Interview with Nicholas Wheeldon, Centre Director of EC Melbourne: “Students are looking for more than just English”

NICHOLAS WHEELDON, CENTRE DIRECTOR OF EC MELBOURNE

 

Why should a student choose your school?

What better way to explore a city filled with rich culture and history, art, restaurants and great shopping?! Students get to enjoy our modern building with state-of-the-art facilities, while sharing a campus with other university students. They can participate in job advice workshops and workplace assistance seminars. Outside of class, they can take a day trip to Yarra Valley and explore famous wineries such as Domaine Chandon. Melbourne also let’s them discover famous Australian wildlife such as penguins, koalas and kangaroos at nearby Phillip Island.

 

In your opinion, which are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

Students get to immerse themselves into the language and culture, allowing them to achieve faster progress, while creating spectacular memories that they will have for the rest of their lives.

 

How do you see the future of language tourism?

Language tourism is an ever-changing industry that continually seeks to innovate and diversify to provide the market with the best that education can have to offer.

 

What types of courses do you think will be most in demand in the future? 

Students are looking for more than just English. They want a pathway to further education, advancement in careers. or for immigration.

THE SCHOOL


Name of school

EC Melbourne

Country / City

Australia / Melbourne

 

The most significant things the school can offer

Modern technology in classrooms, up-to-date resources, highly skilled staff, research-based methodology, a partnership with National Geographic Cengage, an interactive student-based learning environment, an Australian food themed décor throughout the campus, a fun-based extracurricular activity program.

 

Types of courses taught at the school

General English from beginner to advanced level, IELTS preparation, Cambridge Exam preparation, EAP (English for Academic Purposes), ESP (English for Specific Purposes), Employment and Conversation Workshops.

 

Attractions in the school’s surroundings and in the city in general

Located in the centre of Australia arts and culture city, students will have the opportunity to experience many different cultures in one place. Melbourne is also a great place to continue on into higher education at international recognised universities.

Interview with Warren Ritson, Centre Director of EC Brisbane: “Overseas studies provides life changing experiences”

Warren Ritson, Centro Directo of EC Brisbane

 

Why should a student choose your school?

EC Brisbane is a big city school with a small-town vibe. It is a great place to start your Aussie experience and enjoy year-round great weather. The teachers and staff here are dedicated to providing each and every student with the best possible experience in this vibrant up and coming city.

 

In your opinion, which are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

Students who study abroad often improve their English language skills much faster as they are in a native English-speaking environment. Overseas studies also provides life changing experiences and the chance to make new friends from all over the world.

 

How do you see the future of language tourism?

Language tourism is here to stay. It will continue to expand and diversify as more people around the world look for new opportunities to learn and travel.

 

What types of courses do you think will be most in demand in the future? 

Pathway courses that allow a student to advance in their life, whether that be in their career, education, or in where they decide to make a their home.

THE SCHOOL


Name of school

EC Brisbane

Country / City

Australia / Brisbane

 

The most significant things the school can offer

Modern technology in classrooms, up-to-date resources, highly skilled staff, research-based methodology, a partnership with National Geographic Cengage, an interactive student-based learning environment, Australian slang themed décor throughout the campus, fun-based extracurricular activity program.

 

Types of courses taught at the school

General English from beginner to advanced level, IELTS preparation, Cambridge Exam preparation, EAP (English for Academic Purposes), ESP (English for Specific Purposes), Employment and Conversation Workshops

Attractions in the school’s surroundings and in the city in general

Located in the central business district, surrounded by cafes and restaurants, also near many downtown student residential buildings, walking distance to the Botanical Gardens and public museums and galleries, close to South Bank arts and recreational district, near the famous Australia Zoo.

Interview with Craig Leith, Centre Director of EC Cape Town: “The best benefit of studying abroad is to be fully immersed in the language in the country in which it is spoken”

CRAIG LEITH, CENTRE DIRECTOR OF EC CAPE TOWN

 

Why should a student choose your school?

We are one of only 2 Cambridge University exam centres in South Africa. We offer a full range of Volunteer Programmes and Internship Placements. All our classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards and the maximum class size is 15 students. All our teachers are local South Africans, qualified and experienced. We offer English+Safari, English in the City and English for Work courses and a full, diverse range of social activities and outings.

 

In your opinion, which are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

The most obvious benefit is to be fully immersed in the language in the country in which it is spoken, and being exposed to it for the full duration of their stay. This makes the language totally practical and conversational, and it comes alive for the student, as opposed to learning online or in a classroom in their home country. By being immersed in the culture of the place where they study, students are also exposed to the context of the language as it is spoken, read, heard and written. In addition, this cultural exposure is a means of personal growth and development for the individual student as they are taken out of their comfort zones and have to live in a new, different environment than the one on which they grew up.

 

How do you see the future of language tourism?

I am very positive that once COVID-19 is under control and students are allowed to travel freely again, we will see the industry recover dramatically. I think students will be more eager to and enthusiastic about travelling than ever before, due to the restrictions they have had to endure in 2020.

 

What types of courses do you think will be most in demand in the future? 

It’s difficult to say, because the types of students who travel vary so much, and therefore so do their needs. I don’t believe that one course would necessarily be more popular or in demand than another.

THE SCHOOL


Name of school

EC Cape Town

Country / City

South Africa / Cape Town

 

Types of courses taught at the school

We offer a wide range of courses:
General English (GE) 20 & GE 30 (20 and 30 lessons per week respectively), Academic Year Programme for 6 months or longer, Cambridge Exam Preparation classes, IELTS Exam Preparation classes and one to one lessons.

 

Attractions in the school’s surroundings and in the city in general

  • Table Mountain, one of the modern Seven Wonders of the Natural World
  • The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
  • The Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Beaches, beaches and more beaches
  • Wine tasting – lots of wine tasting
  • Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Several Red Bus routes in and around the city
  • Hikes in the mountains less than 10 min from the school
  • Social activities like 5-a-side football and go-karting
  • Lots of shopping
  • Vibrant night life

Interview with Rebecca Hayes, Centre Director of EC Auckland: “Language tourism will always be a vibrant industry”

REBECCA HAYES, CENTRE DIRECTOR OF EC AUCKLAND

 

Why should a student choose your school?

Our school is located in a beautiful and multicultural waterfront city, close to shops, restaurants and bars. Our students get to experience a taste of college life on the shared college campus. Art lovers will enjoy the Auckland Art Gallery for great Kiwi art, and the Wallace Arts Centre’s rotating private collections. Our staff provides a safe and friendly atmosphere from the Welcome to the Farewell.

 

In your opinion, which are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

Students get the chance to meet new people and experience new cultures, all while improving their language skills both in the classroom and out on the street.

 

How do you see the future of language tourism?

Language tourism will always be a vibrant industry as people will always be seeking opportunities to learn and explore beyond their own country and language.

 

What types of courses do you think will be most in demand in the future? 

Focused courses that provide students with the skills to continue to further education or for employment upgrades.

THE SCHOOL


Name of school

EC Auckland

Country / City

New Zealand / Auckland

 

The most significant things the school can offer

Modern technology in classrooms, up-to-date resources, highly skilled staff, research-based methodology, a partnership with National Geographic Cengage, an interactive student-based learning environment, a New Zealand themed décor throughout the campus, a fun-based extracurricular activity program.

 

Types of courses taught at the school

General English from beginner to advanced level, IELTS preparation, ESP (English for Specific Purposes), Employment and Conversation Workshops

 

Attractions in the school’s surroundings and in the city in general

Located in New Zealand’s largest city, the Auckland campus is close to the downtown and harbour district, as well as accessible to the city’s main attractions and public parks. It is a great launching pad to explore the wonders of Middle Earth with trips to Hobbiton and other iconic sights, Student’s should take the time to travel around the bountiful natural wonders that New Zealand has to offer.

Interview with Ingmar Albig, Centre Director of EC Malta “In order to learn a language properly, people must come to the country where the language is spoken”

INGMAR ALBIG, CENTRE DIRECTOR OF EC MALTA

 

Why should a student choose your school?

We proud ourselves for our academic excellency and serious approach to language teaching guiding our students every step of the way to achieve their best potential learning outcomes. We always listen to our students’ feedback and reinforce the positive and improve on the negative. Learning with other students in their right age group makes the students’ experience so much richer and more fruitful. Due to our good number of students from all over the world we offer all the levels in both, the younger adult school and the 30+ school, while maintaining a fantastic mix of nationalities.

 

In your opinion, which are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

Obviously the language component but for the students it is an eye opener as they also learn intercultural skills, learning from different cultures, making new friends and becoming a true global citizen.

 

How do you see the future of language tourism?

Despite the digital learning format having gained quite a lot of traction in the past years and in particular in the past months, the unique value of face-to-face full immersion learning will always remain as this experience cannot be fully replicated online. In order to learn a language properly, and in a relatively short span of time, people must come to the country where the language is spoken. The thirst for travelling will also only get stronger once the pandemic is over.

 

What types of courses do you think will be most in demand in the future? 

General English courses will still remain to be the most popular ones in absolute numbers, however relative bigger increases may be seen for English for specific purpose, such as business and work related English courses.

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Name of school

EC Malta

Country / City

Malta / St. Julian’s

 

The most significant things the school can offer

  • We have a separate school for 30+ year old students, enabling students of that age group to have lessons with other students of the same age.
  • Modern classrooms with latest classroom technology (Interactive Smart TVs/ Whiteboards).
  • EC Malta is a Cambridge Exam Centre.
  • Beach club in summer.

 

Types of courses taught at the school

We offer different courses:
General English, Intensive English, Mini Group, Business English, Cambridge Courses and IELTS.

 

Attractions in the school’s surroundings and in the city in general

Close to the Malta’s centre of night-life, beaches, retail, restaurants, coffee shops… and entertainment.

 

Interview with Elisa Gazzola, Center Director of EC Montreal: “You not only improve your language skills but also grow as a person”

ELISA GAZZOLA, CENTER DIRECTOR OF EC MONTREAL

 

Why should a student choose your school?

I like to say that EC stands for Extra Care. We take extra care in every single thing we do at the school. Our teachers care so much about our students’ progress. They teach with so much energy and passion. They have truly been our heroes during this difficult year. They were able to transition to online learning with very little notice and were able to create dynamic and engaging lessons despite being socially distant. We make sure that every student gets a personlized experience inside and outside of the classroom. We celebrate our students’ progress and through the scheduled tutorials are able to go over the students’ strengths and give them support with their challenges. We celebrate every student’s birthday and random acts of kindness are common at EC Montreal!

 

In your opinion, which are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

At EC Montreal we strongly believe that language and culture go hand in hand. By experiencing the culture, the destination and interacting with locals will you not only improve your language skills but also grow as a person. At EC Montreal we create many opportunities for our students to feel like they are part of the Montreal community through our volunteer opportunities, social events and homestay experiences.

 

How do you see the future of language tourism?

I strongly believe that full-immersion programmes are here to stay. Even during the pandemic, we were receiving so many inquiries from students abroad asking when they could finally travel to Montreal to participate in our English or French programmes. I do, however, believe that students can now begin their language adventure even before they leave their country through our virtual English and French programmes. Students taking virtual French lessons are placed in classes with students who are already here in Montreal, so not only are students getting a taste of the language but they are also getting a taste of the destination by meeting students who are enjoying the city and are more than happy to share their experiences and tips. Students can also keep their language skills fresh after they complete their full-immersion programme by continuing to take virtual lessons from home.

 

What types of courses do you think will be most in demand in the future? 

I strongly believe that programmes for younger clients will be more in demand in the future. Programmes like EC Montreal’s Young Achiever’s programme, where students not only have an opportunity to improve their language skills but are also introduced to different fields of study. There are so many shortages of available spots in universities around the world and students need to gain that competitive advantage to be considered admission. I also believe that blended learning platforms are here to stay. We have found through our virtual platforms, that there are so many attractive options available that suit everyone’s schedules, needs, comfort and budget.

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ec montreal

Name of school

EC Montreal

Country / City

Canadá / Montreal

 

The most significant things the school can offer

EC Montreal has so many wonderful qualities from our very skilled and passionate team to our incredible location right in the city center on Montreal’s most popular street, but the thing we are most proud of is the strong sense of community we create at the center. All our students are made to feel like they are part of our EC Montreal family from the moment they arrive. We create wonderful opportunities for them to interact with one another, practice their language skills and make friends. We organize so many activities and events that truly make our students feel like they are part of the Montreal community because we understand that language and culture go hand in hand.

 

Types of courses taught at the school

EC Montreal offers General English, Bilingual and French programmes as well as IELTS, DELF/DALF preparation courses and business English and French focused lessons. In addition, EC Montreal is introducing a new programme called Young Achievers. It is specifically designed for students ages 15 to 18. In addition to English and French lessons, students are introduced to different fields of study through the project-based lessons. Students will be introduced to the world of health care, fashion, business, politics, IT and so much more! The programme is ideal for students who are interested in preparing for their post-secondary studies. EC Montreal also has a plus programme called English or French plus Gastronomy. Students are offered sessions like culinary lessons, pastry making, food tours, wine tasking, and so much more!

 

Attractions in the school’s surroundings and in the city in general

Montreal is a food lover’s paradise, so many of our events that take place at the center offer our students a taste of Montreal. We introduce students to typical Montreal foods as well as produce that is in season in the province of Quebec. Montreal has so many wonderful tourist attractions to enjoy such as museums, vibrant neighborhoods and nature parks. Montreal hosts over 120 festivals every year and we include many of them in our weekly calendar of events. Some of our favorite attractions include Mount-Royal, Old Montreal, Le Quartier des Spectacles, Little Italy, the Olympic village and the Underground city.