Student Spotlight: Sandy – Touched by Hollywood

Sandy Krummel is a student from Germany . She started in the Intermediate level and graduated from EC Los Angeles in the High Intermediate level. Find out more about her experience in Los Angeles below! What do you do back home? I’m an online marketing manager Why did you want to study English and why in LA? English is so important, everyone needs it. I used to be a lazy English student and my English was bad before I arrived here. In 2009, I visited LA and fell in love with the city. I love the palm trees, the beach, the California lifestyle! What was the most memorable thing you’ve done or seen here? The greatest thing I’ve done here – it was a Christmas present to myself – I touched the HOLLYWOOD sign! It was Christmas eve, my friend and I went to see it and it was such an adrenaline rush, we had no water and had to climb up the hill and it was at night and if felt so good to touch it (since you’re not really allowed to be that close)!! What do you like most about the school? The best thing about being here is that I met so many people for everywhere. Now I know people from Asia and South America! What’s you’re favorite eating spot? My favorite place to eat is the C&O Trattoria restaurant on Washington Blvd. You must have their garlic knots! It’s walking distance from Oakwood! And of course, the Bungalow and O’Hara’s are my favorites as well! What advice do you want to give to students who are planning on coming to ECLA? If you’re planning on coming, stay longer than 3 months! Come in the summer, live at Oakwood, and BE STRONG because it’s hard to say “good-bye”. I want to come back!! We will … Read more

Meet Ali – English Teacher and Kobe Bryant fan!

Ali started teaching at EC Los Angeles in August of 2013. He was recently featured as the guest speaker for our Academic Year Lecture Series. Ali spoke about Muhammad Ali and other influential black figures in American history, as a part of Black History Month for the month of February. Find out more about him below!   Which classes do you teach? I teach Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Ready to Write, and English for Work. What do you like most about teaching? The thing I like the most about teaching is after I’m done teaching something, the satisfaction that I get knowing that the students understand what I taught them. Tell a funny joke! I think I’m one of the dullest people in the world.  It will take a really long time to dig up a joke…I can’t think of one right now, honestly. What are your hidden talents? My hidden talent is my ability to memorize.  I have a good memory.  I’ve memorized about half of the Koran in Arabic. What is the wildest/craziest thing you’ve ever done? The craziest thing I’ve ever done is related to my idol Kobe Bryant, NBA Basketball Player.  I’m too embarrassed to say, but if you’re really curious, just ask me. Message for potential students Do your homework, and remember that you get what you put into it.  The teachers aren’t magicians. They can’t magically put the language into your head.  You have to actually work too.   Find out more about the English classes in Los Angeles, like the ones that Ali teaches!