New virtual teaching platform transforms homes into classrooms of the future
Every living room in the world can now be transformed into a classroom by EC English, who have quickly adapted their passion for full immersion face-to- face teaching in response to the global pandemic.
The new virtual teaching platform, EC Virtual, brings together people from across the world to learn English online from the comfort of their own home without sacrificing the chemistry of face-to- face learning.
EC Virtual classes are taught by well-travelled and passionate teachers and are kept to small groups of four to eight students to ensure every person benefits from the full-immersive learning experience.
Family owned and operated, EC English launched from humble beginnings with just one school in Malta almost 30 years ago and has expanded to become one of the leading players in the industry, a global business with centres in eight countries, welcoming over 60,000 students through its doors each year.
Its key partnership with National Geographic Learning gives students access to engaging learning materials that help develop global competencies alongside English language skills.
The pivot into online teaching happened at lightning pace, with the whole organisation adapting to the new normal of the virtual ecosystem, learning fast, trialing in real-time and launching in beta. EC English effectively became an online start-up overnight.
Andrew Mangion, EC English Executive Chairman, said: “Every facet of our lives has changed in the recent weeks and the same is true of the way in which we learn and upskill ourselves. EC Virtual aims to bring the connectivity and chemistry of our classrooms to the online learning experience.
“Our schools don’t just teach English but bring together people from all over the world. We have a hugely diverse and multicultural team of teachers who love what they do and bring an incredible amount of passion and knowledge to their teaching. With the right training, they’ve quickly learned how to teach effectively in this new online environment”
EC English offers classes suited to a range of abilities from beginner to proficient. The company has helped more than 500,000 students learn English and explore the world in their classrooms over the past 30 years.
How does EC Virtual work? Before the lesson, the teacher sets up a pre-class assignment for relevant discussions in the class. During the 90-minute intensive lesson, students collaborate via a live video conference and the teacher outlines objectives and goals, offers questions and a post-class collaborative activity.
After class, students work on a structured 60-minute English writing or speaking assignment which is shared online. Students can discuss their work while being closely monitored by the teacher.
EC Virtual (which is offered in French as well as English) is available for €99 per week, with the option to add additional private lessons.
To sign up or learn more visit www.ecenglish.com/virtual.