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

Little Havana Tour with Sandy

        When you study English in the USA, hanging out out of school is a plus. Bearing this principle in mind, our beloved teacher in Beginner class at EC Miami, Sandy, came up with a great activity once again. Last Friday night on February 21st she decided to take our students on a tour around the Little Havana area in Miami. The idea this time was to experience a cultural start of the weekend over there, and around 25 students joined the party!! Everything began at the Little Havana’s Cigar Factory on the corner of Calle 8 and 15 Avenue of the south west. That was the spot where students had the chance to listen to one of the shop speakers giving a short but fruitful presentation on the relevance and history of tobacco in Cuba. Students took advantage of the moment to enjoy a tasty “colada” kind of coffee and do just a little bit of souvenir shopping. Right after that, they all hit the Azucar Ice Cream Company just next door to get a free sample of amazing ice cream.     They had it while a pick up truck swarming with Cuban dancers was pulling over and sparkling the entire atmosphere of Calle 8 to the sizzling hot sound of Salsa music.  Later on, the group took a walk on Calle 8, which is the light of the party in Little Havana, literally. They walked past the famous Tower Theater, one of the oldest cultural landmarks of the area. They also enjoyed taking pictures with the well-known rooster statue wrapped in the Cuban flag of El Pub Restaurant. Then, this short but sill enjoyable walk led the group to one of the so many delicious restaurants-Salao Cuban Bar and Pescaderia- for grabbing dinner. The … Read more

Wynwood Tour with Sandra Falcon, the host.

As a really important aspect of being a student at EC English School Miami, we consider that social interaction is a must, and we also think it is a pretty good idea to interact with our teachers out of the classroom and the school itself. Besides, it is no secret that such social interaction would gladly take place while going around places in town. This is the very reason why we came up with the idea of having our amazing students enjoy a tour around the Wynwood area in Miami Downtown on Friday night. Wynwood district is a zone of the city characterized by its lively, colorful, and urban vibe. At some point, Miamians have heard that Wynwood has murals full of color and that it is one of the most action-packed districts, if you know what I mean! Street Art is also one of the features of this cool area. The idea was to have students out of the beach picture, and this time, we had Sandra Falcon, our beloved teacher in the Cambridge class, as our awesome host.     According to Sandra, it was a fantastic tour thanks to Veza Sur which invited our EC Miami students to a 20-minute ride on their party bus around Wynwood featuring their own Vezasur Latin Lager. Second on our stop, was the iconic brewery, Wynwood Concrete Beach, which generously invited our students to a complimentary 1-hour ultimate craft beer experience featuring their malty golden Pilsner, So, on behalf of EC Miami, we extend a warm Thank You to these two local breweries. Our next visit included the graffiti walls which featured the new Art Basel derived street art. Finally our students hit the Friday music scene at places like Dirty Rabbit and 1-800 Lucky Bistro, where the DJ injected life … 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

Private lessons at EC MIAMI are great !

  Hi everyone, What would you do if you feel you have a busy schedule,need to focus on certain language skills or just want to have a more detailed attention from your teacher? I think the best answer for this questions would be :Come to our school and book private lessons at your own convenience. What are private lessons ? Private lessons or one to one lessons are a wonderful choice for busy professionals or people who need to work more closely on certain language skills. Our teachers will work with the students more closely.They are going to be able to spend more time brushing up difficult sounds.Teachers will go over challenging grammar structures or provide the students with vocabulary specifically designed for the learner. Why are they so convenient ? One private lesson normally lasts forty five minutes, but if you are interested you can book as many lessons as you want or need. We happily  provide students flexible hours to take them.We might also be able to accommodate the lessons to the students’ busy schedules. Our experienced teachers have covered a wide range of topics with our private students.We have trained air traffic controllers ,influencers, models, doctors, and people from all the walks of life. Our success story : Today I want to share with you the experience of a super nice Swiss couple who took some private lessons in order to improve their English grammar, speaking and overall confidence. Melanija and Pascal, are visiting our beautiful city with two clearly set goals : learn English in Miami and enjoy their time after an extremely busy year. After reviewing all their options, they decided to book some lessons, and started to take them twice a week.During these last two weeks, we have practiced several tenses together, used them … Read more

An ESL Instructor from Colombia

Learn English with EC Miami’s Teacher of the Month

  Congratulations to Gammal Zambrano as he was awarded Teacher of the Month! He is an English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor and he is from Bogota, Colombia. He recommends any visitors and students to go to Flanigan’s in North Miami Beach because it is a nice place to watch sports while you can also enjoy all kinds of beer and the most varied munchies for a reasonable prices. He also implement a healthy lifestyle for the students by leading an EC Miami Basketball Club and play basketball with the students every Wednesday. You can count on him to help you learn English every day! He also awarded Thamer Aldibasi the title of EC Miami Student of the Month.

Idiom of the Week – “Leftovers”

  Now that Thanksgiving is upon us this week, it’s time for students at our English Center in Miami to understand the importance of leftovers.  When we are done eating, whether it be at home or in a restaurant, there will inevitably be leftovers.  If you’re in a restaurant, you can ask the waitstaff to provide you with a small box so you can take your leftovers home.  If you are eating at home, you can simply put your leftovers in containers in the fridge for the next day.  Frequently, we will take our leftovers to work (or school!) the next day for lunch. Leftovers are obviously the food from the previous day that wasn’t eaten.  There’s no need to throw it away!  Last night’s dinner can be today’s lunch!

Idiom of the Week – “Have a Sweet Tooth”

  When talking to my students here at our English Center in Miami, one of the first things that I tend to learn about them is that they all have a sweet tooth in one way or another.  It’s not like that have to say it to me specifically, because I see them every day eating candy, drinking soda, etc.  Just this past week, on Halloween, many students could be seen wolfing down candy, just like many others that celebrate Halloween! Clearly, if you have a sweet tooth, you enjoy eating sweet things a lot.  Another useful idiom to use during the month of November, in preparation for Thanksgiving!

Idiom of the Week – “pig out”

November in the USA is a month of feasting and giving thanks.   That’s what the holiday of  Thanksgiving is all about, and we’re no different at our English Center in Miami.  Spending time with loved ones, eating, drinking, and visiting with those that you care about.  Food is a big part of this holiday, and we tend to pig out when it’s Thanksgiving.  Lots and lots of food is prepared, and we eat a lot! Very simply, pigging out is to eat A LOT.  And when you take a look at a typical Thanksgiving dinner, you will see exactly what I mean!

Idiom of the Week – “Have Over”

As previously mentioned, Labor Day is coming up.  Typically, friends will get together for barbecues and parties during the long weekend.  Here at the EC Miami English School, it is certainly no different. As a child growing up outside of Washington D.C., my family would often have many people over  holidays.  It would start with Thanksgiving, when we had at least 20 people over for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  On my birthday, my parents would have my friends over for cake, ice cream, and games to celebrate. Having people over is a nice way to relax and share time with others.  But holidays aren’t the only reason to have someone over.  Perhaps you want to have some people over to simply watch a game or have a casual meal.  When people move, they mighthave others over for a housewarming party (or even have friends over to help with painting and organizing the new house!).  Dec. 31 is a very popular time to have people over to celebrate the coming of the New Year. When you have people over, you simply invite people to visit your home.  When was the last time you had friends or family over to visit? – Mark