Introduction of fantastic English teacher “Rafael” at EC Miami

Born: Cuba Lived: Havana, Miami Visited: Cienfuegos, Cuba; New Orleans, Louisiana   *Visit his favorite spot in town. Bill Baggs Cape, Key Biscayne. This is the home of a historic lighthouse built in 1825 and reconstructed in 1846, and is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade county. You can go to the park to sunbathe, swim and picnic on more than one mile of sandy Atlantic beachfront. Guided tours of the lighthouse and lighthouse keeper’s cottage are given twice daily. Two restaurants, Lighthouse Café and Boater’s Grill, offer authentic Cuban cuisine.   *Get a quick lunch near school. If you care about being on time for your special focus classes, you can go to Shake Shack (best fries around), Epicure, and if you are into cheap and tasty Latin food or Cuban coffee try Exprezo on West Avenue and Lincoln.   *Explore. Known as “The City Beautiful,” Coral Gables offers a variety of Mediterranean and modern architecture. The city blends beautifully created landscapes with perfectly designed streets. You can find museums, restaurants, malls and tons of bars.   *Try Ball & Chain. Located at 1513 SW Eighth St, this is Calle Ocho’s most famous Latin club and bar. Go see some live music.   A short message from Rafael: “Learning English in Miami is fun and truly rewarding!”    

Do Not Know Where to Eat? – Yelp

  We often find ourselves struggling finding out what to eat for a meal or what to do in a new area you have never been to. Moreover, if you are not a local, you have no idea which restaurant is good or not. We are here to help you out! Have you heard of application called, Yelp? This is a mobile application that stores users’ review on specific restaurant, activity, bar and so forth. Through this app, you can grab an idea what kind of food a restaurant has and what their best-seller is. You may expect users’ honest opnion. Some people even give a restaurant only one star. The coolest part of this app is that it has a wide spectrum, ranging from food, nightlife, and beauty & shop. You can also view them as a map-view on your phone, which allows you to make sense easier and know where a closer restaurant is. See how detail information it offers is. Official website is: http://www.yelp.com/miami-beach-fl-us    

Studying English – CNN Student News

Many people decide to study English through various source. Listening or watching a famous news such as CNN, ABC, NBC and so forth is one of the common examples. However, for the beginner or a person who just starts studying English, those news are too challenging for them. Therefore, I, personally, would like to introduce this application as a method of studying English. It is an application called CNN Student News. It basically has 10 minutes non-commercial and deals with various topics around the globe and the target of this news is middle or high school students, which we believe it is an ideal for ESL students. You can simply download this application on your phone, or alternatively, you can watch it on your desktop at: http://edition.cnn.com/studentnews   Try to listen to this news as much as you can. For example, when you are having a meal or on your way to somewhere, you can put it as a background. Look at the transcript and build up your lexicon. The more you expose yourself to English, the better your English will be.