Dance for Charity – Salsa with Betania!

By Doris Domingo Yesterday’s Dance for Charity class was a success!! Betania, our long-term student at EC Boston and Volunteer Member from Venezuela did an amazing job teaching salsa to all the brave students who wanted to dance for charity! We collected more funds for our project and we are getting closer to reach our goal of building a school. Come to our next session on Wednesday February 17th, same time, same place, Room 518 @ 11:45am! This time get ready for some Spanish Flamenco dancing with Doris! If you have never done it or don’t know anything about it, don’t worry, we will have a short introduction at the beginning of the class to explain where it comes from, we will show some videos and then learn the first Sevillana. Don’t miss the next class, come, have fun and dance for a good cause!

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

What’s Going on at EC Boston? September’s Activity Calendar!

  Happy September, students! Summer is coming to a close and fall is on its way. We have lots of fun activities planned for this month and many of them will be led by EC Boston’s Student Ambassadors! We will be going on a whale watch, watching a Red Sox vs Yankees game, seeing an outdoor movie by the water, bowling at Kings, etc! Don’t forget, if you like an activity, head to the 4th floor and write your name on the sign-up sheet below the activity. Then, show up at the time listed on the 5th Floor Student Lounge unless otherwise specified. We hope you enjoy the last full month of summer! Please see our Activities Coordinator, Nikita, if you have any further suggestions. Learn more about English classes in Boston.

Saturday Soccer Club at EC Boston!

Here are some pictures taken by our new Student Services Intern, Nana, at Soccer Club last Saturday! Here is what she had to share about Soccer Club. All of us enjoyed the game. Soccer club is co-ed, meaning men and women play together. Don’t be afraid! Let’s play soccer together. We have this activity every Saturday, beginning at 11am to 1pm at Memorial Park in East Boston. To get to Memorial Park, take the Blue Line towards Wonderland to the Airport Station stop. Once you exit Airport Station, you will see a very big field. That is where we play. We provide the balls and cones and suggest that you bring a water bottle, wear athletic clothes and appropriate shoes. Please come and join us. Learn more about learning English in Boston.

August Activity Calendar 2015: English Classes in Boston!

Happy August, students! We have lots of exciting summer activities planned for you this month and many of them will be led by EC Boston’s Student Ambassadors! We will be kayaking the Charles River, doing Yoga at Frog Pond, watching our classmates showcase their talents at Open Mic Night, playing paintball and more. Don’t forget, if you like an activity, head to the 4th floor and write your name on the sign-up sheet below the activity. Then, show up at the time listed on the 5th Floor Student Lounge unless otherwise specified. We hope you enjoy the last full month of summer! Please see our Activities Coordinator, Nikita, if you have any further suggestions. Learn more about English classes in Boston.

Boston English: Summer Activity Suggestions for ESL Students in Boston!

Summer is finally here in Boston! The sun officially rises at 5 AM and officially sets at 8:30 PM. But really, the sky starts to lighten up around 4:30 AM, and it doesn’t really get dark until around 9 PM. That gives you an amazing 16.5 hours of sunlight during the peak summer days!   What can you do in Boston during such warm, bright, and sunny days? Our staff member Dennis Nguyen has compiled a list of five things you must-do while in Boston in the summer. Ride a bike along the edge of the Charles River. (Otherwise known as the Charles River Esplanade.) This is probably the best thing you can do. The trail starts off near the MGH T-stop off the Red Line, and goes all the way down to Waltham, MA before looping back around.  I personally like to cross one of the bridges near Allston and Cambridge. From there I’ll find my way to Harvard Square, where I can stop by J.P. Licks for some ice cream. Host a BBQ. If you have space where you live to cook outdoors on a grill, then this is a summer essential in Boston.  You can grill anything you want.  The most popular are the American classics: burgers and hot dogs.  A great addition to a BBQ are oysters! You know they’re ready when the shells crack open.  Most importantly, make sure to have your guests bring something! It’s an opportunity for friends to share foods from their home country. Go on an evening boat cruise. One night cruises take off almost every night during the summer. You get an amazing sunset view of the city skyline and get to spend the night embracing the warm ocean breeze.  Make sure to bring a camera and lots of friends … Read more

Class Field Trip to the MIT Museum!

    Students in Marina’s Elementary class enjoyed meeting Kismet – the world’s first social robot – at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum today! They discovered the different emotions this robot can simulate and how human vocal tones and body language can affect how he responds to you. Students also interacted with other works with robotic components. The MIT Museum was founded in 1971. It hosts unique collections of artificial intelligence, robotics, maritime history, technology-related artworks, holography and, of course, the history of MIT itself. The museum is about a 25 minute train ride from EC Boston. Learn more about Boston English.  

EC Boston January 2015 Activity Calendar

Join us this month on some wintry activities in Boston. Boston English School will be taking students on a variety of activities with teachers. Sign up today on the Activity Boards on the 4th floor. Pay for tickets and weekend trips at the front desk. If you have any questions, please speak to Hannah. We hope you’ll join us!

Conversation Partners Program improves English Speaking Skills

When and where did you find out about the Conversation Partners Program at EC Boston? I knew this program by a bulletin board of my school. What was your motivation in joining the program? I wanted to talk with native american because I’m not good at listening to fast English. Besides I thought it will be great if I can get native american friend. What have you done with your partner? We had dinner together sometimes and watched movie so far. It was very great because she explained us american culture and introduced her friends. It helps me that we can understand each other by both languages. Do you think the program is helpful? I think it was great that I was able to get a native american friend and what is better, she can speak Japanese. Would you like to say anything to future students or participants in the program? I enjoy my school life with my friends and my great teachers. The location of EC Boston is very good and convenient. Our long-term students in the Intensive English program in Boston enjoy participating in this program. We have three start dates – one in the fall, winter, and summer semesters. Only long-term students are eligible to apply. We pair one or two students with a local Bostonian in hopes that both participants will practice English and the student’s native language. It’s a great way to meet people, practice English, enjoy the city – and it’s completely FREE!

November Activities Calendar

  We’ve got a lot of fun activities planned for you this month! Come with us to cheer on the Bruins and the Celtics. Enjoy a night out at the ballet with Swan Lake or get wild with Blue Man Group! Plan a weekend getaway with our trips to Washington DC, New York City, and Canada! We’ve also got a few holidays this month, so mark your calendars for November 11th, 27th, and 28th. Enjoy a relaxing day off or go sightseeing in the city. There are also numerous FREE events throughout the month. Harvard and MIT campus tours, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Institute of Contemporary Art are all free. In addition, we have FREE classes offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for ALL EC Boston students. Don’t forget about our ‘Friends’giving potluck on Wednesday, November 26th. Bring in something to share and feast with all of the students, teachers, and staff! We’re going to celebrate Thanksgiving a day early! 🙂 Welcome November!