Express English College Blog

Our Express English College blogs are designed to give you a warm introduction to life at the college and a flavour of what is on offer in the lively city of Manchester. Manchester is world renowned for its eclectic style and vibrant character. With so much to see and do here it is a great environment to immerse yourself in English. The blog also covers a range of interesting English language topics and grammar points, alongside a few British culture and context tidbits!

We Are Green

EEC Team | 27th April 2022

Express English College has received some excellent news to kick off the academic year. The college has been accredited by Green Standard Schools as an environmentally friendly language learning school! […]

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Bonfire Night – Study English in the UK

EEC Team | 8th November 2021

Study English in the UK Study English in the UK It’s a singularly unique moment in the British calendar. The smell of pungent smoke wafting through the air. An underfoot […]

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It’s October, and that can only mean one celebration… Happy Halloween! Love it or hate it, Halloween is around the corner and will be celebrated all over the English-speaking world […]

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Black History Month

Express English College is proud to support Black History Month throughout October in the UK. British history has overlooked the narratives and achievements of Black Britons for too long, particularly […]

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Fresh and green afternoon in Fletcher Moss

EEC Team | 25th June 2021

Last Wednesday our students Sara and Kyle visited the beautiful and blossoming botanical gardens of Manchester with their EEC Charlotte.  It is an ideal place for running, a family picnic […]

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Manchester Science and Industry Museum Visit

EEC Team | 21st June 2021

Last Wednesday we visited Manchester Science and Industry Museum (MOSI). The Science and Industry Museum is located in the city centre. It hosts the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station […]

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Would you like a piece of cake?

EEC Team | 15th June 2021

The expression ‘a piece of cake’ means that something is easy to achieve. For example, sending a text message is a piece of cake. After reading the word cake, we […]

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Harry Potter destinations in the UK

EEC Team | 8th June 2021

Are you a Harry potter fan? While you study at EEC you can use your free time at weekends to visit these amazing spots, some of them UNESCO Worldwide Heritage […]

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Spring and Summer British recipes for a perfect picnic or barbecue

EEC Team | 20th May 2021

The weather is getting better and sunnier so a picnic or a bbq on a park or at home seems perfect weekend plan! The sun is shining and you just […]

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Manchester Earth Day

Unit36 | 6th May 2021

By Robert Lewis, ELT teacher. Earth Day is an international event in April that aims to highlight the impact that humans have on the environment and how we can reduce […]

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Why is Grammar So Difficult?

EEC Team | 29th April 2021

By Robert Lewis, ELT Teacher The Example of Conditional Sentences This week the students at EEC were, as usual working hard to understand a tricky area of English grammar:  conditional […]

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EEC’s Roundup of the Latest Football News

EEC Team | 22nd April 2021

Since the beginning of the current season, there have been many complaints about how odd and boring the season has been due to Covid-19 restrictions and consequences. But now, all […]

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Tech spot – can you trust AI for help with your writing?

EEC Team | 15th April 2021

  By Viv Midlane, Academic  Manager. We’ve been reading this interesting article in the Economist (subscription needed). It’s about the use of artificial intelligence in apps like Grammarly. Grammarly checks […]

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Online Social Interaction as one of the best ways of improving vocabulary, listening and speaking skills during lockdown

EEC Team | 8th April 2021

If you ask any fluent speaker how they have mastered their English-speaking skills, the most common answer would be practice as much as possible outside of the class.  We are not […]

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7 Tips for a Tip-Top CV

EEC Team | 26th March 2021

By Robert Lewis – ELT Teacher Writing your CV can be a tough task that can seem to take forever, but by employing a few common writing skills, you’ll get […]

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Saint Patrick’s Day

EEC Team | 18th March 2021

Yesterday 17th March, was Saint Patrick’s Day. He Is the Saint Patron of Ireland. Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century. When he was 16, […]

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Mother’s Day in the UK

EEC Team | 12th March 2021

This Sunday, March 14, is Mothers’ Day in the UK, also sometimes called ‘Mothering Sunday’. Traditionally British people will visit their mothers, or if that’s not possible, send them a […]

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Government Covid-19 update

EEC Team | 10th March 2021

  Dear Students, Spring is around the corner and at Express English College here in Manchester we feel full of energy to continue doing what we do best, offering high quality […]

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British Folklore

EEC Team | 2nd March 2021

Folklore is an essential part of any culture. If we think about Britain, legends like Robin Hood, King Arthur or the Loch Ness monster come to mind. The EEC team […]

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Best Halal restaurants in Manchester

EEC Team | 25th February 2021

At Express English College we know that a lot of international students who attend our school here in Manchester have special dietary requirements. One of the most common dietary requirements […]

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How people celebrate Valentine’s day in the UK

EEC Team | 18th February 2021

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) Elizabeth Barrett Browning – 1806-1861 How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and […]

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How to Get Ready to Study Abroad

EEC Team | 16th February 2021

Probably you are so excited about starting your English Course at Express English College. Before coming, here is some information that can help you.   Health If  you need specific […]

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Manchester- Capital of Football

EEC Team | 1st February 2021

What does the word Manchester mean to you?  There can only be one answer. Manchester means football. In the Red half of town is the most successful club in the […]

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Top 10 Most Visited Museums in the UK

EEC Team | 22nd January 2021

We have done our research to find out the best museums to visit whilst in the UK. Most of them are free so do no not hesitate to discover more […]

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Tips to improve online learning

EEC Team | 15th January 2021

  At Express English College, we have been busy developing our online offering. Our specially crafted online lessons help you to develop English language skills with a focus on functional […]

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The Benefits of Learning a Language in the Host Country

EEC Team | 12th January 2021

There are no limits to learning a language. Language Immersion programs are beneficial for learners of all ages and provide a more authentic experience of language learning than any other […]

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Towards a Greener English School

EEC Team | 17th December 2020

Express English College is Going Green 2020 has been a year to remember and a year to forget. If it has taught us anything, it is that we need to […]

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Why is English Difficult?

EEC Team | 16th December 2020

Here are some reasons why English can be problematic for speakers of other languages. It’s a question I have often been asked as a teacher over the last 20 years. […]

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Manchester, a city for sport lovers

At Express English College, we love to keep up to date with what is going on in the city. That is because we are also part of the cultural calendar […]

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British Christmas Traditions

EEC Team | 13th December 2020

Christmas day is around the corner, carols are being played out loud all over the city and children have started to write their Christmas letter for gifts to Father Christmas. […]

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How to improve your writing for Academic IELTS task 1

EEC Team | 8th December 2020

Familiarise yourself with the task and the time limit. Time management is very important when taking any kind of exam. What are the examiners looking for? Find examples of model […]

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Amusement Parks in the UK

EEC Team | 4th December 2020

Hey there! You are probably trying to find plans to break the routine and have some fun.The Express English College Team suggest visiting some of the UK’s most popular amusement […]

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Top 10 Apps for Studying English

EEC Team | 30th November 2020

How Technology has Changed English Language Learning by Carol Norbury When I was a language student studying Spanish at school my main tools were a Collins Gem dictionary, a small […]

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The Best Canal Routes in the UK

EEC Team | 27th November 2020

Enjoy your time in the UK Express English College would like to help you to enjoy your UK experience. The British Countryside can be very romantic, nature-friendly and family friendly. […]

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10 Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary

EEC Team | 23rd November 2020

by Carol Norbury       Here at Express English College Manchester we want you to improve all areas of English. How can you improve your vocabulary? Firstly, let’s consider […]

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What is the best thing about coming to live in the UK from another country?

EEC Team | 17th November 2020

At EEC we are proud to share our knowledge of British culture, history and lifestyle with our students. If we had to explain why the UK is an ideal destination […]

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Why Manchester and not London?

Here at EEC we would like to give you first-hand information about living in Manchester and what makes it a better choice than London if you are looking for a  […]

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English Courses in Manchester-

EEC Team | 12th November 2020

Why is student teacher rapport important? I think if we are in a relaxed, supportive environment, we learn better. Therefore we are not afraid of experimenting or making mistakes. The […]

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Bonfire Night

EEC Team | 6th November 2020

At Express English College we think that learning a language goes beyond grammar writing and phonetics. We are certain about the direct impact on the learning process of understanding the […]

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Autumn in Manchester

EEC Team | 3rd November 2020

Now that the  chilly days are coming, EEC would like to give you some ideas to get the most out of your free time if you are new to the […]

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