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!

Meet Ting Hsuan Hsu of Taiwan – EC Boston’s New Student Ambassador!

Ting Hsuan (you may know her as Tricia) has been studying Intensive English at EC Boston for the past 6 months. Tricia joined the Student Ambassador program in hopes of improving her English and making new friends. She will be with us until September, so if you see Tricia in the halls, don’t hesitate to ask a question or just say hello! Here is what Ting Hsuan had to say about her experience at EC Boston so far: I really love the atmosphere in EC Boston. Both teachers and classmates are awesome. The teachers help me a lot, not only in speaking, but in writing, therefore, I have improved quickly since I came here. I have never regretted choosing EC Boston. I make lots of friends from all over the world and I feel excited about it.

Interview with an EC Boston student: Natalia Vidal from Chile

by Doris Domingo D: Hi Natalia, first of all, thank you for your time to take this interview for our EC Boston Blog. So, let’s start with an easy question: Why did you choose Boston? N: Firstly, I chose Boston because the city has a rich history, and you can find many historical places and monuments. It is a beautiful, clean and fun city. It is the perfect size city: not too big, like New York City and not too small. And secondly, Boston has a very good reputation for their education institutes and culture. It is a city with many students, so much fun! D: What have you learned so far at EC Boston? N: I am learning and improving my English every day. But I think the most important thing is to realize that you can successfully communicate in another language and other people can understand you! D: Do you feel that you are improving your English here at EC Boston? N: I’m very happy, I have only been here at EC Boston for one month and a half and I have moved up two levels, from low intermediate to high intermediate! I hope to continue improving my English every day! D: Oh wow, congratulations! That is great! And what has been your favorite EC Activity so far? N: Definitely, the 2015 Student Christmas Party with ugly sweaters. It was amazing! We had a lot of fun! D: What do you like the most about the school and the lessons? N: I like the location of the school, its perfect! Right in the heart of Boston. The teachers and staff are great. They are always willing to help you. Every day they give you a big smile and encourage you to continue improving your English. D: What do … 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

Word of the Day Wednesday: Today’s Word is “Democrat”

By Molly Cox Happy Word of the Day Wednesday, everyone! Today’s word is democrat.   Last night was the 2015 Democratic debate in America, hence why today’s word of the day is Democrat! Democrat is a noun and is someone who supports the Democratic Party. Members of the Democratic Party have more liberal political views than Republicans, the other major political party in the U.S. who tend to have more conservative political views. Although political views differ within the party, liberal views tend to include the support of public health care, of more government involvement and greater support of economic equality. Watch the debate online to hear more about what the Democratic candidates discussed last night! Learn more about EC’s Boston English Center.

Victor Campos of Brazil Shares His EC Experience

Victor Campos has been at EC Boston for 4 months studying in our Academic Year Semi-Intensive English program. Here is what Victor would like to say about his EC experience so far! Hello! I’m Victor and I’ve been at EC for 4 months. I chose EC because my brother studied here 4 years ago and he recommended the school to me. During these three months, I’ve learned a lot of things and I’ve improved a lot on my vocabulary.  I like to study here, there are good teachers and it’s incredible how English connects many different languages. Learn more about English Language courses at EC Boston.

EC Boston at the 2015 NAFSA Conference!

    Written by EC Boston’s Designated School Official, Hannah Locke. In May I had the privilege of attending and volunteering at the National NAFSA conference right here in Boston. NAFSA is the Association of International Educators and it unites educators worldwide in providing resources and training material. Collectively, we work with international students entering America for study and study abroad students who leave to US to learn overseas. During my time at the conference, I attended many sessions on how to engage students with the best experience ever, how to improve services, and technology’s impact on learning. At EC Boston, we are dedicated to help students succeed in a global community. With our array of programs, such as the Student Ambassador Program and the Conversation Partners Program, we provide students with opportunities to excel in leadership and involvement in the school, along with liaising students with locals to practice English and build genuine friendships. In the future, we hope to create a more thorough pre-arrival orientation to help students physically, mentally, and emotionally prepare for their time away from home and immersed in a new culture. It is our goal to encourage students with not only their language studies, but also to help shape them in active global citizens. Students’ first week at EC Boston can be challenging due to new schedules, new people, a new place, new language, and new ideas. We want students to be cared for and encouraged during this vital transition. This is why we provide an extensive list of first day activities, including a new walking tour by a Student Ambassador and a new early dinner/happy hour hosted by a staff member! With technology advancing so fast, we want to ensure students are utilizing it in the best way possible for their studies, using … Read more

Learn English in the USA: EC Makes Traveling America Easy!

EC Language Centers are located in many well-known and famous destinations in the United States. Our centers are typically located right in the center of the city, making the experience even more grand than learning English. You are close to so many other destinations in the U.S. that are you ought to visit. Our schools in California, EC San Francisco, EC San Diego, and EC Los Angeles are all located right next to the ocean. You’re able to enjoy the amazing sunshine along with a cool breeze.  No matter which school you choose to go to, you can visit each of those cities during your stay in California.  They’re less than half a day apart and there’s so much to explore. On top of that, Yosemite, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon are just a little bit further out. The experience in California becomes so much more than studying English. Book a trip to California as soon as you can! A car is a must have in California, so make sure to bring your international driver’s license. If you like being in an urban city, then EC Boston, EC New York, and EC Washington DC will suit your needs.  Each city really establishes itself in a different way.  EC Boston is very historic and it’s small communities make you feel instantly at home.  EC New York is full of hustle and bustle, giving you a never ending list of things to do. EC Washington DC provides you with the opportunity to learn about the United States through the years with many free things to do and see.  The unique thing about all of these cities are the very easy to use metro systems.  You won’t need a car here and can easily access hot spots by subway. The east coast … Read more

Pil-Ju Kim of South Korea Shares His EC Experience

Pil-Ju Kim of South Korea graduated in May from our Semi-Intensive English program. Here is what he had to share about his #ecexperience. I can’t forget the time I spent in Boston, especially at EC Boston. I met many of my friends in this place. In my country, I had to just prepare for my future life, so there was not time to have fun. But because of EC, I have had a lot of fun. I will go back to Korea soon, but I can’t forget my friends and teachers, especially my awesome teacher Rachel. Because of her my English has improved a lot and I have a lot of confidence about non-Korean people. I hope to see all of them again and I really appreciate you. Thank you. Learn more about Boston English.

Student Testimonial: Vinira Ilham of China Shares Her EC Boston Experience

Vinira Ilham is studying English at EC Boston. Here is what she has to say about her experience so far.     First of all, I would like to say EC helped me a lot. At the beginning, I was not used to it at all, but after talking to my teacher, he gave me many suggestions. Then, things gradually went on the right track. I made many friends who are from other countries and learned about different countries’ cultures. That’s so cool. EC also has a lot of activities. I’m excited to join them because that helps you make new friends and understand the local culture. Learn more about ESL Boston.