EC San Diego June Calendar

EC San Diego’s calendar has arrived! Check out all of our activities for the month of June below! San Diego County Fair on June 6th:  Join us at the annual San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar fairgrounds. There will be rides, food, concerts, exhibits and much more!  Tickets are $10 per person.   Student Presentations on June 10th:  Student presentations on Columbia and Venezuela will be given in the student lounge at 1:30pm.   EC Movie Night on June 13th:  Come and watch the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park series “Jurassic World,” at 4pm!   “Explore Little Italy” on June 14th:  Explore Little Italy with your classmates!  There will be a farmer’s market from 9am-2pm and a Ballast point brewery tour for those +21 at 12pm.   “Summer Kick off Party” on June 17th:  San Diego experiences will be throwing a summer kick off boat party! Tickets are $25-$35 per person.   Visit Birch Aquarium on June 18th:  Visit Birch aquarium in La Jolla at 2pm.  Tickets are $10! Be sure to have your student ID.   San Diego Zoo trip on June 21st:  Visit the world famous San Diego Zoo.  Sign up and pay by June 18th.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the front desk.   “Tie Dye Tuesday” on June 23rd:  Create your own Tie Dye Tuesday clothing item between 12:30-2:30pm.  Sign up at the front desk by June 18th!  Bring your own white clothing item!   “EC Karaoke Night” on June 25th:  EC Karaoke night will take place at Karaoke 101 in Kearney Mesa at 8pm. Come and sign up at the front desk!   San Diego Padre’s game on June 27th:  AY coordinator Autumn will be leading taking students to a San Diego Padre’s baseball game.  Tickets are $20 per … Read more

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

Spend September in San Diego!!

September is another great month of the year to be at EC San Diego! Our new September Activity & Tour Calendar is OUT! Get your copy at school to discover fun Fall 2014 events, activities, and trips – these will only add to students’ ESL learning in our full immersion English courses! **Please note that on Monday, September 1st, EC San Diego will be closed for the US Labor Day Holiday  Every Tuesday AND Thursday in September: We added another Conversation Class to our calendar! Learn new words in English & practice your conversation skills every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30pm! Sign up for Free Conversation Classes at the front desk. Every Wednesday at 12:15 and 1:30pm – Free ESL Pronunciation classes! Sign up now at EC San Diego’s front desk. September 3rd: Join our partner company American Host Tours for a Padres Game in Downtown San Diego! Tickets are $19 – get your ticket by completing the BLUE form at the front desk! September 7th: Join EC San Diego Teachers and Staff on Mission Beach for an “End-of-Summer” beach party and BBQ! All are welcome to attend this free event with EC! (Please bring food/drink to share, and if you want to grill please bring your own meat and/or vegetables.) September 20th: Our Volunteer opportunity this month is “Clean Up Mission Bay”! Everyone is invited to help clean our local beaches from 9am to 12pm. Please sign up to attend! Go to the meeting spot, Crowne Pointe Park, at 8:40am the day of this event. September 23rd, 24th, & 25th: AY Lecture Series on the “Peace Corps”. Please see Autumn in Room 7 for more information. September 28th: EC School Trip to the San Diego Zoo! Tickets are only $20 – get yours & directions at the front desk starting the week of September 8th! September’s almost here … Read more

Summer Is Here, And So Is Our June 2014 Calendar!!

Check out EC San Diego’s new June 2014 Activity Calendar! Highlights include: Still Going Strong: Free Classes Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday!! Remember to sign up at the front desk! NEW: Exit Test on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3pm! All General English Course students must take the Exit Test if they are at EC for 8 weeks or more. June 5th: World Environment Day! Wear Green to school on Thursday, June 5th, to show your support of our environment! June 4th to 6th: “Going Green” guessing game! Help us raise funds for World Environment Day. EC San Diego will match all funds raised by this event! June 7th: the Del Mar Fair Begins! Get your tickets to this amazing cultural event at the San Diego Fair website June 11th: “Talk and Tapas” with Teacher Maddy! Enjoy incredible tapas & incredible conversation with fellow EC San Diego students at Whisk-n-ladle in La Jolla! Meet Maddy at the front desk at 6pm. June 12 & 13th – World Cup Events! $10 admission to the game at Typhoon Saloon in Pacific Beach and 1 drink ticket. June 13th & 27th: TGIF Class, Free! “Thank Goodness It’s Friday” Conversation Class at La Jolla Cove – meet Teacher John K. in Room 2 at 1:30pm. June 28th: Ocean Beach Summer Street Fair! Get out with the local San Diego crowd to enjoy the best food, shopping, beer, and entertainment San Diego has to offer EC San Diego knows that learning English in San Diego also means getting to know the lifestyle, culture, and language of San Diego and of California. Now we are ready to study English in San Diego this summer – so let’s go!!

ECSD Students Speak English To Share Their Passion!!

Yesterday’s installment of EC San Diego’s student volunteer program ‘Country and Culture’ at local La Jolla retirement home Casa De Mañana was a smash hit! Five ECSD Japanese students presented on their country, sharing with ECSD staff, students, and Casa residents different aspects of the culture and history of Japan. This ‘Country and Culture’ presentation drew the largest audience the program has ever had, with over 35 students, 5 teachers, and 20 Casa residents in attendance. Each student presenting put in countless hours preparing their presentations. The Casa Presentation program not only allows students to share their culture with the community – it also allows them to practice and improve their English language skills in every area! The students worked on English reading skills while researching topics, refined their ability to write in English through their presentations, and practiced English pronunciation as they prepared to speak in front of an audience. The residents of Casa, all native English speakers, commented on the excellent quality of each student’s pronunciation skills! EC San Diego is so proud of the 5 students who presented yesterday! Thank you to these five students for all their hard work: Xiaochi Xie (Christina) – Festivals in Japan Koji Kobayashi – The Japanese Education System Saki Yabiku – Okinawa Mizue Sato – The Economics of Japan Marina Ueda – Japanese Beauty EC San Diego provides many opportunities to improve students’ English outside the classroom with an extensive activity and volunteer event calendar each month. “Country and Culture’ is just one of the many events sponsored by ECSD in which student can choose to participate. In particular, these monthly presentations allow ECSD students to improve their confidence in reading, writing, and speaking English; with practice and encouragement from staff and teachers, students feel confident and comfortable presenting to a large group … Read more

My experience in Casa de Manana

When I first saw that EC had this kind of activities, I immediately thought that I had to do it because there is not more warm and wise people than the elderly people. First of all, I have to say that the experience was more than I expected. The two Ladies that shared the dinner with us that night were amazing, wise and had a lot of experience traveling. For all that, my partner from Taiwan and me from Colombia, could establish a very nice conversation about each of our countries and its relationship with every culture. Furthermore we found ourselves talking about personal issues and laughing which gave us the possibility to know each other better . Finally, I just have words of gratitude with EC for giving the students such as marvelous opportunities to enhance not only our English level but also our knowledge about different cultures around the world by sharing time with people from all kinds of backgrounds. Best Regards, Lady Muñoz

Country and Culture presentation at Casa De Manana

On Thursday November 15th, EC San Diego conducted its 9th “Country and Culture” presentation at a Local Retirement Center called Casa De Manana.  Every month a country is chosen and students are picked to prepare a PowerPoint presentation and present it to both retired members of the La Jolla community and their fellow classmates.  This month’s topic was Taiwan.  It was presented by Chiao An Chung, Fu Huan Nieh, Ming Jung Tsai, and Yun Chuan Hsu.  They each picked a different topic to research and present about.