This is one elective you can take at ECLA!

ECLA starts new elective – English in the City!

Two weeks ago, EC Los Angeles rolled out its newest elective – English in the City! In this course taught by two of our wonderful teachers, Ama and Charlene, students learn the practical English knowledge needed to navigate Los Angeles. In this course, students study the different parts of English, from grammar and vocabulary to speaking, reading and presentation skills, all through the context of Los Angeles history. Each week ends with an excursion to a famous place in Los Angeles Country, where students can apply the knowledge they gained through out the week in a practical way.   On Friday of the first weeks, MWF Ama took her students to visit the Venice Canals. Decades ago, this area was know as “The Venice of America”, and was created by a man named Abbot Kinney. If you walk around Venice now, you’ll find a long street full of interesting shops and restaurants named after him!   Take a look at some of the pictures from the trip!       Come visit the EC Los Angeles English Center today!

Dann had a great time at EC!

Student Spotlight – Daan

  Name: Daan Scholten Nationality: Dutch (The Netherlands) Why did you choose to study with EC? I wanted to follow an English course to develop my English skills and I contacted Study-Globe who told me that I could study at EC Los Angeles. After Googeling ECLA I was very excited to go there. What do you like most about EC teachers? I like the way they threat students. The teachers that I had (Anthony and Travis) were really kind and as a student you can feel that they respect you and want to help you. In my class Trevor had his on way to lead his classes and it was very comfortable to sit in his classes and the way he teaches us. What will be your most unforgettable memory of EC? The first day I was at ECLA. I didn’t knew what to expend and I was very excited after my first day. The rules and the expectations were very clear explained and it’s really a nice way to learn something. Would you recommend EC to a friend? Why? I am already recommending EC to my friend that they should go to Los Angeles and especially to ECLA to follow an English course. Basically because EC helps international students to feel like home and they really help you with whatever you want.   Want to study English Courses in the USA? Visit ECLA today!

This week's activities from ECLA!

EC Los Angeles Activities 2/23 – 2/28

Here are this week’s EC Los Angeles activities! Don’t forget to sign-up on EC Online!   Wednesday Volleyball Cost: Free Time: 2:00PM The calendar might say February, but the weather feels like Summer! Let’s all have fun and spike the ball around!!   Thursday Happy Hour in Santa Monica Cost: $5+ Time: 5:45PM It’s almost the weekend! Join some EC Staff and students for a drink (or soda if you’re under 21) at the happy hour place in Santa Monica. We will decide a place on Thursday!   Friday Graduation! Location: Reed Park (California and Lincoln) Time: 12:00 Cheer your graduating classmates on, and maybe win a trip to Las Vegas at the raffle! Cheer on your graduating friends! Sunday Griffith Park Observatory Cost: $7+ Time: 3:00PM Join Trevor at this historical, beautiful Los Angeles landmark! Learn about the solar system in the amazing planetarium and see some amazing views of the city! Looking for English Language Courses in the USA? Visit ECLA today!

Meet Mako, our new Intern!

Meet Mako, Cheerful new ECLA Intern!

Meet Mako, the new ECLA intern!   Are you a university student? What do you study? I was a junior in the university in Japan until January 2016.  I majored in International Relations, with a focus on Politics. But I am taking a long break for one year and I am here to see you!   Why do you work at EC English as an internship student? I want to improve my English skills. I want to touch many cultures and communicate with students from all over the world. Here is the best place for me to do that! I am very lucky to come here because my co-workers always help me and always smile and students are friendly!   What are you interested in? I am interested in National Parks.  My most favorite park is the Grand Canyon. CA has a lot of National Parks.  So if you have good information about them, please tell me at the front desk!    What do you like in LA? I like everything! The weather is great, the beach is great, the people are kind and food is delicious. In particular, I like watching the sun set over Santa Monica beach.   Do you play any sports? I don’t play anything now. But I was a manager of the baseball team in the university, and I worked at the baseball stadium as a beer seller before I come here. I don’t play baseball, but I like watching baseball games very much! And also I played basketball for 6 years.   EC welcomes you, Mako! We hope you have a wonderful time here!   Interested in studying at EC Los Angeles English Center? Visit us today!  

LA is experiencing a heatwave now!

Wednesday Word of the Day: Heatwave

heat wave/ heatwave noun Definition: a prolonged period of abnormally hot weather. California, and especially Los Angeles, is known for it’s wonderful weather. While states like New York will see snow in the winter, Los Angeles stays around 70 f degrees (21 c) during the day! However, Los Angeles often experiences an increase in temperature. Take this week for example, every day the temperature is in the high 80s (high 20s c). When the weather is hot for more than 1 day, we call it a “heat wave!” You can think of “heat wave” like you think about waves in the ocean. The wave comes building force (it gets hotter and hotter) until the wave finally breaks (it’s the hottest temperature you can imagine), the wave covers the sand and then slowly goes back to sea (the heat slowly cools down). Opposite from a summer heat wave, which can be very humid, winter heat waves are usually very dry. Please make sure to drink a lot of water and use sun screen. Did you enjoy today’s Word of the Day? Looking for full immersion English classes in Los Angeles? Visit ECLA today!

Weekly Activities for ECLA!

EC Los Angeles Activities 2/8 – 2/12

Here are this week’s EC Los Angeles activities! Don’t forget to sign-up on EC Online! Monday Welcome Drinks @ Barneys Beanery Time: 2:15PM Cost: $5+ Join some new arrivals and classmates who have been here for a while for some snacks and a drink! Barney’s Beanery is a famous Los Angeles restaurant! Join us at Barney’s Beanery! Tuesday Learn Salsa! Location: Rms. 305 – 306 Cost: Free! Time: 5:45PM – 7:00PM Our very own Student Ambassador, Daniela, will be teaching us how to dance Salsa! All levels are welcome!   Thursday Soccer Cost: Free Time: 2:00PM The calendar might say February, but the weather feels like Summer! Let’s all have fun and kick a ball around! Friday Graduation! Location: 2nd floor student lounge Time: 12:00 Cheer your graduating classmates on, and maybe win a trip to Las Vegas at the raffle! Cheer on your graduating friends!   Looking for English Language Courses in the USA? Visit ECLA today!

Kendi is a Student Ambassador!

Meet Kendi, New Student Ambassador!

Today we share a few words from one of our newest student ambassadors. Kendi began studying at EC Los Angeles on January 19, 2016 and will be a student here until May! Let’s find out more about him. Name: Kendi Johansson    Nationality: Sweden & Thailand   Occupation in Home Country I was working as a Customer Sales Representative for the car rental company Hertz. Why did you start studying English? Because English is our second language in my countries and are needed for traveling & speaking to people worldwide.   Why did you decide to study at EC? I was given this school by my agency and told me that EC was a great school to level up my knowledge in English.   How do you plan to use English in your future? I plan on using English as an everyday thing, since my plan is to become an international chiropractor.   What do you love about Los Angeles/Santa Monica so far? The weather! Me and my friends barely made it out alive from the Swedish Ice-age winter. I love the social kindness the people have here and will miss it a lot, when I head back to Sweden.   Tell us something interesting about yourself! Besides working full-time, I’m also a: Dancer Massage therapist – (student) Gamer Otaku – (loves japanese anime & manga) Boxer/thaiboxer Sportsman Learn more about becoming a student ambassador at EC Los Angeles Language School like Kendi!  

Can't sleep? Come listen to music all night long!

Around LA 1/6 – 1/8

No plans for this weekend? Check out these suggestions from ECLA! Friday Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours Time: 11PM Cost: Free! Location: 135 N Grand Avenue, Los Angeles (Downtown) Bring your pillow and enjoy an all-nighter full of music, dance and fun! This is your chance to enjoy this Los Angeles historical landmark with other night-owls (people who stay up late).   Saturday Chinese New Year Celebration at Citadel Outlets Time: 10AM – 9PM Location: Citadel Outlets, 100 Citadel Drive, Los Angeles, 90040 It’s time for the Lunar New Year! Go to the Citadel Outlets this weekend to enjoy and learn about the Lunar New Year. There will be performances and dances, a Chinese pagoda and a chance to win a prize in a red envelope! You can also do some discount shopping while you’re there! Sunday Super Bowl Sunday! Time: 3:30PM Location: Various Are you a fan of American Football? Check out these different places to watch the biggest football game of the year – the Superbowl!   Looking for English language courses in the USA? Visit ECLA today!  

Learn tips on English grammar!

Grain of Grammar: Countable and Uncountable Nouns

  Greetings, Learners of English! In this week’s edition of Grain of Grammar, we will talk about Countable and Uncountable nouns.   Firstly, what is a noun? A noun is a person, place or thing. For example: a girl is a noun; school is another noun, and an apple is also a noun.   Secondly, what does countable mean? If something is countable, that means you can count how many of that thing there are. For Example: You have 5 apples. You can count each apple. 1 apple, 2 apples, 3 apples, 4 apples, 5 apples. When we use countable nouns, besides a number, we use a or an before the noun if there is just 1. A girl. A school. An apple.   Thirdly, what does uncountable mean? If something is uncountable, you cannot count how many of that thing there are. For Example: knowledge, rice and air. We don’t count all the grains of rice in a bowl – we just ask for rice. When we use uncountable nouns, we cannot use a or an before the word. A rice. A knowledge. An air – this is not proper English. It is even difficult to say and doesn’t sound natural. Unlike countable nouns, uncountable nouns do not have a plural form.   Looking for English courses in the USA? Visit ECLA today!  

Join an EC activity and make a new friend!

Weekly Activities 2/1 – 2/5

  Monday Welcome Drinks @ Barneys Beanery Time: 2:15PM Cost: $5+ Join some new arrivals and classmates who have been here for a while for some snacks and a drink! Barney’s Beanery is a famous Los Angeles restaurant! Join us at Barney’s Beanery! Tuesday Lakers Game Location: Staples Center Cost: $100 Time: 4PM-11PM Join Expedition America and and other international students while cheering on the Lakers at the Staples Center! This is Kobe Bryant’s last season so don’t miss your chance to see one of the greatest basketball players in history!         Thursday Happy Hour in Santa Monica Cost: $5+ Time: 5:45PM It’s almost the weekend! Join some EC Staff and students for a drink (or soda if you’re under 21) at the happy hour place in Santa Monica. We will decide a place on Thursday! Friday Graduation! Location: 2nd floor student lounge Time: 12:00 Cheer your graduating classmates on, and maybe win a trip to Las Vegas at the raffle! Cheer on your graduating friends!   Looking for English Language Courses in the USA? Visit ECLA today!