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Embassy English 29 December 2015 - by Laina Gardiner MacRae, Global Marketing Manager

2015: Embassy English’s Year in Review


As we come to the end of another momentous year for Embassy English, we asked our study centres to reflect on their most memorable moments of 2015. Each one of our global campuses and their myriad of students have experienced growth, laughter, and adventures with new friends, and of course, improved our English language skills.

Read more about out favorite memories and triumphs in our Embassy English Year in Review 2015.

England

Embassy English Brighton

In January 2015, we moved to our new dedicated space of Voyager House with new spacious classrooms and recreation areas.

Embassy UK

Alex Martinez joined as our new Social Activities Organizer, introducing new and exciting events such as salsa, guitar lessons, and fencing.

alex Embassy

In November 2015 Sang from South Korea, who was with us for 9 months, progressed from Intermediate to Advanced English.

Sang Embassy

 

Embassy English Cambridge

A highlight from 2015 would have to be Africa week, which was led by a group of students from Angola, to teach other students about their culture!

Africa Day

The lovely summer months in Cambridge were as busy and activity filled with BBQs, football matches and afternoon picnics!

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In August we were delighted to welcomed Jason White as Centre Director to lead our team in Cambridge, and we have made sure he has been involved with all aspects of school life!

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Embassy English Central London

This year we celebrated the first birthday of the Embassy English Central London study centre!

central london

One of our favorite activities was visiting the British Museum in August as we welcomed new students from Russia, Costa Rica, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Korea, France, China, Italy, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Kuwait, and Panama.

central london

We loved celebrating Free Fruit Friday with and our Centre Director Ellie and her baby bump!

central london

 

Embassy English London Greenwich

We are so proud of our highly successful IELTS class, pictured here with IELTS teacher Michela. Well done to Nikolay Shamberg who achieved the highest score of the year with a whopping 8.5!

London

 

London Greenwich teachers and students organised an International Food Party to raise money for Building Futures, and we raised £158 for charity!

greenwich

Throughout the year our students have participated in various Bringing English To Life projects – ranging from going out and interviewing local people to delivering a presentation using WEBTOOLS.

greenwich

 

Australia & New Zealand

Embassy English Brisbane

One of our favorite parts of 2015 has been receiving all the wonderful videos of Brisbane and seeing Australia through the eyes of our students in the Embassy Experience Competition. (See more videos on Facebook.)

International Day is one of our favorite events of the year as we are given the opportunity to learn more about the cultures and countries of our students.

Brisbane

Embassy Brisbane welcomed new staff members Katie Fitzgerald and Russell Cook, and Student Services Manager Iris Grainne Horan.

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Embassy English Melbourne 

Embassy students are ‘on top of the world’ as they take photos from the Grampians – Mountain ranges and one of Victoria’s largest national parks about 4 hours drive from Melbourne!

melbourne

 

BETL! Embassy Melbourne students are experts at Bringing English To Life as they headed off to the popular South Melbourne Markets to show us how it’s done!

melbourne

 

We held a Social Media Melbourne Week Launch and students loved playing games, winning prizes, taking photos and eating lots of free pizza!

melbourne

 

Embassy English Sydney

A highlight of 2015 is continuing to build a happy, friendly, dedicated, professional staff. We are your Embassy Sydney ‘family.’

sydney

A special shout out to our new Program Manager Mark Theakstone, an experienced education professional with a background in teaching Drama, CETLA and DELTA.

sydney

And of course, 2015 has been an amazing year because of all of our incredible students! We love showing you around Australia and helping you to achieve your dreams of learning English.

sydney

USA & Canada

Embassy English Boston

Embassy Boston welcomed Brazilian actress Luana Azevedo, a lovely and outgoing student, famous in Brazil for the popular telenovela “Em Familia.”

Luana Azevedo

This year’s newest additions to the academic team include Julie Grubert, Academic Program Manager (3rd from left,) and Rob Petrie, BETL and Writing Workshop lead and Communication Skills Teacher (last on the right).

Embassy Boston Staff

We had an amazing turnout at our annual Halloween party of students who dressed up in either funny or scary costumes for our costume contest.

Halloween Party

 

 

Embassy English Los Angeles

One of our favorite moments of 2015 was the Japanese youth group from Timeless Education riding a bicycle cart along the infamous Long Beach.

Los Angeles

We saw so many friendships grow this year, like Miyoko from Japan and Federica from Italy, both fashionistas and now BFFs.

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Our Favorite Activity in LA 2015 was the annual Potluck. Students and staff enjoy the all-school potluck including fresh fruit, homemade cookies and Program Manager Mark Canett’s Korean-style pulled-pork sandwiches with kimchi.

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Embassy English New York

Our Turkish students did an amazing job at the Turkey Day cultural event. They taught us about their home country, gave us a few phrases (“Serefe!”), showed off their dance moves, and made us a real feast!

turkey day

We welcomed new teacher Jennifer to NYC this summer: “I have worked in many different settings, but nothing has compared to the diverse array of students I’ve encountered at Embassy NY.”

new york

 

2015 was full of incredible adventures and activities for our students to explore New York City, like this memorable trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

new york

Embassy English San Diego

Our favorite San Diego Activity are the bonfires that we regularly hold on the beach. There is a song circle, we play beach volleyball, toast hot dogs and marshmallows, and enjoy sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.

San Diego

The first week of September was Spirit Week, when all students and staff were asked to dress each day in a different theme, including sports jerseys, pajama day, superheroes and villains, Hawaiian day, green or animal print day.

San Diego

Embassy San Diego did a fantastic job of raising money to build a school in Sri Lanka by participating in Study Group’s Building Futures event, raising a total of $1,670!  Here, teacher Patricia Izaguirre, one of the two leaders of the effort, poses in front of the Giving Tree, where we recorded each donation with a different leaf.

san diego

 

Embassy English San Francisco

Our most unique student story of 2015 was our student Kiju from Korea who rode his bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

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A few of our most exceptional activities were the Warriors basketball game, the nail spa day, our visit to UC Berkeley and Crazy Hat Day.

san fran

And of course we are always so proud of all of our graduating students and alumni. Congratulations to Danny Fernando Molina Villan from Colombia who has been accepted to City College of San Francisco!

san fran

 

Embassy English Toronto 

Toronto Centre’s summer program enjoyed fine weather and great students. Here we are Union Station, the gateway to Canada’s national rail system.

toronto

Keen to learn more about Canadian culture and history, students attended the Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11th that honour our Canadian veterans.

toronto

After learning about navigating the city our elementary class took to the streets of Toronto to practice their skills in a Bringing English to Life photo contest.

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Happy New Year from all of us at Embassy English! If you want to learn more about joining our team or learning to speak English in one of our amazing Study Centres in 2016, visit www.EmbassyEnglish.com

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