ECS Blog

Brexit

Apr
17
2019

During the early days of ECS Sarah and I attended a series of business development meetings. One of the things we were advised at those meetings is not to mix business with politics. Unfortunately Brexit has forced its way into our lives and we can no longer ignore it. So here is our response.

At ECS we breathed a big sigh of relief when the EU agreed to allow the UK more time to find a solution to the Brexit problem. Fundamentally, the people of the UK voted for something that our elected representatives cannot agree to. Some people say

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Posted By - Christopher

Thoughts from Finland

Mar
12
2019

How a trip to Oulanka National Park led to thoughts on deepening our pupils' connection to nature

Travel broadens and stimulates the mind.

'Foxtail' lights, as the Finns call them..

Sarah and I have just returned from a ‘Finnish Wilderness’ trip to Oulanka National Park, close to the Arctic Circle in northern Finland.

We did new and exciting things like snow shoe walking, husky-dog sledding and building a Quinzhee (a kind of igloo). We also did cross-country skiing and - yes - even managed to see the Northern Lights. All this in temperatures ranging from -25C to what our

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Multicultural London

Feb
22
2019

We have been contacted by a hotel company asking us to help publicise a new interactive map of London. We have no experience of the hotels so this is not a recommendation for the company. However, for parents visiting London the map provides an excellent way to get off the beaten tourist trail and discover multicultural London. Just click one of the ethnicities at the top of the map - for example Arabic, Indian, Chinese, Polish, Afro-Caribbean - to open up a hidden world of restaurants, events, markets, museums and workshops related to that culture. This map really will help...

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Residential or Homestay?

Feb
19
2019

  

For the foreign child coming to The UK to learn English two distinct types of course are available: the residential course, in which the student lives, eats and receives lessons in the school; and the homestay course, in which the student lives with an English family. Which is better? 


SPEAKING ENGLISH 

Homestay: A student placed with a good family is in an excellent position to practise everyday English in a natural social and cultural context. Much will depend on the confidence of the student and the affability of the family. A student lacking confidence, or faced with a socially

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Posted By - Christopher

Teaching English through Nature Projects

Feb
13
2019

  

Teaching English through Nature Projects

ECS - English Country Schools - was set up over 30 years ago to give children and teenagers a happy and healthy holiday learning English in the countryside. Encouraging our pupils to enjoy and explore the natural environment remains a key part of what we do.

We arrange language-learning activities for pupils to help them better observe and appreciate the world around them. Classroom materials from National Geographic that promise to ‘bring the world to the classroom and the classroom to life’ are supplemented by out-of-class activities such as nature studies and a digital photography

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Posted By - Christopher

English Summer Schools and Dyslexia

Feb
07
2019

  

Should I send a child or teenager with dyslexia to an English summer school or camp?

Dyslexia is a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence. You can read about the symptoms of dyslexia at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dyslexia/symptoms/

In some countries, dyslexia is barely recognised; in others it is increasingly or routinely accepted as a condition requiring an appropriate educational response.

A child with dyslexia might already have problems learning their first language. So is it a good idea to start them on a

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Posted By - Christopher

Welcome to our new blog site

Feb
06
2019

If you have just arrived here from our old ECS Blog site at Blogger.com, welcome! We have moved our blog in-house in order to give it a look and feel that is more consistent with the ECS brand. We hope it will be full of information you will find useful if you are looking for a UK English summer school or camp for a child or teenager; as well as giving essential feedback to parents during the actual running of our summer courses.

Welcome to ECS!

HMS Bertie by Grace Sellers, commemorating 30 years of ECS, Summer 2018.

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Good morning Seville!

Feb
01
2019

A lovely sunny start to the day here in Sevilla where we will be meeting up with some great staff who live and work here. Now we understand why! Travel broadens the mind and we are very much looking forward to exploring this great city.

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Personal development for teenagers

Jan
24
2019

I have been researching the topic of personal development for teenagers and came across the following article at https://www.edutopia.org/discussion/6-rules-being-transparent-teens-authentic-relationships-lead-engagement
  
I have added notes to the article in red where I think the advice might be relevant to our summer courses, but the whole article will be of interest to anyone working with teenagers. No doubt you will think of other ways of implementing the ideas and advice in your own current situations:
  
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6 Rules for Being Transparent with Teens: Authentic Relationships Lead to Engagement
  
One of the best ways to be authentic with teens is to practice transparency when
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Posted By - Ben

Choosing a summer school - 15 questions you should ask

Jan
19
2019

Which is the best English Language summer camp in the UK for children or teenagers? 

There is no shortage of summer camps and courses claiming to be the best. But really it is very important for a child’s first experiences of learning English to be positive. Parents, teachers and agents should therefore consider carefully before choosing. Here are fifteen questions you should ask:
1. Is the school Accredited? Accreditation UK is the quality assurance scheme provided by The British Council in partnership with English UK. Accreditation means that inspectors visit the school to check standards of management, teaching, resources and
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New web site launch

Dec
05
2018

We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new web site at https://www.countryschools.co.uk

We hope the new site will help you to find exactly what you are looking for:


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Amazing Port Regis photo

Aug
23
2018

Thank you ex-ECS pupil Denis Andreev for this stunning night photo of Port Regis where we hold our summer camps:


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ECS Students visiting Buckingham Palace

Aug
11
2018


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ECS visiting Cutty Sark in Greenwich

Aug
11
2018


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Students visit Christ College Oxford

Aug
08
2018



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The Tiago loyalty award and ECS 30th Birthday celebrations

Aug
05
2018


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Great team work across the ages last night

Aug
05
2018



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Which Teen House team will win this prize tonight?

Aug
04
2018


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Juniors thank you letter to the Firemen

Aug
04
2018



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Winning Junior Team

Aug
03
2018


and the best long jumper!

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