This weekend, Daylight Savings Time starts!

Get ready to Spring Forward for Daylight Savings TIme

This Sunday, March 13th, the west coast of the United States will be experiencing a time change – Daylight Savings Time! Daylight Savings Time, also known as summer time, is when we set our clocks forward one hour to delay the sunset. This way, we get more working hours in the sunlight. While Day Light Savings Time (DTS) was created to make better use of the time in the sun. Without DTS, in the summer, the sun would rise at 5:30AM and set at 6:30PM. With DTS. That first hour of sunlight would be wasted as everyone would be asleep. After DTS, the sun rises at 6:30AM and sets at 7:30PM. In this way, we can use more of the natural sun light.   When DTS starts in March, we call it “Springing Forward”, because we are moving the hour forward in the Spring. When DTS finishes in November, we call it “Falling Back”, because the time goes back an hour in the Fall. This is a simple word trick to help you remember.   So, don’t forget to set your clocks forward before you go to sleep this Saturday, school will feel like it’s starting one hour earlier than you’re used to – and we will not excuse any absences 🙂   Have a nice sleep!

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Students draw Cause and Effect comic strips!

Today we would like to show you and example of some of the fun lessons EC Los Angeles students do in class! Teacher, Carly Erickson, was teaching her …. class about “Cause and Effect” through a creative writing exercise. Students were set to create their own comic strip to illustrate the process of Cause and Effect. One of the best examples from the class is this comic by student, Reina Suzuki.     In Reina’s comic, the cause is that the boy is sweet and lovely to his girlfriend, he even surprises her with flowers. The effect is that the girl returns his love in the form of handmade chocolates and that makes him happy. What a lovely comic!   Do you like creative writing? Want to study English and take interesting classes in Los Angeles? Visit EC Los Angeles today!

A marine layer creates fog!

Wednesday Word of the Day: Marine Layer

2016 is the year for unusual weather in Southern California. In addition to the weather anomaly of El Niño, February had some record high heat and March is turning out to be unseasonably cold. This week, Los Angeles has been covered in a layer of fog, and this is due to today’s Wednesday Word of the Day….   Marine Layer Definition: “A marine layer is a dense mass of cool, moist air that accumulates over the surface of large bodies of water, especially oceans. It is caused by a temperature inversion, meaning that the air close to the ground is colder, rather than warmer, while warm air above presses down on it, preventing it from dissipating.” (source) This marine layer is the cause of all this fog surrounding the city!   Example Sentence: Charlie: “Wow, Larissa, it sure is foggy and cold today!” Larissa: “Yes, Charlie. The Marine Layer is settling in and keeping all the cold air close to us!”   Now you know the Marine Layer definition!