Earth Day 2012 in Los Angeles

What is Earth Day? The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 with an estimated 20 million Americans participating. The idea was conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) Dennis Hayes after they witnessed the horrors of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara. On April 22, 2012, the 42nd Earth Day will be honored around the world with events organized throughout the entire month of April. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day, here’s where to go! Long Beach: Aquarium of the Pacific Earth Day Celebration When: Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 Join the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach for a weekend of Earth Day events. Learn how to help our ocean planet, visit booths from earth-friendly organizations and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations. The Aquarium will also be collecting e-waste and outdated AT&T yellow pages at the eWaste and AT&T booths. Bring your old yellow pages or unwanted electronic gadgets and receive a $7 off adult admission coupon valid for April 21st and 22nd. For more information visit www.aquariumofpacific.org. Children’s Day and Earth Day Celebration & Parade When: Saturday, April 28, 2012 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: El Dorado Park – Stage by the Duck Pond, 2400 Studebaker and Willow, Long Beach, CA 90815 A day long festival to celebrate Children’s Day and Earth Day is planned for Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11:00 am – 4:0o pm at the state by the duck pond at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. Performances include children’s choirs, folkorico, gymnastics, Cambodiann singers and dancers, drummers, drill teams and more. For more information visit www.childrensday.net. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Zoo Earth Day Expo Weekend When: … Read more

50 Places to eat for $5 or less in Los Angeles

It is always such a treat to be able to eat great food for really cheap. Don’t you agree? Cha Cha Chicken is a restaurant that is located about 15 minutes fromthe school on foot.  They serve some seriously good food for such affordable prices.  Make sure to drop in and give it a whirl! Check out this LA Times article for some more great suggestions! http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-50-under-5-html%2c0%2c368005.htmlstory  

Teacher Feature: Tony Kazanjian

ECLA is happy to introduce one of their teachers, Tony. ” What’s up everybody? I’m a true Californian boy, born and raised near Pasadena, CA, but have been living, working, studying, or traveling to other areas on the west coast, and around the world, since 2000. I have always loved learning languages since I was little, and when I decided I wanted to major in a language in college, I chose one of the hardest ones…Japanese! After earning my degree from the University of Oregon, I moved to Japan to teach English there for two years. Still, the teach & travel bug in me had not been cured, so I moved to Thailand, where I could really develop my own style of teaching. I realized how much I loved interacting with students from all over the world, and the challenge and creativity of helping them succeed with our complicated language! I decided then that I would get my Master’s in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and just this last year I received my degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. I’m really excited to be teaching all of you at EC, and am looking forward to seeing how we will use this opportunity of being in awesome, sunny Santa Monica to learn all the English we can! I try to make my classes a very fun and cooperative learning environment, and I love discovering new ways to use technology to enhance student projects and collaboration. When I’m not teaching, I love jogging, reading, sampling local eateries, playing music, and gaming.”

Giving Back for Fred Day April 14, 2012

Santa Monica Beach Clean-Up Day on Saturday April 14, 2012 was a raging success! ECLA students and staff donned their special “Giving Back for Fred Day” T-shirts as they collected trash from the beach! Go to the EC Los Angeles Facebook page to take a look at the pictures from our day! https://www.facebook.com/pages/EC-Los-Angeles/174911455912834

Unlimited Bowling in Santa Monica!!

Did you know that for only $5, you can bowl as much as you want? How’s that for something cheap to do in Santa Monica?! Christine Chang, ECLA Teacher, and students Vladimir Kolyupanov, Miho Yonemura, and Donsel Meier bowled the afternoon away at AMF Bay Shore Lanes.  

Teacher Feature: Christine Chang

ECLA is delighted to welcome Teacher and Junior Program Coordinator, Christine Chang, to the team. Learn more about Christine by reading her introduction below. “I knew the first day of kindergarten that I would become a teacher one day! Of course, I’ve come a long way since kindergarten and am excited to be at EC Los Angeles! In high school, I volunteered at a local elementary school and met a first grade girl who had recently immigrated from Iran. She spoke no English at all, and I worked with her for the year so that she could become integrated into her class. It was an experience that showed me that I had talent and passion for teaching English. Since then, I’ve geared my life towards improving as a teacher by going to university, travelling and working with different types of students. I especially enjoy teaching ESL because I see how students from different countries and cultures not only get to learn a language but also learn about each other. I came to EC Los Angeles with teaching experience, but I’ve learned so much about teaching from EC’s method. I’m excited to be developing as a teacher so that I can tailor each of my lessons to my students and their specific needs. I want to be the teacher that students remember as the one who cared about them and their learning and as the teacher who helped them markedly improve their English. I know that the EC method is the best way to ensure that I will be the teacher that I want to be!”

Salsa Salsa Salsa!!

Salsa Mondays at Zanzibar are great! For only $5, people can get up to two 1-hour dance lessons from three-time world champion salsa dancer, Christian Oviedo. On the first Monday of every month, admission is $10, but that includes music from a live salsa band. Students can practise their listening comprehension and meet locals at this trendy nightclub in the middle of downtown Santa Monica.

Happy Hour Hot Spot: The Penthouse

Last Friday, a few of us ECLA girls went to The Penthouse for happy hour and had a delightful time sipping our cocktails as we kept our gazes on the Pacific Ocean. Not only did we enjoy each other’s company, we also enjoyed the absolutely affordable happy hour specials ($4 beers and $7 appetizers). It is definitely a must-see for anybody visiting Santa Monica, especially the lucky ECLA students and staff who need walk a short 3 minutes to get there. http://www.thehuntleyhotel.com/gallery/index.php?category=THE%20PENTHOUSE

Happy Easter!!!!

  What a great surprise for the students: an Easter Egg Hunt! Everybody had a wonderful time scouring the student lounge for precious chocolate easter eggs. They had only two rules: 1) No pushing and shoving and 2) English Only! So as you can imagine, there was a lot of shouting! At least it was all in English though!

25 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names

How many of these did you actually already know?  My favorite one is lunule.  From now on, I’m referring to all of these items correctly now that I know their names and so should you! http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/25-everyday-things-you-never-knew-had-names