Baseball Basics by EC San Diego

  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!

Meet Mayu, Our New Student Intern!

Mayu comes to EC San Diego from Tokyo, Japan. She studies English at a local university and will enter her third year in the fall.  Why I came to intern at EC San Diego is to improve my English skills in practical ways. Social experience in America will be definitely helpful when I start to work in Japan because what makes difference between Japanese and American internship is to be an intern like one of the real EC San Diego staff. So I can understand how difficult and challenging working is and it absolutely makes me confident of myself. What I see and hear now is so fresh, and it’s amazing to meet many people from different cultures. Because I have studied about activities and intercommunication between different cultures, it is wonderful for me to use what I have learned before in real situations. I hope I can help anyone who suffers from culture shock experience.  There must be difficulties and obstacles I will face, but I always remind why I came here and keep positive attitudes toward knowing new things. Also, the summer in San Diego is amazing. I hope this intern experience will make me strong and more socially adapted. There are many things about what I didn’t expect, but I will adapt and make them happy experiences for me.

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

Mastering English Classes in San Diego

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!

Opening Season In San Diego!

San Diego horse racing takes place where the “turf meets the surf” at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season, mid-July – early-September. Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous race in 1938. This season features the nation’s top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun. The races run five days weekly, except Monday and Tuesday. Horse racing at Del Mar happens Wednesday through Sunday, with post time for the first race on most days at 2:00 PM. On Fridays first post is at 4:00 PM. Thursday, July 16 marks the Opening Day for the Del Mar horse races. Celebrating its 76th season, the Del Mar race tracks run for 40 days ending on September 7th. Spectators come from all over California to watch the horse races and participate in the numerous events throughout the day. On Opening Day, fans will wear their biggest, most spectacular hats to enter in the Hat’s Contest for a chance to win up to $5,000 in prizes. Make your way down to the Del Mar race tracks to enjoy the horse races, beautiful scenery and fine dining. Below is a list of a few favorite restaurants among the locals: Jimmy O’s Sports Bar 225 W. 15th St. Del Mar, CA Bully’s Del Mar 1404 Camino Del Mar Del Mar, CA Searsucker Del Mar 12995 El Camino Real #21 Racing fans will return to the improved Seaside Stage, located at the west end of the Grandstand with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop and … 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!

Student Testimonials-EC San Diego

Every so often the staff at EC San Diego like to take the time to speak with our students to find out how they are enjoying their stay. This month we spoke with Swiss students Marco Wyssbrod and Patrick Buechi to find out what they think about their experiences learning English at EC San Diego!  Read below to see what they had to say! I transferred to EC San Diego from EC Boston because of the great weather in San Diego. I have learned a lot in the EC San Diego Cambridge program already and really enjoy my teachers, Wes & Mo [Marilyn]. My teachers are really funny and care a lot about the students. Mo even brings snacks for her class at least twice a week! At school there is always a great, friendly atmosphere. I am also satisfied with my apartment and the Pacific Beach location which is very near to the beach.              -Marco Wyssbrod My first thought is how amazing it is that EC  San Diego is very international with lots of students from different countries. I am in the TOEFL program with Mike C and John Kim are awesome teachers. I am here three months, and if they were always my teachers my English would improve so much! My favorite places in San Diego are La Jolla Shores for surfing and the Burger Lounge. I like meeting and talking to people. In just one week, I have met Arab, Brazilian, Swiss, and Italian students. I have a really nice Host Family. They have a big house and they are really good. I like them.  -Patrick Buechi

Cooking with EC San Diego: Mexican Food!!

Above: a feast of Mexican food – and, of course, some margaritas to go with it!  In San Diego, Mexican food is king. The border to Mexico is only 45 minutes away, so needless to say San Diego is filled with Mexican culture and influence. You can always find amazing, fresh Mexican food in any area of San Diego at any time (day or night). So why not try making the local cuisine yourself? Cooking can help you to practice your English reading skills (with recipes) and can be a fun and delicious activity for you and your friends. Also, food is a large part of any culture, so why not take part in the full immersion English course EC San Diego offers & start cooking! Get to know our SD local culture by cooking up the following recipes, courtesy of EC staff: (Very) Simple Guacamole: Avocados? Absolutely! 4 large Avocados (Hass or Fuerte, from any local market) 1 small white onion, finely diced 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder A dash of crushed black pepper Instructions: Halve each avocado and scoop out into large bowl – mash together. Add the onion, salt, garlic, & pepper. Mix furiously with a large fork until guacamole is smooth and creamy! (Hint: squeeze half a lime into the mix to stop the guacamole from browning – the avocado starts to oxidize after an hour). Optional Extras: finely chopped fresh cilantro, tomato, a dash of tumeric, ground chile powder, or diced jalapeno Cheesy Enchiladas: The more cheese, the better! 12 Corn tortillas (store-bought) 2+ cups of Mexican Cheese blend/ Queso Fresco 3 Tablespoons Canola oil 3-4 Fresh corn, steamed & cut from the cob Bottle of Enchilada sauce (our favorite is Trader Joe’s Enchilada Sauce) Sour Cream Black olives (for garnish) Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees. Coat each … Read more

EC San Diego: October Activities!

October is a great month to be enrolled in one of EC’s full immersion English courses at EC San Diego! Why? Because EC has amazing English programs for every student (of course) but also because there are many fun and exciting events happening in San Diego all month long! What’s Up This Month: 1. October 5th: (American) Football Game, San Diego Chargers vs. New York Jets! $95, transportation to Qualcomm stadium included! 2. October 9th: Drum Lesson & Circle at La Jolla Cove! Sign up at the front desk & get ready to get your rhythm on next Thursday at 6:15pm 3. October 13th: EC San Diego Closed for Veteran’s Day Holiday – school resumes as usual on Tuesday, October 14th 4. October 16th: Visit the Haunted Trail in Balboa Park. The trail is an SD Halloween tradition…that will scare your socks off. “The Haunted Trail will be the scariest stroll of your life. Walk carefully along the mile long Trail through twisted groves and gnarled oaks… Visitors watch your back, you’ll never know which way the terror will hit you.” 5. October 21-23: AY Lecture “Thinking in English” with Teacher JJ – it’s harder than you “think” to think in a second language!! This lecture is open to all students and is great way to get free, additional English practice on top of current English course lessons. 6. October 29th: Halloween Bash at FLUXX SD. Attend the Halloween party of a lifetime at one of the most exclusive clubs in Downtown San Diego! This is event is 18+, must be 21+ to drink ($20) 7. October 31st: Happy Halloween! Annual EC Halloween Party & Costume Contest!! Our annual Halloween party & costume contest will be held at school during the elective hours. Make sure to come dressed in your finest Halloween gear! We will be judging you… Food tickets … Read more

Sunday Funday @ Intervention

  Every Sunday the Hard Rock Hotel throws the biggest pool party in San Diego, known as Intervention. Located in the heart of the Gaslamp on a rooftop overlooking downtown, making this party a must do while in San Diego. Intervention has been named “Party of the Year” by Nightclub & Bar awards. With some of the most reputable EDM DJs in the business, it’s no wonder why Intervention received this award. Eric Prydz, was a highly anticipated show because Prydz usually only plays at festivals because of his fear of flying. Due to this fear Prydz had not had a show in San Diego for many years, making this debut a very special one for Intervention, and all his fans. The Australian sisters, Mim and Liv Nervo, captivated the crow this past May with their catchy melodies, and unique style of electro and progressive house. Playing their top hits such as “You’re Gonna Love Again” and “Like Home” it’s obvious why the crowd was packed. Eric Prydz and Nervo are just a couple of world class DJs that have preformed this summer. Intervention will continue on until the end of September, with incredible DJs that you wont want to miss. Listed below is the schedule for upcoming events. August 17th, 2014  – Bingo Players  – Genre: Electro House – Price: $30.00+                       Bingo Players, the Dutch duo are best known for their track “Cry (Just a Little)” which made the top 40 in over three countries. Along with “Rattle” another hit song, that has dominated the club scene since 2013. Even though one of the members, Paul passed away late last December, Maarten continues on his legacy by still playing the classics that their fans love. August 24th, 2014 – ATB – Genre: Trance – Price: $20.00+                       ATB received the title as number one DJ in 2011, according … Read more