Star Student Ambassador: Semanur Ulker returns to Turkey after 24 weeks at EC

Semanur from Turkey, became the perfect student ambassador due to her outgoing personality. After being at EC New York for half a year, Semanur returns to Turkey, taking back with her, memories that will last a lifetime. Here is some more information about her experience at EC New York. Name: Semanur Ulker Country: Turkey Level: Upper Intermediate Number of weeks at EC New York: 24 weeks   What do you do in your country? I was working in a Company Why do you want to study English? English is an international language! It’s useful for my job and I have a relationships with people who are from another country. What do you like about living in New York? The multicultural environment! What is your favorite thing about EC? The international student profile and I think the teachers are so good. Share a memorable experience Every day was a really good experience for me in this city and at this school. Share something about yourself (hobbies, interests, facts) I like talking to people and hanging out with my friends. What advice would you offer to a new EC student? Enjoy with students from other countries. Don’t speak your own language at school and find something new to do every day. This city is very big and you have lots of chances to find something different to do. Also, come to school everyday and learn at least one new thing each day.   You cal also take English lessons at EC New York!  

Finding a Real Language School in New York City

Most students at EC had known they wanted to find a language school in New York City long before they heard of EC. Perhaps they researched the internet for  lists of language schools in New York. Or maybe they consulted friends and family. Often, the location of the school and the city it was in factored as largely in the decision making process as the appearance and reputation of the school itself.  That’s why you’ll find many schools in NYC that look great online, and not so great at the school itself. We know that when you decide to invest in a language school in New York City, you are concerned about our online presence, but also about the quality of our physical facilities. The quality of our staff and lessons, activities calendar, extracurricular events and student housing placement are always our number one priority. We know that your journey with us is only just beginning at our webpage. Maybe of our students will continue to rely on us for months to come. EC English is more than a language school in New York. We offer the experience of a lifetime. Click here to start yours.  

Beach Poetry

Eun Bi Go, a pre-intermediate student, wrote a poem today in class.  She first read a story about a boy who enjoyed sitting on the beach and playing with the sand.  Eun Bi chose words and phrases from the story that appealed to her and constructed them into a poem: A Poem Stones and shells Look and look as far as . . . Gaze up at the clouds Beach nets Idly throwing sand Clouds – Eun Bi Go When asked what feelings her poem conveyed, Eun Bi replied, “relaxing, peaceful, and lazy.” Sometimes studying English can be difficult, frustrating, and boring.  Yet sometimes it can be fun, and even beautiful.

Students In Style

Sadly, Halloween is over and the winter months are approaching. Holiday decorations are appearing in the stores and streets of New York. Though we are halfway through November, these last Halloween pictures are too good to leave off the blog. Here are a few extra photos of EC New York students in Time Square outside the school. Don’t be fooled by their appearance! These devils, cats and vampires are actually diligent English students. (The horse costume wins for “most realistic”). 🙂

The TOEFL Experience

  After taking the TOEFL,  two students sent EC their comments about their experience in an exam preparation course.  Though the TOEFL is a challenging test, studying for it can be rewarding and even fun.  Here are the reflections of Jiyoung and Ophelie. Ophelie: “The writing part of the TOEFL class helped me because during the TOEFL test I really felt confident. I was at ease when I wrote. I would advise my classmates to stay calm and to always look at the timer. I was looking at the timer without knowing if I had time to answer everything. That was hard to manage. However, it’s not only negative things. I had good moments when I was sure about what I was answering. That was an incredible experience for me. That was my first time studying abroad and I feel like I have learnt so much; it’s impressive! No matter what the result will be I know that I improved a lot!!!!” Jiyoung: “I think the listening, speaking and writing class parts of the TOEFL class are so helpful on the exam. Because the classes are not that different from the real test, I was quite comfortable taking those parts of the test. I would advise my classmates to practice everything by computer as much as they can. Also, I would study more vocabulary. It sounds strange, but I’m still missing the TOEFL classes.”


On a chilly Wednesday evening last week half the students of EC New York went to the US Open.  Christy and Enes led the group to the stadium in Queens.  Enes comments: “The best part was the match between Federer and Gruel.  It was a close match.  Also, seeing all the celebrities there added to the excitement . . . like Kim Cantrall from Sex and the City, and Common.  But getting there on the subway was half the fun!” – Enes Though some students were ambivalent about going to the event, they returned to school Thursday morning raving about the fun they had.  Apparently, tennis fans in America are crazy!

Letters to the Editor

Last week the Intermediate II class wrote letters to the Editor concerning three very interesting events: No Car Day, Buy Nothing Day, and TV Turn Off Week. Here are three phenomenal responses: Dear Editor, No Car Day is a horrendous idea for NY City. For one thing, NY is too vast to walk. Can you imagine that a man who wears a nice suit riding a tiny bicycle and sipping a Starbucks coffee? Or can you believe a woman who wears a gorgeous suit riding a scooter? And, they would probably say, “We are enjoying No Car Day?” I don’t think so! I know we have the Metro, but will you like the dirty, boiling air and can you enjoy being stuck at every stop? How about sticky bars and the smell of people’s sweat? It’s terrifying! In addition, think about the smell of urine, the bus seats and noise. Also, they are stopping too often. I think they are less fast than my tiny dog. And maybe, it will take me forever to go home. Don’t mention the air pollution. It has been bad forever. And I don’t have any responsibility! Instead you should consider people’s stress rates from the No Car Day. I hope this event never ever happens, even though it’s just for one day. -Paris Hilton (written by Su jung Choi) —– Dear Editor, I can’t see how a person can be uninterested in an advertisement like TV Turn Off Week. First of all, I believe it’s a good way to get children out from in front of the television and outside exercising. It’s also positive for families to spend more quality time with each other in a healthy way. It’s terrifying to think about the future with all of the violence on television and in … Read more

A trip to the Bronx Zoo!

Last Wednesday, Katya and Dave took over 20 students to the Bronx Zoo.  The Zoo is huge!  With hundreds of animals to see, we didn’t have enough time to get to every one.   However, there were some highlights: a lion cub jumping on its mother’s back, bow-legged baby giraffes, and the reptile house (though some students said it was too smelly to enter).  We’ll have to take a trip there again to see all the animals that we missed.


A few weeks ago we had an incredible talent show here at EC New York.  Our students and staff impressed and shocked each other with performances in opera, dancing, guitar, violin, and more.  Click the link to see short clips of each performance.  The full DVD is available at the school.  Enjoy EC talent! EC Talent Show []