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

Ice Skating

Ice Skating….at the Beach!

  Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beach-side community.  The corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue is transformed into ICE at Santa Monica, a premier outdoor ice skating rink. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the bite. Students at EC Los Angeles had a great time skating, enjoying some of the live entertainment and food from an array of food trucks.  Just one of the many exciting activities that ECLA puts on for student’s every month.  The activities are a great way to meet new people and make new friends – and of course, to practice your English speaking skills! For more information about studying at EC Los Angeles, visit our website: English Language Center Los Angeles You can also find out more about the activites that we run by visiting our Facbook page: https://www.facebook.com/eclosangeles.school

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

Popular Languages in the World!

The most popular languages in the world! Lots of students come to the United States to learn English. Sometimes it may seem as if it was the most popular language in the world, little do you know, it’s not! Here’s a list of the top ten languages in the world according to the CIA World Factbook. 1. Mandarin Chinese – 882 million 2. Spanish – 325 million 3. English – 312-380 million 4. Arabic – 206-422 million 5. Hindi – 181 million 6. Portuguese – 178 million 7. Bengali – 173 million 8. Russian – 146 million 9. Japanese – 128 million 10. German – 96 million Do you speak any of these popular languages? Of course you do, you English speaker you! So if English is not the most used/spoken language in the world, then why should you study English? Well, if you want to get a job/live in an English speaking country or if you would like to do international  businesses such as trading, knowing English is becoming more common and EXPECTED. Although Business English courses are important if you are considering working in this field, you should also consider mastering conversational English! Why? Think about it: if you’re trying to sell a product, then the first thing to do is to build rapport (a friendly connect/relationship). When a client likes you as a person, they will likely buy the things you’re selling them! So come join us at EC Los Angeles to better your English! We offer English for Work as electives on top of our General English courses!

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

Menu Etiquette—or lack thereof

Have you ever gone out with friends, chatted up the table and realized that the waiter is taking their sweet time to get to you? You must be thinking, “Man, this server stinks!” Little do you know, that just like bad breath wards out potential suitors, your menu etiquette, or lack thereof may be to blame. It’s funny, even as an American, I too have to learn certain acceptable behaviors. I remember being at a restaurant with one of my best friends. We sat there, took our time randomly glancing at the menu and kept swapping stories about the horrors of high school. As I kept yapping about a cute guy named Conor May, I saw my friend giving me the stink eye. I quickly quipped, “Oh my gosh, this waiter is taking forever, right?” As I was looking for a signal of approval, she asks, “Are you ready?” I quickly responded, “yeah?!” then she annoyingly says, “then close your menu!” Baffled by her odd request I asked, “why?” Well, with that question I opened the door for a very unwelcome lecture on how for the most part, waiters will not approach a table until all menus are closed. Apparently, this is the universal signal in the food world for “Hey, I’m hungry and I’m sooo ready to order.” Much to my dismay—but proving her point—the waiter rushed to our table and said, “Well, it looks like you’re ready to order!” See? We can all learn something about this little anecdote, are you hungry and want to be waited on? Then close your menu and stop hating on the poor server! Your friends and tummy will thank you!

Meet ECLA’s Intern from Germany!!

My name’s Alex and I am 23 years old. I was born and raised not far away from Munich. I am studying BA International Business Communication in Munich and like it very much because it provides me with the best combined knowledge of languages, a wide range of business subjects from economics to marketing, HR or tourism and last but not least international communication studies. This internship at ECLA is part of my studies, it is my 5th semester. Although I have been traveling a lot through Europe- from Western- and Central to Eastern Europe this is my very first time in the US and it is sooooo exciting for me. It is a dream coming true and I really enjoy every single day I live here! The last time when I was abroad I’ve been in Russia and Turkey to visit friends of me. My languages are German (native), English and French and I am still about to improve my spoken Russian and Spanish. I enjoy listening to music and dancing. Reading is also one of my favorite hobbies; I really love “The Alchemist” from Paulo Coelho for example. But mostly I prefer spending time with persons I like and having a good time! My message for future students: You’ve made a great choice choosing ECLA for learning English! You are surrounded by a nice environment and very friendly stuff that will help you in any belongings. I am looking forward to see you and will be happy to help you whenever you need some help!

All Access Studio Tour Event!

One of our great partner schools, the Los Angeles Film School, kindly invited our EC Los Angeles students and staff to join their monthly open house, the All Access Studio Tour Event. This event takes place once a month and provides the opportunity for perspective students and their families to come out and see their campus. This is a behind-the-scenes tour of the Los Angeles Film School where students have a chance to not only see the facility, but also learn more about their career focused, accredited degree programs in Film, Game Production, Computer Animation, Recording Arts and Entertainment Business. This was an opportunity to meet their team of award-winning faculty and participate in program demos using industry-grade equipment and technology in the heart of Hollywood. If you’re interested in the entertainment industry and you would like to learn from experienced professionals, then check out their website at www.lafilm.edu  

Downtown Art Walk

Do you love art? Do you love food? Then join us every 2nd Thursday of the month to visit the Art Walk in Downtown LA! Downtown Art Walk is a monthly showcase and celebration of galleries, artists, restaurants, shops and small businesses. It is a self-guided tour located between intersections of 4th and 7th Street and Spring and Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles. The tour started in 2004 and now has over 50 galleries with over 25,000 people visiting every month! In comparison to Museums, the Downtown Art Walk is much more interactive and allows visitors to view art and art exhibits at their own pace while exploring the heart of LA. But wait! There’s more! The Downtown Art Walk also has FOOD TRUCKS! Food trucks are restaurants-on-wheels! It is a great way to explore the variety of ethnic food that LA offers with Angelinos’ flare and style! Sign up at the front desk today to visit this exciting event! Check out this picture from the Downtown Art Walk website!   http://downtownartwalk.org/downtown-artwalk/

ECLA Teacher Feature: Claudia Aragon!

I was born 110 miles outside of Los Angeles in an almost country/almost desert city called Bakersfield. However, I was quick to leave it to start up a life in Los Angeles via UCLA. After graduating in 2009 with a BA in Psychology, I chose to celebrate with a two-month long vacation to Italy, one that ultimately ended up lasting two years. In my time there, I explored the Amalfi coast, a coastline that I had been traveling to and loving since I was a child, improved upon my Italian, and dabbled in teaching English to Italians.   Now back in LA, to which I have become practically a native, I am also back studying at UCLA, however business this time.  Alongside, I am fortunate to be here at EC teaching English to International students.   EC’s methodology is distinct from other competing schools. Here, the students are taught more than just the knowledge of grammar structures and vocabulary but also, American humor, colloquial expressions that cannot necessarily be translated, and the means by which to navigate across linguistic boundaries. The result is that EC students do not graduate simply feeling more confident in their English abilities; they graduate feeling more fluent in American culture. And in my opinion, what more could ESL students want from a traveling experience abroad in Los Angeles?