Presidents Day Week!

Presidents Day Holiday is held on the third Monday of February once a year. It is a federal holiday celebrated to honor current and former presidents of the United States. Although, it is a Federal Holiday many people use this as an excuse to party and unite with friends and family. This holiday is the perfect time to visit neighboring cities near San Diego such as Las Vegas, which infamous for its nightlife and hotels.If you are studying English in San Diego and are looking to take a short vacation to Las Vegas, Presidents Day is the perfect time to visit the city of sins. If you are a student at EC San Diego, Expedition America offers a 4 day 3 night tour to Las Vegas Presidents Day week. It is an all inclusive tour which includes transportation, hotel, and free VIP entry to 3 Nightclubs (XS, Omnia and Hakkasan) With shocking prices starting at $375! EC San Diego works with Expedition America, a travel company that offers safe cheap all inclusive tours that give you the opportunity to travel outside of San Diego. If you are a student studying English at EC San Diego, I would not hesitate to sign up and or receive more information about Presidents day weekend with Expedition America.

TOEFL Higher Score Preparation Class: A great way to finish your program while at EC San Diego.

Many students who attend our General English courses often join exam classes before they leave in order to receive additional certificates of achievement. In addition, a TOEFL certificate can lead to new opportunities at universities in the US or abroad or possibly open the door to a new career. Preparing for the TOEFL test can be very challenging if you don’t have the right skills. However, don’t worry! EC San Diego offers a TOEFL preparation course that helps with achieving a higher score in all areas of the exam. With some of the most experienced teachers in town, we will guide you through the skills and create confidence while sitting the exam.   Some of our classroom strategies on how to prepare for the test include: instructions on how to take effective notes from academic lectures; effective practice sessions to summarize, paraphrase and synthesize important information with immediate feedback; dynamic classroom discussions and writing sessions on a variety of topics to express your opinions and prepare for academic success.   “In my class you will not only learn, but you will also have fun studying the skills you need to acquire to achieve a higher score. Come join us!” Alvin Almerol   Enroll at our language school and we will share EC’s Higher Score expertise with you!   Learn more about our TOEFL Courses in San Diego here. 


Joining EC San Diego English school means becoming part of the family.No matter how much time you spend with us or how many times you visit, we won’t forget about you! We offer English courses in San Diego, but more importantly, we create friendships which continue beyond the classroom.At EC San Diego we like to follow our students’ lives and show our support even after they have left. Today we want to congratulate former student Sara Corrales. She is not just a wonderful actress and English language student, by participating in the Mexican dance competition program “Mira Quien Baila”, she is also proved to be an amazing dancer.     Keep it up Sara! You are a superstar in our books.     Let us Know what are you up to! Catch up with us and share your experiences and passions on our facebook and Instagram pages!  

Halloween Party Lobby Deocrations

Halloween Party at EC San Diego

Last Friday, EC San Diego wrapped up October with a spooktacular Halloween party. The theme of the party was the Wizardly World of Harry Potter. On Friday, October, 24th, EC San Diego officially opened up its very own Hogwart’s School of International Wizards! Many teachers brought to life some of Hogwarts most beloved characters, such as “he who shall not be named,” also known as Lord Voldemort, Severus Snape, also known as potions master, the strict and stern Dolores Umbridge, the whimsical Albus Dumbledore and, of course, Harry Potter himself. The party commenced after graduation and consisted of tarot card readings, face painting, pumpkin carving, a costume contest and the return of the popular pumpkin piñata. After the party, the students went to their classrooms to continue celebrating with their teachers. On the night of Halloween, many students handed out candy with their host families and enjoyed the spirit of participating in an American cultural event! We hope you can visit EC San Diego in the future and be a part of our celebrations!

Cambridge Students Scavenger Hunt

Cambridge Class Scavenger Hunt

Cambridge students in Marilyn’s class took part in a scavenger hunt throughout the village of La Jolla last week. Some of the tasks included asking someone what their favorite restaurant is in downtown La Jolla are, taking their photos where students asked the questions and then finding the restaurant and taking a photo in front of it. Other photos included taking a photo in front of the La Jolla Public Library, finding the La Jolla Recreation Center and taking a group picture in front of the building. Students also had to find someone wearing plaid and asking a group member take a picture with them. They were also required to find and take a photo of someone doing a “Passive Grammar” activity and then write a passive sentence to show they understand the meaning. For example, “The street is being swept by a man. After writing a conditional question, students were required to ask someone on the street to answer the conditional question, take a photo with them and record their answer. The winners were selected based on best completion time and most correct answers. Congrats to Flurin and Rina and Philip, Claudia and Jin!

Cambridge Students Teach Passive Voice

Last week, our CAE Cambridge Last week, our CAE Cambridge students taught the FCE class certain grammar rules, such as the use of conditional, passive or future tense. Every group taught their topic three times to three different groups of the FCE. We used music, games and the white board in the classroom to help them understand the basics of the grammar. After our class taught the same thing three times in a row, we understood the rules better than before. All in all it was a very helpful experience for both classes and we enjoyed to be on the teacher’s side for once.

Sara Corrales

Colombian Actress Studies at EC San Diego

A few months ago, Colombian Actress and EC Student, Sara Corrales, returned to our school for a month of English lessons. It was her second time at EC San Diego, but her experience this time around was completely different and unique. Sara’s second EC experience included advanced English courses, different core and special focus classes and, of course, new friends. Sara also had the opportunity to take surf lessons in Pacific Beach with her boyfriend, Alexis Meana, from D.F. Mexico, who joined her at school for a few weeks. Sara enjoyed the “host family” experience and participated in student activities. A videographer captured some of her most memorable moments at EC. Click on the link below to see Sara with her host mother, in her classes, with her friends, surfing at Pacific Beach, working out at La Jolla cover and graduating from EC San Diego:  

EC at Home

EC San Diego Launches EC at Home

At EC San Diego we know that learning English is more than the hard work you do in the classroom; it’s also about all those moments, big and small, that happen after the day ends after school. That is why EC has launched EC at Home, which is yet another opportunity for students to practice their English outside of the classroom. EC at home is a unique offer that gives students extra time practicing and learning English at their current residences. The San Diego homestay English courses are designed to give students up to 4 hours of extra time each week with their teachers in a casual setting. The benefits include 1-2 hours of structured conversation in residences during the weekdays and 1-2 hours outside, exploring the city and using English skills in real-life contexts. Students at EC San Diego meet with teacher Gary weekly, at their apartments in Pacific Beach, to continue the fun and engaging learning experience after school. Below are some photos of students enjoying lessons poolside, eating pizza and playing billiards.

EC Students Experience Luxury Movies

EC San Diego students experienced their fest-ever luxury movie-watching experience at The Lot San Diego. They watched the “Beauty and the Beast” with Teacher Autumn, who had an optional vocabulary activity to go along with it. The students were impressed by the reclining seats and gourmet food options offered at the movie theatres. Students learned new words a new meaning to beauty and love in the eye of the beholder.

Student Ambassador Spotlight Series: Moving up in English Levels

  Giovanni Freni Sterrantino is one of EC’s Academic Year Student Ambassadors. From the time he arrived from Calabria, Italy, he struggled the most with pronunciation and conversation, but during our interview he seems confident and the conversation is fluid with little to no pauses. Although he admits “today was a good English day,” meaning some days he just wants to stay quiet and other days, such as these, he feels confident in his speaking abilities. Giovanni chose San Diego because he had been to California before and was impressed by its beauty. “It is totally different here,” he said comparing Italy and California. We are sitting in an office with an ocean view, he gestures to the window and with wide eyes says, “The location in La Jolla is beautiful.” He visited 7 years ago and was drawn to the city’s upbeat people and lively lifestyle. Although Giovanni learned the English basics in Italy, he did not feel it was helpful. “I am very happy to learn English in a totally different way because we didn’t study English this way in High School. We studied literature and it was not useful for my life.” Giovanni enjoys classes like English in the City where students can apply their knowledge outside of the classroom. He especially enjoys “Special Focus,” courses, such as Business English. Giovanni also stressed the importance of the quality of students and teachers alike. “The class mates are very important and the teacher is also important. How he/she teaches and controls the classroom makes a difference in keeping people interested.” At EC San Diego the average classroom size is 12 students and the maximum is 15 students, so it’s an intimate learning environment for both teacher and student. There is also a healthy mix of nationalities ranging from … Read more