancouver, I take pride in my work. I have been a Facilitator of informational workshops that help students with their life here in Vancouver, because starting to learn a new language even more difficult when living in a new place. Some of the topics have included tenants’ rights, workers rights, health and first aid, and culture and communication. I have also worked as an Invigilator for government exams. There are exams for everyone, it just depends on which one is best for you!

Surround yourself with English. I know it is hard to speak another language 100 % of the time, but the more language you have around you, the more you will practice.
Annabel Bradshaw
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EC Vancouver, Canada

Teacher Testimonial
What's so great about being a teacher at EC Vancouver that I've been here for 15 years? Well, it's the people, the language, and the culture. In our international students and this multicultural city, we have the Canadian mosaic in all its variety.

At the school, the teachers come from diverse backgrounds, bringing and sharing different cultures, skills and interests. With students from all over the world as well, each class brings new surprises, and lots of laughs! There is also the pleasure of watching students learn and grow and connect with each other and with the language. That's what I love - I want to get the students to enjoy English - to see how cool it sounds, and find out all the ways they can use it. Vancouver is the perfect backdrop for a rich, multicultural, and 'supernatural' experience!

Students often say it's 'the nature' that they fall in love with here, and it's true. Vancouver is nestled in between snow-capped mountains, The Fraser River, and The Burrard Inlet (the sea). It’s absolutely beautiful. I love swapping stories with the students about the experiences they've had around here:

“I climbed Grouse Mountain!” (High five!) “I saw whales spouting in the Pacific!” (Awesome!) “ I rode a tandem bike around the Stanley Park Seawall!” (So funny!) “I saw raccoons at my homestay and bears in the Rocky Mountains!” (A little scary, but sooo cute!)

Yeah, EC Vancouver is a great place for 'natural' fun.
Carla dos Santos
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EC Vancouver, Canada

Teacher Testimonial
My name is Carla dos Santos. I was born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC, but I moved to Portugal in 1986. I returned to Canada in August, 2012. I’m married with two wonderful daughters, Erica and Ema. I enjoy spending time and going out with my family, discovering lovely Vancouver and the surrounding areas.

I’m a native English speaker and I was an EFL teacher in Portugal for 17 years in various public schools to students from grades 7 to 12. I have been working at EC Vancouver since May of this year and it has been a rewarding experience working with foreign students from all over the world who are willing to learn and improve their English. Not only has it been a fulfilling experience for my students but for me as well, as I have learned a great deal from them regarding their different and unique cultural backgrounds.

Singing, reading, watching TV, listening to the radio and speaking, regardless your knowledge of English, are great learning tips which will make you, in no time, more confident and willing to improve and learn even more. Being able to have the opportunity to live and study in an English speaking country, no matter how long you decide to stay, is actually the best way to improve your skills because English is the air you breathe during your stay.

My favourite visiting place in Vancouver is Stanley Park where you can walk or bike ride along the seawall and while you are there you can also visit the Vancouver Aquarium. In the Summer, English Bay is the place to be for swimming, sunbathing and lots of fun.

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