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!”
“When I first visited EC San Diego, I was relatively nervous compared to other journeys. Although I decided to speak English without any shy emotion, it wasn’t easy to speak in front of the people who I met first. A few months later, I passed the level test to the upper intermediate class. Every time that I moved up to a higher class, I felt my English skills were improving faster and faster. I met many different teachers. Some of them were funny and energetic and others were so knowledgeable. While I stayed in San Diego, my grammar has improved so much. Every time I use English, all the remarkable memories from EC San Diego touch my heart. If anyone ask me to go abroad, I’ll tell them ‘go to San Diego’.” -Wonjin (Joe), Student Ambassador “Wonjin (Joe) not only excelled in his studies, but also in his role as a student ambassador at EC. Staff, teachers, and students could always count on Joe to help out when assistance was needed. His passion for helping new students every Monday showed as he greeted new students and answered their questions about the school and also living in San Diego. Joe’s real love is for cooking and he was always very generous with sharing his delicious dishes and treats at EC. Joe’s leadership will be missed here at EC, but we are proud of his success and are confident that he will thrive in his future endeavors. Also, we hope to see him back in San Diego someday soon.” -Autumn Garrett, Assistant Academic Director English Language Courses in the USA
Read below to find out about Chilean student Pia and her experience learning English at EC San Diego for the past six months! I chose San Diego because my father told me that it was a beautiful place and thought it would be the best place for me because it is a good fit for my personality. He made a great choice because I love San Diego! I improved my English a lot because my first level was High Elementary and now I am in Intermediate. I feel that I have improved a lot because when I first arrived I couldn’t speak and I didn’t understand anything and now I can talk normally and now people understand me. I love EC because I feel comfortable. It has a family atmosphere. It is a place where I can make new friends and if I have a problem I know somebody will support me. All of my teachers are my favorite and I am so glad that I had these people teaching me because I learned English and more! I made a lot of friends from Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Korea and America. I could not have asked for a better experience studying English in the USA. I will remember everything, because I fell in love with San Diego, it is an amazing place, the people are so nice and every day that I spent here was fantastic. Every time that I was here I felt happy!
Bianca and Luis from Venezuela talk about their experience studying English in the USA! We chose San Diego because of the weather, it’s very similar to Venezuela and because there are a lot of beaches nearby. We have both improved our vocabulary and our speaking skills and have lost the fear that we had when we had to speak English! We both have more self-confidence now than before. Our favorite EC activity was the volunteer beach cleanup because we spent a lot of time with the staff and the other students. The thing we like the most about EC is the way the teachers help you to improve your skills. The staff is so kind and helpful and they care about us. The teachers are also very good. Our favorite teacher is Jenny because she is very dynamic and she always keeps everyone motivated to learn. We also liked Hind because she taught us a lot of good vocabulary and she was very good in grammar. Our best friends here are from Saudi Arabia because we are very interested to know their culture. It is so different from ours and they can also learn from us. We would definitely recommend EC to learn a second language!
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.
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!
My experience at EC was amazing! I met a lot of people from different countries and cultures and I learned a lot from them. But the best part of this experience is my host family- now they are my family. I love them with all my heart and I will miss them a lot. They are so special to me. If I could bring them with me I would. They helped me every time I needed. They cared about me and they treated me like family. They are the best people I’ve ever met. They are sweet, friendly, kind and fantastic! I chose this destination because my agent in Venezuela recommended San Diego to me and it was the best choice I’ve ever made. I would recommend EC as a great place to learn English to all my friends. All the teachers I had were great. Thank you EC for giving me the best months of my life!
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!”
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 …
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