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EC Cambridge

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Gibson House 57-61 Burleigh Street Cambridge CB1 1DJ Cambridgeshire England

Welcome to our Cambridge English school!

Learn English in Cambridge, the prestigious academic hotspot and a true taste of traditional England. Cambridge is a picturesque and historic university town. It's a very walkable city and easy to cycle around, so its beautiful buildings and parks are only moments away! Whether you're planning a traditional punt on the river, or an afternoon picnic on the banks of the River Cam, this quaint university town will instantly charm you.

If you'd like a taste of traditional university life in England, this is a great place to focus and sharpen your English language skills.

School Facilities

General

  • Air conditioning
  • Microwaves oven
  • Reception Desk

Media and technology

  • Computer with internet available
  • Interactive whiteboard
  • Free Wifi

Equipments

  • Self-study area
  • Student lounge

Food and Drink

  • Vending machine
  • Coffee shop

Language courses

Course starts every Monday and is for all language levels.

General English courses - EC Cambridge

English 16 - 99 years old


Important: 30 lessons per week are only available from 12th June until 8th September.

With a focus on fluency, the General English courses allow you to improve your English and gain a practical understanding of the language and how to use it. You will focus on the 4 skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening, in order to improve your level and maximise your ability to use English.

What can you expect from this course?

Real English
We help you to develop your English systems (grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation) and skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), while also building the learning skills that will keep you improving and give you the confidence to use that knowledge in real-life.  

Creative and Energetic Classes
When it comes to creating lessons, our teachers know what works. Classes are dynamic, engaging and motivating, designed to activate and build upon your strengths, whilst also giving targeted attention to your weaker areas. Relaxed and informal classroom environments create an encouraging atmosphere to help you build your confidence, realise your potential, and advance towards fluency.

Learn by Doing
At EC, progress is maximised as you are encouraged to learn by doing. Our task-based lessons focus on the active production of English, promoting class participation and interaction between students. We provide you the targeted support to help you achieve your academic goals. Our assessments give you feedback on how you are progressing and where you need more help.

Improve Your ‘Thinking Time’
As your skills and confidence develop with support from your teachers, so too will your ability to listen, understand and respond quickly and effectively in English. You will notice these improvements most of all when you take your English outside of the classroom and into everyday conversation in one of our vibrant English-speaking destinations!

Expert Support
Your teachers are trained to deliver on-going support, feedback and care throughout your time at EC. You will be taught by at least two teachers, exposing you to a variety of voices, improving your listening and boosting your vocabulary.

Authentic Materials
We believe there is no substitute for authentic English, so in addition to text books, our teachers use real-life resources taken from newspapers, TV, radio and the Internet. The authentic nature of these materials will give you an appreciation of the richness of the English language used in a variety of everyday contexts.

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Accommodations

Usually the check-in is one or two days before the start of the course, and check out on the day of graduation. You can change the dates in the form.

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Standard Homestay - EC Cambridge

Homestay 16 - 99 years old


Cambridge is an extremely historic, multi-cultural, and sociable city. You’ll find an abundance of stunning architecture, great museums and theatres, and fun nightlife.

Description of Accommodation

Staying with local hosts is both exciting and rewarding. Homestay providers provide the best insight into how the British live their day-to-day lives. This interaction will help you communicate better, faster and allow you to pick up words and nuances used in daily situations. There is no typical homestay in Cambridge. Some homes are single standing homes; others can be apartments or townhouses. Cambridge is a very multi-cultural city and a lot of people are originally from different countries, and different backgrounds. Living with hosts in Cambridge will give you a great view of all the different cultures and ethnicities that the city has to offer.

Choose between a single or twin room. Each room is furnished with a bed and a closet to store your personal belongings and clothes. If there is not a desk in your room, the hosts will provide you with a quiet place to study. It is important that rooms and living areas are kept neat and tidy. You will also have access to a shared bathroom. Private bathrooms are also an option, upon request and availability.

Bed linen and towels are provided. The hosts will be happy to launder the sheets and towels once a week. You are responsible for doing your own personal laundry. You will be allowed to have one free wash per week. It is very common for homes to have a designated laundry day. Internet access is available upon request (and if requested, will be free of charge). Telephone access is dependent on the hosts.

Homestays are arranged by EC as well as via our accommodation partners – Hosts International and Homestay Consultancy.

Meal Description

Breakfast and dinner are provided daily by the homestay host, who will be happy to prepare both meals, however, lunch is not included in the adult homestay programme. The host will provide room in the fridge and cupboards to store any food that students may purchase.

Hosts make an effort to adjust the type of food offered to the tastes of the students and take religious beliefs into consideration when preparing meals. Vegetarians or people with food allergies should specify their dietary restrictions upon booking so this information can be shared with families prior to arrival.

Breakfast varies from family to family. It is typical in a British home to have a quick, on-the-go breakfast such as toast and a coffee. Students will eat whatever the hosts eat and help set the table or clear up after dinner. Students are encouraged to participate in  activities or outings.

Dinner time is usually around 6.30pm or 7.00pm, but hosts will inform the student of the time when they eat. Not all sit down and have dinner together every night. It is important that the student informs the hosts beforehand should they be late or not having dinner. If a student misses dinner, they cannot take it for lunch the next day, since lunch is not included in the homestay program.

Journey to school

Cambridge is a small city but the majority of the city centre is owned by commercial companies and the Colleges, with a very simple and efficient transit system. Our homestays all live within 45 minutes travel time to EC Cambridge, with an average of 30 minutes. All of our homestays are close to a bus stop. Our homestay hosts are happy to assist the students with directions to the school on their first few days in Cambridge to ensure a simple commute.

Closest bus station to the school: Central Bus Station – Drummer Street

To find your way to school from the central bus station: Head northeast on Emmanuel Street toward Drummer Street. Then turn right onto Parker Street and continue onto Parkside. When you get to an intersection with traffic lights, turn left onto East Road. Continue walking on East Road, then turn left onto Burleigh Street. You will find the school on your left hand side on Burleigh Street. The walk will take you approximately 15 minutes. There may be a quicker option but we recommend to use these directions on your first day.

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Superior Castle Street Residence - EC Cambridge

School residence 18 - 99 years old

Castle St CB3 0SZ Cambridge England

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Located in a quiet area north of the city centre, there are pubs and a nice café just nearby, and the historical city centre is just in a short walk away.

Description of Accommodation

Castle Street is a purpose built student self-catering accommodation block. The rooms are large and furnished to a high quality. Each room also includes a private, fully equipped kitchenette with induction hob and en suite bathroom.

Miscellaneous

  • A cleaning service is provided every two weeks for rooms and common areas
  • Laundry room with 7 washing machines and 7 dryers. £2.50 for washing, £1.50 for drying
  • Luggage drop off is allowed. Students can store their luggage in reception. Please advise the school ahead if students would like to store luggage as Castle Street will be informed
  • Utility bills are included
  • 24-hour on-site security
  • Kitchen utensils are provided
  • Cinema room with gaming chairs and PS4 console
  • Flat screen TV’s in the room but TV license is not included. It usually works out at £15 per month
  • This accommodation can be wheelchair accessible. It depends on student’s mobility. The building is wheelchair accessible, but bathroom is not wheelchair accessible

Arrival and departure

  • Arrival day: Saturday (Sunday arrival is possible)
    Check in: after 3 pm
    They might be able to check in before 3pm if the room is ready, if not they can either drop off their suitcase and pass the time in the city centre or just use the common areas.
    Castle Street has staff in reception 24/7 so late arrivals have no problems checking in.

  • Departure day: Saturday
    Check out: before 10am
    Late check out is not allowed.

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Options / Services

You can add these options during the booking process.

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