A goodbye from Ayaka!

Hello, everyone. It’s Ayaka. Finally, this is my last day at EC Boston. I wish I could stay here forever… I’ve been here for four months, and I’ve had many precious memories. I’m writing this so that I can share some memories with you and keep it as a memory. When I first came to EC Boston, all I could say were these three word, “Thank you”, “I’m sorry”, and “Stephen”. I really hated my English,  I have a Japanese accent, which makes it much harder for you to understand me. While I’m speaking English, even I can see many mistakes with my English. But thanks to teachers and staff, I came to be able to speak with confidence gradually. They always corrected my English, worked on accents reduction with me. Thanks to them, I improved my English more than I expected.  To be honest, I’ve thought I wanted to quit this intern and go back to Japan many times. I cried out behind front desk a thousand of times, and felt like I wasn’t doing the best job that I could. However, the reason why I could stay here for four months is everyone. They have been very nice to me for whole four months. When I’m at front desk with them, I always laugh at their jokes. If they weren’t them, I couldn’t finish my intern in Boston. I also want to say all students thank you. In the morning, when students said good morning to me, I felt happy to be at front desk. In the lunch time, many students stopped by at front desk, and talked to me many things, about class rooms, teachers, students and their lives.   After the class, I joined in many activity with students and shared amazing time with them. I didn’t … Read more

Potluck Flyer

International Student Potluck

This week, EC Boston will be hosting another International Student Potluck! A potluck is an American tradition. When large groups of people gather, everybody brings one dish to share with everybody else. So, you have lots of options to choose from when you eat! The best part is, when we host this at EC Boston, we have over 20 different nationalities represented at the school right now! So just imagine what a wide variety of different foods you can expect to see when students from all over the world put their dishes together. This is a very rewarding experience because it gives a student a chance to share their culture with their fellow students. Each student gets to share with their friends lots of interesting information like why they chose to bring the dish they brought, how they made it, what kind of ingredients are used. This is a wonderful chance for students to practice their speaking and listening skills while they learn lots of new things about a whole variety of different cultures. And, most importantly, they get to eat delicious food! We’re going to have a prize for best home-cooked dish, so we hope this will bring out the competitive side in our students as they try to make the best dish! What’s more, our teachers and staff love to get involved, too! That’s right, our teachers are very excited to participate in this event. Last time we hosted a potluck, Dan brought his famous grilled cheese sandwiches and Cat brought her handed-down-through-generations family recipe tomato soup. Our intern, Ayaka, got involved, too: she made some delicious Yakisoba! Michael, our British representative, home-made some scones with jam and cream. Many students didn’t believe that he’d cooked these himself! This time, he says he’s going to bring Scouse, which … Read more

EC Boston Speed Dating

Speed Dating — A Fantastic Student Activity

If you’ve traveled all the way from your native country for an English Course in Boston, we expect that you’ll want to try and experience the city of Boston and American culture. Here at EC Boston, we love any opportunity to combine speaking practice with authentic American experiences. And, boy, did Valentines Day give us just that opportunity! Before the internet was popular, busy Americans needed a quick way to meet the love of their life. So, they invented speed dating! People would gather together in a big room and, under the pressure of time, they would speak one-on-one. When the time limit expired, time to switch partner! So, it’s almost like a lot of very fast job interviews in a row, but the job is finding someone to love! As you can imagine, you have to be pretty good at speaking to be good at speed dating. So, at EC Boston, we changed the rules a little for our students. Our intention here was not to make everyone fall in love, rather it was to give all of our students a chance to practice speaking fluently and strengthen their friendships. Not only that, but we wanted them to speak fluently on a complex, interesting topic. We get tired of the ‘What country are you from?’ or ‘How long are you here for?’ questions. Those questions become repetitive which means students aren’t learning anymore. So, since it was Valentines Day, we provided students with a list of questions on the topic of love. The questions ranged from simple-but-interesting questions on the topic, to the much more complex and difficult questions. This way, students at every level from beginner to proficient could fully engage in the activity. Students were encouraged to actively listen to their partner’s answer and then ask follow-up … Read more

Conversation Partner Program — A Student Favorite

EC Boston has relaunched its Conversation Partner Program for its Winter Session! Our Conversation Partner Program gives our students the opportunity to be paired up with a native English speaker to gain that authentic Boston experience. Partners meet at least once a week to chat about interests, including hobbies, music, movies, culture, language and more. Partners meet at different locations throughout the city of Boston to practice their English while also forming new friendships. The program is designed for students studying with EC Boston for at least 8 weeks; as this allows the partnership to really grow and contribute toward students’ English language learning and their experience studying in the United States. Our Student Services Coordinators interview a wide variety of volunteers from the local community. We have musicians and scientists and university students and retirees and everything in between! We background check all of our volunteers, we provide detailed training, and we get to know our volunteers. And of course, we know every single one of our students very well. This way, we can be sure to create the best possible partnerships between our students and our volunteers! Many of our past students have said this is their favorite memory of their time in the US. We have wonderful teachers and exciting, challenging classes, but our Conversation Partner Program is something truly unique. When a student participates in this program, suddenly they’re not just studying English in the United States. Rather, they’re experiencing English in the United States. They’re meeting up with a native-speaking friend for coffee and chatting about local food. They’re grabbing a drink at a local (Irish!) bar and talking about music. They’re meeting up in one of Boston’s world-famous museums or art galleries and learning history together. This is what we mean when we say … Read more

Ayaka’s Wonderful Host Family Experience!

Hi, everyone. It’s Ayaka. I’ve been living with my host mother as many students do. After having lived with her, I realized how wonderful living with host family is, so I’m telling you what it’s like. When I started to live with her, it had been passed five months since I came to this country. I really missed my country, family, friends. But since I lived with her, she treats me like as her child, I always feel like I have a a mother in here. When I go back home and see her, she always says “how was your school today?” She knows I’m a Japanese and I like white rice, so she often makes it for me. When I’m tired, she really cares about me. When I’m depressed, she listens to me and gives me some advice. When I study English at home, she praises me up and teaches me some words. I had lived with another host mother in New York, and I cannot say all of host families are good. But one thing I can say is my host mother is the best ever. After I came to this country, I experienced living alone and living with some roommates. Both of them were really good experiences for me. However, I strongly recommend you live with host family. You can improve your English skills while having fun and you can experience American culture. When you are at home, you always feel warm.  I’m a super lucky person that I can live with her, and I really appreciate that Stephen sent me to her house.

Welcoming Ayaka, to learn English and to intern for EC in Boston!

EC Boston has a new intern! While we always love our interns, Ayaka has especially stood out as a great intern, and she’s been an incredible asset at our school! She’s come to Boston to learn more English and she’s already impressed with her level of English! Today’s she’s written a post to introduce herself: Hello, everyone!  If I haven’t met you yet, I’m Ayaka. I’m the new intern, and I’m from Japan. When I lived in Japan, I was a university student, and my major was international relations and developments. I came this country in July, and I spent last 3 months in New York. Some people don’t like that city, but I love that. Over 4 months, I will devote myself to improving my English so that I can talk to and help you. Besides, I would like to go various places in Boston with making full use of Charlie Card. Even though I’m indoor person, I will try to do as many fun Boston activities as possible. Would you like to be like Ayaka an improve your English in Boston? Check out our website to see if you want to learn English in Boston.

Ayaka’s Coworkers!

As a part of a series, Ayaka will talk about her co-workers at the front desk, Rick and Stephen! Rick, the Lead Teacher, has been with EC for 5 years, while Stephen, our Student Services Coordinator, has been with EC for a little over a year. Ayaka is learning a lot from her two American colleagues at the front desk and will share what she thinks about them! Rick Cushing First of all, his daughter, Emma, is really adorable. You should see pictures of her. His wife is also beautiful, I understood where Emma’s cuteness came from. There are two things that he really loves in the world, as I told you, one is his daughter Emma. The other thing is coffee. He has coffee addiction. Usually, he drinks 2 or 3 cups of coffee perhour. Obviously, he has a problem. Even though I’ve never seen he is mad, when we run out of coffee, I’m really worried if his mood isn’t bad.  Every morning, his work starts from making fun of Stephen with me. He has a great sense of humor. He is the best teacher ever! Stephen McCarthy As some of you know I really like him. While he was in Spain on his vacation, I h missed him very much and I was not happy every day. Now, he is at front desk and I’m happy. If you are at front desk for few minutes, you will come to realize how great he is and why I like him very much. Every single details in his life is so funny, even if he doesn’t try to ve funny. Also, his biggest strength is being a  hard-worker. Before I started my internship in here, I hadn’t had any idea about his job. However after that, I was shocked … Read more

Study English in Boston and Discover How to Boost Your Career

  Did you know that Boston is home to two of the world’s most prestigious universities? Being the birthplace of Harvard University and MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – says a lot about local education and studying English in Boston is a great option for those looking to invest in a career. A destination for students from all over the world, the capital of Massachusetts is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States, and certainly the perfect destination for those looking to invest in skills and enter the international job market. If this is your goal, see where to start! Investing in English is the first step towards your professional qualification One of the secrets to succeeding in new projects, be they education or career-oriented, is to start them on a solid footing. If your dream is to study abroad and the focus is on your professional career, but you are not fluent in English yet, then this is your first step. Aim to study at Harvard or another university that has the course you need to conquer your industry and set a goal that’s achievable. Look for English schools and courses that provide you with the means to develop your language skills, even if it means starting from scratch.   Study English to pass proficiency exams Boston, as we mentioned, is the destination for students who come from all over the world seeking professional qualifications and no wonder. In all, the city has more than 100 universities, among them the best in the country. Students will need to pass a entrance exams to take a college course, abroad is no different. Universities have protocols that must be adhered to in order for students to be accepted. Steps in the process include English proficiency exams, … Read more

Downtown Boston

The Advantages of an Academic English Course in Boston

Boston is known all over the world for being home to prestigious universities, such as MIT and Tufts, and the most famous of all, Harvard. Considering this, it’s not difficult to see how Boston is not only home to thousands of students, both local and international, but is also a city oriented to the acad emic world. Therefore, we believe that Boston is the ideal destination for those looking to spend an academic semester or year learning English. Today we will tell you what the advantages are of taking English courses in Boston and the activities that you’ll start once you are in this charming city.   Learn with Other College-Focused Students Many EC Boston students take the Academic English course to access universities in the United States, or simply to open doors to future possibilities. In addition, through the free language workshops and social activities offered by our EC Boston school, you can make friends with students from other levels and other courses. Thus, you can practice your language skills not only inside but also outside of class! A lotof our students decide to study together or walk around the city after class. Many of them also end up making friends with other local students, because in this great city one in three inhabitants is a student.     Take Your English Out of the Classroom Boston is not only a student nucleus, but also a political and cultural hub. Spending some afternoons at the famous Boston Public Library and also explore other key highlights of the city such as the Freedom Trail, a 4km route that takes you through 16 places important in US history. Or explore the imposing Charles River, which stretches through 58 cities! This allows you to learn more about the Boston’s culture and you’ll inevitably … Read more

EC Boston Goodbye Kazuki

Student Services Intern Kazuki Iwata Shares his Experience at EC Boston

Our Student Services Intern, Kazuki, is leaving on Friday to go back to Japan. Here’s his final blog post! Introduction First of all, if you want to know why I decided to start to work here and who I am, please watch old blog about myself. My internship program will finish on 9/13, Friday so I decided to write the last EC Blog about my experience. My Experience To tell the truth, when I started to work here, I had only anxiousness. Despite of no knowledges about EC Boston, I wondered whether I can break the ice with staffs and students. Of course, because of no knowledges, I thought that I cannot support students. However, EC staffs welcomed me warmly and taught me jobs kindly so it didn’t take much time to get used to EC Boston. When I was able to answer the students’ questions and students said to me “Thank you.”, I was very glad and felt the rewarding. Through not only working but also participating in staff activities and student activities, I found corporate culture. Especially, staff activity of Karaoke and Niagara Falls Tour were the most wonderful for me. They were very fantastic! Thanks for staffs, students and activities, I was able to make much precious memories. Conclusion I don’t know whether I contributed to EC Boston or not. Probably, I might have been only burden or annoyance of EC. However, I was able to do the precious experience here. I found many findings by experiencing not student’s side but staff’s and teacher’s side. After that, I’ll start to study in my Japanese university. Through this internship, I thought that I need to improve my English skills and want to work at the place which connects the United States and Japan. Moreover, internship in the United … Read more