How to Avoid Speaking Your Native Language While at EC

Many students at EC Miami often say that it is difficult to avoid speaking their own languages outside of class because they have the same native language as some of their friends. After hearing this from many students we have decided to give you a list of ways to ensure that you speak English as much as possible while you are here. 1)       Find friends who are not from the same country as you (or the same language background as you). This is especially important because you want to be sure that you are not tempted to speak your native language in class or in the hallways at EC Miami. As everyone knows, EC has an English-only policy and the easiest way to obey the policy is by finding friends from other countries. Additionally, this helps you to meet people from all over the world and continue speaking in English with them by email or Facebook after you both leave Miami. 2)      Attend as many EC activities as possible. All of the EC Miami events on our calendar are in English and there are many free events. If you want to practice general conversation, it is a great idea to come to Chill and Chat. During this event, students talk with an EC staff member in a relaxed setting about a fun topic and the goal is to speak as much as possible. Our events on the Fun Bus are also English only and you have the opportunity to meet students from other schools. Even coming to a beach soccer or volleyball event gives you the opportunity to continue speaking English while having fun on the beach. 3)      If you have many friends who speak the same language as you, give yourselves a challenge to speak English for a certain … Read more