Goodbye Dani and Molly

Hello, everyone. It’s with heavy hearts that we would like to announce the departure of two amazing members from the EC Boston team: Molly and Dani. Though we are sad to see them go, both will be moving on to great things. Both Molly and Dani are hardworking and exceptional at what they do, and we will miss them! Here are some words from both Molly and Dani: “Hi everyone! I’m Molly and I am the Regional Student Services Coordinator for EC USA. I used to work as a Student Services Coordinator for Boston before I became the regional coordinator, and often help out at the front desk when I’m not traveling to other EC schools. In about a week however, I will be moving on to Los Angeles to take on the position of Student Services Manager! I have loved working in Boston for these last three years, first as host family coordinator, then as accommodations coordinator, after that as Student Services Coordinator and finally as Regional Student Services Coordinator. My favorite part about the Boston school is the great sense of community that students experience while they are here. Our superb teachers and staff help to build that atmosphere, and our long term students sustain it! Thank you for being an amazing environment to work in, I will miss you all, and come visit me in sunny (and warm) Los Angeles! XXOX  -Molly   Dear EC, This is a weird position for me to be in. I’ve gotten used to saying goodbye to my students as they inevitably graduate and leave, often to the other side of the world, but this is the first time in the two and a half years that I’ve been at EC that I have had to say goodbye to you because I’m … Read more

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.

Meet Claire from South Korea – an EC Boston Student Ambassador!

Hyein Son, or Claire as we know her here at EC, came to Boston in May of this year. She has been studying in our Academic Year Semi-Intensive Program. Since becoming a Student Ambassador, Claire has led many activities including tours of MIT, kayaking on the Charles River, brewery tours, bowling nights and more. She is known by her teachers and classmates as being a hard worker and by the staff as always being pleasant and willing to help around the school. If you have any questions about activities, EC or Boston in general, Claire is here to help! Here is what she would like to share about her time in Boston so far. I’m Hyein from Korea. My English name is Claire 🙂  I’ve been here for 3 months and I’ll staff for 3 months more. I’m really happy and glad to be here. I think Boston is the best place to study English and make good friends. We can experience various activities and have great times. I want to make wonderful memories with new students! If you are interested in being a Student Ambassador, see Nikita at the front desk or send her an email at nikitaduke@ecenglish.com. We’d love to have you! Find out more about EC’s English Courses in Boston

My EC Boston Experience – By Ray C. of Taiwan

Lap Quoc Luong of Taiwan (you may know him as Ray C) recently graduated from EC and will fly back to Taiwan today. Ray was a student here since March of last year and has gone from our Elementary level to Upper Intermediate. He served as a Student Ambassador and was well-known around the school for always planning fun dinners and outings for students, teachers and staff to take part in. He was also known for being a foodie and introducing everyone to good restaurants and unique dishes! We will truly miss his humor, energy and kindness around the school. Here is what Ray wanted to share about his experience at EC Boston, complete with a funny short story about an early experience trying to order a coffee in English at the local Starbucks. Enjoy!   I remember the first time I came to Boston. I couldn’t speak any English. I only knew the most basic words and expressions. I really appreciate the teachers at EC Boston for helping me. I’ve improved my English a lot. Coming here meant not just merely learning English. I have also made many friends who come from different countries. I’ve learned lots of interesting aspects of their cultures. I’m really delighted to have met them and I have had so much fun at EC Boston. I want to share about one of the funniest experiences I had in Boston with you. A few months ago, one day I woke up early because I had a morning class. That day, I was very tired so I needed a coffee. I went to Quincy Market to buy a coffee. This is what happened: Clerk: What is your name? Me: My name is Ray. Clerk: Sorry, what is your name? Me: My name is Ray. I also spelled out my name … Read more

Olivia Du Pasquier of Switzerland Talks About Her #ECExperience

  Olivia Du Pasquier came to EC Boston the first week of January this year. She studied in our Intensive English program as well as the Intensive TOEFL Preparation program. Olivia is known by the students, teachers and staff for her outgoing personality and sense of humor. As a Student Ambassador, Olivia helped kicked off the summer season by taking students kayaking on the Charles River and helped welcome the new students every Monday. Her last day was on Friday and she is already missed in the halls of EC Boston! Here is what Olivia had to say about her EC experience before she left: I’m Olivia Du Pasquier and I’m from Switzerland. I have been in Boston for almost 6 months and, unfortunately, I’m leaving soon. I’m living in the EC apartment in the North End – it’s pretty lovely and comfy and the neighborhood is just perfect. Moreover, I really like the people I’m sharing the apartment with. At EC, I improved my English and I met a lot of wonderful people at the same time. Students, teachers from all around the world, and also people from the staff who are really friendly and helpful. I’m so glad to be here and I hope the new students will have an experience at EC Boston as awesome as mine. Thank you, Olivia, for all of your hard work for the past 6 months. We wish you all the best!

Meet Mauro Bello of Venezuela: EC Boston’s New Student Ambassador!

Meet Mauro Bello from Venezuela – an Academic Year Semi-Intensive student since September of last year and an EC Student Ambassador! Many of you current students already know Mauro for his outgoing personality and ability to talk with anyone in the school. Now he is putting those skills to great use by talking to new students every week, helping to plan our monthly Activity Calendar and working closely with our staff to make EC Boston the best it can be by providing feedback and advice on student life. If you see Mauro in the school – don’t be shy! Feel free to introduce yourself, ask him questions about Boston or the Center and what events for students are taking place this month. Here is what Mauro had to say about himself and his experience at EC Boston. I’m Mauro Bello and I’m from Caracas,Venezuela. I’m 18 years old and I’ve been in EC Boston for 5 months. I’ll stay 4 months more, which makes me so glad and happy, because I really like EC Boston and, in my opinion, it is the best English academy in the United States. It has really good people from all around the world and also good teachers from different countries too. To the new students – I hope you like the academy and that you guys have a wonderful time here at EC Boston. Welcome!

Not “goodbye”, just “see you soon!”

By Bryn Keating On Friday we said “see you soon” to our Assistant Director of Studies, Bryn Keating. Bryn will now be serving as the Director of Studies at EC New York! We are so proud of her and will miss her very much here in Boston! Read below to see what she would like to share with all of the staff and students about her experience at EC Boston! Today is my last day working at EC Boston, as I’m transferring to EC New York next week. Although I am excited about my new position in a new city, I’d be lying if I said I don’t feel a good deal of sadness over leaving this very special office in this very special city. EC Boston has been good to me. I’ve had the opportunity to meet students from all over the world, and their insights and enthusiasm have helped me as an educator grow (and laugh) in the three and half years I’ve worked here. I will carry with me stories of classes and students both current and long gone for the rest of my life. Another one of the best aspects of working here has been the supportive and lively fourth floor staff. It will be hard in New York not to see Nikita’s smiling face or hear Molly’s bubbling laugh. Although separated by different floors, I have relied on the student services and operations team not only to figure out professional puzzles but also to brighten my day and put up with my foolishness. Nikita, Molly, Doris, Marlayna, and Kevin – I will miss you guys so much! And, finally, I’d like to talk about the Academic staff. I have been very lucky to find a community of dedicated educators who have continued to awe me … Read more

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

Meet Jungmu Lee of Korea! EC Boston’s New Student Ambassador

Meet Jungmu Lee of Korea – EC Boston’s new Student Ambassador! He has been with us since April studying in our Academic Year Intensive English program. As a Student Ambassador, Jungmu has helped organize many student activities and events, served as a liaison between the student body and staff and has represented the EC spirit every day! Next week is his last week and, needless to say, we will miss him very much here at the center! Here is what he would like to share about his EC experience. I can’t believe that I have already been in Boston for 6 months! Time flies! I have made a lot of friends whom are really nice, friendly and awesome. I could communicate with a very diverse group of nationalities and it made me understand their cultures. EC is such a melting pot. There are noit only good students but also reliable and warmhearted staff members. They are willing to help students as much as they can. Moreover, they put in a great deal of effort to set a curriculum and activities. These activities bring  us into real life. I just have approximately 50 days left in EC, but I hope you guys  Learn more about Boston English.

Nozomi Kawamura Talks About Her EC Experience

Nozomi is studying Intensive English here at EC Boston in our Academic Year Program. She has been here since April and her courses end in two weeks. This is what she had to say about her EC Experience: I chose EC because is supposed students are energetic and teachers are friendly. I have learned English grammar and memorized a ton of vocabulary, but I’ve never practiced speaking English in Japan. My company is an international company, so English is often used in my office. Even if I can read documents which are written in English, I cannot explain and give my opinion using English. It’s necessary for me to speak English. This is a reason why I chose EC. I’d like you to know that EC has a lot of opportunities not only to speak English but also to know opinions and cultures from friends, teachers, staff and host families. We usually share information about our countries in our classes, homes, everywhere. It’s so interesting to learn about other countries. Although it’s so hard to describe about one own country, because we can’t communicate with each other using our own languages, I really want them to know how beautiful Japan is. However, I sometimes face difficulties. I’d never known that how much I didn’t know about Japanese history and politics before I came here. So I’ll study about Japan as well as study English after I go back to Japan. All in all, I’m really satisfied with EC Boston. EC has amazing teachers and staff and I’m always provoked my motivation to improve my English by them. And as you know, there are some well-known universities in Boston, so Boston has many good places to study (I especially like the Boston Public Library). The longer I stay in Boston, the more I love it here. … Read more