EC Los Angeles 2019 Wrap-Up

2019 was another wonderful year for EC Los Angeles because we spent it with our amazing students! If you are interested in learning English in the United States, EC Los Angeles will not only offer you valuable courses but also take you to fun activities, making your experience unforgettable. Check out some of our 2019 activities to see why we love EC Los Angeles! ONLY IN LOS ANGELES Los Angeles owns the first Universal Studios theme park and the first Warner Bros. Studios, both of which are in the home of the U.S. film industry – Hollywood. For that reason, one of our favorite activities is to go to TV show tapings! In the past year, we went to live TV shows taping at Warner Bros. Studios and saw many celebrities in person. For example, Joey Tribbiani from FRIENDS always has live shows in Studio City. And guess what: The ticket to see him is free! Besides sitcom tapings, we also went to America’s Got Talent: The Champions. That night, former winners and finalists from 194 countries and regions gathered in LA to perform the best AGT show of the year. If you are a sports fan, you are going to love LA! Lakers and Clippers for NBA, Dodgers for baseball, Rams for football, LAFC for soccer…you name it! Earlier this year, we had an All-You-Can-Eat Dodgers Game with our students. If you love food and want to catch a home run ball, then you should join us next time! The other big game that attracts people from all over the world is the Lakers game. In October, we went to see Lakers vs. Warriors. LeBron James and Anthony Davis were there! Our students enjoyed a great time watching that intense game – only at EC Los Angeles ? Do … Read more

Studying English in Los Angeles

When you’re traveling to a different country, you are most likely going to visit all the tourist attractions that you have heard about in movies, TVs, and on the Internet. Especially when you’re also spending a lot of your time studying a different language, you will not have a lot of time to look for other unique experiences in the city that you’re visiting. But here are 10 great things to do in L.A. that truly captures the greatness of this city. 1. Huntington Library One of the cool things about visiting a different city is its museums. I know that sounds really boring, but it’s a great cultural experience and it’s cheap! But why the Huntington Library? Because it has 120 acres of botanical gardens, like Japanese garden, Chinese garden, subtropical garden, and more! One of the best part about traveling is to take awesome pictures to make your friends and family jealous. Here at the Huntington Library, you can get at least 10 different scenery in one place. Also, if you call ahead to make a reservation, you can have tea in the fancy tea room. You can have scones with your tea and mini sandwiches, super fancy. 2. Runyon Canyon Park This is wear all the cool and hip young people in their twenties go to work out. You may even spot some celebrities here too AND get a work out! Because American diet is not the healthiest… and many people tend to gain weight during vacation anyways… 3. Griffith Observatory You could happily spend a few hours browsing around the Griffith Observatory, even though you can’t see much through the telescope because of the relentless smog that hovers over LA. There’s the popular Hall of the Sky and Hall of the Eye, a pair of complementary displays … Read more

Top 10 Universities in California

Do you ever dream about coming to a university in America, especially in the beautiful golden state of California? Ever seen movies like Van Wilder or American Pie 2, where all the characters have crazy parties, drinking, and not much studying? Well, not all students or all universities are like that. Sure, many students live by the motto, “work hard, play harder,” but many of the top universities in the U.S. or top universities in California will only choose the best of the best students. That means that you have to be the best in your class, take the right classes, have impacted your community in some way such as volunteering at hospitals or raising money for charity, have great test scores, and/or be in a sports team. So why go to universities in California? Because some of these universities are known internationally! They have great programs, research opportunities, and professors that are the best in their fields. But how do you get there?! EC Los Angeles English School can help! We offer University Admissions Service to help you with your applications! Below are the top 10 universities in California based on the 2013 America’s Best Colleges 1. Stanford University, Stanford U.S. News rank: 4 (tie) Tier: 1 Institutional type: private Setting: suburban Total enrollment: 17,833 Tuition and fees: $37,881 2. University of California—Berkeley,Berkeley U.S. News rank: 21 Tier: 1 Institutional type: public Setting: urban Total enrollment: 35,409 Tuition and fees: In-state: $8,352; Out-of-state: $30,022   3. University of California—Los Angeles, Los Angeles U.S. News rank: 24 Tier: 1 Institutional type: public Setting: urban Total enrollment: 39,650 Tuition and fees: In-state: $8,228; Out-of-state: $29,897 4.  University of California—San Diego, La Jolla U.S. News rank: 35 Tier: 1 Institutional type: public Setting: urban Total enrollment: 27,520 Tuition and fees: In-state: $8,798; Out-of-state: $30,819 5. University of Southern California, Los Angeles U.S. News rank: 26 Tier: 1 Institutional type: private Setting: urban Total enrollment: 33,747 Tuition and fees: $39,124 6. University of California—Davis, Davis U.S. News rank: 42 (tie) Tier: 1 Institutional type: public Setting: urban Total enrollment: 30,568 Tuition and fees: $9,364; Out-of-state: $31,385 7. University … Read more

Free Class: Pronunciation Clinic!

Many students have hard time pronouncing certain English sounds that do not exist in their native language. At ECLA, we have Pronunciation Clinic on Wednesday at 11:00 and 2:15 in room 305. If you want to practice or improve your English pronunciation, come and participate in our Pronunciation Clinic! On Wednesday, November 6, EC students have a chance to work on their pronunciation with homonyms (words that are spelled and pronounced like another word but are different in meaning) and vowels with ‘R’sound.   For example, students practice how to pronounce homonyms: Destuct – Distract Through – Threw Horse – Harse Faction – Fashion And vowels with ‘R’ sound: Heard / Sport / Beer / Hard / Pear / Later   Come and join! This is a great chance to practice your pronunciation!

Best way to learn a different language!

Here at ECLA, we try our best to bring you fun, interactive ways to learn English. But did you know that along with school, making friends can help you learn English faster? Studies show that making friends with people who are fluent in the language you are trying to learn actually improves your English capabilities! Why? Simple, when interacting with English speakers, especially those who aren’t familiar your language, you’re forced to talk in the common language, in this case, English! Although it may seem difficult, it actually helps you in the long run. When talking to a native speaker, you learn new words that you are more likely to use because of your similar interests. A book can only teach you so much, luckily, there’s plenty of friends at ECLA that can help you become an English pro in no time!

EC Los Angeles Student Wins Contest!

The winner of the EC worldwide “Share Your EC Story” sweepstakes is EC Los Angeles student Marina Renner! She shared her story about what it is like to study English at EC Los Angeles and won a $50 Amazon gift card.  We are very proud of Marina and want to share her story with you as well: “EC is one of several schools in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, in which it is possible to learn languages. Most EC schools are modern and have a stylish appearance. They convey very professional from the start . I opted for the EC schools in Los Angeles. On my first day I recieved of a flood of information and I was shocked about the wide range of it . After that, a lot of nice teachers and staff were presented , who we got to know a little bit closer during a lunch with strawberries and coffee. I met many shy Japanese, a few other Swiss people and many other beautiful faces from around the world. At the EC school, you can make friends with more than 300 students from all over the world. For me it is a new, exciting challenge to see other cultures and to learn from other people every day. EC is a school where you don’t only learn English, it is much more special. Nonetheless they offer lessons with exceptional teachers, wich are a great asset to improve ones individual level of English. Everyone is involved and respected in exciting, vibrant activities. The minutes are not spent with boring exercises on stupid topics. No! Current issues such as the Israel – Iran conflict, fashion, movies, actors, music and arts are explained and demonstrated by teachers in different ways. The results are always exciting discussions where you do not even … Read more