Biking in Boston

It can often be difficult to get around in Boston, especially as an international student. But as the warmer weather approaches, there is a wonderful alternative to the subways, walking and the complicated process of getting an international driver’s license and car- you can buy or rent a bicycle. Biking culture in Boston is widespread and well supported. Though the city is still working on bicycle infrastructure, including bike lanes and smooth roads, there is a large network of bike safe roads, including some specific bike ways and a bicycle rental program that is gaining popularity. The Hubway Bicycle Rental program is designed to replace a train trip, offering unlimited 30 minute trips for a monthly or annual membership fee. Some bicycle rentals even come with a helmet! Bicycling can be a useful alternative to getting an international driver’s license and for students who live in homestay, purchasing a bicycle can cut down on commute time by giving them a shorter connection to the local train. Also, biking is good for you and the environment. Make sure you wear a helmet, and learn about bike safety before riding! Click here for more information about English courses at EC Boston and studying ESL abroad.

EC Boston to Host Free Citizenship Classes!

EC Boston is embarking on an exciting new initiative! On the evening of March 12, we are launching a new course – a U.S. Citizenship Class.  This course caters specifically to Boston immigrants who are slated to become American citizens but struggle with the English language; it will help them prepare for the Naturalization test, one of many tasks they must complete before being sworn in as American citizens. We are very excited for this opportunity to give back to the community in which we live and work. In preparation for the first day of classes, we interviewed teachers Ken and Yen: Q: “Why are you interested in teaching this class?” Ken: “I’m passionate about giving back to the community and being a part of EC and what we do here. These citizenship classes are important to the people of Boston as oftentimes immigrants, many who have already gone through great difficulties in their home countries, do not have enough knowledge of the English language to confidently apply for and/or successfully go through the naturalization process.” Yen: “I was born in Taiwan but came to the US when I was four years old. I have fought for American citizenship all my life before finally becoming a citizen in 2004 so this is an issue very close to my heart.” Q: “What will you contribute to the course? What will the course teach you?” Ken: “My strength is my passion: I helped two women from Sudan, through a class I taught in 2012 and felt so incredibly proud when they passed the test. Many naturalized Sudanese men who came here years ago are now established citizens of the United States and able to return to Sudan to fetch their wives and girlfriends once left behind, as was the case with the … Read more

An EC Boston Student Shares his Experience

When students decide that they want to study English in the United States, they have many options to consider.  There are so many study abroad courses in the United States, and especially in Boston.  We’re honored to welcome many great students here at EC Boston and are proud that these students choose EC Boston as their study abroad destination. We’re sorry to have to say goodbye to Mr. Edgar Camilo Cuadros, from Colombia.  Edgar has spent 6 months studying and living in Boston with us, and today is his last day.  Edgar started in the Low-Intermediate level and has worked his way up through various levels, just completing several weeks in the TOEFL preparation course.  He also acted as one of EC Boston’s peer Ambassadors for other students.  Good luck to you, Edgar! Please enjoy a special Goodbye Message from Edgar, below: “At this time I have to say good-bye to EC Boston, but that is something that really makes me feel weird because for the last 6 months this used to be my life.  I want to share this experience which changed the way I see life and what I want to do. When I just came to Boston it seemed to be like the most difficult thing I had ever done in my entire life, but it was not for a long time. Even though the first month was difficult, it was really surprising how my English skills were improving as quickly as I was making a lot of friends.  Most of them were from all over the world which means that each one has a different culture to learn about. By that time, old friends were leaving as new ones were coming, and it has been repeating again and again; that’s cool, it is not a big deal to meet new … Read more