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Principal’s Post January 2013

A warm welcome for a happy and successful 2013 from ECS Scotland to English learners everywhere. 

Welcome also to our new website and blog. This means you can get regular news about what has been happening at ECS Scotland, as well as up-to-date information on our courses.

Our new and returning students are enjoying a peaceful start to their studies. January is always a quiet month, both in Edinburgh and at ECS Scotland, as everyone seems to be recovering from the busy festive season of Christmas and Hogmanay. January is often a time for making new resolutions and for many people one of their resolutions is to improve their English. We are looking forward to helping as many of those people as possible to achieve their goal of being able to speak and understand English well.

News from the school

On Wednesday we celebrated Jorge’s birthday with some birthday cake at coffee break, kindly provided by his host family.

Our excursion this week was to the annual Turner Exhibition at the National Gallery – followed by refreshments in the gallery café.

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) was a Romantic landscape painter whose dramatic watercolours are only on display once a year in January. This is to preserve the delicate watercolours from bright light – so Edinburgh’s dark January days are an ideal time to see them.

Exam congratulations go to Debbie from Switzerland, who passed her CAE exam this month.  She worked hard, especially to improve her writing and so deserved her success.

Words in the news

This week’s word has to be constabulary.  

News has just come in that the footballer Carlos Tevez has been banned from driving for six months. Why?  He didn’t reply to letters from the police about speeding.  His solicitor told the Court that Tevez ‘does understand the word ‘police’, but not more complicated words.’ The letters were written from Cheshire Constabulary and the word ‘police’ was not written anywhere on them. He was also fined £1,540.

Obviously he only knows ‘football English!

We hope you enjoy following ‘Principal’s Post’ in the coming months. Let us have any snippets of news from your part of the world that you might want to share with us

We look forward to welcoming all our new students in 2013

Tea and scones after the visit to the Turner exhibition at the National Gallery

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