Breakfast and English

Hi Everyone, Can you eat,learn and have fun at the same time ? Yes…only in one English School in Miami ,our school. Last Thursday, our students from the Pre-Intermediate level had breakfast with their teacher Rafael Perdigon at Einstein Bros on Alton Rd.It was a great opportunity to welcome Flaminia ,a new student from Italy.We also celebrate a very special week with our students from Saudi Arabia.Our charming Saudi students were very excited to share this time with their classmates from Italy,France and Turkey. Ammar,Ali,Faris and Abdullah explained to us how the Kingdom was founded.They also gave plenty of details on how the Anniversary of KSA ( Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)  is celebrated all across the country.There are really so many reasons to admire such an amazing nation and civilization. While we were having our delicious bagels,coffees and juices (some of the students were more conscious about their diets than the teacher) the students were given some activities to complete in their coursebooks.Reading comprehension,pair work and multiple choice questions were part of our menu too.They learned new vocabulary,new idioms and expressions.They used all this content to describe important landmarks,historical buildings,sites,and tirelessly spoke about their hometowns. It was very interesting how a couple of locals approached our class and asked some questions about our English courses ,but even more interesting than that,was the excitement of the students when they gave details about our school.It is so rewarding for a teacher to see the students interacting in English when just a couple of months ago their English was so limited. So,if you are around Lincoln and Alton, in our sunny city of Miami Beach,and you feel like learning English,or just feel like enjoying a place where multiple nationalities and cultures interact ,drop by 1111 Lincoln Rd Suite 301.We’ll be eagerly waiting for … Read more

Beatriz talks about studying English in EC and writing 2 books

Student Profile: Beatriz, Accomplished Author

Beatriz, an EC Miami student, has written two books so far. At EC Miami, she took English courses that greatly helped her improve her English language skills and will one day help her translate of of her books if it every becomes an international bestseller! Below, read what she has to say about her experience.   Hi, my name is Beatriz Scudder. I am 18 years old and I am from Cerquilha, Brazil. I have been studying at EC Miami since June 29th, and I will be here until July 31st. I always liked to read and write, so one day I decided to write a story that I would like to read. That’s how O Segredo de Olivia (The Secret of Olivia) emerged. The book is a love story about a couple madly in love, but they can not be together, making the readers wonder: ‘Is the destination so powerful to be able to separate you from the only person that makes your heart beat faster?’ Now, I am writing my second book. It has been a challenge so far because it is completely different from the first book. Still, I hope that I can do this for the rest of my life because I really love this job. I chose EC Miami because I want to improve my English, and I thought that it is the best school. Now I know it! Being here has helped me as a writer because I have experiences that can be used in my books. Also, if one day my book becomes internationally known, I can help translate it!   Beatriz Scudder    

The Lighthouse

As many of us already know, studying English is not only practicing speaking and vocabulary.  In fact, one of the best ways to practice your new language skills is to pick up a book and Read.  Many of our Cambridge students have taken advantage of their time here by reading specific books that may appear in some form on their upcoming exam.  For my CAE class, the students have been reading The Lighthouse, by P.D. James.  Set on a ficticious island just off the coast of England, the book follows a detective, Adam Dalgliesh, as he investigates the possible murder (or was it suicide?) of an island visitor.   Here, we see Jeannette (from Switzerland) in our student lounge catching up on Dalgliesh’s adventure.   Good luck to all of our students as they start their Cambridge exams next week!   -Mark

A Zen Story – Reflections from Michelle Brillouet

As some of you may know I am very interested in meditative philosophy. I also practice yoga and meditation. This wonderful story was shared with me recently, and so I would like to share it with you. A Zen Master had a disciple who was perpetually unhappy and dissatisfied. One day the disciple approached the Master and said, “Master, bless me too with your wisdom and help me find happiness.” The old Master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and drink it. “How does it taste?” the Master asked. “Awful”, spat the young man. The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the young man swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the Master said, “Now drink from the lake.” As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the Master asked, “How does it taste?” “Good!” remarked the young man. “Do you taste the salt?” asked the Master. “No”, said the young man. The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said, “The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the ‘pain’ depends on the container we put it into. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Be a lake!”   Happy reflections!

The Art of Possibility

The Art of Possibility (Zander & Zander 2000) has so far been a very inspirational book. The first chapter asks us to look at our selves and our perspectives. One part was about two shoe salesman. How one saw a business opportunity and the other didn’t when on a trip to Africa. I’m sure we can all relate to that. This reminded me of something my Reiki teacher spoke about. Think of a time when you were listening to someone talk or moan about an issue they have and in an effort to turn their thinking around we start the sentence with “no but.” This in itself just goes to reinforce the polarity of the situation. The words we choose can seem so meaningless yet can shape our whole world. In times when I may not agree I try my best to say nothing, even if the person I’m speaking with is fishing for more. A great quote that I try to live by is: “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”