Two EC San Diego students assist residents of Casa Loma during a local EC volunteer event What does volunteer mean? To volunteer is to help others without being paid money. Volunteering is a good way to help the community, make new friends, and practice your English! There are many opportunities to volunteer with EC San Diego, giving students a place to use what they learn in their EC San Diego English courses out in the real world! The easiest and most convenient way to volunteer is to go to a local retirement home with other EC students. Twice a month you have the opportunity to go to Casa Loma, a retirement community near EC. Teacher Autumn and students go there and talk to elderly people who are very friendly. It’s also a good way to practice your English! This month Teacher Autumn will take students on Thursday, August 18th at 2:15pm. Sign up at the front desk and go with us! There are many other opportunities to volunteer in San Diego. There are several beach clean-ups with organizations like I Love a Clean San Diego (http://www.cleansd.org/). If you want to help with animals or use a skill that you have to assist others, you can check out this website for more volunteer opportunities in the community: http://www.volunteermatch.org/.
EC San Diego students and staff enjoy a summertime baseball game There’s nothing more American than baseball. Baseball started in America in 1845. Baseball is referred to as America’s favorite pastime. A pastime is something you do (and have done before) in your free time. Baseball has a long history in America and it’s popular in several other countries, too. Here are some facts that you may or may not know about baseball, from EC San Diego teacher Autumn: A baseball team has 9 players. A baseball game has no time limit. In baseball points are called “runs.” There are 30 baseball teams in the MLB (Major League Baseball). California has 5 baseball teams: San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, and San Francisco Giants. Baseball is a fantastic sport and you must experience the game live at least one time. Next Saturday, August 20th join teacher Autumn and EC San Diego English students to watch the San Diego Padres play the Arizona Diamondbacks!
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!
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!”
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
Cesar Chavez Day is tomorrow, March 31st! EC San Diego is off for this California-centric holiday. (Remember: school will be in session the next day, Friday April 1st). California is a culturally diverse state with a storied history, and Cesar Chavez is an important part of that history. Many of EC’s English Classes in San Diego incorporate lessons that support our mission to provide students with the best full immersion ESL program possible – including lessons on past and present California. Below is a brief description of Cesar Chavez: Cesar Chavez was one of the first Civil Rights Activists to stand up for worker’s rights in California, particularly the rights of immigrant workers. Because of his efforts, the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union) became a reality in the 1970s, and still exists today. Chavez fought to protect the rights and freedoms of farm workers everywhere.
Join EC San Diego staff and students every Sunday afternoon for a walking tour of La Jolla and group lunch at Bubba’s Smokehouse! The tour is for both current and incoming students. We hope to give every student enrolled in our English classes in San Diego the chance to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of La Jolla, and help them become more comfortable in their new home! EC San Diego walking tour includes the local bus stop (Bus Number 30), the location of EC San Diego, La Jolla Cove, Scripps Park, and Bubba’s Smokehouse. Our staff will be available to assist you with any questions you may have upon arrival, and can give you the best information to make your English course in the USA a huge success!
The Graduating Class of Friday, March 18, 2016 celebrated the completion of their EC English classes in San Diego. After marching in, the graduates walked up one-by-one to receive their certificates from EC San Diego’s Center Director, Martha Delgadillo. Once everyone received their certificates, Assistant Academic Director, Nick DiZinno, announced them official Graduates and they threw their caps in the air in celebration! Afterwards, they mingled, congratulated each other, and took photos with the friends they made while studying English at EC San Diego! We are proud of how far you’ve come, and we will miss you all! Congratulations on completing your English Classes in San Diego!
There are many volunteer opportunities for students studying English in the USA. Volunteering while learning English can be very rewarding, some of our students volunteer at various places in the city. Students have opportunities throughout the year to participate in beach clean ups, food drives, and walks/runs for various important causes. EC San Diego students have the unique opportunity to volunteer once or twice a month at the local retirement home. Students volunteer to speak English at dinner and over coffee with the residents, who greatly appreciate having the chance to speak with younger people. One student from Japan is currently volunteering by working in the restaurant at the retirement home. He really enjoys being a volunteer there because he gets to meet a lot of new people and make new friends. He says that, it is important to volunteer because you can experience new things and people. He also enjoys getting to experience and observe the restaurant etiquette in the United States because it is so different from restaurants in Japan. He would definitely recommend volunteering to all students coming to the United States to learn English. Volunteering can give students something important to do while they are studying. It is also an opportunity for them to speak with native speakers which is important to improving their English quickly.
Ibrahim from Saudi Arabia has been studying at EC San Diego for 1 year! Read below to find out what he thinks about studying English in the USA! I chose San Diego because of the great weather and because of the location near the beach and Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I love the activities the most for example the Zoo trip, basketball, volleyball. I liked going to the volunteer activities such as cleaning the beach and Casa De Manana where you can speak with older people and have dinner with them. I enjoyed listening to them talk about their experiences and their lives. I would recommend EC to a friend because the staff is so friendly and the teachers are great! My favorite teacher was Rachel because she taught me a lot and gave me the opportunity to improve my speaking and writing skills. I had a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world and learn about their culture. I plan to visit my friends from Spain, Brazil and Switzerland. I will remember having friendly staff and teachers and plan to keep in touch with them and the experience of interacting with different cultures and making new friends.