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!

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 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!

EC San Diego October Activity Calendar

  The EC San Diego October calendar has arrived! See below for highlights that the EC San Diego English Center has to offer for the month of October.  Be sure to sign up for each activity at the front desk!  October 8th- Haunted Trail- Get in the Halloween spirit with a trip to the haunted trail at Balboa Park.  Tickets are $19 and will take place at 7:30pm! October 10th-Oktoberfest Ocean Beach-Ocean Beach will host one of the many Oktoberfest celebrations this month on Saturday October 10th.  This event is free and will take place at 11am! October 11th– Indoor Rock Climbing-Interested in learning how to rock climb?  Meet your EC chaperon at Vertical Hold in Miramar at 11am! Sign up at the front desk by October 10th! October 15th-Reggae Night-Listen to live Reggae music at Gallagher’s Pub in Ocean Beach at 9pm. Please sign up a the front desk by October 14th! This is a free event! October 16th-Scream Zone-Visit Scream Zone in Del Mar, for a true Halloween experience!  The trip will take place at 8pm and tickets are $18-$23! Sign up by October 14th! October 18th-San Diego Zoo-Visit the world famous San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park at 11am on Sunday October 18th.  Tickets are $20 and at least 15 students must sign up by October 15th. October 22nd-Bowling Night-Come out to Bowling Night Thursday, Oct 22nd at 7pm.  Sign up at the front desk by Tuesday October 20th! October 23rd-Knotts Scary Farm- For a truly terrifying experience join Expedition America’s trip to Knott’s Scary Farm! Tickets are $145 including transportation! See Adam for more details! October 24th-Peddle Boating- Sign up for Pedal boating with Teacher Melissa at Paradise Point in Mission Beach at 11am.  $20 per person!  Sign up at the front desk by October 22nd! October 25th-The Haunted … Read more

Football Season in San Diego

  Take your English course experience to the next level by watching and learning all about American football. The end of summer means football season is officially upon us. As we reach into the back of our closets to reunite with our favorite jersey, many local watering holes are getting into the spirit with some awesome food and drink specials to support our local teams. Whether you’re looking to cheer on the Aztecs or bolt up with fellow Chargers fans, here are 5 great options for Where to Watch NFL & College Football in San Diego. Bub’s at the Ballpark This local favorite is located in East Village in Downtown San Diego they have offer many drink specials for almost every NFL and college football game, this place identifies itself as a Chargers bar and, as such, it is a great place to indulge in a few pints of beer and interact with other fans. Miller’s Field What more do you need for a beautiful day of Sunday football than dozens of TVs, chicken fried steak, tater tots, “manmosas”, and endless beer? The list goes on! You want to get here early as this place gets extremely crowded for football season! You can catch fans every kind here rooting for their favorite team! The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole Watch your favorite college team battle it out over your Champagne brunch with $10 champs bottles or don your blue and gold and feel the Charge on Sunday with similar drink specials. On Mondays, don’t miss the $10 burger and a beer deal. Tavern At The Beach Tavern is one the most popular bars in Pacific beach.  You can catch college football all day  Sunday with $50 Grey Goose bottle service and a $14 mimosa bar; during Monday Night Football they … Read more

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

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!”

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

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 San Diego Gives Back: Feeding the Homeless

This past weekend members of EC San Diego’s Global Citizenship Course led by teacher Karen Salerni volunteered to feed the homeless in Ocean Beach. EC San Diego staff, students, and teachers were all invited to participate. EC San Diego’s Global Citizenship Course is just one of the many things that sets our school apart from other English language schools in the US. Read below to see how this experience helped enhance our students’ EC experience in San Diego: We planned a BBQ to feed the homeless on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day because it is a day of service in the U.S. We went to Ocean Beach on Monday, January 19, from 2-5 p.m. We started to plan the BBQ two weeks earlier. We were in a rush to do many things, such as making signs for EC students and homeless individuals to announce the BBQ; walking around classrooms to inform students of the BBQ; and collecting money from students as a donation to buy food for the homeless. On the day of the BBQ, we arrived at Ocean Beach at 2 pm and some students prepared for the BBQ. Meanwhile, other students and Teacher Karen invited homeless individuals in the area to join the BBQ. About 20 students and 30 homeless people came to the BBQ. We enjoyed the meal and spending time with them, which included chatting, playing soccer and listening to the music that two of the homeless people played. In the beginning, to be honest, we had a kind of prejudice for the homeless. However, through this experience, we changed our attitudes to the homeless. Specifically, we found out that they are pretty friendly and peaceful. In addition, most of them have been suffering from hunger, so we have to continue to help them as much as we can! … Read more