Meet Mayu, Our New Student Intern!

Mayu comes to EC San Diego from Tokyo, Japan. She studies English at a local university and will enter her third year in the fall.  Why I came to intern at EC San Diego is to improve my English skills in practical ways. Social experience in America will be definitely helpful when I start to work in Japan because what makes difference between Japanese and American internship is to be an intern like one of the real EC San Diego staff. So I can understand how difficult and challenging working is and it absolutely makes me confident of myself. What I see and hear now is so fresh, and it’s amazing to meet many people from different cultures. Because I have studied about activities and intercommunication between different cultures, it is wonderful for me to use what I have learned before in real situations. I hope I can help anyone who suffers from culture shock experience.  There must be difficulties and obstacles I will face, but I always remind why I came here and keep positive attitudes toward knowing new things. Also, the summer in San Diego is amazing. I hope this intern experience will make me strong and more socially adapted. There are many things about what I didn’t expect, but I will adapt and make them happy experiences for me.

EC Culture Blog: La Jolla Culinary Experience

Food is huge. Going out to eat is a great way to practice your English speaking in San Diego and if you are looking for first-class food La Jolla is the perfect place to start. ESL San Diego doesn’t get any better than speaking English while enjoying some excellent tacos on the beach. Pick a number between 1 and 100. Somewhere within the vast range of numerical values is the digit that represent the number of restaurants that are found in the city of La Jolla. If you guessed somewhere in the 90s, you are correct; the answer is 94. San Diego, itself, is known for its culinary prowess, but some of the more unique and delicious restaurants are said to be nestled right here in La Jolla. If you are in the mood for sugary treats whipped up and pulled from the creative mind of a somewhat popular chef, head down to Sugar and Scribe Bakery La Jolla. Once you walk into the building, you’ll be overwhelmed with your selection of homemade goods. Or perhaps, you’re taste buds are screaming for some “south of the border” flavors. In that case, you can head right on down to the Taco Stand. Here you’ll discover an array of tacos and burritos sure to satisfy your cravings. Let’s not forget that La Jolla is exquisite and the picture of elegance. Several fine dining restaurants offer delectable fare for those willing to spare the change. Post dinner, you can grab some gelato at a local gelateria and head down to the beach for evening stroll. All in all, La Jolla is the city to venture to if you, indeed, crave the above average culinary adventure.

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!

Our New Student Intern, Jiana!

Hello, I am Jian So (call me Jiana!) from South Korea. It has been about 3 months since I arrived in America. I have started to work as an intern at EC, a San Diego English Center, since March 28th. I am working as an assistant at the front desk arranging files, making flyers and so on. Come say hi to me anytime! It is very lucky for me to work at this beautiful place, La Jolla. We can see wonderful sea sights just in 5 minutes by walking from school. Also there are many nice places and restaurants to have dates with others. I am so excited because not only my career will be definitely supported, but my communication skills will improve when I continue to immerse myself in ESL San Diego. I don’t want to miss this perfect chance to grow. Thank you EC San Diego!  

Meet ESL Student Intern Youjin!

Hi, everyone. I am Youjin Park, originally from Seoul, Republic of Korea. I started working at EC San Diego as a Student Services Intern from early March. I am in senior year (university), double majoring in Public Administration and Psychology in Korea. In 2014, I had a chance to study abroad and I chose going to Southern California to do ESL San Diego and enjoy the amazingly beautiful sunshine. I took two semesters in California State University Fullerton and went back to Korea. After I went back to Korea, I missed sunny California so badly so I tried to find a way to be here again. Finally, I got a chance to come back to So Cal as an intern! So far, I have met so many nice people while working at this amazing San Diego English Center. Thanks to my awesome coworkers, I became comfortable working here very quickly. Also, I met great students who came from all over the world. Dear Students, don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any questions because I am here to help you. <3