ESL Student Testimonial: Laura Bazan!

Laura came to EC San Diego from her home country of Spain in November 2015. Last week was her very last week with us so we asked her to share her experiences of EC for ESL San Diego! “I have had here a great experience. The school is localized in the best place of San Diego. The staff is very kind and the school offers a lot of interesting activities like the volunteer opportunities, which is great, or free classes. Also, I liked that I could have different topics in the Special Focus classes, because they allow students to choose which class they see as more suitable for themselves. The teachers are good but there are some teachers that are great!! They helped me a lot, for example thank you Teacher Fay, she for me was the best one. Also John and Barbara helped me too much. Thank you to everyone at EC San Diego for my amazing experiences over the past six months!”  

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!

It’s Officially (US) Football Season!

      (Left) Teacher Wes giving his AY Presentation, (right) Wes takes an American Football player photo! Last week EC San Diego Teacher Wes gave a presentation about the game of American Football to our Academic Year students! In the US, football is not only a sport but also a tradition. Teacher Wes’ presentation focused on how “football” is common throughout the US, and for all age groups. There are teams for young children all the way to the NFL. It is played at every school, every college, and every university. A large part of our students’ full immersion US English program in the US is to learn about these types of tradition, and also to become part of them! So – not really certain how the game of “American Football” works? Then read the following introduction to the game, courtesy of Teacher Wes! RULES:  11 players from each team play at one time The offense has 4 downs (plays) to move the ball forward 10 yards The team must throw or run the ball from the ball from the line of scrimmage The line of scrimmage extends the width of the field from the location the ball is placed The defense can not go past the line of scrimmage until the offense begins the play At each end, there is an ‘End Zone’ and Field Goal Post – this is where you score points SCORING SYSTEM (POINTS) A touchdown is worth 6 points After a touchdown, the team can either kick a very short field goal worth 1 point or try and score again from 2 yards away for 2 points A field goal is worth 3 points regardless of the distance Ready to watch a Football game!?  

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

On Sunday, October 19th, EC San Diego participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The event took place in Balboa Park, as over 611 teams and 6,056 participants walked four miles around the neighborhoods surrounding downtown San Diego. This event allowed San Diegans to unite as a community and raise awareness and money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research. There were 24 members (including Teacher Barbara’s two dogs) who represented team ECSD. Overall, a total of $746, 648.39 was raised in San Diego alone! We can only imagine how much money was raised across the entire U.S.! Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. and sadly, 1 in 8 will be diagnosed within their lifetime. EC is happy to support such an important cause. We will continue fighting against this life threatening disease. Thank you to all the staff members, teachers, and friends who came out to support.

Student Testimonial: Mariana Angotti!

Mariana Angotti came to EC San Diego for one month of vacation time, and spent her entire stay participating in an EC full immersion English course. Read her review of our school below, and to find out why she loved her time here & never wants to leave! “I love this school, and the people here. “I am in the Intermediate class, Core A. My teachers are Sylvia and Chelsea – both are so great, I am so happy with them as my teachers! The English classes are better than I ever expected. “And I am completely in love with this city [San Diego] and the EC language school. I never want to leave! “I am going to go back to Brazil this weekend [where] I am a food engineer with Dannon company. I work in research and development to find new and better packaging [for food]. I came here for one month of vacation, and have improved my English and met many new friends. “I recommend EC San Diego to everyone back home and everywhere else, too!” Thank you for this amazing review, Mariana. We hope to see you again soon!

Celebrate A Summer of ESL Learning!

This Sunday, September 7th, EC San Diego will be hosting a Beach BBQ for all of our staff & students! Location: North Jetty Road, San Diego, 92109 (look for the EC flag by the grass) Time: 11am to 2:30pm We will have TWO barbecue grills, so please bring any meat & vegetables that you would like to cook! (This event is BYOM/V, which stands for “Bring Your Own Meat [or Vegetables]”.) All are welcome to bring other food as well, for a pot-luck style lunch. There will also be LOTS of basketball, volleyball, and soccer games on the grass & on the beach! Remember: It’s always a great idea to supplement your English courses at EC San Diego with social events like this – it can really help to improve your English conversation & listening skills! Plus, you can learn how to grill from the best – our very own Assistant Academic Director, Nick DiZinno!! Planning to be there? Make sure to sign your name on the sign-up sheet at the front desk! EC will be providing sodas, water, plates, napkins, utensil, etc. – and we want to make sure that we bring enough for everyone who comes to this event!! Mark your calendars, and bring yourself, your friends, and some good food to EC’s BBQ this Sunday! We’ll see you at the beach!!

Words of Wisdom From Student Duckmyung Kim

Student Duckmyung Kim has been a student at EC San Diego since November 2013! He began as an Intermediate student and has now reached the Upper Intermediate level of English (the second highest!) here at school. Duckmyung chose EC San Diego English Language Center because he wanted to attend the best business English school in the US! Read what he has to say about his overall experience as an English student at EC San Diego: “I have learned a lot of various knowledge, as well as English, at EC school. When we studied about the current environmental situation of our world, I was shocked to find out that [human beings] have caused such harm to this beautiful Earth. “On the other side, I have also learned at EC that Technology, Science, Culture, the Arts, etc., have given us [people] the impulse to learn as much as we can! And for me, I had a great chance to learn as much as I could as a student at EC San Diego. “At EC I could meet new students, and my classes have lots of fun ones – we always kept practicing our English. All staff have always been very kind to me, and I would express my gratitude to them as well. Duckmyung with his Upper Int Class, April 18th 2014 “I deeply thank you for my esteemed teachers and my classmates, with whom I have spent many months. They all did their best to improve my English! Duckmyung with his class on February 14, 2014 “Learning English in San Diego was a really great experience, and I believe it will remain in my memory quite a while.”  

EC San Diego Teacher Profile: John Kim!

Teacher John Kim (right) loves fishing off the San Diego coastline with his sons! A little about me: Hi! My name is John Kim. I’m originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, but I’ve been living here in San Diego, California since 2003. I am a retired veteran from a great American institution called the United States Army, and now, I am again actively involved in another great institution called EC San Diego English Language Center! I am proud and honored to have been involved with public service for over 20 years and I am now  just as proud and honored to be involved with the international group of students who come to EC to experience a full immersion English course in San Diego. Life for me is about leadership, being present, and having a balance of education, work, and good citizenship. I manage to do that and more as a Teacher at EC. John teaches EC San Diego’s FREE Conversation classes every Tuesday and Friday! My Classes at EC: I teach Business and Academic English courses at EC San Diego. I want my classes to be as fun and interactive as possible. I love creating a buzz in class with cool vocabulary activities and conversation exercises. I also teach the Free Conversation courses offered on Tuesdays and Fridays! I like to use everything I have learned from all my life experiences to create interesting, challenging, and fun lessons for my students. My Professional Experience: I am a native English speaker and have been working as an ESL teacher at EC’s San Diego English Language Center since March of last year. Before I started teaching, I worked in various military and diplomatic positions worldwide for over 24 years. During that time I studied and taught leadership, language, business, and management courses abroad. Because of this … Read more

EC San Diego Teacher Profile: Autumn Garrett!

“Hi! My name is Autumn Garrett and I am an ESL teacher at EC San Diego! A little about me: “I’m originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (located in the center of the USA), but I have been living here in beautiful San Diego for almost a year. “On the weekends I love to explore San Diego and the surrounding areas, and venture up the coast for the incredible beaches and wine tasting at local vineyards. I’m also a big movie buff and love sitting in the theater with a big bucket of popcorn watching action movies and comedies. “My favorite spots in San Diego are…the beaches!!  Each beach on SD’s coast has a different type of energy, and they are all worth checking out. A little about my teaching background with ESL: “I became a teacher because ever since I was a child, I just knew it’s what I should be. I am a native English speaker and have been an ESL teacher for 4 years; I spent two years teaching English in South Korea. “I have an undergraduate degree in English and a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). I love teaching ESL!” A little about my classes at EC San Diego: “How would I describe my General English classes at EC San Diego? Amazing, of course! Beyond making learning English fun and effective, I really like to emphasize class participation in the classroom. My style of teaching is very interactive! I try to make my classroom as comfortable as possible so that my students feel free to express their ideas. “I do not want them to ever feel afraid to make mistakes. Making mistakes is a part of learning! I like to use everything I have learned from all my teaching to create interesting, challenging and fun lessons … Read more