Meet Our New Intern, Kazuki!

Hi everyone. My name is Kazuki Iwata. I’m proud to work at EC Boston. I came from Japan. In Japan, I live in Aichi prefecture which is middle of Japan. I’ll work here as a student services intern from July 1st to September 13th. I’m an university student and I major in sociology like environmental problem and international relationship. Today, I’ll tell you why I chose to intern overseas briefly. In 2018, I went to a language school in Canada for studying abroad. In the school, I met some teachers and staff members. Thanks for their assistance, I had a wonderful time in Canada. After that, I thought I want to assist students as a staff member next time. Moreover, overseas intern is not common in Japan, so I thought I’ll experience that and tell the next generation about interning overseas. My English skill is not so well, but I want to do my best to contribute to EC Boston. My goal is to be able to speak and listen to English fluently.  Nice to be with you for about 3 months. From July 19th to July 21st, I went to New York by ISX trip. We went to New York by bus for 4 hours. I saw many famous places like Empire State building, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial Place and so on. Because I watched these places by only TV and book, I was very excited when I saw them by my eyes. Moreover, I also enjoyed shopping. Through this New York trip, I was able to talk with various students and make friends with them. Thank you everyone, thank you ISX!

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Birthday Interview With Teacher Dan in Boston

So, one of our teachers is celebrating his birthday today! Dan has been at English School Boston for over five years, and on his special day, we sat down with him to ask a couple of quick questions.   Question: Firstly, I’d like to ask what have the students done to help you celebrate your birthday today? Dan: Bought me too many cakes, ha! Some students got me a really nice carrot cake, and others brought me a tray of cupcakes. Everything tasted wonderful, but I’ve definitely eaten too much sugar today!   Question: What is your favorite thing to eat on your Birthday? Dan: There’s a place called Steve’s in my hometown. I’m from New Hampshire, as you know. They have a delicious meat pie, and every year on my birthday I go home and get one. Well, two!   Question: If you could travel anywhere in the world for your birthday today, where would you go? Dan: I’d go to Antartica. I’m fascinated by it. Basically, I’d just love to know what happens at the bottom of the world. It’s so cold there like my emotions, ha!

Interview with Boston’s Newest Student Service Coordinator

Recently at EC Boston, one of our Teachers became a Student Services Coordinator. Our Center Director, James, has a couple of questions for him!   James: Hi Michael. Firstly, what would you say is the number one reason you wanted to switch from the Teacher’s role to the Student Services? Michael: That’s a nice question James, but I want to be clear – I didn’t ‘switch’, because I still teach. Now I do both! This is perfect for me. As a teacher, I view myself almost like a coach. What I mean by this is that, in the classroom, I put a big emphasis on the students producing the work while I stand on the sidelines and coach them. As a student services coordinator, I get the privilege of working outside of the classroom on a more personal level with the students, whether this is to help solve any problems they have one-on-one, or to put together and enjoy activities. Now I get to tick all boxes! James: Good answer. Can you tell me more about these activities? Michael: Absolutely! Working closely with Olivia, our summer intern, we’ve put into place a new activity schedule which makes sure we have one activity every day. Sometimes two! I posted on the blog yesterday about the ice cream social which students loved, and today students are going to play their weekly game of soccer. James: Sounds great! Do you have a favorite activity? Michael: I certainly do, and it’s going to happen on Monday. It’s EC Game Night! After school, the students gather to play board games, which is a fantastic opportunity not only to have fun, but also to practice their English in a whole different environment. Above all, it’s fun for all levels of English! James: That’s fantastic, Michael. Hopefully, … Read more

Meet Olivia, our EC Boston Summer Intern

Hi everyone! If you haven’t met me yet, my name is Olivia Stevens and I’ll be working as a Student Services Volunteer Intern to help you learn english in boston this summer! I will be starting my third year this September at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where I study Linguistics and French. In my free time, I like to run, paint, and cook. I grew up in Boston and am living with my family here this summer, and I’m excited to share my love for the city and language learning with everyone during my time at EC! You can find me in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and sometimes even leading activities around the city in the afternoons. I am usually at the front desk with Stephen and Michael, and if you have any questions (especially about activities) please don’t hesitate to come find me and ask! See you around! Olivia