Sunday Experience with our new students!

Every Sunday, EC brings our new students to Cheers’s Quincy Market location to welcome them to Boston! Cheers is a famous bar featured in a TV show back in the 90s, and now it has multiple locations in Boston! Last Sunday, our SSC Stephen took new students from Brazil, South Korea, and Japan to our Sunday Experience Lunch! We even had a former student join us, as his friend started at EC Boston this week! The restaurant is also one of Stephen’s favorites in Boston, he says “I enjoy eating at Cheers. I’m on a restricted diet but they have a wide variety of food so I always find something to eat, this week I had grilled chicken! I normally recommend that students get “Clam Chowda”, a famous Boston dish with fish, normally cod or clams, potatoes, onions, pork, and milk, in my opinion you can’t leave Boston without trying it!”   Do you want to have the full Boston experience while improving your English? Find out about one of the best ESL schools in Boston!

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Why you should watch the Superbowl on Sunday!

What’s so good about football anyways? Everyone here in Boston is excited about what’s happening on Sunday! The New England Patriots, Boston’s professional American football team, are facing off against the Los Angeles Rams in the Superbowl! However, for many people football is a very confusing sport. As a result some students struggle to understand why Boston is so obsessed with American football. Thankfully, we have Brazil’s biggest football fan, Francisco Goldenberg Zarif, enrolled in our school! In this blog, he will explain the rules and why football is so great! Introducing Francisco!   Hello EC Boston students and those reading the blog! My name is Francisco, I’m 22 and come all the way from Brazil! I’ve been asked to talk a little about my favorite sport in this blog. As far as I`m concerned, every time someone thinks about my country and sports, soccer immediately comes to mind. Today though, I’ll be talking about something a little bit different: American football! Wait, you like football but you’re from Brazil? How does that happen?   I first got in touch with the sport about 12 years ago, when my father, a fan of the sport since he was young, tried to convince me that the game was much more than big guys hitting themselves for no reason. It took no more than a game for him to show me he was right. Of course football has contact and big hits sometimes, but It goes so much deeper than that. It is basically a battle for territory, in which strategy and discipline are your biggest strengths, incredibly more important than brute force! In a nutshell, both teams have their offensive and defensive units. The offense tries to take the ball to the end of the defense territory, following a certain group … Read more

EC Guest Lecture Series – All About Hawaii!

by Tiare Niland Where will your English studies take you? As a current EC Boston intern teacher from Hawaii, I’d like to share about my state’s unique culture with you! There will be an upcoming EC Guest Lecture on Wednesday, February 27th 2016 in room 612 during the lunch at 11:50am! It’s free for all to attend and will feature interesting information about food, traditions and fun activities, as well as general trivia. For instance, did you know that Hawaii actually consists of 8 unique islands? Give your mind a vacation from the cold winter weather and learn more about the beautiful and warm Aloha state! As you can see, one of the best things about English is that it is used everywhere in the United States. The knowledge and experience you gain from your time spent in Boston can be taken with you anywhere! EC also has a number of other great schools all over the country to help you meet your learning goals. You can start your exploration today by browsing our English Language Courses in the USA! It will open up a world of possibilities for you.

Why Study at EC Boston?

By Tiare Niland Boston, one of America’s oldest and most historic cities, is the perfect place to study English as an international student. That’s because Boston itself is international. People young and old from all over the globe are attracted to Boston for its unique setting and important cultural landmarks. Convenient public transportation and great entertainment are pluses too. Check out the sports, the arts, the music, the food – this old city never feels old! You’ll make memories and friends to last a lifetime. EC is right in the heart of it all in Faneuil Hall Square. Find our more at our premier English school in Boston for International Students.

What’s Going on at EC Boston? – February Activity Calendar!

Hello, students! Monday is the first of February, which means we have a whole new month of fun activities ahead. Below is the February Activity Calendar – please note there have been some slight changes to the calendar format, as we now offer a variety of types of activities: social, career-focused, academic-focused and volunteer events! Please refer to the key above the calendar to figure out what category each activity falls into.     As always, don’t forget to sign up for activities on the 4th Floor activity boards. If you have any activity suggestions, drop by the front desk and let Nikita know! Learn more about full immersion English courses in Boston.

Food of the Day Friday: Green Bean Casserole

Happy Friday! And welcome to the last edition of Food of the Day Friday. If you are planning to study in the USA to learn English in Boston during the fall to see the beautiful foliage, you must know that Thanksgiving is a nationwide holiday that takes place at the end of November. We want to make sure you’re prepared to know what will be waiting for you on the table if you are spending it with a host family or American friend, or what you should make or how you can make it if you are trying to host yourself. This week’s food is green bean casserole. The key ingredient to green bean casserole is not what you’d expect, because it’s left out of the name. French’s Fried Onions give this mushy dish the crunch it needs. Although there are many fancy variations of this recipe, many households use the Campbell’s Classic Green Bean Casserole recipe as it is easy, quick and cheap! Find it below. Ingredients 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup or (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed 98% Fat Free Cream of Mushroom Soup or (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Healthy Request® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 dash black pepper 4 cups cooked cut green beans 1 1/3 cups French’s® French Fried Onions Directions Stir the soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 2/3 cup onions in a 1 1/2-quart casserole. 2 Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes or until the bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir the bean mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining onions. 3 Bake for 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown. Although we have mainly talked side dishes every Friday, don’t forget – there’s no good dinner without good desserts. … Read more

Food of the Day Friday: Cranberry Sauce

        Happy Friday! This month, we’re doing “Food of the Day Friday” in honor of Thanksgiving. This week’s traditional Thanksgiving food is…cranberry sauce! Cranberry sauce is a staple in almost every American household on Thanksgiving. Although it looks hardly appetizing, it compliments many of the main dishes perfectly, from turkey to mashed potatoes. It’s likely that cranberry sauce was present at the first Thanksgiving with the pilgrims and the Native Americans, as the Native Americans used cranberries often for food and medicine and it is thought that the pilgrims were taught these uses by the Native Americans. Although many households use canned cranberry jelly on Thanksgiving, some make theirs from scratch. Below you’ll find the Martha Stewart recipe for basic cranberry sauce. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 bag (12 ounces) cranberries 3/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1 cup water Directions In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, lemon zest, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; cook until cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, and let cool to room temperature. Do you want to study in the USA to learn English? EC has locations all over the US in Boston, New York City, Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more.

Thanksgiving Food of the Day Friday: Candied Yams

In honor of Thanksgiving month, we are going to do “Thanksgiving Food of the Day Friday.” Each blog post on a Friday from now until Thanksgiving will feature a traditional American Thanksgiving dish, it’s history and a recipe so you can try it yourself! Today’s Thanksgiving Food of the Day is…candied yams! Candied yams are more or less sweet potatoes baked with marshmallows on top. For those who have never experienced a traditional American Thanksgiving, this may sound odd to you. However, this is a staple in many households at this time of year. Although it sounds like a dessert dish, it is usually served alongside the main dishes as a side. Although this dish was not present at the first Thanksgiving, it’s thought to have originated back in the early 1900’s. Sweet potato pudding recipes were found in cookbooks in the 1800’s, and the first recipe featuring candied yams topped with marshmallows was published in 1917. Here is a classic recipe for candied yams topped with marshmallows for you to try yourself this Thanksgiving as found on allrecipes.com. Candied Yams Recipe Ingredients 1 (29 ounce) can of sweet potatoes 1/4 cup of butter, cut into pieces 1/2 cup of brown sugar 1 1/2 cup of miniature marshmallows Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F Place sweet potatoes in a medium baking dish. Distribute butter pieces evenly over the sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Layer with miniature marshmallows. Bake in the preheated oven 25 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender and marshmallows have melted.   Do you want to study in the USA to learn English? EC has locations all over the US in Boston, New York City, Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more.