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.

Word of the Day Wednesday: “Equinox”

By Molly Cox Today’s Word: Equinox Happy autumnal equinox! Today marks the first day of fall (also called autumn). The equinox happens twice a year, when the sun crosses the equator so that the day and night are approximately the same length all over the world (plus or minus a couple of minutes). The word equinox comes from the Latin word for equal and nox (the Latin word for night). The opposite of equinox is solstice (the summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and the winter solstice is the shortest of the year). In celebration of fall, Nikita and the Student Services team bought apples for the students – we hope you had one and celebrated with us! Learn English in Boston.

Word of the Day “portmanteau”!

Written by Jennifer Lacano Today’s word of the day is cheating a little bit. Why, you ask? Well, because the word – portmanteau – describes a category of words, and I’m going to share a few words from this category with you today. First of all, what is a portmanteau? According to Wikipedia, the word comes from the term “portmanteau luggage,” which refers to a trunk or piece of luggage that opens into two parts. (This word in turn came from two French words, porter – to carry, and manteau – coat, though now in French, a portmanteau is a coat rack.) Here’s a picture of portmanteau luggage:  So very Titanic, no? (credit: http://sp.theyoungriderstv.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/safe_image.jpg) So what exactly is a portmanteau word? As the origin of the term implies, it is a word that comes from combining two other words. The resulting word takes some of the form and meaning from each of the originals but has its own meaning. A few examples should help you understand… webinar = web + seminar (a seminar done over the internet) staycation = stay + vacation (a vacation taken without leaving your own town) babymoon = baby + honeymoon (a last vacation before having a baby) frenemy = friend + enemy (someone who acts like a friend but is really a rival/enemy) Brangelina = Brad + Angelina (perhaps the most famous celebrity couple alive right now) As you can see, portmanteaux are often informal or slang terms. However, some have become common words you could find in a dictionary or textbook: smog = smoke + fog (You can also find this over L.A.!) vitamin = vital + amine (necessary nutrients for your survival) telemarketing = telephone + marketing (If you don’t know what this is, consider yourself lucky!) blog = web + log (what … Read more

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’s New Elective – Boston History & Culture!!

The Freedom Trail, the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Old North Church, the Constitution, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams- these are only a few things that come to mind when thinking of Boston History.  The Boston Red Sox, Boston Chowdah, the wicked awesome Boston accent and so much more make up the culture of this city. EC Boston has opened a new intensive elective for Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Upper Intermediate students titled “Boston History & Culture”.  This week, I had the opportunity to interview Jenna who will be teaching this exciting new elective! Jenna explained that it was her love of history combined with students’ interest in Boston history that inspired her to teach this elective.  I am excited about “getting other people as interested in history and museums as I am” explained Jenna.  She proposed the elective as a trial to gauge student interest, with the long term vision of a free class focused on Boston History and Culture. Jenna’s course outline includes material on Colonial Boston, the Revolutionary War where students will have the chance to visit the Old North Church and the Old South Meeting House, 19th Century and Victorian Boston where students will learn about Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, 20th Century Boston where students will learn about the Big Dig and do a Rose Kennedy Greenway walking tour, and lastly Boston Today where students will visit the West End and Downtown Crossing while speaking about the music, food and famous Boston slang! Whether students are here for 4 weeks or 24 weeks, this elective will teach them about the city in which they have chosen to do their English Language Study.  Why not learn English at EC, the language school in Boston, located in Faneuil Hall and surrounded … Read more

Announcing EC Boston’s new student newsletter!

EC Boston is very excited to announce the formation of a student newsletter! The first edition is set to be released on Friday, May 27th. We are looking for students to write no more than 100 – 150 words on anything they are interested in. From interviewing fellow students, writing about any event they attended, to just writing about life in Boston in general – we want to hear about it! Writing for a newsletter is a great opportunity to practice your writing skills and we believe it will benefit the students greatly. Because it is a student newspaper, EC Boston is even having a contest for the title of it! Come to the front desk and fill out the quick form with your idea for the title of the newsletter by the 20th. The top 3 -5 titles will then be voted on by the students. Feel free to come to the front desk and chat with Kirsten or any of our Student Ambassadors about becoming a part of the newsletter!