New Year’s Resolutions — by Pinar!

  A few weeks ago, one of our teachers gave a lecture to our students taking English classes in Miami about making New Year’s Resolutions.  Audrey spoke to two different groups of students, and then the students wrote an essay about the lecture.  Pinar, one of our newer Elementary students from Turkey, wrote this:   People enter the new year with their new expectations.  I have expectations for the new year.  I want to improve my English.  In the new year, I want to see myself at the top level.  I want to stop smoking.  I want to start dieting and doing sports.  I want a reason to laugh, a new love, and new business.  I’m staying here for a long time because I want to get used to life here.  I want to build good friendships here.  I want to do postgraduate next year, find a good job in the future, and I want to be successful.  I have lots of wishes, as many other people.   But most importantly, I want a happy life and love.   2014 looks to be a busy year full of promise for Pinar!

Student Writing – New Year’s Resolutions by Songyi

  A few weeks ago, one of our teachers gave a lecture to our students taking English classes in Miami about making New Year’s Resolutions.  Audrey spoke to two different groups of students, and then the students wrote an essay about the lecture.  Songyi, one of our Intermediate students from South Korea, wrote this:   In the United States, people set New Year’s resolutions at the end of December.  47% of people set resolutions related to losing weight.  34% of peole set resolutions related to money.  31% of people set resoltuions related to making relationships with someone.  Only 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and most of them don’t keep their promises.  Whene3ver I have New Year’s Day, it’s very hard to keep promises to myself.  At first, I can keep my promises but later it’s very hard to keep them.   Next year, my first resolution is to speak English more fluently.  So I will watch English movies every day and read a book a week.  Second, I will not watch TV more than one hour a day.  Third, I will not take a nap.  Instead of taking a nap, I will study more.   In today’s lecture, I really liked Steve Jobs‘ saying “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking”.  I have only one year in my university so I am a little bit nervous.  Sometimes I can not imagine my future.  But I will do my best by thinking about this sentence.   Songyi certainly has a lot of goals for 2014!

Happy New Year — More than 80 new students!

Was your New Year good?  Did you make your resolutions?  Have you broken them yet? Here at EC Miami, our New Year has been particularly busy.  This is the first full week of English classes in Miami in 2014, and we started it off by having more than 80 new students arrive for orientation and start their English classes in Miami Beach. The first day is whirlwind of activity for our new students.  Not only do they take an evaluation in order to be correctly placed into a class, but they also learn about the school and about the local area as well.  It’s also an opportunity for them to take a short walking tour of the immediate area, and many of them went to the beach for the first of what is surely many visits. New Year.  New Classes.  New Students.  Happy 2014, everyone!