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 Host Family Highlight “Mark Zinnecker”

As I always tell my students, “Just like every student is different, every host family is different, and there is a match for everyone”. 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.       I am a retired person with careers in chemistry and software engineering, as well as having a ten-year care-giving experience with my mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease. As the child of a career Army Officer, I grew up moving every three years and traveled a lot. When I was four years old, my family moved from Arlington, VA to Heidelberg, Germany for a three year tour of duty.  I also spent the better part of the summer after my first year in college traveling around Europe with a friend, and was able to visit my old home in Heidelberg.  I was exposed to foreign cultures right from the get-go. The Army brat experience gave me an early appreciation for the wonderful diversity of cultures in other parts of the world, as well as the value of growing up with change as the norm.  Now that I have settled down in San Diego and have a house with extra bedrooms, what better way to continue learning about other people and places in the world than to host these young ambassadors from other countries who are here to learn our language and culture.  I have to agree with last month’s spotlight host about how nice it can be to share your home with these young, happy, and energetic people.   One of the aspects of … Read more

San Diego Breweries

San Diego’s breweries are some of the greatest in the world and are just one of the many reasons you should should choose to learn English in the USA! A brewery is a place where beer is made commercially, and you can visit tons of local breweries right here in San Diego.  Even if you’re not a fan of beer most of them offer spectacular restaurants and food options! Here are the top 3 breweries in San Diego and why you should check them out! 3) The Lost Abbey is located in San Marcos and is one of the very best of all the breweries in north county San Diego.  A great variety of different brews, all made to very high standards, at prices you can afford (although some of their rare releases are pricy).  This place does get packed and doesn’t have chairs, which may deter some of you, but midweek this place isn’t overwhelmingly busy, usually.   2) Rip Current is also located in San Marcos and is a convenient place to grab a drink with friends or go by yourself and watch some sports. Beer prices are fair and they offer a variety of flavors.   This is definitely a great place to visit in your free time.  The employees are also very approachable, friendly and will help you make a great beer selection..   1) Everything about Stone Brew CO. is wonderful! From the Garden of Eden scenery to the fresh varied selection of beers form their own and other breweries.  The service and food are also outstanding. Everything is as locally sourced as possible, and many of the herbs and spices grow on site, they also have their own farm not too far away for fruits and vegetables.    

Expedition America

If you are looking for a great tour experience here in San Diego, look no further. Expedition America is a premier tour company that hosts trips to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco. EA will be providing tours for our students here at EC San Diego throughout the year! Not only do they provide tours of other cities, but they plan awesome students right here in town such bonfires, city tours, grant nightclub access.     See below for a few highlights from their tours! Las Vegas: Trips to Las Vegas include one of the best night club and pool party packages and accommodation at a 4 star hotel. Party the night away with stars like 50cent, Lil John, and DJ Tiesto.  Las Vegas also has plenty to offer for those under 21, with its awesome sightseeing, guided tours, trips to the grand canyon, and hanging out with the locals on Fremont street!  Los Angeles: Trips to Los Angeles include a guided tour of Los Angeles city with stops in Santa Monica, the Hollywood sign, Beverly Hills and Venice Beach with options to visit Universal Studios or Disneyland!   San Francisco: You’ll never forget your trip to SF with your stay at 4 star hotel in the middle of Union Square.  This trip inlucdes day trips to twin peaks, which boasts the best view in San Francisco.  You’ll also get a chance to visit Haight in Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s wharf! Meet your local EA representative: Adam: “Hi! My name is Adam and I am your local EA rep for EC San Diego. I am originally from Los Angeles and have been in San Diego about a year. I love interacting with international students and travelling every weekend and showing them the best of what California has to offer. EA is the best because we are a close … Read more

EC San Diego July Calendar

See below for EC San Diego’s events for the month of July! Friday,July 3rd:  There will be no classes held this Friday in honor of the 4th of July holiday! Tuesday, July 7th:  Coffee and Conversation at Casa De Manana will take place at 1:15pm.  You can sign up for this volunteer opportunity at the front desk, or see Autumn in the Library for more details! Wednesday, July 8th:  Student presentations will be given on the country of Saudi Arabia in the student lounge at 1:00pm. Saturday, July 11th:  Come and explore Little Italy this Saturday at 11am.  Student’s can visit the farmer’s market as well as the Ballast Point Brewery. Wednesday, July 15th:  Have dinner and practice your conversation skills at Casa De Manana, there are only 7 spots, so be sure to sign up early! Saturday, July 18th:  Make new friends and practice your singing skills at EC Karaoke night.  The cost is $15 and students will meet at Karaoke 101 in Kearney Mesa. Tuesday, July 21st:  Catch a San Diego Padre’s game with American Host! Tickets are $19 and the game starts at 6pm.  See the front desk for more details. Thursday, July 23rd:  Visit the Birch Aquarium! Tickets are $10 and the tour starts at 2pm. Saturday, July 25th:  Visit the world famous San Diego Zoo!  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the front desk! Friday, July 31st:  Happy Birthday to everyone born in the month of July! Come and enjoy a cupcake from the front desk!

EC San Diego experience-Hyunsoo Bae

 EC San Diego student Hans shares his experience! I chose to study ESL in San Diego because my cousin told me that the weather is nice and the people are kind. Also, I like that it is not crowded like other cities. I have learned so many things since studying here like how to deal with people from other cultures and all about the great night life, but most importantly I learned ENGLISH!!! My English improved a lot, I started in pre intermediate and received my certificate in advanced. I learned not only to speak English, but to live with people who come from different nationalities and cultures. I have been exposed to a lot of native speakers so my English has improved a lot! If you want to speak English very well just come to EC San Diego! My favorite EC activity was going to see the San Diego Padres games at Petco Park. On weekends there are laser shows and fireworks at the end of the games. Volunteering was also very nice because I like to help others. I participated in the Beach clean-up and it was a lot of fun, and after cleaning we had a party with teachers and students. It is very nice when everyone gets together. All of the teachers at EC San Diego are good, but Kevin and Jenny are the best! Kevin always makes students participate and is like a bridge between students and other students so that everyone gets to know one another. Jenny is very good at teaching grammar. JJ forces us to read books, which makes us better at learning English. Every day in San Diego is special because the environment is very warm and welcoming and the staff is great. The waves at the beach are amazing, so I can go surfing … Read more

EC San Diego Student Testimonial – Kento

22 year old Japanese student Kento Higa shares his experience studying ESL at EC San Diego! I chose to study at EC San Diego because the weather is nice and because the school is near the ocean. I really love the ocean so, I decided to study here.I improved my English a lot. When I came my weakness was speaking. I had studied a little before, but I could not say anything except hello and how are you but now I’m getting much better and more confident. I even gave two presentations one at EC and one at Casa de Manana in front of about 20 to 30 students. My favorite EC activity was the GSS class and AY tutoring because my pronunciation was really bad, but now I am getting better since AY tutoring with teacher Karen. Karen was very helpful because she didn’t make me nervous, and she is always smiling and telling jokes and is very energetic. I really like my accommodation at the apartments. There was a pool, jacuzzi and I can play table tennis and shoot pool and it’s very safe. I would recommend EC to a friend because you will have many opportunities, for example to do student presentations and be a student ambassador. I made many new friends from Saudi Arabia, Korea, American, and Brazilian. I became very good friends with Korean and Brazilian students because we went on many trips together like San Francisco and Las Vegas and we have meals together, so we became very close. I will remember my presentations because doing them gave me so much confidence in speaking English. Also, I had a lot of fun being a student ambassador because I learned a lot of things such as leadership, responsibility and I had a lot of chances … 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 Rules for Ramadan

Ramadan begins from Wednesday, June 17th – Friday, July 17th. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is based on the ninth month of the Muslim year. Fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. During this time Muslim abstain from eating, drinking, as well as participating in anything that is ill-natured or excessive. The lunar cycle is what determines the Islamic calendar. Ramadan begins when the sighting of the new moon and ninth month of the Islamic calendar occurs. Thinking of going home to celebrate?  Please refer to the following list of rules! To go to KSA for Ramadan : Students can go anytime they want Vacation dates must be from a Monday to a Friday. if you are leaving Thursday, June 11, they will have to be absent for that Thursday, 6/11, and Friday 6/12 — vacation will start the following Monday, 6/15 Vacation length is 6 weeks maximum If you have a SACM scholarship they need to ask their advisor before requesting vacation with EC Students MUST provide their ticket information for flight TO and flight FROM home country (the round trip) Students MUST have at least 4 weeks of school upon return to San Diego in order to be approved for a vacation Your attendance MUST be at or above 80% For more information on studying ESL 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!