EC San Diego Mid-Summer Events

It is the height of summer and EC San Diego has some amazing activities planned. Read the below to get all the information you need to know! And make sure to like our EC Facebook page to get up-to-date information on all our events and activities. It’s a great summer to study English in San Diego! Padres Baseball Game with EC! Saturday July 16th 2016 (5:40pm) Sign up and pay ($30) for your ticket at the EC front desk Collect your ticket after you pay Join us at Petco Park stadium – the game starts at 5:40pm Address: 100 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 Soccer at the Cove! Monday, July 18th, 2016 (2:15pm) Sign up at the front desk, and meet teacher Kevin there at 2:15pm Games will be held in the park by La Jolla Cove Don’t forget to wear your football shoes! Disney Movie & Snack Party! Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 (2:15pm) Sign up in the activity binder at the front desk We need at least 5 students to sign up Join Teacher Jenny in Room 10 for a viewing spectacular! EC Potluck Picnic at the Cove! Wednesday July 20th, 2016 (2:15pm) Sign up at the front desk and let us know what you plan to bring Meet at the Cove and bring a dish to share Sports at the Cove with Nick! Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 (2:15pm) Sign up at the front desk Meet Nick at the front at 2:15 to walk down to La Jolla Cove park EC Beach Day at Black’s Beach! Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 (3pm) We LOVE this beach and are excited to share it with our students!! Sign up at the front desk and get directions Meet Tyler at the #30 Bus stop at “La Jolla Shores & Poole Street” at 3pm Bring … Read more

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 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!”  

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

EC San Diego Weekend Experience

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!

Volunteering at EC 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.    

Surfing in San Diego!

San Diego is home to some world class surf breaks like Blacks Beach, Sunset Cliffs, and Trestles. With just a bus ride and short hike away, Blacks Beach is right in EC San Diego’s backyard! The large underwater canyon of its coast brings in some huge and heavy waves, which makes this spot the biggest in San Diego County. It is known for late drops and big outside sets, so you must be an advanced surfer to paddle out here. If that’s not you, Blacks is also a great destination to visit for a hike down the cliffs and a great day hanging out on this private beach. Sunset Cliffs is south of La Jolla in Ocean Beach, and it is known for its difficult paddle out as this spot is a rocky reef break. Trestles, on the other hand, is home to the annual Hurley Pro and is located at the most northern tip of San Diego County. This rocky beach break is considered by some as the most consistently shreddable wave in the world, and as a result it is always packed full of eager surfers. Join us for our first SURF CLUB session on Friday, September 11 at 8am! Are you a new surfer?  Don’t worry! Take a lesson with San Diego Surf School!      

Experiencing ESL San Diego: Student Kazuma Dan

What was your EC experience, Kazuma?  Kazuma: “I could make many foreigner friends and I could improve my English skill.  I gained a lot of confidence with my speaking. My dream is to have my own business in the USA! I met many new friends from Saudi Arabia and local people. I love to learn English in San Diego!  I’m indebted to all EC teachers (Faye, David, Bill, Joey, Silvia and Karen).  You were all wonderful.  The academic staff (Nick and Karen) were also great and very helpful. I will miss EC San Diego and all of my new friends!” “I am sure to come back to EC to take ESL San Diego again!”

English in San Diego: Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla

This month, students from EC San Diego had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (MCASD) located in  La Jolla. This museum is known for its exploration and presentation of contemporary work, consisting of art from the late 20th and early 21st century. These students learning English in San Diego enjoyed reading about the museum’s showcased local and international contemporary artists. They were able to interpret and discuss the different artistic pieces on display, practicing their English while discovering their personal meaning of the modern artistic mind. Above: Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that are often site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space. The iconic ‘kayak’ installation (see above) hangs over the roof of the La Jolla museum. This collection of boats is held together by stainless steel wire cable! Below: Abstract art seeks to break away from the traditional representation of physical objects. Like these abstract paintings (below: A, B), abstract art explores the relationship between forms and colors. A. B. Similar to these abstract paintings, avant garde pieces (example below) include new and unusual or experimental ideas. The French term “avant garde” translates into English as “advanced guard”; often, artwork called avant garde is experimental, new, and forward-thinking! The Edwards Scuplture Garden (which includes the sculpture Big Ganesh, above) on the MCASD La Jolla  campus is a permanent exhibition, and truly worth checking out anytime of the year! The MCASD La Jolla is just a 5 minute walk from EC San Diego’s campus. The museum is open year-round and student can even participate in fun, cultural MCASD events held in San Diego each month! Below, a view of the Pacific Ocean from the museum’s back terrace. We call this gorgeous work of art “A San Diego Winter“. Thank you to all the students who joined us for our trip to the MCASD, La Jolla!! Remember: … Read more