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!

EC San Diego Student Testimonial-Bianca and Luis

Bianca and Luis from Venezuela talk about their experience studying English in the USA! We chose San Diego because of the weather, it’s very similar to Venezuela and because there are a lot of beaches nearby.  We have both improved our vocabulary and our speaking skills and have lost the fear that we had when we had to speak English! We both have more self-confidence now than before.  Our favorite EC activity was the volunteer beach cleanup because we spent a lot of time with the staff and the other students. The thing we like the most about EC is the way the teachers help you to improve your skills.  The staff is so kind and helpful and they care about us.  The teachers are also very good.  Our favorite teacher is Jenny because she is very dynamic and she always keeps everyone motivated to learn.  We also liked Hind because she taught us a lot of good vocabulary and she was very good in grammar. Our best friends here are from Saudi Arabia because we are very interested to know their culture.  It is so different from ours and they can also learn from us.  We would definitely recommend EC to learn a second language!

Welcome Tyler Runsten!

This week EC San Diego welcomes our brand new Student Services Coordinator, Tyler Runsten! Get to know more about Tyler from his bio below: Hello everyone! I’m Tyler and I was originally born and raised Rocklin Ca, and moved to San Diego to study at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2009. I graduated in 2013 and majored in International studies and economics.  I am one of three brothers in my family, with one older brother and one twin brother.  I was on the diving team at UCSD. During college I studied abroad in Ecuador where I studied Spanish at the advanced level, so I know how difficult it can be to move to a new country to study a language.  After college, I worked at Sea World for one year as an acrobat in the Blue Horizon show.  In my spare time I like to go surfing, rock climbing, and slack lining. I also enjoy binge watching “Friends” on Netflix when I have the time.   In 10 years I see myself hopefully not working as much and travelling whenever possible and surfing a lot and going on many adventures My best advice for students learning English would be to live in a host family.  Living in a host family is a great experience because you are forced to speak the language and it can also create a life- long friendship. My favorite thing about studying abroad was getting to experience another culture and country. I decided to work for EC because I think it’s important for everyone to learn a second language and wanted to be a part of a company that helps students learn a second language. I am very excited to be here and look forward to working with the students, staff and teachers to make … Read more

EC San Diego Welcomes Back Lauren!

Lauren worked as a summer intern at EC last year and we are excited to have her back full time as a Student Services Coordinator! How did you decide to work at EC? I came to EC because I am interested in traveling and studying different cultures. Where are you from? I am born and raised in San Diego California. What countries have you visited? Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, France, Tanzania! What do you like to do when you’re not working? I like to hang out with friends at the beach and try new foods. What’s your favorite place to eat in San Diego? Roberto’s taco shop! What advice can you give to students who are thinking of coming to San Diego? Become friends with locals because they can show you all the cool things to do! Don’t expect it to always be sunny! Bring clothes for all types of weather! Have you ever studied another language? Yes, I went to German school when I was younger! I also studied Spanish and French! What’s the most difficult thing about learning another language? Being able to speak confidently! I would always doubt myself, so my best advice to students would be to be confident and to always ask for help. What do you like about working at EC so far? Meeting all the cool new people from all over the world and hearing different accents every day! Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I see myself graduating college with a degree in nursing and traveling the world to visit all the new friends I am making here at EC! If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I would go to Morocco because it’s a very exotic place, and I have always wanted … Read more

EC San Diego Host of the Month

 [This spotlight of the host of the month section outlines the philosophies and experiences of our different hosts, who all bring something special to the table. We hope that this will provide inspiration and advice to other host families, so that we can continue to develop a support system together.]   Hello, my name is Pamela, and I have been a resident of San Diego for 25 years, and a Host Mother for E.C. San Diego for almost 2 years. I am Originally from Washington State. I have been an in home Licensed Childcare Provider for 19 years. I have a wonderful son, Garrett, who is attending College with a baseball scholarship.      Almost two years ago I decided that while my son was away at College, why not utilize the extra bedroom with another student. I couldn’t be happier with that decision. My choice has made such a positive difference in my every day routine.         Being a Host Mother for these amazing students at EC San Diego is one of the most pleasurable and rewarding challenges I have ever endured. Actually interacting personally and verbally, helping them with their homework, and being able to share our warm and friendly home is necessary for them to feel secure while so far away from their own home studying English in the USA. Our conversations, and daily laughs helps me reach my goal of providing a pleasant and gratifying home-stay while they enjoy our beautiful city of San Diego. We are all Facebook friends, and continue to connect with one another on a regular basis.      If you are a Host Family…..Congratulations to you all! Helping these students to feel comfortable, and cared for everyday with a warm smile will only ensure their perception of enjoyment and security while trying to … Read more

Student Testimonial- Victoria Almada

Seventeen year old Brazilian student Victoria Almada shares her amazing experience while studying at ESL in San Diego. Victoria studied at EC for 8 weeks and was also apart of our home stay program! Why did you choose this destination? I chose San Diego because the weather is amazing and it’s beautiful.I believe that my English has improved a lot! What did you like most about the school? I think EC San Diego is a good school if you want to meet people from all around the world. Would you recommend EC to your friends? It was a great experience and I’m going to advise my friends from Brazil to come to study! What will you remember from your stay? People here are very kind and polite and I really love my host family!  Thanks EC!

EC San Diego host family Highlight

  Meet one of EC San Diego’s best host family’s, Sam and Anna Martinez! Anna and I have lived in the University City area for over thirty years and have just recently celebrated our 40th anniversary together. We have three grown children; Adam, Matthew, and Sarah, plus seven grandchildren. We have been hosting students for the last 25 years with EC San Diego home stay program , and the school that was here before EC. The students were always a great addition to our home, as our children adapted well to them and looked to them as brothers and sisters. One thing I like about hosting, aside from the relationships formed, is the opportunity to see the students grow and improve their English skills. I keep reminding them to “Think in English” and they really take that to heart. It’s so cool to see them grow with each passing day.  Living with a host family is a great way to enhance your ESL classes in San Diego. As far as tips for other host families, I believe as host parents we all have our own way of making the students time with us a memorable and pleasant experience. For Anna and I, the experience begins the day they arrive in our home. One thing I like to do is give them a complete tour of the surrounding areas. For example, I show them the bus route to the school, where to shop and eat, and of course the beaches. After we take a trip through downtown, it’s back home to go over the rules of their new home, from where things are in the kitchen, to how to use the washer and dryer. We cover everything they may need to know all on that first day. In the end I tell them … 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

Actress Sara Corrales Shares Her EC San Diego Experience

For the past nine weeks, EC San Diego had the pleasure of getting to know Colombian actress and model, Sara Corrales. From Day 1, we were greeted with Sara’s beautiful smile and boisterous personality. Her love for life and learning brought a positive energy to our center, for both students and the staff! Sara’s career consists of countless roles in television series, soap operas, and film. She is currently living in Mexico City working on her next dramatic soap opera series called “El Senor de los Cielos”. However, Sara claims that her favorite acting roles lie within comedy. Although difficult to master, she says that playing a comedic role feels less like work and more like fun! Aside from her acting career, Sara has many other personal goals she would like to accomplish within her lifetime, one of them being to learn English. At first, Sarah was nervous to start learning English in the US, but soon after her arrival to EC San Diego, she knew she had made the right decision. Looking back on the past two months, Sarah has greatly improved her speaking abilities. “Each day I feel more comfortable with English. When you notice the difference from the first day [up until] now, you want to improve more.” Sara has also gained more confidence in practicing her English with native speakers. “Now I don’t feel afraid when people speak with me!” Sara left EC today with just as much enthusiasm as when she arrived: “I love EC! I love the activities! All the teachers and staff are nice. It was the best decision!”~ Thank you for sharing your story with us, Sara! We hope to see you back at EC San Diego next year!

Meet our newest intern, Akira!

Hi. My name is Akira Sato. I would like to introduce myself as a new intern on the EC staff. I started working at EC San Diego this week. You might recognize me because I used to be a student here. I’m from Kanagawa, Japan. I chose to come to San Diego because my friend recommended it and I don’t regret my decision.  My favorite thing to do is to take a nap at La Jolla cove. I recommend you to go to all of the beaches here.  My favorite is La Jolla Shores, but you need to visit all of them to find your favorite. Why did I decide to take an internship at EC?  The reason why is there are several benefits for me. First of all, I can work in the US!! It sounds like a too simple reason. However, this experience will help me especially in my career. Secondly, I am sure I can extremely improve my English skills through this job. The internship is a kind of challenge for me. Finally, I really want to help students!! When I came here, I couldn’t speak English at all. Every student is in this situation. Since I was a student here, I can help them in my way. You are welcome to ask me for help anytime! I will do my best!! Nice to meet you!!