Thanksgiving International Potluck

THANKSGIVING POTLUCK 2015 On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving students brought their favorite home-made dishes from their home country to share with the others! We had a great turnout and everybody had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving with each other. The students even tried the American holiday favorite- Pumpkin Pie! We are now gearing up for the Holiday International Potluck on December 18th. We will be decorating cookies, making holiday cards, and enjoying delicious food. What a great way to supplement English Classes in San Diego!

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!              

Experiencing ESL San Diego: Student Kazuma Dan

What was your EC experience, Kazuma?  Kazuma: “I could make many foreigner friends and I could improve my English skill.  I gained a lot of confidence with my speaking. My dream is to have my own business in the USA! I met many new friends from Saudi Arabia and local people. I love to learn English in San Diego!  I’m indebted to all EC teachers (Faye, David, Bill, Joey, Silvia and Karen).  You were all wonderful.  The academic staff (Nick and Karen) were also great and very helpful. I will miss EC San Diego and all of my new friends!” “I am sure to come back to EC to take ESL San Diego again!”

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

Leanne and her collage of hosting EC San Diego students!

EC San Diego Host of the Month: Leanne Buck!

  Host of the Month: Leanne Buck Leanne: “Just like every student is different, every host family is different, and there is a match for everyone”.   Today’s Blog Spotlight is on EC San Diego’s Host of the month, Leanne Buck! Here we will outline the philosophies and experiences of our different, local San Diego host families, who all bring something special to the table. We at EC hope that this post will provide inspiration and advice to other host families so that we can continue to develop a support system together. We also hope that this post will help new ESL students looking to find their San Diego home while attending EC, the best English language school in San Diego! From EC San Diego Host Mom Leanne: “When I think about why I work with exchange students from EC, my first thought is ‘because it makes me happy’! I believe that one of my purposes in life is to help guide each and every international student in the hopes of enlightening their lives. I take pride in providing the best home stay accommodation for English language students in San Diego. “I am so thankful for what my EC San Diego students have brought to my family! “For example, my students always engage in conversations about the trips they want to take while they are here (I love to travel). They also share the trips that they have taken while in San Diego, showing me what they have bought at the nearby Outlet stores (I stay up on the new fashion), the photos they took while out to dinner at a Las Vegas casino (they always say “we eat all we can!”), and their favorite parts of visiting the Rock Church with me and my family! “A little about me: I love to walk around the Bay for 5 miles in … Read more

EC San Diego Student Testimonial: Seo Youn Choi (Selena)

“Hello, this is Seo Youn Choi from Korea, but please, call me Selena! I’ve been here at San Diego EC for over 11 months and I would like to share my wonderful experiences at EC! Since I’ve been with EC, my English has been much improved. My first class was Intermediate and now I’m in TOEFL class which is one of the highest level[s] in EC. Since EC has various levels, not only does it evaluate students effectively, but also it makes us motivated! Moreover, EC has a wonderful location and the kindest staff including the teachers. EC San Diego is located near La Jolla Cove, which has the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. All of the EC staff welcome[s] students with bright smiles, so I also treat them as my famil[y].” “Lastly, I’ve met so many different people, made hundreds of good friends and learned [about] a lot of cultures through EC. Before I came to EC, I didn’t know anything about other cultures, but EC made me more confident in trying new things and making new friends. During the time that I’ve spent with EC, I became [a] more mature person. I extremely appreciate all of EC’s kindness and efforts – I won’t be able to forget my EC San Diego life. Truly, I hope [for] us [all to] be together again someday. Thank you, EC!” Thank you, Selena, for your incredible review of our center! We are so happy to know that you enjoyed your experience at the best English language school in San Diego, EC San Diego!

Student Soraya’s Guide to EC and San Diego!

Soraya Silva came to us from Brazil in January and spent two weeks participating in EC San Diego’s General English course at the Upper Intermediate level.  Read what this incredible and intelligent lady has to say about her EC experience:  Hi everybody! I`m going to talk a little about my trip to San Diego in California. Well to begin, I want to introduce the city. It is a very big and different city. It has a lot of magnificent beaches like Pacific Beach or La Jolla Beach. You can rest on the sand, lie in the sun, get a tan, ride bicycles, have ice cream and so on. Indeed, we have a lot of things to do at in San Diego on a sunny day. But if you want to see big buildings and witness the city world, you should go Downtown.   You can always find interesting things and places to visit. For example, Balboa Park is a huge park with lots of trees and flowers. You can have a relaxing picnic with your friends under one of these big trees. And the most interesting thing is that you can find several museums inside this park. When I was there, I visited the National History Museum and I could see the Discovery King Tut and feel the atmosphere of Egypt during the pre-historic times. Near this park, there is very famous place called the San Diego Zoo. You can find many different animals that we do not have in Brazil. I loved to see the Koala Bears. They are so cute!! And the Flamingos, too. They look like someone painted them with a bright pink colored pencil Another place worth speaking about is Old Town San Diego. When you arrive there, it’s like being in a Western movie. You see old houses … Read more

EC San Diego Welcomes Jenn Sweeney!

Hi Everyone! My name is Jenn and I’m the new Home Stay Coordinator at EC San Diego. I am looking forward to working with EC students and staff, as well as our amazing host families! I grew up in the ‘Wine Country‘ area of Northern California and have traveled, worked and lived in various parts of the world including Ireland and Hong Kong. Fun Facts About Me: 1) I have lived in 3 countries and traveled throughout 20 different countries in the past 6 years. 2) I won a trip to Jamaica on the Ellen DeGeneres show. 3) I have dyed my hair black, blonde, red, purple, burgundy and brown. 4) I am the youngest of three girls. 5) I have an addiction to coffee. 6) I have gone sky diving. 7) I am terrified of clowns. 8) My favorite show is “How I met your Mother.” 9) One of my favorite bands is Dave Matthews Band and I have seen them in concert 11 times. 10) I have a tattoo of a world map on my arm. I love interacting with people from all around the world and am excited for this incredible opportunity to work at EC San Diego. I look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you! Find out more about learning English in San Diego.          

EC San Diego Presents: “S’up Bro?” An Intro to Slang

Slang is a way to express your thoughts in an informal way. Listed below are some trendy American Phrases and their meaning. “Catch some rays”:    Definition: Getting some sunshine. Example: I’m going to the beach to catch some rays. “You’re the real MVP.” (Most Valuable Player):  Definition: A way to congratulate someone. Example: You forgot your wallet at home and you’re out to dinner. Your friend Kevin pays. “Kevin, you’re the real MVP.” “Bae”: Definition: Acronym for ‘before anyone else’ (used interchangeably with babe). Example: “Bae, I love you so much” “That escalated quickly”: Definition: Describes a situation that goes from calm to crazy in a matter of seconds. Example: You’re relaxing on the beach, and all the sudden a huge wave comes and drags you into the water. “Well, that escalated quickly.” “Turnt”: Definition: Under the influence of alcohol; hype for a party. Example: “Bassmnt got so turnt last night” “Killin’ it!”  Definition: When you do something extremely well. Example: “I was killin’ it during that exam – thanks to my courses at EC San Diego!” “Awkward turtle”:  Definition: A way to describe an uncomfortable situation. Example: “I met that girl last night at a party, but I didn’t remember her name. Awkward turtle.” “Keep it 100”:  Definition: To be true to yourself no matter the circumstance. Example: You don’t have to like my life choices. I’m going to keep it 100, no matter what. “Selfie”:  Definition: A photo taken of one’s self. This term became very popular because of a song by The Chainsmokers. Example: “….but first let me take a selfie.” “Sup”:  Definition: Slang for “What’s up?” another way to ask what is new with someone. Example: Bob: “Hey, sup?” Sally: “Not much, just hanging out.”  “Bro”:  Definition: A friend, commonly used in greetings. Example: “What’s up bro?” These … Read more

EC San Diego’s New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year!! Can you believe it’s already 2015!?  EC San Diego staff share their #1 resolution for the year 2015! We are ready to challenge ourselves and accomplish more in 2015, just like our English language students! Let’s take a look at EC San Diego’s resolutions for the new year!  Heather Academic Director: Take more time off and eat healthier. Nick ADOS: Do some good exercise at least once a week. Travel to a country I have never been to. Andrew Academic Assistant: Learn time management skills and read more books. Martha Center Director: Be healthier and join dance class. Autumn Academic Year Coordinator: Cut back on drinking Dr. Pepper and eating junk food. Akira Student Volunteer: Stop smoking cigarettes. Karen CSR Champsion, Teacher: Stop biting my nails. Lykai Operations Manager: Find a way to help as many people as I can. Izzy Student Services Counselor: Have good posture! Elle Student Services Support: Discover my passions and grow as a person. Brittany Residence Coordinator: Drink more water and spend less money. Mike A Teacher: Not to shave my beard. Jenny Lead Teacher: Spend more quality time with my family. Sophie Student Services Counselor: Become fluent in the Spanish language. Jen Host Family Coordinator: Stop buying wine instead of groceries. These are good examples of resolutions YOU can make to start off your new year!