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

EC San Diego Gives Back: Feeding the Homeless

This past weekend members of EC San Diego’s Global Citizenship Course led by teacher Karen Salerni volunteered to feed the homeless in Ocean Beach. EC San Diego staff, students, and teachers were all invited to participate. EC San Diego’s Global Citizenship Course is just one of the many things that sets our school apart from other English language schools in the US. Read below to see how this experience helped enhance our students’ EC experience in San Diego: We planned a BBQ to feed the homeless on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day because it is a day of service in the U.S. We went to Ocean Beach on Monday, January 19, from 2-5 p.m. We started to plan the BBQ two weeks earlier. We were in a rush to do many things, such as making signs for EC students and homeless individuals to announce the BBQ; walking around classrooms to inform students of the BBQ; and collecting money from students as a donation to buy food for the homeless. On the day of the BBQ, we arrived at Ocean Beach at 2 pm and some students prepared for the BBQ. Meanwhile, other students and Teacher Karen invited homeless individuals in the area to join the BBQ. About 20 students and 30 homeless people came to the BBQ. We enjoyed the meal and spending time with them, which included chatting, playing soccer and listening to the music that two of the homeless people played. In the beginning, to be honest, we had a kind of prejudice for the homeless. However, through this experience, we changed our attitudes to the homeless. Specifically, we found out that they are pretty friendly and peaceful. In addition, most of them have been suffering from hunger, so we have to continue to help them as much as we can! … Read more