Hula Dance for Charity at EC Boston English School

By Doris Domingo At EC Boston we are loving the Dance for Charity classes! This week we danced Hawaiian Hula for the first time ever in our lives! Tiare, one of our intern teachers from Hawaii taught us how to dance a beautiful song about the rainbow = “Ānuenue” and nature. In Hula dancing there are many hand motions that represent the words in the song. For example, hand movements can signify aspect of nature, such as the rain or the beautiful land, or an action, like telling a story or smelling a flower. After the class we felt so peaceful and relaxed… we were all dreaming about visiting Hawaii and practicing our new moves near the ocean!

Dance for Charity: Flamenco with Doris!

By Doris Domingo The Spanish Flamenco vibe invaded EC Boston last Wednesday Feb. 17th!!! A number of very talented students and teachers joined our Dance for Charity activity to discover Flamenco. They learnt the first Sevillana, a dance from Sevilla, a city in the Southern region of Andalusia in Spain. This dance can be heard mainly in fairs and festivals, including the famous Seville Fair, La Feria de Sevilla or also known as La Feria de Abril. We had so much fun! Join us in our next Dance for Charity events next week! We are VERY close to reach our goal to build a school together with CARE NGO. Monday February 22nd: Hawaiian Hula with Tiare! @11:45am in Room 518. $5 (cash only please) Wednesday February 24th: Yoga with Sara! @11:45 – Room TBD $5 (cash only please) See you all there! Let’s have fun for a good cause!

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.

Dance for Charity – Salsa with Betania!

By Doris Domingo Yesterday’s Dance for Charity class was a success!! Betania, our long-term student at EC Boston and Volunteer Member from Venezuela did an amazing job teaching salsa to all the brave students who wanted to dance for charity! We collected more funds for our project and we are getting closer to reach our goal of building a school. Come to our next session on Wednesday February 17th, same time, same place, Room 518 @ 11:45am! This time get ready for some Spanish Flamenco dancing with Doris! If you have never done it or don’t know anything about it, don’t worry, we will have a short introduction at the beginning of the class to explain where it comes from, we will show some videos and then learn the first Sevillana. Don’t miss the next class, come, have fun and dance for a good cause!

Travel Tuesday: Pats Peak Ski Area

By Nikita Duke Hello, students! Good news – you’ve made it through two months of “winter.” We hope you are all enjoying all of the fun things there are to do in Boston/New England at this time of year and getting the true full-immersion classes in Boston experience. Although Marlayna just told you all about Wachusett Mountain in our last Travel Tuesday post, I wanted to introduce you guys to a place I’ve been spending the majority of my winter so far… Pats Peak Ski Area in Henniker, New Hampshire! This is a great mountain for beginner skiers and snowboarders (like me!), as there are two beginner’s slopes and several intermediate trails to advance to once you’ve mastered the magic carpets. From Boston, it’s about an hour and a half drive, so I recommend you rent a car through Avis (EC Boston discount code available at the front desk) and split the cost with your friends. Before you hit the slopes, be sure to stop at Intervale Farm Pancake House (located right at the entrance of Pat’s Peak) for a Hungry or Not-So-Hungry Man breakfast. Their maple syrup is made on site and their food is just so good! Once you’ve digested, you can drive up to the lodge, drop your things off and head over to the gear rental center. Lift pass + gear rental for one adult is $89 on the weekend and $79 on a week day. (Why not head up after your morning class?) If it’s your very first time on a board or pair of skis, I highly recommend a private lesson ($85 per hour) to start off the day. After that, you should be good to give it a go on your own. With two lodges on site and one pub, there are plenty of options for … Read more

New Years Eve Activities

By Jennifer Lacano Are you still looking for something to do this New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day? Check out Boston’s First Night/First Day festivities! The fun starts at noon on New Year’s Eve and continues past midnight. It picks up again at 11:00 am on New Year’s Day. (They had to give people some time to sleep!) And most of the events are FREE! Here is some information from their website, http://www.firstnightboston.org/  (you can also visit https://www.facebook.com/FirstNightBoston ) The majority of the First Night First Day’s activities will be held in Boston’s Copley Square. Partner programming will occur during similar hours at the Prudential Center, Boston Public Library, the Old South Church and Copley Place. Additional activities can be found on the Boston Common, along the Freedom Trail, and in the Seaport District. There will be artistic and musical performances covering Boston’s diverse culture and talent, ice sculptures, light displays, fireworks, a Procession, and many other entertaining activities. To see our full list of events, locations and times please visit the Schedule page. (http://www.firstnightboston.org/schedule/) We encourage folks to join the People’s Procession starting at 6:00 PM on the 31st, marching from Copley Square to the Common, with dancing along both sides of Boylston. The main stage at Copley Square will also feature a variety of bands on First Night to welcome in the New Year until 12:30 AM. Dancing is encouraged. There will be fireworks… twice! The family-friendly fireworks display will take place on the Boston Common at 7:00 PM on December 31st. You may also ring in the New Year with the traditional fireworks display over Boston Harbor at Midnight. Parking will be limited, but the T will be running extended service until 2:00 am. Best of all, the subway is free after 8:00 pm!  If you’re looking to … Read more

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.

EC Boston January 2015 Activity Calendar

Join us this month on some wintry activities in Boston. Boston English School will be taking students on a variety of activities with teachers. Sign up today on the Activity Boards on the 4th floor. Pay for tickets and weekend trips at the front desk. If you have any questions, please speak to Hannah. We hope you’ll join us!

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!