Today, all of our students taking Cambridge exams had their final day of classes at EC Miami. These students have been here for 12 weeks and Miami has become their second home. They learned a lot in class about grammar and outside of class about the benefits of living in a party city. Two of our Cambridge students were all student ambassadors and we are sadly saying goodbye to them. They have been extremely helpful in volunteering their time and energy and they have represented EC Miami very well. The students will be taking their FCE and CAE exams next week and we wish them the best of luck. We know that they all worked very hard and they will be very excited to be finished. As long as they get enough sleep and don’t go out the night before the test, we are sure they will work their hardest and hopefully pass!
It’s the end of an era (well, 2 months actually). This week EC Miami has had to say good-bye to its first round of FCE and CPE students. They started classes on opening day and now, after months of sleepless nights from studying and essay writing (that’s why you guys didn’t get enough sleep, right?), our exam students are finally geared up to sit their oral and written exams on Friday and Saturday mornings. In an effort to wish them the best of luck, we sent them off with a musical slideshow as a warm farewell! EC Miami will also see many more of its General English students off tomorrow at graduation. This will be our largest certificate ceremony yet and we are so sad to see so many people go, but we are excited to see new faces soon. We have valued all of our leaving students’ time here, their contributions to the school and most importantly, the strides they have made in English! You should all be very proud of yourselves. We will miss all of you! Keep in touch with us on Facebook and you are always welcome back to study more at EC Miami or any of our other EC schools around the world!
Last Friday we said goodbye to one of the very important, amazing members of our original EC Miami staff – Nicoletta. We always knew that Nicoletta’s temporary stay in Miami would end and she would need to return to EC Cape Town, but everyone was very sad to see her go. After our regular Friday certificate ceremony, we held a special presentation for Nicoletta to thank her for all of her hard work here. Elisa presented Nicoletta with an EC Miami certificate, similar to the ones given to students on their last day. Amanda thanked Nicoletta for everything she has done academically for the center and presented her with a gift from the EC Miami staff. The present was a ticket for a tour of New York City because Nicoletta was planning to go there last weekend before returning to South Africa. We also embarrassed Nicoletta with a slideshow of pictures of her fun and serious moments in Miami. Nicoletta said she was honored and she even started to cry a bit during the speech and slideshow. Finally, Nicoletta said her goodbye to the EC Miami staff and presented each of us with a chocolate bar based on our personalities. She also thanked everyone at EC Miami for an amazing time here and said she will never forget us. If you want to read more about Nicoletta’s time in her own words, check out the EC Cape Town blog here. To see more pictures Nicoletta’s goodbye ceremony, go to our Facebook page here and look for the graduation ceremonies photo album. We already miss you Nicoletta. Thanks for all the great times and memories!
EC Miami has decided to congratulate one person every week at our graduation ceremony for being an outstanding English speaker. We would like to recognize and show our appreciation to the person whom the staff believes has made a serious effort to speak English in all situations. From now on, this person will receive a gift certificate to a local business. Congratulations to our first two winners – Martin from Germany two weeks ago and Alex from Bulgaria last Friday! Martin is a great example of a person who worked hard to speak English all the time, even though he could have spoken German with his close friends. Alex is another good person to try to be like because he has no chance to use Bulgarian here, so he always challenges himself to speak English more and more. We know that it might be difficult to avoid speaking your native language with your friends here in Miami, but it is very important that you try to speak English at all times while you are here. After all, you’re here to learn English, right? For the first two weeks of our outstanding English speaker competition, the staff talked together and chose the winner, but from now on, we will be using a system similar to some of the other EC schools. Teachers will give tickets to students who they hear speaking English when they could be speaking another language outside of class. The tickets will be entered into a raffle and the winner will be chosen on Fridays. Keep speaking English and you could be our next winner!