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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!

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.  

Tongue Twisters for Pronunciation

Tongue twisters are a great way to learn English by practicing and improving pronunciation and fluency.   Native English speakers use tongue twisters to practice articulating for speeches or presentations. You can find recordings of the tongue twisters below online to help you practice both your listening and pronunciation. Children learn most tongue twisters in grade school, but they’re not just for kids, but are also used by actors, politicians, and public speakers who want to sound clear when speaking.  The goal is to say them as quickly as you can as many times as you can!  Feel free to drop by guided self study to practice with a teacher during your spare time!  Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? Betty Botter bought some butter But she said the butter’s bitter If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter But a bit of better butter will make my batter better So ‘twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood As a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood She sells seashells by the seashore How can a clam cram in a clean cream can? I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop Susie works in a shoeshine shop. Where she shines she sits, and where she sits she shines Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he? Can … Read more

EC Business English: Gain Career Success!

The ability to communicate confidently and effectively is a major factor in anyone’s career. What you say and how you say it can make or break an interview, business deal or networking relationship. EC knows the importance of learning General English as well as Business English; mastering both can help you further your career goals in today’s global market. Our business courses are the right choice when you study English in the USA! EC San Diego’s Business English courses are open to any student looking to learn business English while experiencing American culture.Our Business Year program is for ESL students who want to improve their English skills quickly and effectively within 6 to12 months. If you want to add ‘English-speaking’ to your CV, support your job at home, or take the next step in your career, EC San Diego’s Business English is for you. The Business Semester/Year also provides free tutoring, business mentoring, community volunteer opportunities and free one-to-one sessions where you can work on what you want to learn. Our business English teachers have real-world experience that they weave into daily group and individual lessons. At the end of a course, we want our students to know how to write a resume, interview with potential employers, give business presentations, and use accurate business English with diplomacy and tact. Whether you want to enhance future career possibilities, provide additional skills to your CV, or further your current career path, Business English with EC San Diego can help you gain career success!              

EC San Diego students listen to their peers' presentations and take notes in English

EC San Diego: English Immersion and Community Outreach

At EC San Diego, we take pride in our ability to seamlessly merge learning English via the classroom with cultural immersion and community outreach. This philosophy and practice make our EC center the best English language school in San Diego! Every month, EC San Diego students have two fantastic opportunities to practice their English and give back to the local La Jolla community by sharing their lives with senior citizens at Casa de Mañana, a nearby retirement community.  On the third Wednesday of every month, students are invited to dinner at Casa de Mañana for a “Dinner & Conversation” event. During this event, Casa de Mañana residents host tables for EC students who enjoy a free, delicious meal while getting to know the residents and each other. The hosts at Casa enjoy the opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures, and the students get great experience talking to native English speakers and the opportunity to hear many fascinating stories.  A former student, Edilene Storti, who attended Casa in January said, “Being at Casa de Mañana was the most surprising and delightful experience I’ve had in San Diego. In my country, when it comes to visiting a retirement house, it’s usually sad to see that people who live there were, most of times, abandoned by their families. Casa de Mañana was different from my expectations; I could meet English speakers who were extremely interesting people full of joy and of life!” The day after the “Dinner and Conversation” event, students chosen by EC San Diego teachers and staff give presentations at Casa de Mañana about their home countries! Each month, more and more Casa residents come to listen to the presentations and learn about EC students’ home countries.  Giving a presentation is a great way for EC San Diego students to practice their presentation skills (in English, of course!) and … Read more

EC Student Ambassador: Kento Higa

Hi!! My name is Kento Higa. I’m from Okinawa Japan [where] I was born and raised. I’m 21 years old. I’ve been in San Diego for three months and in my free time I like reading manga in English, listening to music, and playing basketball. My dream is to become an English teacher in Japan. I became a student ambassador at EC San Diego to improve my teaching skills, leadership experience and English skills. I thought it is a really good learning opportunity for me, so I accepted it. I want to join all EC’s events and I want to enjoy EC and the city of San Diego!! Of course, I want to improve my English. I’m going to give my best to be [a responsible] student ambassador, even though I’m not perfect. I hope all ambassadors will be good English speakers and we will able to have a great time in San Diego. Find out more about our incredible volunteer program at EC’s English language school in San Diego

Learning English at EC to Become a Global Citizen!

We are all here at EC San Diego to learn or teach English. But in a world of global citizenship, which other languages could be considered as significant? In December a panel of international researchers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) published a study mapping the worlds languages as they are used by bilinguals. Consequently, they discovered a strong predictor of a language’s global influence. What’s so innovative about this study? It uncovered the connectivity between the world’s languages in the digital age. The team at MIT created the below “infographic” explaining this connectivity of language. The following explains the basic images used in the network: The “nodes” (colored circles) represent different groups of language The node colors represent each language’s family (ex: Indo-European (blue) = Romance languages, English; Sino-Tibetan (orange) = Chinese, Burmese) Nodes’ sizes match their predominance in both native and second language speakers The “links” (black lines) represent the languages that are often spoken together by bilingual people The thicker each link the more people that speak those two languages together! What’s a valuable conclusion from the above?  English is front and center in how our world interacts in the 21st century. Learning English can help non-native speakers achieve their personal and profession goals on an international scale. Where is your primary language and with whom is it likely to be co-spoken? Check out the interactive Global Language Network  and find out for yourself!     Citation: “Links that speak: The global language network and its association with global fame,” by Shahar Ronen, Bruno Gonçalves, Kevin Z. Hu, Allesandro Vespignani, Steven Pinker and César Hidalgo, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,December 2014

Actress Sara Corrales Shares Her EC San Diego Experience

For the past nine weeks, EC San Diego had the pleasure of getting to know Colombian actress and model, Sara Corrales. From Day 1, we were greeted with Sara’s beautiful smile and boisterous personality. Her love for life and learning brought a positive energy to our center, for both students and the staff! Sara’s career consists of countless roles in television series, soap operas, and film. She is currently living in Mexico City working on her next dramatic soap opera series called “El Senor de los Cielos”. However, Sara claims that her favorite acting roles lie within comedy. Although difficult to master, she says that playing a comedic role feels less like work and more like fun! Aside from her acting career, Sara has many other personal goals she would like to accomplish within her lifetime, one of them being to learn English. At first, Sarah was nervous to start learning English in the US, but soon after her arrival to EC San Diego, she knew she had made the right decision. Looking back on the past two months, Sarah has greatly improved her speaking abilities. “Each day I feel more comfortable with English. When you notice the difference from the first day [up until] now, you want to improve more.” Sara has also gained more confidence in practicing her English with native speakers. “Now I don’t feel afraid when people speak with me!” Sara left EC today with just as much enthusiasm as when she arrived: “I love EC! I love the activities! All the teachers and staff are nice. It was the best decision!”~ Thank you for sharing your story with us, Sara! We hope to see you back at EC San Diego next year!

It’s Officially (US) Football Season!

      (Left) Teacher Wes giving his AY Presentation, (right) Wes takes an American Football player photo! Last week EC San Diego Teacher Wes gave a presentation about the game of American Football to our Academic Year students! In the US, football is not only a sport but also a tradition. Teacher Wes’ presentation focused on how “football” is common throughout the US, and for all age groups. There are teams for young children all the way to the NFL. It is played at every school, every college, and every university. A large part of our students’ full immersion US English program in the US is to learn about these types of tradition, and also to become part of them! So – not really certain how the game of “American Football” works? Then read the following introduction to the game, courtesy of Teacher Wes! RULES:  11 players from each team play at one time The offense has 4 downs (plays) to move the ball forward 10 yards The team must throw or run the ball from the ball from the line of scrimmage The line of scrimmage extends the width of the field from the location the ball is placed The defense can not go past the line of scrimmage until the offense begins the play At each end, there is an ‘End Zone’ and Field Goal Post – this is where you score points SCORING SYSTEM (POINTS) A touchdown is worth 6 points After a touchdown, the team can either kick a very short field goal worth 1 point or try and score again from 2 yards away for 2 points A field goal is worth 3 points regardless of the distance Ready to watch a Football game!?  

Student Testimonial: Mariana Angotti!

Mariana Angotti came to EC San Diego for one month of vacation time, and spent her entire stay participating in an EC full immersion English course. Read her review of our school below, and to find out why she loved her time here & never wants to leave! “I love this school, and the people here. “I am in the Intermediate class, Core A. My teachers are Sylvia and Chelsea – both are so great, I am so happy with them as my teachers! The English classes are better than I ever expected. “And I am completely in love with this city [San Diego] and the EC language school. I never want to leave! “I am going to go back to Brazil this weekend [where] I am a food engineer with Dannon company. I work in research and development to find new and better packaging [for food]. I came here for one month of vacation, and have improved my English and met many new friends. “I recommend EC San Diego to everyone back home and everywhere else, too!” Thank you for this amazing review, Mariana. We hope to see you again soon!