Baseball Basics by EC San Diego

  EC San Diego students and staff enjoy a summertime baseball game There’s nothing more American than baseball. Baseball started in America in 1845. Baseball is referred to as America’s favorite pastime. A pastime is something you do (and have done before) in your free time. Baseball has a long history in America and it’s popular in several other countries, too. Here are some facts that you may or may not know about baseball, from EC San Diego teacher Autumn: A baseball team has 9 players. A baseball game has no time limit. In baseball points are called “runs.” There are 30 baseball teams in the MLB (Major League Baseball). California has 5 baseball teams: San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, and San Francisco Giants. Baseball is a fantastic sport and you must experience the game live at least one time. Next Saturday, August 20th join teacher Autumn and EC San Diego English students to watch the San Diego Padres play the Arizona Diamondbacks!

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!”  

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!

The Most Haunted Places in San Diego

October is a great month to study English in the USA as Halloween is celebrated the entire month long!  Feel free to take a San Diego ghost tour, or visit any of the haunted places below during your free time! Here are a few fun facts about the most haunted places in San Diego!   William Heath Davis House Located in modern day downtown San Diego the William Heath Davis House was built in 1850.  Many people lived and died in the home including Alonzo Horton, the founder of San Diego and a German spy.  The home was also used as a hospital for 10 years in which many people died. There are several spirits known to haunt the house including a Victorian woman, a German spy and a young couple. Old Point Loma Lighthouse The Old Pointe Loma Lighthouse was built in 1955 and was used by the city for over 36 years.  Many visitors take tours of the historical structure and have been known to experience paranormal activity including cold spots, footsteps from upstairs, and sensations of someone standing directly behind them even though no one else is around.  According to legend, Captain Robert Decatur Israel who worked as the lighthouse’s last light keeper watches over the light house in death. .The Whaley House The Whaley House is known as one of the most Haunted places in all of America.  It is located in Old town San Diego and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.  The most noted ghost is that of Violet Whaley who committed suicide after her divorce.  There are a few other notable ghosts said to haunt the home including Jim Robinson, Thomas Waley and his wife Anna. Horton Grand Hotel The Horton Grand Hotel was built in 1186 and a gambler named Roger … Read more

Football Season in San Diego

  Take your English course experience to the next level by watching and learning all about American football. The end of summer means football season is officially upon us. As we reach into the back of our closets to reunite with our favorite jersey, many local watering holes are getting into the spirit with some awesome food and drink specials to support our local teams. Whether you’re looking to cheer on the Aztecs or bolt up with fellow Chargers fans, here are 5 great options for Where to Watch NFL & College Football in San Diego. Bub’s at the Ballpark This local favorite is located in East Village in Downtown San Diego they have offer many drink specials for almost every NFL and college football game, this place identifies itself as a Chargers bar and, as such, it is a great place to indulge in a few pints of beer and interact with other fans. Miller’s Field What more do you need for a beautiful day of Sunday football than dozens of TVs, chicken fried steak, tater tots, “manmosas”, and endless beer? The list goes on! You want to get here early as this place gets extremely crowded for football season! You can catch fans every kind here rooting for their favorite team! The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole Watch your favorite college team battle it out over your Champagne brunch with $10 champs bottles or don your blue and gold and feel the Charge on Sunday with similar drink specials. On Mondays, don’t miss the $10 burger and a beer deal. Tavern At The Beach Tavern is one the most popular bars in Pacific beach.  You can catch college football all day  Sunday with $50 Grey Goose bottle service and a $14 mimosa bar; during Monday Night Football they … Read more

EC San Diego’s CAE Class takes a Hike!

Our teacher, Jen G, had the amazing idea to set out on a hiking trip. Like the military, Jen set down several rules to follow, otherwise nobody was allowed to attend the special trip. A t 0800 everyone met at the Ramona Fire Station with the required items: sunscreen, 2 Liters of water, and food to hike up to the Potato Chip. The Swiss people felt at home going up to the summit, while the Americans had problems keeping up with the fast hikers. Just kidding, they did really well, even though they were carrying more weight in their backpacks. After reaching the Potato Chip Rock, the class realized that 1000 other people were waiting to take a picture on the Potato Chip and decided not to take a photo here. Fortunately, we found another place for a photo op. Here, Dominic decided to climb a huge boulder. Getting up a massive boulder is one thing, getting down another. He almost kissed the ground with his nose getting back down. After this thrilling experience, we prepared ourselves to return to our cars. It took us 30 mins to reach our parking spot. It was an amazing morning. The class reunion will be on Mount Everest 😉     Written by CAE student Simon Renevy.

San Diego Breweries

San Diego’s breweries are some of the greatest in the world and are just one of the many reasons you should should choose to learn English in the USA! A brewery is a place where beer is made commercially, and you can visit tons of local breweries right here in San Diego.  Even if you’re not a fan of beer most of them offer spectacular restaurants and food options! Here are the top 3 breweries in San Diego and why you should check them out! 3) The Lost Abbey is located in San Marcos and is one of the very best of all the breweries in north county San Diego.  A great variety of different brews, all made to very high standards, at prices you can afford (although some of their rare releases are pricy).  This place does get packed and doesn’t have chairs, which may deter some of you, but midweek this place isn’t overwhelmingly busy, usually.   2) Rip Current is also located in San Marcos and is a convenient place to grab a drink with friends or go by yourself and watch some sports. Beer prices are fair and they offer a variety of flavors.   This is definitely a great place to visit in your free time.  The employees are also very approachable, friendly and will help you make a great beer selection..   1) Everything about Stone Brew CO. is wonderful! From the Garden of Eden scenery to the fresh varied selection of beers form their own and other breweries.  The service and food are also outstanding. Everything is as locally sourced as possible, and many of the herbs and spices grow on site, they also have their own farm not too far away for fruits and vegetables.    

Expedition America

If you are looking for a great tour experience here in San Diego, look no further. Expedition America is a premier tour company that hosts trips to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco. EA will be providing tours for our students here at EC San Diego throughout the year! Not only do they provide tours of other cities, but they plan awesome students right here in town such bonfires, city tours, grant nightclub access.     See below for a few highlights from their tours! Las Vegas: Trips to Las Vegas include one of the best night club and pool party packages and accommodation at a 4 star hotel. Party the night away with stars like 50cent, Lil John, and DJ Tiesto.  Las Vegas also has plenty to offer for those under 21, with its awesome sightseeing, guided tours, trips to the grand canyon, and hanging out with the locals on Fremont street!  Los Angeles: Trips to Los Angeles include a guided tour of Los Angeles city with stops in Santa Monica, the Hollywood sign, Beverly Hills and Venice Beach with options to visit Universal Studios or Disneyland!   San Francisco: You’ll never forget your trip to SF with your stay at 4 star hotel in the middle of Union Square.  This trip inlucdes day trips to twin peaks, which boasts the best view in San Francisco.  You’ll also get a chance to visit Haight in Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s wharf! Meet your local EA representative: Adam: “Hi! My name is Adam and I am your local EA rep for EC San Diego. I am originally from Los Angeles and have been in San Diego about a year. I love interacting with international students and travelling every weekend and showing them the best of what California has to offer. EA is the best because we are a close … Read more

EC San Diego July Calendar

See below for EC San Diego’s events for the month of July! Friday,July 3rd:  There will be no classes held this Friday in honor of the 4th of July holiday! Tuesday, July 7th:  Coffee and Conversation at Casa De Manana will take place at 1:15pm.  You can sign up for this volunteer opportunity at the front desk, or see Autumn in the Library for more details! Wednesday, July 8th:  Student presentations will be given on the country of Saudi Arabia in the student lounge at 1:00pm. Saturday, July 11th:  Come and explore Little Italy this Saturday at 11am.  Student’s can visit the farmer’s market as well as the Ballast Point Brewery. Wednesday, July 15th:  Have dinner and practice your conversation skills at Casa De Manana, there are only 7 spots, so be sure to sign up early! Saturday, July 18th:  Make new friends and practice your singing skills at EC Karaoke night.  The cost is $15 and students will meet at Karaoke 101 in Kearney Mesa. Tuesday, July 21st:  Catch a San Diego Padre’s game with American Host! Tickets are $19 and the game starts at 6pm.  See the front desk for more details. Thursday, July 23rd:  Visit the Birch Aquarium! Tickets are $10 and the tour starts at 2pm. Saturday, July 25th:  Visit the world famous San Diego Zoo!  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the front desk! Friday, July 31st:  Happy Birthday to everyone born in the month of July! Come and enjoy a cupcake from the front desk!