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!

EC Boston Conversation Partners Program Review

EC Boston English Language School offers an exciting and valuable program to international students studying English with us in Boston.  It’s called the Conversation Partners Program.  Through this program, students who are at an Intermediate level and above can be matched with a Native-English speaking American volunteer.  Over the course of a 10-week program, the student and volunteer set up weekly meetings at cafes, restaurants, and other public areas in and around Boston in order to practice English conversation!  It’s a great way for students to meet “real Americans” and take their English practice outside of the classroom. This blog post was written by EC Boston student Dong Jin Lim, from Korea: “At the end of January, Laura and I met through EC Boston’s Conversation Partners Program.  I realized that EC had worked hard to find each other’s partners because Laura and I have the same interests and hobbies.  I really like reading comics and Laura also enjoys cartoons.  Whenever we meet, we usually drink a cup of coffee and chat for an hour.  We don’t know each other very much, so we talk about ourselves.  It is fun.  Actually, I had just known about Americans’ daily lives by watching American dramas before I met Laura.  Even though there are many friendly teachers in EC, I hardly met teachers in real life, outside of classes.  However, Laura is different from teachers.  She has a job that doesn’t relate with ESL students.  Therefore, I’m getting know a real American. Our last meeting’s topic was the Super Bowl.  As she is an American, she watched the game and explained her Super Bowl party’s atmosphere and how it was.  Afterwards, we conversed about sports.  The difference between sports in America and Korea is university games.  In Korea, when any sport’s university league starts, just a few people watch the … Read more

In Defense of the Cup

Tonight the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs begin for the Boston Bruins! The Bruins are in a unique position because they will be defending their championship. That means they won the championship last year and are trying to do it again. Last year’s playoffs were an exciting time for the city of Boston. The whole city had hockey fever! Some of the local statues wore Bruins jerseys (uniform shirts) to show their support. The whole city celebrated when the Bruins brought home the championship trophy, the Stanley Cup, for the first time in 39 years! They even had a Duck Boat parade to show off the Cup, and yes, I was in the front row! This year should be another exciting playoff season. You can follow the Bruins’ progress at http://bruins.nhl.com/index.html or by asking a Bostonian. It’s a great way to practice your listening skills, because we love to talk about our sports teams! Go Cup crazy!

Boston, The City of Sports: The Boston Bruins

We all know that Boston is a huge sports town. Bostonians love their sports and have sometimes been compared to the “soccer hooligans” in Europe for their devotion to their teams. Although when most people think of Boston sport teams they immediately think of the famous Red Sox (baseball), but Boston has other teams that have won national championships as well. Boston’s professional hockey team is called the Boston Bruins. Its a very exciting time here in Boston because the Bruins are in the National Championship and tonight is the final game in the series. If they win tonight, they win the National Championship!!!! In honor of this amazing achievement, here is some information on about the team. The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston. The team has been in existence since 1924, entering the league as the first United States-based expansion franchise. They are also an Original Six team, along with the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston currently has the second highest total of Stanley Cup championships won by an American team at five, with the Detroit Red Wings winning 11. Their home arena is the TD Garden which is located at North Station right on the outskirts of the North End of the city. Some of the famous players on the team at the moment are Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and goalie Tim Thomas. Rene Rancourt is a favorite at the Bruins’ home games and usually sings the National Anthem. He is well known for his famous fist pumps and saluts after completing the anthems.