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EC Boston’s Winter Photography Competition

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!

Our student at Patriots Game

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

Care.org Donation Goal Reached!

After a month of activities and fundraising…WE DID IT!!! We have reached our objective and today we have donated $690 to Care.org to build a school! Big thanks to: -The A-M-A-Z-I-N-G EC Boston Volunteer Club. Without you, this campaign would have not been as successful! -All of our EC Boston students and staff that participated. You made this possible with your donations, this gift would not have been possible without your engagement! Thanks a million! -And last but not least, a huge thanks to EC Company & the Corporate Social Responsibility department for matching our donation by adding an extra $200! Thank you! Sincerely, Doris Domingo

Breaking News: EC Boston Fundraising Campaign!

  Breaking news: EC Boston has started the year READY to give back! Eight great students have volunteered to become part of this awesome project. Our objective = organize different activities and sell merchandising products designed by us to fund-raise money to send it to Care.org. Our money will be used to build a school!  The past weeks, we have been working very hard to create and prepare this beautiful campaign that will start next week! Come to our first activity next Wednesday, February 3rd to Dance for Charity: Hip Hop class for $5 with Jessica! Stay tuned for our February program! Let’s build a school together!! Learn more about English courses in the USA.

English in the City Learns About the Boston Massacre

Jenna’s English in the City class visited the site of the Boston Massacre this week! There, teacher Jenna laid down at the site and the students took photos and role played as the different historical figures who were involved and live-tweeted about the Massacre. Boston Massacre Tweets Written by Paul Revere and Sam Adams When I passed through the State House I saw a boy who shouted “I’m dying” and he was bleeing on his head. People were gathering. British soldiers started shooting us, innocent Bostonians! Come and help us! #GodhelpAmerica @State House “Damn you, fire!” Don’t let the British steal your honor. Gather around and fight for your rights! Written by the British soldiers It’s evening now. I’m still on duty. There’s a bunch of teenagers yelling at my colleague. #KingStreet I feel scared because the snow they threw really hurt me. One of my colleagues fell down and accidentally fired his weapon into the crowd. #gangsta Finally, Governor Thomas Hutchinson #boss came here. He got everyone to leave. He asked me to talk with him about what happened. Written by the Boston teens who started the chaos On my way home from work I bumped into a British soldier. He kept bothering me so I told him his Mom was ugly and he hit me in the head #whatajerk Let’s fiiiiiiiiiiiiight guys! #hitinthehead #kickinthenuts #bestthingever #followforfollow #instalove #endlessfun 5 guys dead! The stupid governor came and brought more sheep with him. So the crowd broke up! #endoftheparty #whatashame Find out about learning English in Boston.

Conversation Partners Program improves English Speaking Skills

When and where did you find out about the Conversation Partners Program at EC Boston? I knew this program by a bulletin board of my school. What was your motivation in joining the program? I wanted to talk with native american because I’m not good at listening to fast English. Besides I thought it will be great if I can get native american friend. What have you done with your partner? We had dinner together sometimes and watched movie so far. It was very great because she explained us american culture and introduced her friends. It helps me that we can understand each other by both languages. Do you think the program is helpful? I think it was great that I was able to get a native american friend and what is better, she can speak Japanese. Would you like to say anything to future students or participants in the program? I enjoy my school life with my friends and my great teachers. The location of EC Boston is very good and convenient. Our long-term students in the Intensive English program in Boston enjoy participating in this program. We have three start dates – one in the fall, winter, and summer semesters. Only long-term students are eligible to apply. We pair one or two students with a local Bostonian in hopes that both participants will practice English and the student’s native language. It’s a great way to meet people, practice English, enjoy the city – and it’s completely FREE!

Go Skydiving in Boston!

I went Skydiving two weeks ago. It was awesome and fantastic. I have never experienced anything like this ever! When my friends recommended this to me I was afraid. I asked my friend if she had done this before. My friend told me, “You have to go there!”. She explained this in such an exciting way that I decided to go there with my boyfriend. First, we couldn’t decide to buy the video and pictures of our jump or not buy? I bought only the video because I want to remember the whole thing and share my Skydiving. After that we took a class. That class was on how to fall down and to land on the ground to safely. Finally, we rode in small airplane. The plane could hold only five people. The pilot, my boyfriend, my boyfriend’s instructor, me and my instructor. After our departure, we could see the ground, sea and lake from the plane. Soon it was my turn to jump out of the airplane. At first, I couldn’t open my eyes and then when we were falling down our parachute was opening after that I could open my eyes. Next my boyfriend’s turn. As I was falling, I could turn and see everything. While I was falling down I didn’t want to land on the ground. It showed me such wonderful sights and all of it looks so small, so my feelings were like in the movie ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. I finally landed on the ground safe, but my boyfriends’ landing was terrible. He almost landed perpendicularly. He hurt his hips and stomach. We talked about how it was Skydiving. My boyfriend told me, “When you fell out of the airplane. You just looked like you disappeared so that made me afraid more. After, we wanted … Read more

Greenvironment Club at EC Boston

Greenvironment, which was set up by a few students and a teacher, Timothy. Having a meeting once a week, every Monday, we set out to consider recycling for environment that each person can do easily. As well, we research and find out how bad effects occur to environment when people do not care about recycling by throwing all garbage together into just one trash bin without any distinction, even if it could be recycled perfectly. Since I got interested in recycling by being one of the Greenvironment members, I’ve started to become conscious of some restaurants and cafes’ recycling systems and whether they have the recycling bins separate or not. Unbelievably, most of the restaurants and cafes where I visit haven’t considered it and they just had one trash bin, which was piled up with all kinds of trash in it. They did not care about it and seemed to be totally ignoring our world for their convenience and comfort. What I’ve seen of this situation has been really shocking as long as I have been aware of it. Thus, I thought I should recycle as a person at home, of course, and in EC Boston as well. The things that I can normally recycle are the plastic bottles, glasses and papers; in particularly, bottles and glasses should be rinsed out before being put into a bin and should not be with oil and organic things(food). I recognized that I should help the environment with consideration and responsibility for my world. Basically, the reason why I was able to change as a careful person about recycling is thanks to having been one of the members of Greenvironment. Before, we had an opportunity to make a presentation about our task. It’s about what’s going on in our world and what’s the … Read more

EC Boston Students go SKYDIVING!

On July 5th, I headed to the place where I could have skydiving in one of the commuter rail stations, the southern. Even though I was a little bit late, when I arrived in the place, fortunately there were a few EC students who were still waiting for their turn. Having spent almost a whole day; because there was not only our group but other groups as well that were waiting for having skydiving, my girlfriend and I took a small airplane which seemed to carry maximum four people including experts. When my expert told me that we were on 3,000ft from the ground, I looked breathtaking, tremendous view, particularly Cape Cod, one of the most famous coasts in Massachusetts. The shape of the Cape Cod seemed to be folding an arm like the shape of croissant. I can’t still stop thinking the great spectacle because it would be the first and the last chance for me to have skydiving with the beautiful view. While I was jumping down, it was the beyond description; although I couldn’t breathe in free fall and my goggle was almost taken off, it was the most exciting feeling I have ever had in my entire life. Furthermore, when my expert opened the parachute, I fully observed all the small lakes as well as tiny villages which looked like it was made of legos. While going down with the parachute, I thought that I had sometimes felt fear of heights especially when airplane was taking off or I looked down the ground from the skyscraping building. However, after achieving this challenging sport, I would say I almost got through the acrophobia; but frankly speaking, when I took some attractions located in the top of one of the skyscrapers, named Stratosphere, in Las Vegas, I extremely … Read more

Day-Trip Ideas from EC Boston Students

This week I wanted to do something different. So, I decided to go some different places. I had heard about New Hampshire, Rockport and the famous city of Salem. On Saturday, we went to New Hampshire, one of my friends has a car, so, we went with him. It was funny because we don’t know anything about what we can do there. But, when we were arriving to the gas station we saw a tourist information store. So, there we planned our day. Our first activity was Cannon Mountain. It is a cable car. It is awesome because you can find an exciting  ride for all ages. Also, you can see stunning views including New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Canada. We saw the Canada’s flag, it was so exciting for us! After that we went to eat, we eat in an spectacular hotel the name is Omni Mount Washington Resort. This is the most beautiful hotel that I ever see. It is huge, so elegant and familiar. The food was delicious. I hate salmon. It was amazing. Finally, our next stop was The Basin, we saw beautiful waterfalls. This is a perfect place to make a picnic. This is a perfect place to go one weekend because there are many activities to do. It is a perfect place if you want to enjoy the nature! On Sunday, I went with a friend to Rockport and to Salem. These villages are located in north Boston. We took the community rail, it is not expensive, we payed around $20 per person from Boston-  Rockport- Salem – Boston. You should pay attention when you are going to take the train, in our case we took the wrong train. Can you imagine? The worst thing was that I didn’t know until the first stop … Read more