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 Student Testimonial-Joe!

  Joe is a student ambassador from Korea and has been at EC for the past 8 months.  Read below to see all of the reasons why he loves studying at EC San Diego! I chose San Diego because the weather is so good and may change my personality in a positive way.  I also wanted to study English in the USA!  I heard that there was a good mix of other nationalities. I started at intermediate and I am now in the pre advanced class, so I have improved a lot in the past 8 months!  I have improved my speaking skills the most because I have been able to speak English all the time (at school, at home and around San Diego)! The best part about being a student ambassador is meeting new students every week and trying to communicate with friends who come from a lot of different nationalities.  I also appreciate the opportunity to get to speak with many people with different points of view. I would definitely recommend EC San Diego to other students because you can hang out with many friends and the teachers and staff are great in a perfect place!  

EC San Diego Student Presentations

This past week, students were able to give presentations about their home country in order to inform others about their culture and lifestyle. The students also gave detailed explanations of the popular tourist attractions and what you can expect to see when you visit their country.   Student Luis Vargas, is from Venezuela and said that he really enjoyed speaking to other students about what it is like to live in his country. “Venezuela is a very diverse country because we have many different biomes such as the desert, beaches, jungle and mountains. Depending on where you are staying can influence the type of food you will eat. For example, if you are on the coast, you can find some of the freshest foods to eat. Alto, is a restaurant located in the country’s capital of Caracas, and is a favorite among the locals because they serve gourmet meals there. A traditional meal in Venezuela would be Arepa’s, which are similar to hamburgers in the United States. Arepa’s, however, are made with a type of cornbread and you can stuff different foods in it such as chicken or cheese. In Venezuela, a very popular sport is baseball. In the United States, players like Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Lions and former San Francisco Giants player Pablo Sandoval, are natives to Venezuela. My country is also known for Miss Venezuela winning the title of Miss Universe seven times. Venezuela is home to the tallest waterfall in the world: Angel Falls.” Student Julianna Correal Velez, presented on her home country of Colombia: “Colombia is a Spanish country and we Colombians are dreamers. One of our country’s motto is, “Colombia is patient”. There are many tourist attractions in Colombia. A few of the main cities are Bogota, Cartagena, and Medellin. Bogota is Colombia’s … Read more

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

Student Soraya’s Guide to EC and San Diego!

Soraya Silva came to us from Brazil in January and spent two weeks participating in EC San Diego’s General English course at the Upper Intermediate level.  Read what this incredible and intelligent lady has to say about her EC experience:  Hi everybody! I`m going to talk a little about my trip to San Diego in California. Well to begin, I want to introduce the city. It is a very big and different city. It has a lot of magnificent beaches like Pacific Beach or La Jolla Beach. You can rest on the sand, lie in the sun, get a tan, ride bicycles, have ice cream and so on. Indeed, we have a lot of things to do at in San Diego on a sunny day. But if you want to see big buildings and witness the city world, you should go Downtown.   You can always find interesting things and places to visit. For example, Balboa Park is a huge park with lots of trees and flowers. You can have a relaxing picnic with your friends under one of these big trees. And the most interesting thing is that you can find several museums inside this park. When I was there, I visited the National History Museum and I could see the Discovery King Tut and feel the atmosphere of Egypt during the pre-historic times. Near this park, there is very famous place called the San Diego Zoo. You can find many different animals that we do not have in Brazil. I loved to see the Koala Bears. They are so cute!! And the Flamingos, too. They look like someone painted them with a bright pink colored pencil Another place worth speaking about is Old Town San Diego. When you arrive there, it’s like being in a Western movie. You see old houses … Read more

EC Student Ambassador: Kento Higa

Hi!! My name is Kento Higa. I’m from Okinawa Japan [where] I was born and raised. I’m 21 years old. I’ve been in San Diego for three months and in my free time I like reading manga in English, listening to music, and playing basketball. My dream is to become an English teacher in Japan. I became a student ambassador at EC San Diego to improve my teaching skills, leadership experience and English skills. I thought it is a really good learning opportunity for me, so I accepted it. I want to join all EC’s events and I want to enjoy EC and the city of San Diego!! Of course, I want to improve my English. I’m going to give my best to be [a responsible] student ambassador, even though I’m not perfect. I hope all ambassadors will be good English speakers and we will able to have a great time in San Diego. Find out more about our incredible volunteer program at EC’s English language school in San Diego

EC San Diego Welcomes Jenn Sweeney!

Hi Everyone! My name is Jenn and I’m the new Home Stay Coordinator at EC San Diego. I am looking forward to working with EC students and staff, as well as our amazing host families! I grew up in the ‘Wine Country‘ area of Northern California and have traveled, worked and lived in various parts of the world including Ireland and Hong Kong. Fun Facts About Me: 1) I have lived in 3 countries and traveled throughout 20 different countries in the past 6 years. 2) I won a trip to Jamaica on the Ellen DeGeneres show. 3) I have dyed my hair black, blonde, red, purple, burgundy and brown. 4) I am the youngest of three girls. 5) I have an addiction to coffee. 6) I have gone sky diving. 7) I am terrified of clowns. 8) My favorite show is “How I met your Mother.” 9) One of my favorite bands is Dave Matthews Band and I have seen them in concert 11 times. 10) I have a tattoo of a world map on my arm. I love interacting with people from all around the world and am excited for this incredible opportunity to work at EC San Diego. I look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you! Find out more about learning English in San Diego.          

Student Testimonial: Ayano Wakabayashi

“I don’t want to leave tomorrow, I wish I could stay in San Diego forever,” stated Ayano Wakabayashi, twenty-seven year old student, who is originally from Japan. Ayano has been at EC San Diego for a year now, and has been enrolled in the Semi-Intensive program. While Ayano attended College in Japan, she studied English as her major. While in college she always wanted to study abroad in America, and really emerge her self into the culture. After she graduated College, she decided she wanted to start her own  tourism company. Discovering this, she realized she would need to know more English. This is what drove her to enroll in English Courses at EC San Diego. Ayano went on to say that “San Diego is the best city in the world, the people here are awesome and are very kind. I like that it’s not just the people at EC that are nice but everyone in the city.” While in San Diego Ayano enjoyed it’s many beautiful beaches, ventured the theme parks such as Seaworld, and met a lot of new friends. She went on to say how much she loved the diversity at EC San Diego, and how it has given her the desire to study all the different types of cultures and histories. When asked what Ayano liked about EC she replied, ” I liked that there are different levels and that the teachers are always willing to help. For a while I couldn’t move up to the next level, it was very frustrating. I showed the teachers that I did want to learn and progress. So many teachers, some who weren’t even my own began helping me, and giving me extra work so I could move up to the next level. With their help I was finally able … Read more

Student Testimonial: Kochin Yen!

  Twenty-year-old Kochin Yen, who also goes by “Olivia”, will be returning to Taiwan after finishing her English course at EC San Diego today. Olivia has taken our General English course for the past two months. She is a student who stands out because of her positive and helpful attitude! Here are a few words Olivia would like to share about her EC experience: “This is the first time I met many people from other countries.” This was Olivia’s first time visiting the United States. Her experience studying at EC was especially rewarding because of all the new things she learned about students from different cultures.   Olivia took advantage of her time in San Diego by visiting the beach, the Zoo, Sea World, and Old Town. Most importantly, she spent her time making memories with the friends she made here at EC! Olivia hopes that she and her new friends keep in touch. “I don’t want to stop our friendship. I want to practice our English, so we will [talk over] Skype!” Olivia loved taking classes with Teacher Sarah. “She’s really interesting and she really takes care of us. Sarah makes me feel like she’s my mother.” Lastly, Olivia recommends EC because of its global recognition. With eighteen English language centers located in five different countries, EC is a great place to study for anyone around the world!