ECA Comments 2015

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“ I was nervous when I arrived in Adelaide. I didn’t have any confidence because I was afraid of speaking English. I couldn’t speak English very well. However, my mind is changed now. I can speak English even if I say something wrong. I have confidence now. I’m very happy because I made many friends in ECA. They came from Japan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, China and Greece. It’s an amazing experience. I was studying at ECA for just 7 weeks. If I have enough time I will study more at ECA. I will never forget my time at ECA.” (Tony, South Korea)

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PORT ADELAIDE EXCURSION

When you’re new to a city, exploring can be the best way  broaden your horizons and  practice your English! Whilst it can be fun to get out there and wing it, it’s much more beneficial to have an itinerary, that way you’re free to relax and don’t have to worry about finding your way around.

Last Friday’s excursion was all planned out, from start to finish. Teachers and students departed the school at 9:15, then took the train to historical Port Adelaide where we visited the lighthouse and went on a boat trip where we were able to catch a glimpse of some of the dolphins swimming around.

When we got back to the port, we visited the historical Maritime Museum before having lunch at around 12:50. To cap the day off we got some ice-cream and visited the beautiful animals at Semaphore Fodder before making it back to school by around 430!

As always, we took the time to get some great photos, and even shot some films! Some are funny some frightening! But all of them are fun:)

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En route to the sea!

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Port Adelaide has a certain charm you won’t find just anywhere..

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First stop: THE LIGHTHOUSE!

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RULES OF THE BOAT:

1. 24 passengers maximum per trip .

2. All passengers must remain inside the vessel at all times.

5. All passengers must follow directions of the crew

7. If the temperature is over 38 °C, cruises will be automatically cancelled

8. Closed-toed footwear must be worn at all times

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Clowning around before the boat trip…

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ANNNND on the boat trip:)

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 Let us know what you think in the comment box below! See you next time:)

Wing it Do something with no plan

Find your way around become familiar with an area

Planned out well prepared

Get back arrive at a previous destination

Cap off conclude

Fodder  food, especially dried hay or straw, for cattle and other livestock.

Make it someone arrive

Shoot a film make a film

December Graduates!

As the holiday season nears, many of our continuing students will be preparing for a long-earned break, whilst others will be beginning an entirely new chapter of their lives. Whether staying in Australia and continuing to use their English in everyday situations, or returning home to reunite with their culture and family, we wish our graduates all the best and trust that they will be successful in whatever direction they choose . We are always very proud of our students and December saw some especially dedicated and long-term learners who we look forward to hearing from soon! Good luck and, of course, have a Merry Christmas!

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Elena. I arrived in Adelaide on the 2nd of December 2013. This is the first foreign country I’ve lived in for such a long time and I’ve fallen in love with it! I’ve also fallen in love with the city, and of course, ECA which has a friendly atmosphere and great teachers. I’ve made many friends from all over the world at this school!

Adelaide is very beautiful, clean and people are very friendly. I am very glad that I had the opportunity to stay here. I would like to thank all the staff at the college for their hard work.

In future I would love to have the chance to continue learning English in Australia during my vacation, because my experience in the country and at ECA completely exceeded my expectations.

Elena, Russia

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The English College of Adelaide just was a name before, but now it is a spiritual home for me. I have been well treated here, and I truly appreciate this school and all the staff with all my heart. In my time at  ECA, my English level has improved a lot. I have my dear teachers, such as Penny and Sarah to thank for this as they always gave me endless support. In fact, they are excellent and surpassing teachers. 

I studied in the EDE (English for Direct Entry) course which was very useful. In my class, I learned academic writing, long essay, critical review, lecture summary and reporting skills; all vital tools for admission to, and continuation of university education. Because English is not my first language, I sometimes struggled with tasks as this course is academic, challenging and intense. But being the motivated and competitive person that I am, I pushed myself through tough times during my course. 

 In addition to this studies, I also made numerous friends of different nationalities because of this curriculum. This college was a great place to get to know new people and understand their cultures; likewise, we helped one another to forward our learning. We absolutely loved this process because not only  did our English improve, but we were also able to communicate with wonderful people on a daily basis, often meeting outside of schools to socialise and go out together.

We had a lots of great times that I’ll never forget.

 I am happy to say that the course has given me strong skills that I will take with me into my university studies, but more importantly I have really enjoyed my life studying in ECA. It is said that the happiest time in your life was the hardest time, but when you recollect the past, that time was splendid! In brief, English college of Adelaide is loved beyond words.

Vera, China

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ECA is entertaining, helpful and enjoyable. Everything I expected!

Thank you for all your kindness. I will miss you!

Lee, Korea

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During my studies at ECA, I had a great time. Every teacher was really good to me. Everything they taught me was very clear and when I didn’t understand something they explained it until I got it. I think nothing should change at ECA, I liked everything just how it was. I really had a great time and will cherish the beautiful memories I have of the school. I will persuade all my friends and anyone who wants to study English to enrol at ECA!

Asi, (left) , Thailand

MELBOURNE CUP DAY

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Melbourne Cup is an Aussie tradition dating all the way back to 1861 when it very quickly became a a popular carnival with picnic parties, celebrations and people showing off the their latest fashions. Women usually wear fascinators and beautiful designer dresses and the men wear suits. There are also prizes for best-dressed.

A popular tradition connected with the races is the Office Sweep. Every year, on the first Tuesday of November, millions of office workers pay to purchase a set of tickets, each representing a horse, the tickets are then given out randomly with each costing the same (usually $1 – $5). Usually, the winner takes half of the prize pool and the remainder is divided on a sliding scale to second and third place.

A couple of weeks ago we took the opportunity to introduce this tradition to the students who responded very enthusiastically to the occasion that “stops a nation”. Students cheered, drank and ate as they enjoyed a fun afternoon experiencing one of the great celebrations of our country.

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Students and Teachers enjoying the day’s festivities. 

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Sliding Scale (noun) a scale of fees, taxes, wages, etc. that varies in accordance with the variation of a particular standard.

Prize Pool Cumulative amount of contributions paid by all participants in a tournament

Show off (Phr verb) (or show something off) Boastfully display one’s abilities or accomplishments.

Fascinator A woman’s light, decorative headpiece consisting of feathers, flowers, beads, etc. attached to a comb or hair clip.

Festivity (noun) The celebration of something in a joyful and exuberant way.