Goodbye Dani and Molly

Hello, everyone. It’s with heavy hearts that we would like to announce the departure of two amazing members from the EC Boston team: Molly and Dani. Though we are sad to see them go, both will be moving on to great things. Both Molly and Dani are hardworking and exceptional at what they do, and we will miss them! Here are some words from both Molly and Dani: “Hi everyone! I’m Molly and I am the Regional Student Services Coordinator for EC USA. I used to work as a Student Services Coordinator for Boston before I became the regional coordinator, and often help out at the front desk when I’m not traveling to other EC schools. In about a week however, I will be moving on to Los Angeles to take on the position of Student Services Manager! I have loved working in Boston for these last three years, first as host family coordinator, then as accommodations coordinator, after that as Student Services Coordinator and finally as Regional Student Services Coordinator. My favorite part about the Boston school is the great sense of community that students experience while they are here. Our superb teachers and staff help to build that atmosphere, and our long term students sustain it! Thank you for being an amazing environment to work in, I will miss you all, and come visit me in sunny (and warm) Los Angeles! XXOX  -Molly   Dear EC, This is a weird position for me to be in. I’ve gotten used to saying goodbye to my students as they inevitably graduate and leave, often to the other side of the world, but this is the first time in the two and a half years that I’ve been at EC that I have had to say goodbye to you because I’m … Read more

Want to See The World?

By Tiare Niland Want to see the World? Why not start at EC Boston? New friends are waiting for you at our state-of-the-art English school featuring Whether this is you first, second or even 10th time abroad, staff and teachers at EC have the training and commitment to ensure your experience is fun, safe, educational and eye-opening. Did you know that our school is located in Faneuil Hall, a site famous for its rich history and diverse culture? You’ll never miss an opportunity to put you English to use with locals and visitors alike in this town. Ready to learn more? Learn English Abroad with EC and start your adventure!

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.

Why Study at EC Boston?

By Tiare Niland Boston, one of America’s oldest and most historic cities, is the perfect place to study English as an international student. That’s because Boston itself is international. People young and old from all over the globe are attracted to Boston for its unique setting and important cultural landmarks. Convenient public transportation and great entertainment are pluses too. Check out the sports, the arts, the music, the food – this old city never feels old! You’ll make memories and friends to last a lifetime. EC is right in the heart of it all in Faneuil Hall Square. Find our more at our premier English school in Boston for International Students.

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

Travel Tuesday: The Arnold Arboretum

By Bryn Keating Do you want to feel like you’ve entered peaceful nature and left the city behind, but you don’t have a car? Take the Orange Line to the Arnold Arboretum! The Arboretum, owned by the City of Boston and Harvard University, is a 281-acre living research collection of ponds, shrubs, and woods. The Arboretum was established in 1872 and was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the same man who created New York City’s Central Park. Highlights of the park include bonsai trees, hundreds of lilac bushes, and an information center for visitors. There are many special events held throughout the year at the Arboretum, but winter is a particularly good time to visit. Although the weather has been warm lately, snow is coming! The hills in the park provide an excellent place to go sledding. Grab a cheap sled at Walgreens and head to Peter’s Hill, at the south end of the park located in Roslindale at the intersection of Walter Street and Bussey Street. You will get a great view of the city and partake in the American sledding tradition! The Arboretum is free and open to the public. It’s a short walk from the Forest Hills stop on the Orange Line. Just follow the signs! For more information and a schedule of classes and events, visit http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/. Learn more about Intensive English courses in Boston.  

The Squares of Cambridge and Somerville

The squares of Cambridge and Somerville By Marlayna Urbanski As you become accustomed to living in Boston you will notice that after the red line crosses the Charles river, the stops correspond to “Squares” found throughout Cambridge and Somerville. How many squares are there? Who knows? There are certain parts of Cambridge where it seems every intersection is a square commemorating a member of the neighborhood. However there are some you should really know about because this is where all the fun happens! On the T Davis Sq. Davis Sq. has become the place to go in Somerville for delicious food and weird art. Spend some time here and you might catch an impromptu performance by one of the activist marching bands of Honk!, see a zombie parade, or visit one of the most unique art museums in the country, The Museum of Bad Art, conveniently located in the basement of the Somerville theater. Best food: It’s hard to say, there are A LOT of choices catering to every price range and they are all good. But if there was ever a place the embodied the spirit of Davis Sq. it would be the hugely popular Redbones BBQ. With its bicycle valet service and funky murals, not to mention the delicious ribs and extensive beer menu, Redbones has been a staple of Davis Sq. for years. Best Secret: Cocktail connoisseurs swear by Saloon but good luck finding it! Porter Sq. Long overlooked as a destination by many visitors to Boston, Porter Sq. Has a distinctly local vibe but don’t be fooled! There is a lot going on in the little square that could. Best Food: For many years, Porter Sq. has been the place in Cambridge to go for all things Asian and this continues to be the case. For … Read more

Travel Tuesday: Salem, Massachusetts (Spooky Edition!)

By Jennifer Lacano Just a short trip north of Boston, right on the coast of Massachusetts, sits a quiet little town called Salem. Quiet, at least, for 11 months of the year. In October, Salem bursts to life with witches, goblins, and all kinds of spooky Halloween creatures and celebrants. Salem was the site of the infamous witch trials of 1692-93. Back then, the US was still a British colony, and belief in the supernatural – magic, witches, ghosts, demons, evil spirits, etc. – was common. Colonial society was also very religious and very conservative, so you can imagine the reaction when several young girls began to have uncontrollable fits as if they had been possessed by evil spirits. Doctors could find no medical explanation, so people began to suspect dark magic. Over the course of 15 months, a dozen girls and young women were “afflicted” by these forces, and 20 people, mostly women, were tried in court and executed (killed) for witchcraft. It took more than 300 years before all 20 people were declared innocent. Although the Salem Witch Trials are now viewed as unjust, they are a part of the history of Salem, and tourism in Salem is built on this legacy. You will see witch-themed musems and exhibits all over the town, and during the month of October, Salem highlights its spooky history with “Haunted Happenings,” a series of events, festivals, and parades. Thousands of people pack the streets of Salem to celebrate Halloween. There are many things happening every day, so check it out here: http://hauntedhappenings.org There are many other things to do and see in Salem if witches and Halloween are not your thing. The Peabody Essex Museum (http://www.pem.org/) is one of the oldest museums in the US and is famous for its Asian art … Read more

This Weekend: Beantown Jazz Festival

  By Ivy Vong Hi everyone! Do you like jazz? If you are a music lover and love listening to jazz, there is a Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival this Saturday, September 26th from 12pm to 6pm. Every year, Berklee holds an amazing jazz festival all-day and mostly FREE outdoors on various stages in Boston’s historic South End. Please check it out! And if you don’t like jazz, there is food too. J It will take place on Colombus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street. For more information on how to get there, please go here for directions: https://www.berklee.edu/beantownjazz/visitor-information Please take a look at the schedule and artists who will be performing on Saturday: https://www.berklee.edu/beantownjazz/performance-schedule?utm_source=Berklee+News+and+Events&utm_campaign=b654391c9e-Berklee_News_and_Events_9_21_159_11_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_edbf245956-b654391c9e-25528993 Have fun and let us know how it goes! Learn more about Boston English.

Boston English: A Trip to the Harpoon Brewery

By Nana Okubo Hi, all! Last Wednesday, we had a tour of the Harpoon Brewery. Harpoon is one of the most popular beers in Boston and was started in 1986 by Dan Kenary, Rich Doyle, and George Ligeti. If you are interested in the door, but missed us last week, it costs only $5 to go! You can go enjoy a tour and learn many different things about how beer is made. You can also taste about 10 different kinds of beers. I hope everyone enjoyed the trip! 😉 Learn more about Boston English.