Meet our new Swiss Student Ambassador!

My name is Noemi and I am 25 years old. I was born and raised in Switzerland and I live with my cat (Yoda, 2) in a small town near Zurich. I study Psychology and just got my Bachelor’s degree before I came to EC Boston. Hopefully, I can do my Master’s here in Boston. I am really into sports, all kinds of art and I love animals – cats in particular.

Meet EC Boston’s Colombian Student Ambassador!

Here is bit of information about Juan in his own words: I was born in Colombia, South America in the second largest city of the country, Medellin. The morning of September 2nd of 1988. I have been interested in sports and fun outdoor activities like soccer, my favorite. When I went to school, I used to play soccer every day and won championships several times with my high school team. During my high school years, I discovered that was skilled at math and after that I decided to major in Administrative engineering this was a nice period of my life because I also used to go to my country house to learn about agriculture and cattle raising, which are interesting activities for me. After high school I had some nice experiences learning English abroad such as one summer camp in Kansas, one trip to learn English in a school near London and a couple of weeks in a community college in ST Louis, Missouri. During my time in university I changed a lot, I became more mature, I began to spend a long time studying for my professional preparation. Thanks to that I got my first business experience working for a company, Cadena S.A. I did an internship at this company and was employed in the production department for six months. I was promoted to the commercial department and it was an excellent opportunity to become a better professional and develop leadership skills. I worked for two years at this company until I finally decided to apply to Hult business school a university where I planned to do a masters degree in international Marketing. Last December I was pre-accepted to this university and for that reason I decided to move to Boston and study English because a requirement is getting a 6.5 on the … Read more

TOEFL Student Writes about 3D Printing

3D printing is a new revolution that can modify several aspects of the world, such as the economy, laws, medicine and environment. Furthermore, videos, lectures and interviews are already discussing this technology and its impacts on the society and consequently a new dynamic of consumer culture. According to a video about 3D printing, people have been discussing this technology because it can transform the culture of customization. “A customer goes from passive consumer to active creator”, declared in the video. Besides the economy, the marketplace can be totally affected. One point is a change in product sales. For example, people will be able to design their own products; a product will be brought to the market with no risk because stock will not be needed and the products will become unique, more valuable and expensive. However, some companies are scared of losing their clients and some people are afraid of losing their jobs. The video also states the impacts on case laws and medicine. As well as what happened to the model of the music industry, copyrights could be a problem for 3D industry because people will be making copies of products. And the real problem in the law would be the fact that there is no history about this technology. It would be an unprecedented case law that would be difficult for judges and lawyers to solve. Secondly, medicine would be affected principally by transplants. Scientists have been discussing the use of blood cells in 3D printing and it would provide transplants with no donors by printing real organisms. In addition, this tool could improve medical structures like models of babies instead of pictures. Listening to a lecture and a BBC interview, diverse ideas can be thought of too. According to the Forgac’s lecture, it would be possible use leather … Read more

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!

Who are those new people at the front desk?

Hello EC Boston students! If you were wondering about the new mysterious people at the desk, allow me to uncover the mystery! I’m Angela and I’m a junior at Northeastern University studying biochemistry. I’m interning at EC Boston for the summer as the student services intern! I’m going to be running the student ambassador program and creating your activity calendar! I’m taking suggestions for any activities that you would like to do over the summer. Remember to check the activity binder for new, fun activities. I would love for students to join the ambassador program, also! The program is a great way for you to show your EC Boston spirit! You can share your student experiences with new students, show them around the school, and learn about why they chose to study ESL abroad at EC Boston. Best of all, you get free breakfast! Feel free to come find me at the front desk to chat, to give me an idea for an activity, or to learn more about the student ambassador program! The other mysterious face at the front desk is Daniel! He is the Conversation Partners coordinator intern for the summer! He is a senior at Emmanuel College studying International Relations. He is running the Conversation Partners program and would love if students joined! As an EC student, you are matched with an American student and meet with them once a week for an hour. This is a GREAT way to practice your English and make a new American friend! Feel free to come to the front desk to talk to Daniel about joining this program or to get to know him. Talk to you soon, friends!

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

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