Meet Takashi from Japan: EC Boston’s New intern!

  Meet Takashi, our new intern from Japan! He joined our team last week and will be staying with us until March. You can find him at the front desk or helping out with an activity around the school. Please don’t hesitate to ask Takashi questions or just introduce yourself. Here is what Takashi would like to share with you all about himself and his experience at EC Boston so far:   “My name is Takashi Nogami. Please call me Takashi. I’m from Japan. In Japan, I’m a university student, and I major in finance. What kind of finance? I study coping with the sources of funding and the capital structures of companies and corporations. I love music. I play some instruments and my hobby is composing music. If you want to play music in the school, please tell me. We can visit music studios in Boston together. As an intern here at EC Boston, I will be helping out in the administration office. I will be in Boston until March, 2017 So far, I think this school has not only many insightful and intellectual classes, but also many enjoyable activities. If you choose this school, you will be satisfied with your experience. If you need any help, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I’ll try to solve problems to the best of my ability.”   Learn more about English classes in Boston.

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.

Why You Should Watch “Making a Murderer”

By Molly Cox For those of you thinking about or taking a full immersion English class, part of the experience is familiarizing yourself with the popular culture in America. This show, “Making a Murderer” is currently a hit in the U.S. and our Student Services Coordinator tells you below why you should watch it! If you spend any time at all on social media, you probably have heard about all of your friends and acquaintances obsessed with the documentaries ‘Making a Murderer’ now streaming on Netflix. This series is about a man named Steven Avery who was exonerated by developments in technology that proved through DNA evidence that he was not guilty of a brutal rape and beating, only to be accused of another crime about a year after being released from prison. The show spirals into a depressing series of Steven and his ‘accomplices’ trials and misfortunes at the hands of the legal system. What is most fascinating about this show is the evidence brought forward by the editors of the documentary arguing an apparent legal system’s conspiracy to keep an innocent man in jail for the rest of his life. This docuseries plants a seed of doubt in our legal system, one that should be promoting justice. Although I don’t fear for my freedom, I do think it’s a documentary with an interesting perspective, worth binge-watching with a friend on those cold winter days!

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.  

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

Testimonial: Felipe Leonardo Fagundes of Brazil Talks about His Host Family Experience

Thinking about taking Intensive English classes in Boston? If so, you may want to live with one of our host families! Read what Felipe Leonardo Fagundes of Brazil had to say about his host family experience at EC Boston!   Gloria’s house surprised me in all senses. There I found a friendly and warm host mom that loves to help people and do everything to make sure her students feel comfortable. The atmosphere in her house is peaceful and respectful. I lived in a twin room with my Brazilian friend Leonardo. During this time, we also lived with six amazing girls from six different countries. I met in Gloria’s house people from Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. These girls reminded me of my own family in Brazil. I think this is a big unique point of Gloria’s house: to know people of different nationalities. I had lived in other host family, but I didn’t have a good environment to talk and to know people. In my opinion, this is a key point in an exchange program. If you don’t feel encouraged to talk and make friends, you won’t have a good experience. In Gloria’s home I felt like a part of the Storiano family. She cared for me as her soon. I ate good food every day and on Thanksgiving Day, I could invite my friends to a special lunch in her house.   The point is I felt free in her house. There are rules, however, the rules improve the environment and guarantee respect. If you want have enjoy your exchange and feel part of a family, go to Gloria’s house.

EC Boston’s Thanksgiving Potluck 2015

Last night was EC Boston’s Thanksgiving Potluck. Each student brought either a traditional Thanksgiving dish or a dish that is traditional of their culture. We had everything from turkey and mashed potatoes to stir fry to Saudi Arabian Kabsa. All in attendance shared and taught others about the dishes they brought and spent time getting to know each other and celebrating the holiday. Time was spent reflecting on what we are all thankful for this year and many chose to write their thanks on our big “What I’m Thankful For” sign to be displayed for the next few weeks in the student lounge. Thank you to everyone who came out. It was a great cultural experience and good time. Do you want to study English in the USA to learn English? Check out EC Boston, located right in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall.

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

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.