Learn English and make lifelong friendships in a supportive environment.
The EC group has been teaching English since 1991 and EC Bristol opened in 2010. The school occupies three floors in one of Bristol’s characterful buildings, in the city centre. The classrooms are large and airy. Each has an interactive whiteboard to support collective learning.
The school is in the commercial heart of the city, and just minutes away from the main shopping area. Bristol is an old city with many old and interesting buildings. Whatever the reason for students choosing to study in Bristol, they may find that the city inspires new interests.
EC Bristol has the capacity for around 272 students. Students aged 16 years and over study at the school. The average class size is 12 but there can be a maximum of 14 students attending each lesson.
There is a mix of students from all over the world. Most of them come from Korea, Italy, Spain and Turkey. All ages are represented between 16 and 50+ years. The bulk of students at the school are aged between 21 and 25 years.
The head of the school makes sure that everything is in place, to make learning English comfortable and easy. There is a computer room with 14 computers, all with internet access. There is also free Wi-Fi access throughout the building.
Students have access to a library in the building. But if they wanted to go out and experience some of the city, the Central Library is just a few minutes walk away in College Green.
There is a student lounge which has a TV area. There are also resources for self-study. As well as art centres and other places nearby, that will add to student’s experience of living and learning in Bristol.
In each session, the teacher tries to engage all students as much as possible. The classes are task based, so students must communicate with each other and take part in all the activities. This is designed to make learning faster and fun.
Classes are designed to motive students and give them the confidence to take an active role in each lesson. If students have strengths the teachers will actively try to improve on it.
Equally, if they have weaknesses, the teachers will work hard to improve the student’s skills and encourage them to become confident learners. In most of the classes students use newspapers, CDs, internet and video.
This helps them to understand how English is used in everyday settings by native speakers.
Every day of the week there are activities which student are encouraged to take part in, to enhance their experience of learning English. They can meet in the common room to get to know their fellow students. There are organised trips to one of the local attractions, the Bristol Suspension Bridge.
Or they can travel to Salisbury Plane to see the wonder that is, Stonehenge. For those who fancy a quiet night in there are movie nights. And for those who want to party, there is a London club night trip on Saturdays.
Some students want to speak and write better English, to improve the way they use it day to day. Other students may lack confidence in their language skills. This course will engage them in a positive way and make them more confident speakers.
Students can expect their English to improve quickly on this course. The aim is to teach fluency and accuracy. There are set areas that have to be studied, but for the third module students can choose the areas where they need to improve the most. That way student make the best use of their time whilst studying. One of the modules students can choose to study Comparative, Culture and Communication. In this module they can learn about different cultures and how they communicate.
They can also choose to focus on academic skills and how to write presentations. Or they can concentrate on just improving their language skills.
They are mentored to ensure they are as fluent in English as they can be. Throughout the course they will have continuous assessments to monitor their progress. Lessons focus on corporate situations where they build their confidence in business settings.
They learn how to communicate with business clients and colleagues. By the end of the course, the aim is for students to become fluent in the language of international business. Students will find out about professional business relationships, how to interact with business clients from anywhere in the world. They will understand methods of communication, and how to accept or decline invitations and how to welcome foreign visitors.
By the time the exams come round, they should be confident in their ability to do what is expected of them. When studying at a higher levels, students need to know how to ‘skim read’ to pick out important points quickly. They will also learn how to paraphrase passages of text.
- Free Internet
- Student Lounge
- IT Lounge
- Interactive Whiteboards
- Self Study Room