In the month of January, EC Boston arranged its first photography competition! The rule was simply for students to take pictures around the city and send us their best one. We received an overwhelming number of pictures from students who shared pictures of their favorite locations and activities. At the end of the month, the winners were announced at the weekly graduation. Winners received prizes including certificates, gift cards, and chocolate from a local shop. The winners’ photographs will also be displayed in the school. Thank you to everyone who competed in this event! All of the pictures were wonderful and it is great to see how all students are exploring the city and sharing their experiences. We look forward to more photography competitions in the future! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see all the final pictures!
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 …
I participated in the ISX New York trip last weekend, and spent 3 days with new people, in a new place. It was a tour, so you didn’t have to prepare your own plan or book your own hotel. We were able to visit all of the famous places in New York with a tour guide. The most important thing was that I could meet new people from many other language schools. We could share information about our activities, friends, and classes. My favorite place was the cruise, which goes to the Statue of Liberty. I was excited to see it and take pictures with it.
Legal seafood is the most famous seafood restaurant in Boston and I’m happy I could go there with EC Boston students. When you stay in Boston, should visit and have a clam chowder there. One of the students stayed Boston for about a year and others just arrived at Boston, so he told us a lot of information on Boston.
Our teacher Matt led us to the Museum of Fine Arts yesterday. It was a huge and amazing museum. We enjoyed looking at the different paintings, and taking pictures with each other. Matt explained the different art work and pictures to us, and that helped us understand the background and the history of them. The museum contains different countries’ history and culture so you can choose to look at whatever you want. I liked the European pictures area because I felt like they brought me to other countries and eras.
Yesterday our volunteer Ran lead an activity to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. It is an interactive, high tech, floating museum! Unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before, this unique museum sits on a barge in the water, includes tours on restored tea ships and a stunning, interactive documentary that immerses you into the events that led up to the American Revolution.
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.
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.
Marina’s Elementary 2A class visited Boston’s historic North End and Columbus Park! Students practiced their conversation skills in English and learned new vocabulary while viewing and ordering desserts in Modern Pastry and walking around the neighborhood. The North End is also known as Boston’s “Little Italy,” and is characterized by it’s many Italian restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops and is the oldest neighborhood in Boston. It was first settled in the 1600’s by English Puritans and is thus home to many historical attractions such as Paul Revere’s house, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, the Old North Church, or more. If you’re learning English at EC Boston, the North End is less than 10 minutes walking from the school and we encourage all of those who haven’t been to take a walk around, try a cannoli from Mike’s Pastry and soak in some Boston history! Learn more about Homestay Boston.