University Information Session – Tomorrow!

By Jennifer Lacano Are you an EC Boston student who is interested in attending a university in the US? Are you confused about the process? This Tuesday, February 9th, EC Boston will host a university information session during the lunch hour (11:50-12:35). We will give a brief overview of the different levels and types of higher education in the US, and then show you some easy ways to find more information from a university’s website. We will also share with you some tools for researching and choosing a university. If you are planning to attend, or even thinking of attending a US university, then please come and get informed! Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Time: 11:50 am – 12:35 pm Location: Room 612/613 Open to: all EC Boston students P.S. If you miss this talk, don’t worry! We will host a university information session every month. Be sure to check the March Activity Calendar for details about the next one!

The Art of College Visits

Knowing what you want out of a college and finding the right fit is a difficult task for anyone, let alone in a second language! If you are coming to the US to learn English and find a university, taking college tours can be a fun way to travel. Most schools have tours already set up by their admissions office, so you can go for the weekend and see the college, meet students and learn about their programs. As a non-native speaker of English, it may be a bit challenging to take in all the information you see and hear on a tour. Here are some tips for your visit: Spend the night- this is usually recommended, but especially for someone learning the language it can be beneficial to have more time at a university to ask questions Meet with the international student advisor- they can help point out resources specifically for non-native English users, particularly in the library and in regards to international student life on campus Read the college’s website and other documents beforehand- this way you know the answers to the basic questions and can focus on questions you can only learn the answers to in person Go with a friend- two people listening to a tour will pick up more information, and you’ll have a better time on the trip! Colleges often come to EC Boston to give presentations about their courses, check with your academic adviser to find out when the next school may be coming. Also, remember to check out the partner universities offered within EC Boston’s University Placement Service, which Academic year students get for free!

University Preparation Elective!

EC Boston’s University Preparation Elective is back!  If you are planning to attend a U.S. university, then this elective is for you!  Build the skills you will need to be successful at your university, such as academic listening and note-taking; writing, research, and presentation skills; and study skills, such as communicating effectively with professors and time management.  The next session will start Tuesday, September 10th, and will focus on Academic Listening and Study Skills.  It is for Intensive students at the High and Upper Intermediate levels only.  Sign up today at the front desk!

Good Luck to EC Boston’s Cambridge Exam Students!

It is the beginning of March, and the days are getting (slightly) longer, but this is also a sign that EC’s Spring 2013 Cambridge classes are winding down. Cambridge students will be sitting for the Speaking portion of their exams this week and then complete the rest of the exams this weekend. All of the Cambridge exam teachers, Academic Team, and Administrative Staff want to wish our Cambridge students the very best of luck with their exams! Your hard work and dedication is sure to serve you well as you sit for these rigorous exams.   Before heading to the written part of your exams this weekend, the Cambridge teachers wanted to remind our students of some helpful test day tips. Whether you’re taking the FCE, CAE, or CPE, these tips should be of some service: First, remember to get enough sleep the night before your exam–fatigue can and will affect how well you perform! Second, be aware of the time and use the strategies you’ve learned to deal with those difficult sections/questions. Lastly, you can go to www.flo-joe.co.uk if you feel like you need some extra last-minute practice. Good luck again Cambridge students. We are proud of you!

EC Boston Conversation Partners Program Review

EC Boston English Language School offers an exciting and valuable program to international students studying English with us in Boston.  It’s called the Conversation Partners Program.  Through this program, students who are at an Intermediate level and above can be matched with a Native-English speaking American volunteer.  Over the course of a 10-week program, the student and volunteer set up weekly meetings at cafes, restaurants, and other public areas in and around Boston in order to practice English conversation!  It’s a great way for students to meet “real Americans” and take their English practice outside of the classroom. This blog post was written by EC Boston student Dong Jin Lim, from Korea: “At the end of January, Laura and I met through EC Boston’s Conversation Partners Program.  I realized that EC had worked hard to find each other’s partners because Laura and I have the same interests and hobbies.  I really like reading comics and Laura also enjoys cartoons.  Whenever we meet, we usually drink a cup of coffee and chat for an hour.  We don’t know each other very much, so we talk about ourselves.  It is fun.  Actually, I had just known about Americans’ daily lives by watching American dramas before I met Laura.  Even though there are many friendly teachers in EC, I hardly met teachers in real life, outside of classes.  However, Laura is different from teachers.  She has a job that doesn’t relate with ESL students.  Therefore, I’m getting know a real American. Our last meeting’s topic was the Super Bowl.  As she is an American, she watched the game and explained her Super Bowl party’s atmosphere and how it was.  Afterwards, we conversed about sports.  The difference between sports in America and Korea is university games.  In Korea, when any sport’s university league starts, just a few people watch the … Read more

The Beanpot Ice Hockey Tournament

On Monday, February 4th, EC students attended the annual Beanpot Ice-Hockey Tournament at TD Garden!! The event, held each year between four Boston colleges, drew thousands of spectators for the first round of play. Harvard, Boston University, Northeastern, and Boston College played the first round, with Northeastern beating B.U., and Boston College besting Harvard in very exciting games. The event, which is held annually around this time of year, is for Boston bragging rights and the beanpot shaped trophy! The tournament was first held in the 1952-1953 season, when Harvard won against B.U. Since then, the B.U. Terriers have won the most titles, a total of 29 times, followed by the B.C. Eagles (17 wins), the Harvard Crimson (10 wins), and the Northeastern Huskies (4 wins). Tonight’s final at TD Garden marks the end to the 61st Beanpot. Northeastern will play B.C. for the title, while B.U. will play Harvard in the consolation game (for 3rd & 4th place). The games usually sell out, and since B.C. is last year’s winner, tonight’s game promises to be very exciting!! While there on February 4th, students learned how to cheer and ‘trash-talk’ in English (thanks to a group of friendly Harvard fans), and they were lucky enough to be put on the big screen 3 times in 20 minutes!! Here’s to tonight’s exciting final – when we will learn who next gets the trophy and who holds the city’s bragging rights for yet another year!

Study English at EC Boston: One Student’s Experience

Please enjoy the following article written by former student, Nic Braun from Germany.  Nic studied at EC Boston for 6 months in 2011, and was known to many of us as the “Gentle Giant,” because he was probably the tallest student ever to attend EC Boston, at almost 7 feet!  Nic has been very kind to stay in touch with his EC Boston teachers and the Administrative Staff in monthly email updates.  He is now studying at University in Germany, and still uses his English every day.  We miss you, Nic!   “When I was thinking about going in the United States I was skeptic, because some friends from school told me everything is bigger in the US and so are the cities. Looking at cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco I was a little bit intimidated. But after I saw Boston I knew this would be a good place to learn something about a new culture.   Learning English in school at your home country is okay, but you are not forced to use your new learned vocabulary the whole time. I stayed for about 6 month in Boston and I think that I learned more English in this time than I ever did at school.   Every day there is a new event with the teachers or the staff and I promise you will have a lot of fun. You are going to visit a lot of the coolest places in Boston, but maybe even more important you are going to learn a lot about the history of the US. Boston is the most important place to experience the beginning and the end of the foundation of the United States.   All this you are going to do with a lot of other students from … Read more

Boston University Summer Term Information Session – Friday, April 27

Do you want to expand your knowledge? Do you want to start earning university credits now? Do you want to take classes at one of Boston’s top universities? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we have a great opportunity for you! On Friday, April 27th, a representative from Boston University will be visiting EC Boston to talk about BU’s Summer Term and how you can apply! Courses are offered in more than 70 subjects and are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Come learn how you can take advantage of this great opportunity! WHEN? Friday, April 27th @ 2:45pm WHERE? EC Boston, Room 612-613 Sign up at the front desk today! For more information about BU’s Summer Term, visit http://www.bu.edu/summer/ * Please Note: While you can earn college credits for the courses you take in the summer term, BU Summer Term is not a degree program.