In Jen Lacroix’s advanced academic skills class, students read and write about some of the most interesting and controversial issues facing the world today. Recently Reem, from Saudi Arabia, wrote a powerful and touching essay about the problem of homelessness in Boston and other American cities. With descriptive examples, metaphors, and statistics, she makes her case that we should be doing more for the homeless in our cities.
The Homeless — What Can We Do?
Boston is a beautiful city with many great places to take photos. Every month, EC Boston teacher Paul Barney takes students to one of these locations to take pictures that express the essence of the city, whether it’s among skyscrapers, in a historic neighborhood, or by the ocean. In June students went to South Boston to capture stunning views of the sea and the Boston skyline. This week students will be going downtown to photograph some of Boston’s iconic buildings. Here are some shots from the ocean:
Can EC Boston students learn English on an island? Of course; they can learn English anywhere! students visited some of the beautiful islands just off the coast, including Spectacle Island and Georges island. It was a stunning day, with blue sky and whitecaps on the water. The highlight of the trip was apparently a comfortable gazebo that was perfect for relaxing and practicing English.
In EC Boston‘s Internship program, students gain professional experience in English-speaking environments, at workplaces in or around Boston. Recently we sat down with Sarai Gil Martin, a current student in the internship program, to talk about her reasons for enrolling in the program and what she plans to do with the experience she’s getting.
Sarai Gil Martin
Internship Position: Graphic Designer at Documentary Educational Resources
Why did you choose to study in Boston?
I choose Boston because it is a great city and well known all over the world. Also, if you live in Boston you can do a lot of activities and New York is really close.
What program are you enrolled in? Why did you choose this program?
I’ve been studying intensive English. Right now, I’m in the internship program. While I have been in Boston I’ve developed my English skills at the same time that I’ve improve my professional skills, this is what I wanted and is going to serve my future career goals.
What did you hope to get out of your classes at EC Boston? Have you gotten what you hoped out of the class?
When I’ve arrived here I was not able to speak English at all, right now my level is proficient. I’ve improved my English very fast while I was studying at EC Boston.
How do you think studying in at EC Boston will help you achieve your future goals for school or work?
Right now there is a lot of competition in the job market. I’ve been doing an internship in a USA company where I achieved my first work experience, I hope that this may help me to get a great job.
What would you like to tell a student who is planning to study at EC Boston?
That if he/she comes to EC Boston is going to improve his English skills a lot. Is amazing how fast you can learn a new language at the same time that you meet people and cultures from all over the world.
Do you have any comments on
-The location of EC Boston?
The school is very well located. It is in the downtown Boston in one of the most important avenues and also is very close to Newbury Street which is the best street for go shopping or have a drink.
-The school building?
The school building is great, everything is very new and as a student here you can find all the commodities that you want.
-The teachers and staff at EC Boston?
The teachers at EC Boston are great. They are very close to the students and they try to help you with everything you need.