Miho, a student from Japan, was looking for a place to continue to study English and she ended up opting for EC’s ESL School in San Francisco. She studied at EC for four and half months after other school in San Francisco, where she improved her English and met people from all around the world. Here is what Miho had to say:
I often came to San Francisco to travel and stayed here for a few weeks because I wanted to improve my English skill, but it was not enough to learn English. I wanted to experience the local lifestyle during studying English in the USA. After that, I quit my job and I came here to improve more my English. I have stayed in San Francisco for one year and two months that was one of my dreams. San Francisco is an amazing city because there are many different cultural things in urban areas. On the other hand, if buses run in a few minutes, there are such beautiful parks and beaches. I went to the Baker Beach and then I took a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge that was a magnificent view!!
I lived in the East Bay with my friend. Her husband is a native speaker. They always invited me to join a public holiday event of the USA with their family. I joined Trick-or-Treat of Halloween, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner and fireworks for 4th of July that were such great experiences for knowing various cultures of the USA. The atmosphere of the East Bay and the Bay Area including San Francisco is also different from my country, so I really enjoyed both of the areas.
In addition, EC San Francisco is an amazing school because there are many wonderful teachers and staff. They always recommended some options. First, all students can take a free lesson three times a week. I took a writing class and a pronunciation class. It helped me a lot because I could focus on the same subjects every week. My skills have made a progress day by day that I realized. Second, EC San Francisco has a lot of school activities. I love it. I was looking forward to checking that schedule. I attended some activities. Among them, EC volunteer was especially good for my experience! I served free food to people in a church that was a good place and music was played in a room. I felt happy to take care of the people who came there were getting happier.
In the end, there were more wonderful experiences with friends of EC. A trip to Yosemite National Park was very memorable! I stayed there one night. The park was such a beautiful and huge place. I saw huge gigantic mountains, trees and some waterfalls. In addition, we hiked there for three hours and 30 minutes to see the tree of largest sequoia grove. We talked while hiking in a forest that was so much fun!! Also, we stayed at a hostel near the park. I met some travelers and talked about Yosemite National Park and wild animals such as big bears. It was an amazing opportunity for the conversation in English! They were from Canada, UK, etc. who love a nature. I was so happy to talk with them. The trip was just one night, but I had a wonderful time with them!
I was so happy to be here and I was so lucky to meet so many wonderful students from different countries, Ryan, all of my teachers and all of the staff. I spent a lot of times with them that was my precious memories. I will never forget it! Also, I could watch the World Cup 2018 with them in school that was so much fun! I will definitely recommend EC San Francisco to my friends!
“Thank you for your friendship and hospitality. I had a wonderful experience with all of you! See you again!”