Find out what’s happening in our school!
Our EC San Diego activities calendar for the month of September is ready! Make sure you sign up early if you want to join us. This month we have skydiving, free classes, American football, sports and more!
If there is something you want to do, but it is not on the calendar, talk to the staff and we can help you have the best possible time in San Diego!
In addition to teaching several different core levels, Alec teaches our Get Talking and Academic Skills electives. He is a true team player and also volunteers to teach pronunciation clinics, salsa lessons and participates in our spirit days. Here is what he had to say about himself:
Albert Einstein has this quote where he says, “If I give you a penny, you will be one penny richer and I will be one penny poorer. But If I give you an idea, you will have one new idea and I will still have that idea.” I like to think about this when I come into work every morning - that there’s something in the ocean air here, like a buzz or a vibration, almost like a kind of energy that creates itself from itself. I like to think of this when I’m teaching, when my students are learning and nobody loses, not even myself, our English like magic words that defy even the laws of physics. It’s an experience that’s just really super cool and I’m very proud take part in it.
As one of the youngest and newest members of our teaching staff I consider myself to be extremely fortunate for the opportunity to take part here at EC San Diego. I find that every day I am able to learn, grow, and give, which makes me a better teacher and better person. It’s my personal goal that every student who takes my class does so with the feeling that they’ve lost nothing and gained everything that they’ve hoped to gain. I always try my best to encourage a multinational exchange of ideas so that everyone can grow on a global level. The world gets smaller every day, and I make sure that my students know how to get invited to the party.
Pacific Beach is a neighborhood of San Diego just south of the EC school. While largely populated by young people, surfers, and college students, the population is becoming older, more professional, and more affluent due to rising property and rental costs. “P.B.,” as it is known as by local residents, is home to one of San Diego’s larger nightlife scenes, with dozens of bars, eateries, and clothing stores.
Tourmaline Surfing Park where the rugged headlands of La Jolla end abruptly, is a surfing-only beach favored for its slow, slopey waves by long boarders, beginners and (when the wind is up) windsurfers and kite boarders. There’s a medium-capacity parking lot here with bathrooms and a small picnic area. There’s nothing particularly special about Tourmaline, but it’s a perfect place to try your hand at surfing.
This is also where the EC student residence is located so our students get to enjoy all that the neighborhood has to offer!
As of Monday, our center will have some positive changes to look forward to:
If you can think of anything else that can make a positive impact on our school, do share!
Sometimes the best way to practice English is to use it to teach something to someone else. Here at EC San Diego, we encourage students to teach other students something that they are passionate about. Recently, Ari from Spain paired up with her teacher, Alec, to give salsa dancing lessons! The results were fantastic as students learned the steps and had a great time! We were able to go up to the roof and dance with a great view of the Pacific Ocean.
Part of learning Eglish at EC San Diego involves celebrating the holidays of countries all around the world! Swiss National Day is the national holiday of Switzerland, set on 1 August. It is an official national holiday since 1994, although the day had been suggested for the celebration of the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy as early as 1889.
The largest Swiss National Day event in the USA is organized and held annually by the Swiss Benevolent Society of New York. Usually held in Manhattan, New York, the event draws thousands of Swiss, Swiss-Americans and Friends of Switzerland from around New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Celebrations are also held in Washington, District of Columbia by the Swiss Club of Washington D.C. on the Swiss Embassy grounds, and in the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier, in Swiss Park. The Swiss Park celebration features Swiss cultural events and games, including a crossbow competition.
In San Diego, we have a celebration at the Swiss Park in Chula Vista today at 4:00PM!
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which lasts 29 to 30 days. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating and drinking and is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality. Muslims fast for the sake of God and to offer more prayer than usual. Compared to the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan vary, moving backwards by about eleven days each year depending on the moon; thus, a person will have fasted every day of the calendar year in 34 years’ time. Muslims believe Ramadan to be an auspicious month for the revelations of God to humankind, being the month in which the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.