GET CREATIVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS! ♫ It’s the most wonderful time, of the year! ♫ Everyone here at EC English School in Los Angeles would like to extend our best wishes for you all this holiday season.  To get you all in the festive spirit, we have compiled a few ideas to get creative and have fun with your families! How To: Make One-of-a-Kind Ornaments What You Need – Clear Ornaments (local craft store) – Glitter – Scrapbook Paper, Decorative Tape, or Ribbon – Double-Stick Tape – Scissors – Ribbon for hanging the ornament 1. Gently twist or pull top off the ornament. 2. Fill glass ornament with sparkly glitter. 3. Cut enough decorative paper so that it can wrap around the entire circumference of the ornament. 4. Using double-stick tape, attach the decorative paper to your ornament. 5. Cut ribbon to your desired size and tie a knot around the ornament’s cap.   How To: Make Bright and Beautiful Candle Holders What You Need – Assortment of Jars (We used jam, mustard, and baby food jars.) – Drinking Glasses – Recycled Wrapping Paper – Tissue Paper – Newsprint and Magazine Pages – Elmer’s Glue – Mod Podge – Brush – Votive candle 1. Cut paper into small shapes. 2. Squeeze Elmer’s Glue onto the back of the strips of paper and adhere to jar. 3. When the jar is covered, brush Mod Podge over entire area, pressing down any bubbles. Let dry for an hour. 4. Place small votive inside.   How To: Make Edible Holiday Wreaths What You Need – 1/2 cup margarine – 40 regular marshmallows – 1 teaspoon green food coloring – 6 cups corn flakes – Red cinnamon candies (red hots will work) 1. Melt margarine. 2. Add marshmallows and cook stirring until marshmallows melt and mixture is syrupy. 3. … Read more

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Festive Fun at the Zoo This Weekend!

GET IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WITH EC LOS ANGELES! In addition to ensuring that we offer the best English Courses in Los Angeles, EC is always looking to enrich our students’ experience with fun activities both in and out of school.  We have a great calendar of events and activities that we offer to our students every month. This weekend, as part of it’s ongoing festivities, the LA Zoo is once again putting on a light show with a fun twist! After going dark in 2009, holiday lights return to Griffith Park—this time at the LA Zoo. Whereas the old DWP Holiday Lights brought motorists careening through the park’s windy roads, the zoo’s fest will find visitors trekking through the front half of the festively illuminated grounds on foot. Though most of the animals will be asleep, you will be able to see reindeer and sit for a photo with Santa. There’s a charming theme that ties everything together: A group of LED monkeys have commandeered a Christmas tree and the zoo’s power supply. The glowing “Animal Power” cord they’ve draped across the grounds electrifies everything from desert flora laced with lights to a purple, disco ball-filled forest. Standout displays include elephant statues animated with projection mapping, a twinkly light tunnel and “ZOOray for Hollywood,” a festive interpretation of LA landmarks. For better or worse, it’s a tasteful, sometimes understated display—there’s no snow or strobe lights, and the holiday music is sporadic—but LA Zoo Lights is sure to become an LA holiday staple. Tip: Buy your tickets in advance to avoid the worst of the entry lines. Also, tickets are $5 cheaper until December 11. And wear comfortable shoes; the lights only cover a fraction of the zoo grounds, but you’ll be shuffling slightly uphill for most of the way. CHECK … Read more

Meet our talented student – Yuko Saito!

MEET EC LOS ANGELES STUDENT… Meet our talented student – Yuko Saito! Yuko has been with us here at ECLA since October.  She is currently studying on one of our General English Courses in Los Angeles and is having a great experience so far.  Here is a little bit about Yuko, in her own words – and a video, showcasing her talents on the guitar! Hi!  I am Yuko Saito,  I’m from Japan. My hobby are playing the guitar, drawing pictures and eating.  I’m studying Japanese literature. Then, I’d like to go on to graduate school for a master’s degree, therefore English skills are very important for taxing an exam and my study. That why I’m studying English in ECLA! The thing I like most about studying at ECLA is talking to staffs 🙂 Thank you. Check out the video on our Facebook page! See our website for more information on studying at our English School in Los Angeles!  

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Movember at EC Los Angeles

WHAT IS MOVEMBER? The Movember community has raised $559 million to date and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember, to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide, but we won’t stop growing as long as serious men’s health issues exist. Since relatively humble beginnings back in 2003 in Australia, the Movember movement has grown to be a truly global one; inspiring support from over 4 million Mo Bros, Mo Sistas around the world. The Movember Foundation currently runs official campaigns in 21 countries, however, we’re aware of pockets of support in virtually every corner of the world, from Moscow to Rio de Janeiro and everywhere in between. Movember’s success can largely be attributed to the strength of the global community; regardless of the city in which they live, they feel part of something bigger, united by a commitment to help change the face of men’s health. It’s about global mateship. The global expansion of the Movember campaign is not something that has been driven from within – it has been invited and encouraged. Our policy is only to enter a new market if there is an existing strong ground swell of support. Word of mouth, the movement of expats and the incredible power of the internet have all contributed to the campaign stretching out across the globe. The geographic expansion supports and delivers on our primary objective of spreading key health messages to men everywhere. The idea for Movember actually started with a conversation between mates, so there’s a nice synergy to the fact that today it’s … Read more