ESL San Diego EC English Homework Club

ESL San Diego: EC English Homework Club

Calling all new and incoming EC San Diego students! Our Homework Club is live and back in action! Sometimes teachers will assign super difficult tasks that can make even the most studious of students suffer a headache. That’s exactly what Homework Club is for! The Club was started several years ago, originally called Guided Self Study (GSS), but it has always been the same: students in ESL San Diego classes with EC who need that extra bit of help can come find it, whatever it may be. So, bring your most difficult tasks, questions, problems and brains to Teacher Brian every Thursday at 2:15 to get some FREE extra help. All levels are welcome, and any subject is fair game. You just need to sign up at the front desk. And here’s a tip for all EC’s students: take your ESL learning OUTSIDE. Volunteer with EC San Diego to speak with San Diego local or have your hosts take you out for cultural excursions if you are staying in an EC San Diego Homestay. Even if you come to Homework Club to get extra help and make sure your homework is done correctly, you must still take the knowledge of English you gain here into the real world, and use it with real people. For example, one hundred grammar exercises on the Present Perfect vs. Past Simple still aren’t nearly as good as 1 hour of conversation and communication with a native English speaker. So get out there, and don’t be afraid to use your English!

ESL Student Testimonial: Laura Bazan!

Laura came to EC San Diego from her home country of Spain in November 2015. Last week was her very last week with us so we asked her to share her experiences of EC for ESL San Diego! “I have had here a great experience. The school is localized in the best place of San Diego. The staff is very kind and the school offers a lot of interesting activities like the volunteer opportunities, which is great, or free classes. Also, I liked that I could have different topics in the Special Focus classes, because they allow students to choose which class they see as more suitable for themselves. The teachers are good but there are some teachers that are great!! They helped me a lot, for example thank you Teacher Fay, she for me was the best one. Also John and Barbara helped me too much. Thank you to everyone at EC San Diego for my amazing experiences over the past six months!”  

Our New Student Intern, Jiana!

Hello, I am Jian So (call me Jiana!) from South Korea. It has been about 3 months since I arrived in America. I have started to work as an intern at EC, a San Diego English Center, since March 28th. I am working as an assistant at the front desk arranging files, making flyers and so on. Come say hi to me anytime! It is very lucky for me to work at this beautiful place, La Jolla. We can see wonderful sea sights just in 5 minutes by walking from school. Also there are many nice places and restaurants to have dates with others. I am so excited because not only my career will be definitely supported, but my communication skills will improve when I continue to immerse myself in ESL San Diego. I don’t want to miss this perfect chance to grow. Thank you EC San Diego!  

Meet ESL Student Intern Youjin!

Hi, everyone. I am Youjin Park, originally from Seoul, Republic of Korea. I started working at EC San Diego as a Student Services Intern from early March. I am in senior year (university), double majoring in Public Administration and Psychology in Korea. In 2014, I had a chance to study abroad and I chose going to Southern California to do ESL San Diego and enjoy the amazingly beautiful sunshine. I took two semesters in California State University Fullerton and went back to Korea. After I went back to Korea, I missed sunny California so badly so I tried to find a way to be here again. Finally, I got a chance to come back to So Cal as an intern! So far, I have met so many nice people while working at this amazing San Diego English Center. Thanks to my awesome coworkers, I became comfortable working here very quickly. Also, I met great students who came from all over the world. Dear Students, don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any questions because I am here to help you. <3

Cesar Chavez Day, March 31st

Cesar Chavez Day is tomorrow, March 31st! EC San Diego is off for this California-centric holiday. (Remember: school will be in session the next day, Friday April 1st). California is a culturally diverse state with a storied history, and Cesar Chavez is an important part of that history. Many of EC’s English Classes in San Diego incorporate lessons that support our mission to provide students with the best full immersion ESL program possible – including lessons on past and present California. Below is a brief description of Cesar Chavez: Cesar Chavez was one of the first Civil Rights Activists to stand up for worker’s rights in California, particularly the rights of immigrant workers. Because of his efforts, the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union) became a reality in the 1970s, and still exists today. Chavez fought to protect the rights and freedoms of farm workers everywhere.  

EC San Diego Weekend Experience

Join EC San Diego staff and students every Sunday afternoon for a walking tour of La Jolla and group lunch at Bubba’s Smokehouse! The tour is for both current and incoming students. We hope to give every student enrolled in our English classes in San Diego the chance to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of La Jolla, and help them become more comfortable in their new home! EC San Diego walking tour includes the local bus stop (Bus Number 30), the location of EC San Diego, La Jolla Cove, Scripps Park, and Bubba’s Smokehouse. Our staff will be available to assist you with any questions you may have upon arrival, and can give you the best information to make your English course in the USA a huge success!

Riccardo always speaks English at the EC San Diego Language Center

Riccardo Colasio – Weekly Ticket Winner!

Congratulations, Riccardo! Riccardo has been nominated by teachers and staff for always speaking English while at EC San Diego Language Center. Riccardo is this week’s winner of the $5 gift card! Each week we draw a name from the week’s nominations, so stay tuned to see who is next week’s winner!

Best (Free) Places to Hike in San Diego

San Diego is an outdoor city. Due to the amazing year-round weather San Diego natives and visitors can walk, run, jog, bicycle, hike and swim every day (without setting foot in a gym!). Part of learning ESL in San Diego is taking part in being “outdoorsy” – in other words, students can spend weekdays and weekends taking in the beauty of this amazing city, our amazing coastline and incredible mountain areas! Below are three of our favorite hiking spots that are accessible to the public for free: Cowles Mountain – Free Cowles Mountain features the best views of San Diego, while sunrises and sunsets from the top are hard to beat. For visitors and locals this is a perfect introduction to San Diego hiking. Best way to gain access to the park is via car. Iron Mountain – Free Iron Mountain’s summit receives only slightly less visitation than Cowles Mountain, although some might argue that its rewards are more impressive. Iron Mountain features expansive views of the western half of the county from the coast to the Cuyamaca Mountains. Best way to gain access to the park is via car. Lake Hodges – Free Lake Hodges is a highlight of the county’s hiking trails. The Lake is a large reservoir that sits within the scenic Del Dios Gorge, and the area hosts a number of significant cultural sites of the native Kumeyaay people. Adventurous hikers can also try nearby Bernardo Mountain for it incredible views.

Students pose after a great session!

Surfing in San Diego

The sun is coming out again, the water is warming up, and it’s time to grab your boards and hit the waves! Have you ever tried surfing before? Have you been surfing your whole life? No matter what your situation is we have the right fit for you. Come to our front desk and we will suggest the best beaches to visit! If this is your first time we can set you up with the best surf school in San Diego!   San Diego is a great place to learn how to surf while taking English Language Courses in the USA

Three sets of twins study English at EC San Diego!

EC San Diego is delighted to share that we have  three set of  twins currently Study English at EC San Diego! Flavio & Riccardo Colasio, Italian, 22 years old and work in electronics. Daniela & Luisa Costa, Brazilian,21,college students, and Abdulrahman Mohammed D Aljadani & Hamza Mohammed D Aljadani,Saudi Arabian, 22 years old and have recently graduated with degrees in Library Management. We are pleased to see them all each day!     !