Mixer at Lost Weekend.

Our principle when you study English in the USA  is constantly pretty much the same: allowing students to socialize and interact out of school. Having the chance to interact with a staff member in a different kind of context is really convenient in order to practice your speaking skills of the target language. Bearing this concept in mind and that South Beach is full of amazing establishments to have fun and enjoy amazing food and drinks, this time we wanted to take our awesome students at EC Miami to a very cool spot on 218 Española Way. Along with lead teacher Gammal, students were able to have a great time together at Lost Weekend. It is possible to find different kinds of entertainment at this location. For example, billiard pool tables, an air hockey table, Foosball, and TV sports. As a matter of fact, many locals consider it as a place that isn’t a “tourist trap” or a business that will make you break your bank for a round of drinks, if you know what we are saying.     The great local atmosphere hit us all the second we stepped in, and our guys just loved it! It turned out that the soccer match for the playoff round of the Champions League between Liverpool and Atletico de Madrid was on one of the huge TV’s. As many of the students who joined us are huge soccer fans coming from Switzerland, they couldn’t have had a better time. While having a yummy basket of fries along with refreshing ice-cold beers, they saw that Liverpool ended up losing the match to an Atletico that bounced back to score three surprising goals in a row. Anyway, this was no reason to kill the mood, and they kept having fun by playing an … Read more

Miami Heat in the NBA All Star Weekend.

So far, this season has been incredible for the Miami Heat, which is a team that you can see if you come to the USA to learn English in Miami. Actually, ever since Lebron James left South Beach to go back to Cleveland and join the Cavaliers in 2015, the Miami Heat have not been able to out-stand. These days, though, the basketball team of Miami is making the difference as we are in the fourth position of the eastern conference. Thus, the team has a huge chance to make it to the playoffs! Also, three of our players participated in the NBA All Star Weekend hosted in Chicago from February 14th to 16th,  and they simply shined! They were: Bam Adebayo-number 13 making part of the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Derrick Jones Junior-number 5 making part of the Slam Dunk Contest, and Jimmy Butler-number 22 making part of Team Giannis in the All Star game.   However, this time we want to make a special mention of Bam Adebayo. Wearing his Miami Heat jersey with the number 13, Bam participated in the Skills Challenge event last Saturday night. This competition is about testing ball handling while swerving through 5 posts up to the end of the court. It also includes making a really precise “pass” into a hole. As a final step, it tests three-point shooting ability. So, a player has to pull all of these off before his competitor, who is doing the same thing on the other side of the court in the mean time, to win a round. In the first round of the competition he beat Spencer Dinwiddie from the New Jersey Nets. Then in the semifinal round, he beat Paskal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors. In the final round, he beat Domantas Sabonis form … Read more

Bad Boys For Life in Miami!

The city of Miami has been constantly remembered for the franchise movie Bad Boys, and this is no secret to anybody, now is it? It must be that Miami has the excitement and the pizzazz that the series needs. In this regard, Will Smith points out that “the movie is all about friendship. It’s about having somebody through the good times and through the bad times, no matter what happens. Friends fly together, friends die together”. Anyways, it’s just another decade and another Bad Boys film is out. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back on Miami Beach after filming scenes here in April at the Broadmoor Hotel and the Mac Arthur causeway. The production of the movie could not have picked a more appropriate hotel inasmuch as the Broadmoor hotel is located on 7450 Ocean Terrace.  It is just across the street from a beach along the Atlantic ocean, and  it is the perfect example of what Art Deco represents.   As a matter of fact, the city of Miami concentrates the biggest collection of Art Deco architecture. It displays 900 historic buildings usually characterized by bright colors from pastel blues and pinks, to bright oranges, vibrant yellows, greens and more. On the other hand, the Mac Arthur causeway, which is one direct land route between mainland Miami and the barrier islands of Miami Beach, is possible to be spotted on many of the action-packed scenes from this awesome film. By the way, one of our students in Intermediate from Saudi Arabia, Nawaf, watched Bad Boys For Life, and he was obviously thrilled. As he came from his country to live and learn English in Miami and South Beach, he saw these two and even more quintessential elements of the city of Miami in the movie. He was positively … Read more

An Ocean Adventure

There is nothing like sharing an interest that you have with your partners at our EC English school in Miami. Likewise, we appreciate any written work our students want to post on our blog. This time and inspired by the ocean view through the airplane window seat upon his arrival, Lukas Anrig (coming from Switzerland) was willing to share his dream come true of sailing across the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. So there we go! Here is his testimonial:     “I bought a sail yacht in 2012 and started a big adventure with my family. With my wife we have two children, Nick and Laurelle, and my dog, Nina. We set off from Venice, Italy because in Switzerland we don’t have the sea. So in the summer of 2012 the adventure got started. We crossed the Adriatic Sea from Greece back to Italy. After many days, we were on the Balearic Islands. We learned a lot about handling the boat. Sometimes we had bad weather, big waves and strong winds. Our kids helped us direct the sail yacht and the dog was a nice company. After six months we arrived in Gibraltar, the door to the Atlantic. We had to wait for three weeks until the weather was fine. Then, it was possible to start heading towards Canary Islands. Five days later our anchor goes down in Lanzarote-a very nice bay. We visited different islands of the Canary Islands chain. We bought a lot of food, water, beer, and wine to be on board for such a long time. La Gomera was our last point in Europe. After eight days we arrived in Mindelo, Cape Verde. For five days the weather was really bad with storms and big waves up to 25 feet and 35 to 50-knot … Read more

Super Bowl LIV Events Hosted in our Building!!!

One of the most popular sports in the USA is American Football. It might be number one, actually. What do you guys think? This year in Miami we have the pleasure to host the amazing Super Bowl LIV (54), which is in reality the final game of the NFL (National Football League). The champion will be decided between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Although the “big game” is taking place in the Sunlight Stadium, we gotta let you know that the super cool vibes around South Beach are off the charts. One  of the very simple reasons why this is happening is that the awesome management in our iconic building 1111 Lincoln Road is hosting a series of Super Bowl events from January 29th to February 1st. . They are doing a really great job in anticipation to the “big game”. This kind of events  includes meetings and greetings with NFL players, such as James White, Cameron Jordan, Josh Allen, Derrick Henry, and Larry Fitzgerald. Also, there are going to be live media broadcastings, fan games, tasty food, and refreshing drinks. The best part is that all of this is free of charge for our students and members of the staff! How cool is that, huh?   Last Wednesday, though, it was the opening of this series of events, and we were all really curious about meeting the NFL player of the day, James White-a running back player for the New England Patriots (the one right in the middle of the picture below). Our students at English school in Miami were in line with a lot of excitement and expectation. To be honest, we all had waited for a little kind of a while until all of a sudden we got access to the seventh floor. … Read more

Monday Welcome Activity at EC Miami

It is the first full week of the year 2020, and it looks like many people have made their resolution to Learn English in Miami. What a better way to do it than come all the way to lively South Beach, right? As a first step, students are welcomed early on Monday morning and invited to step on our orange carpet towards the front desk. That is where they receive an orange folder with easy forms to fill out. In the mean time, they enjoy a delicious snack with fresh and hot coffee to keep going. After that, arrivals receive a couple of orientations – one on accommodation, and the other on academic information about our center. Also, they take a placement test at the computer lab to know what level they are going to learn from. Then it comes the best part!! Our new students take a tour that actually starts by going up to the rooftop of the 1111 Lincoln Road iconic building. It is all led by our cool student ambassadors: Bader, Osama, and Mohamad, from Saudi Arabia. The three of them taking care of our thirty new students this week. It is just awesome to observe most of the Miami Beach area from there, just as you guys can see in the great picture below.     Later on, the fresh tour goes on in the area of EC Miami. With its always radiant combination of bars, restaurants, and stores our students enjoy the walk up to a really nice spot. The whole crew ended up visiting the Yard House restaurant in Miami Beach on Lenox Avenue for special lunch with the new students. “It is one of the best American restaurants I have ever tried. The atmosphere was amazing and lively. They have a big … Read more

Welcome 2020!!!

So, here we go again. New Year’s eve in South Beach. The vibes are definitely different around here. That is why all teachers agreed to devote five minutes in class to have students talk about New Year’s resolutions. Statements like these came out: “I want to improve my English”, “I want to exercise more often”, “I want to get new job”, and stuff like that. Right after that, we had the idea of taking advantage of our famous building on lovely Lincoln road. The 1111 Lincoln Road building has been an icon of South Beach and its majestic views. We all managed to get some time to get up to the rooftop of the building. At EC Miami on the last day of this year Sandy, one of our adorable teachers, took the initiative to get an amazing photo with teachers, staff and students from Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Sandy even brought in a couple of banners in red that added up to the message we wanted to send everybody. So you guys can get the picture of what went down during day time.       On the other hand, something cool to do at night is to go and enjoy the traditional super awesome fireworks show on Ocean Drive. It is thrilling to see visitors from across the globe coming all the way to Miami Beach to spend the holiday season. People do all kinds of stuff. Right on Ocean Drive between 5th and 14th streets, you get to see travelers walking up and down while the action is taking place. Everybody walking around with a look of great expectation in their eyes, having a drink, and willing to share a few words to wish a Happy New Year regardless where you all guys … Read more

Christmas in South Beach

Well, here we go again. It is the most special time of the year. Christmas time!!! Now, isn’t it? At EC Miami the USA School of English we are aware of what the deal is when it comes to Christmas. For our cool students being far from home is not a problem. Not at all if they ever want to come up with some fun plan to do with a friend or partner in Miami South Beach. This year, during the entire Christmas eve students and staff members of EC Miami kept in touch on our super awesome whatssap group in different ways. One of them was by sharing positive vibe Christmas messages wishing the best from one to another. Another way, was by uploading pics and videos we took along the way as Christmas Eve day went by. There was something truly unusual that we ran into on the group conversation thread, though. It was a wonderful pic with our students from Switzerland, Robin and Lars, on the beach. Here is how they have their say on their experience: “What’s better than a Christmas candlelight dinner at the beach with your best friend? All you need is a table with a nice tablecloth, a beautiful Christmas tree, a candle for a pleasant atmosphere and a delicious meal. (Unfortunately we only had enough money for one potato. Miami Beach is quite expensive…). Combined with a wonderful view of the ocean, the evening can only be great! Granted: The whole thing was a bit strange, but for the picture and the smiling faces it was definitely worth it!” Greetings, Robin and Lars. We just love the contrast between the pine Christmas tree, the sand, and the ocean. Anyways, as you can see, this is a perfect example of how our students … Read more

Thanksgiving at EC Miami

    It’s that time of the year in which celebrations can not be passed up in Miami the USA School of English. The fall in the USA comes along with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. This year, in the last week of November we had a yummy Thanksgiving lunch on Wednesday November 27th. We had an awesome time to share all together in which our students, teachers, and staff members at EC Miami had the pleasure to enjoy amazing food such as: the quintessential roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and finally to wash all these down, refreshing apple cider. It is always nice to sit with people and have food together while having a little chat on plans for the long weekend-as a matter of fact, the longest weekend of the year here in the USA.     As another part of our Thanksgiving celebration at EC Miami, we asked students to write down what they are thankful for. The whole point was to have them read them out loud in the students lounge before enjoying all of that amazing food. It’s meant to be a special activity to express gratitude, and it is amazing to see how many positive and heartwarming things our students are grateful for. Here are some of the most relevant gratitude statements: “I am grateful for being healthy and having family and friends”, says Qendrim from Switzerland in Intermediate. “I am grateful for my beautiful wife and family. I am grateful that we are all healthy and happy. I am also thankful for everyday I can watch the sunrise and sunset”, says Joseph, the teacher of our elementary level. Finally, I am thankful for a happy life, that my mother is still alive, and … Read more

Learn English with Music and Sing along at EC Miami.

At EC English School Miami we love singing and we think it’s a pretty good idea to have our students involved. This week we had a special activity to combine English learning  with music. Anyways, what’s a better moment to chill out and a have a good time with music than right after class? We managed to get our participants in the mood by having a simple exercise with the song La Isla Bonita by Madonna. We know… what a hit, isn’t it? They had to listen to the song and complete some of the lines from the lyrics with words that were taken out. Participants showed they were engaged trying to catch such words, and it was funny because they thought they had heard a specific word and as a matter of fact it was a completely different one. In any case, when they completed the lines on the handout provided, we all together had a class discussion about what the message of the song is. Somehow, we found a link between la Isla Bonita and Miami Beach.         If you translate La Isla Bonita into English, it would go as The Beautiful Island. The point is very simple; Miami Beach is actually an island and on top of everything, it’s beautiful!!! So, there you go! Besides, just like in the song when it goes like this: “I prayed that the days would last, they went so fast”, we jumped to the conclusion that nobody wants to leave Miami Beach because they would love to stay longer. Finally, we sang along with lyrics  displayed on the awesome whiteboard in room 9 and it was quite a moment, very emotional by the way. Students were waving their phones up in the air with their flashlights on while … Read more