Greenvironment Club at EC Boston

Greenvironment, which was set up by a few students and a teacher, Timothy. Having a meeting once a week, every Monday, we set out to consider recycling for environment that each person can do easily. As well, we research and find out how bad effects occur to environment when people do not care about recycling by throwing all garbage together into just one trash bin without any distinction, even if it could be recycled perfectly. Since I got interested in recycling by being one of the Greenvironment members, I’ve started to become conscious of some restaurants and cafes’ recycling systems and whether they have the recycling bins separate or not. Unbelievably, most of the restaurants and cafes where I visit haven’t considered it and they just had one trash bin, which was piled up with all kinds of trash in it. They did not care about it and seemed to be totally ignoring our world for their convenience and comfort. What I’ve seen of this situation has been really shocking as long as I have been aware of it. Thus, I thought I should recycle as a person at home, of course, and in EC Boston as well. The things that I can normally recycle are the plastic bottles, glasses and papers; in particularly, bottles and glasses should be rinsed out before being put into a bin and should not be with oil and organic things(food). I recognized that I should help the environment with consideration and responsibility for my world. Basically, the reason why I was able to change as a careful person about recycling is thanks to having been one of the members of Greenvironment. Before, we had an opportunity to make a presentation about our task. It’s about what’s going on in our world and what’s the … Read more

Meet Steve, our newest English Teacher!

General background info: Teaching English for 8 years, has taught IELTS and TOEFL classes Favorite experience abroad: Driving from Finland to Bulgaria in a 1990 Lada. Favorite thing about Boston: The Republic of Cambridge Most memorable moment at EC so far: walking up 7 flights of stairs Something quirky/odd/interesting about yourself: I have a magnetic field strong enough to keep a coin or many chess pieces stuck to my forehead

Meet Katherine, EC Boston’s newest teacher!

Meet Katherine, a new EC Boston teacher! General background information: I graduated from the University of Virginia in the spring of 2013 and just moved up to Boston in January. Starting life in a new city has been exciting, but Boston is definitely a big change for me. I grew up in Baltimore and went to school in the south so this northern winter has been a bit rough, but I’m so happy to be here. As for teaching, I actually began tutoring ESL when I was only 14 my freshman year of high school and have continued ever since. I love being a part of EC Boston and am looking forward to a great summer. Favorite experience abroad: My favorite experiences abroad have been visiting my friends in El Salvador. My very first teaching experience was tutoring migrant workers who lived in my neighborhood outside of Boston. They became great friends of the family and when their visas ran out we decided to visit them at their homes in El Salvador. Getting to know their friends and family in their hometown was an incredible experience. Everyone was incredibly friendly and I loved getting to know a place that is so different from home.   Favorite thing about Boston: My favorite place in Boston is the Esplanade, I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can ride my bike, walk, and run up and down the Esplanade every weekend! Boston is a great city because it has so many parks and public spaces. I love finding new adventures to go on in the city and meeting new people. The university culture brings an incredibly diverse population to Boston so there are always interesting things happening and people to meet. Most memorable moment at EC so far: I’ve … Read more

Meet Elaine, a new English teacher at EC Boston!

Welcome Elaine to EC Boston! Can you introduce yourself? I have been teaching for over a year had received my certificate from the Boston Language Institute. Beforehand I went to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and received a degree in the French language. What is your favorite experience abroad? I really enjoyed my time in Morocco because the culture was just so unique and different from ours. Every aspect, from how and when we ate to how we bathed, was different. I learned about human nature and the various ways people live. What is your favorite thing about Boston? I am proud of Boston’s hospitals because they are the best of the best in the world. It is so convenient and wonderful that we have these hospitals available to us when others fly in from around the world to use our medical care. What is your most memorable moment at EC Boston so far? I have only been here a week, but I had a student show me his moves to a type of Japanese dance, which was very entertaining. Tell us something quirky about yourself: Something quirky about me is that I like to eat pizza from the crust inward because I like saving the best for last. That is great! I think we all will try that method out! 

EC Boston Teacher Alex gives back!

When I found out that EC would give me a paid day off to volunteer, I jumped at the opportunity.  Prior to becoming an EC Boston English teacher I was a social worker at Catholic Charities’ Laboure Center in South Boston. My job there consisted of helping needy families in the community with basic needs, such as shelter, clothing, food, and financial assistance. Although all of my clients were always very appreciative of the help with basic needs, we always wanted to give something extra for the holidays. Each year, all donations received for children are organized in a room to make it look like a shopping center. Mothers and fathers come on a designated day to “shop” for a gift for each of their children.   Last Thursday, I was able to to spend the day preparing the “Christmas Shopping Center” and then helping parents to pick a gift for each of their children, as well as supervising the completion of necessary forms. It was a joy to see old clients, but also a difficult experience as I realized so many families in the community are still struggling from day-to-day. Though I have left social work, I’m very lucky to have found a job where I am still able to make a positive difference in individuals’ lives at an English school. It is an extra benefit that EC Boston also appreciates helping those in need and will compensate teachers for time we spend volunteering. At the end of the day I truly felt in the spirit of Christmas and was very satisfied with my volunteer experience. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be Santa Claus for a day?

Thank you and goodbye

Dear students, The time has come to say goodbye. This is my last day at EC Boston and my last day as a teacher.  Though it might be weird, and though I feel a bit sheepish, I wanted to write you guys a letter because you all have been a significant part of my life the last 2 ½ years and I am truly grateful. If you’ve ever taken my TOEFL class, you know that one of my mottos is “fake it until you make it.” In TOEFL, this is mostly used when students are practicing speaking. Faking confidence and assurance until you are able to answer a question. If you fake it enough, you’ll eventually make it. When I think about my students who struggle to speak, who feel shy speaking English, or who feel a lack of confidence in general, I often think about this motto. Some of you guys might think that you don’t want to be “fake,” because it isn’t true to yourself. For me, when I think about this phrase, it’s about doing something you never thought you could… it’s about believing in yourself, trying new things, overcoming fears, growing, and conquering your fears. By the way, if you want to watch an awesome Ted Talk video on “Faking it,” here it is. It’s great listening practice too! 🙂 http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html Anyway, I want to tell you my own “fake it until you make it” story. I know that this might come as a surprise to a lot of you because of my charming and sociable qualities (sense sarcasm here), but I am a very shy person. I can be awkward. I never thought I could be a teacher. The thought of public speaking still frightens me. How could I possibly do something that required me to … Read more

Movember at EC Boston!

Have you noticed teachers with moustaches? Do you know why they are growing them out? Movember is an annual, month-long event that involved men to grow moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues. The campaign helps raise funds for men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. EC Boston has joined the Movember Foundation, the official global charity for this cause. As a community, we can support the teachers by following the link and donating to their efforts!

Interview with Ramsay!

When and how long did you study at EC Boston? I studied at EC for almost 5 month back in 2011, during that period I took the TOEFL course which was taught by Rachel. I also had Timothy, Stella, Paul and James as teachers during my stay at EC as a student. What was your best experience as a student at EC? My best experience was mixing with people from different nations and learning about there cultures. Also talking to the staff at EC was something I always looked forward to especially the front desk staff which included Kirsten, Katie and Rebecca. After graduating EC, where did you study? I continued my education at Boston University. I completed my EdM in TESOL which has always been my dream. What was the most difficult part of your program at Boston University? I wouldn’t say it was difficult, but what I did find challenging was the fact that I was the youngest student in all classes I attended, which meant all others had ‘bags’ of experiences. Also, I was required to do a lot of reading. Why did you decide to come back to EC as a teacher? I have always had a special connection with EC as it was kind of my introduction to life in the US. I’ve always felt loved and wanted by EC and felt like one of the family even before I joined, and what better way to showcase my valuable knowledge gained at BU than here at EC. What is the best part about teaching at EC? Seeing Bryn!! No seriously, the whole staff here at EC are simply wonderful. What better place to teach than back where it all started. Plus I LOVE the North End, so not far to go!! What from your experience … Read more

Say Hello to Victoria!

We have a new teacher at EC Boston! Here is a little bit about Victoria: Despite growing up very close to Boston, in Londonderry, NH, I’ve just recently become an official resident of the city after moving back to the States. I went to college in Philadelphia where I studied journalism and Spanish. I discovered that teaching and language learning were very important for me after spending a semester abroad in Chile — so after I finished school and did a year of Americorps service, I received my teaching certificate in TEFL. I returned to South America to continue learning Spanish, start work in the EFL field, travel, and reconnect with friends and second family I had made down there. I spent the last 3.5 years in Santiago, Chile,  where I was living and working as a academic coordinator of English programs and teaching classes. Even during my short time with the company,  EC’s diverse student body has made me realize that I love what I do even more. I admire these students for choosing to step out of their comfort zone and learn English in a very unique, life-changing way. The students and staff at EC have helped to make my transition back a lot easier and so I feel very grateful to be able to come back to an opportunity like this.

Hello Hannah!

Say hello to Hannah, a new teacher at EC Boston! Hannah is a curly girl with eyes full of wonder, lips that only smile, a head full of curiosities, a heart full of love, and feet that always wander. She is a Floridian through and through, but has spent the last three years teaching TEFL in Europe. First in Prague, CZ then in Rome, Italy. She is excited to be here at EC Boston to both teach and to grow.