Young Learners at EC San Francisco

  who are they! It has become a habit that we receive a closed group of young learners in January. The agency, ACP, promotes for two weeks of English learning to young South Koreans. They come from different cities in Korea. They are 10 to 15 year old boys and girls. Two adult leaders accompany them, and are responsible for their well-being and fun after school activities.  We were responsible for providing their lunch everyday. In class! They spend their winter vacation between learning English, experiencing the American classroom, and enjoy their time in the San Francisco. This year we had 19 students who arrived on the 10th. We tested them, placed them all in our biggest classroom. Teacher Linah was assigned to teach them for two weeks. She was responsible on scaffolding what they have already acquired in Korea. They learned about Media on week one, then learned about Arts on week two. They also painted and drew a lot of pictures expressing their feelings and experiences. The most part they enjoyed was telling stories using Rory’s Cubes. On their last day, they watched the Netflix movie Klaus as a whole class. Outside of class! The South Korean kids enjoyed their afternoon schedule too. They went out and explored the Bay Area everyday. They visited Pier 39 and enjoyed the Sea Lions. They went to Fishermen Wharf with Teacher Sophie. Teacher Phan took them to the Coit Tower. They toured around North Beach with Teacher Chloe. They visited the Mission and the Golden Gate Park. A Korean graduate student from UC Berkeley gave them a tour and introduced them to the University’s historical significance. Then, they went to Sausalito and spent the day enjoying ice cream with Teacher Linah. They visited the Museum of Ice Cream, too! They finally … Read more

“My Internship at EC San Francisco” by Sandra Taschke

  “I am Sandra from Germany, and I’m studying Multilingual Communication in my fifth semester of my undergrad degree. I came to EC San Francisco in October to do an internship at Student Services for four months. Next week will be the last week of my internship – and I’m so grateful that I had this opportunity of doing an internship here. My main tasks were to help students who reach out to the front desk, maintain student files, help during orientation and graduation day, lead student activities, and many other administrative procedures and tasks. I’ve also learned much about American business culture, and workplace ethics, general school procedures, and I learned a lot about many different cultures from all around the world. Besides the internship, San Francisco is a wonderful city to live in. There is so much to see and so much to do. What I love the most about SF is that it has so many spots where you get beautiful views overlooking the city or the ocean. I am already so sad about leaving EC soon, since I really enjoyed this internship. I love the atmosphere at this school. And I will miss all the great people that I have met here, whether staff members, teachers or student”. This post was written by our lovely intern Sandra. We will miss you so much once you leave us. We are already feeling anxious for your leave. You have been a vital part of EC in the past four months and we cannot imagine what we would be doing after you leave us on Friday! But we are excited to see where life takes you, and we hope that the time you have spent with us will help you advance in your personal and professional life! – EC San Francisco … Read more

Three Benefits of Making Friends Abroad

1. Networking What do we mean by networking? The more international friends you make, the more places around the globe you’ll have chances in. For example, let’s say you know, a Brazilian, a Saudi, a German, a Korean and a Russian! Now you have networks in five different countries! That means if you’re ever looking for business opportunities, or job vacancies, or simple vacation, you now know enough people to help you and direct you to where you find the best jobs or opportunities in these five countries. Now imagine you know more than just one, from many different regions and provinces or even counties, imagine the network and references you’ll have! That’s one of the best things we offer at our language school! 2. Traveling for less Let’s say you’re happy where you are, and are comfortable with your job or business. Let’s say your country offers you the best opportunities for you, and you’re not thinking of relocating. However, you would still want to travel the world and see as much as you can! Who wouldn’t want to see all the countries in the world? If you made friends in as many countries as you can, those friends can help you find the cheapest but best places to visit. They will offer you help one where to go and where not to go. They will know the local cool places that are not crowded with tourists, providing a unique culture experience! Sometimes, they will offer you a place to stay for FREE! Because they’re the awesome local friend! 3. Learning new languages We all know that practice make perfect, and the best practice is with your native speaker buddy! If you want to learn a new language, English or German, Russian, or Japanese… etc, the best way to … Read more

Our weekend trip to Los Angeles by Sandra Taschke

  We booked our weekend trip to Los Angeles trough Expidition America – a company which does tours & excursions for international students, groups and travelers in the U.S. On Friday morning we went to a meeting point where a bus had picked us up to get to L.A. Our first stop after the long ride was the Santa Monica Pier – it was really beautiful! We could watch the sunset while enjoying dinner at one of the food stands. There were also many wheel and roller coasters you could ride. After spending there two hours, the bus had taken us to our motel for check-in. Afterwards we went to the Walk of Fame – which was only 5 minutes away from our motel by foot. It was night time as we got there, so it looked really cool. After seeing the stars of the Walk of Fame, me and my friends went to a bar at this street. The next morning the bus had picked us up and drove us to the Griffith Observatory – where you can get a great view all over L.A. You can even see the Hollywood sign, even though it’s looks small from there. Inside the building of the observatory there are many space and science related displays for people who are interested in these kinds of things. After this, we went to Farmers Market. There were many food stalls and restaurants, where we could have lunch at. Me and my friends went to a restaurant there and had a very huge, shared mac and cheese bowl. Right after lunching we went to Venice Beach. We were walking at the Boardwalk where you could buy souvenirs and food and enjoy the view. And our last stop for that day was  Rodeo drive – the … Read more

A bit about Bruce Oberon

  1. Introduce yourself in a few words. Hello. My name is Bruce Oberon. I got my BA in English at UC Santa Barbara and have been teaching ESL for a bit over 8 years now. I’ve been with EC since the end of 2018. 2. What’s your favorite skill to teach? I love teaching grammar as well as vocabulary, especially more informal vocabulary. But if I had to choose one skill in particular it would probably be phrasal verbs since they’re a good combination of both! And they’re so darn useful! 3. What’s the hardest part about being a teacher? Maybe the hardest part about being a teacher is the pressure to be in the students’ good graces. Students seem to often talk rather openly about who their favorite teachers are and who they think are the best teachers. I think this reflects the need for a teacher to be motivated and motivating, as well as dynamic, interesting, entertaining, knowledgeable, etc. We’re all together in the same room for four hours, day in and day out, so we as teachers must be able to capture and hold each student’s attention at all times! However, I do think there is something to be said for the boring teacher who gets the job done, as well as for students who are self-motivated, regardless of the teacher. 4. What’s your favourite “success story”? I can’t take credit for the real success stories. As mentioned above, the best students are those who are self-motivated, and it’s really awesome to be a part of that. They do well with any teacher, because in a sense they are their own teachers and understand that they are responsible for their own progress. When these students take their education into their own hands you see them improve really … Read more

An Interview with Teacher Gregory Breese

ATTENTION everyone!!! The long waited interview is OUT now! Rafael and Alex, our awesome student ambassadors, conducted an interview with our most famous teacher Gregory. Gregory is our teacher since 2013. He’s Australian American. He is strict but the most loved! He’s currently teaching Advanced and Pre-Advanced Levels. He is also teaching afternoon classes; Grammar & Get Talking. Please enjoy reading… What do you like most about being a teacher at EC? I’ve always loved teaching, and the thing I love the most is seeing and bringing alive students’ ideas and thoughts about specific topics.   What’s your favorite skill to teach? How to be polite, how to thin,k and how to speak fluently and properly.   What’s the hardest part about being a teacher? Coming up with new ideas constantly during every class.   What’s your favorite “success story”? Made some students think and act differently from when they had arrived.   Beside English, what do you make sure you educate your students about? Gender equality, how to really think differently and how to see the world in a different way.   What is something you wish you teach in your classroom but can’t? Nothing! In my class we can talk about everything!! I’m open to every kinds of topic!   What’s a word / phrase that you repeat so much in your classroom? “What’s a YEAH?” “We don’t say fine/good/great/like in my class!” “Like?!” “Cause or because?” “Everybody gets a point!” “Story time!” “You said YEAHHHH!!!” Oh my Gregory! That was a great interview. Thanks to Alex and Rafael and of course thanks Gregory! If you want to be part of our student ambassador team and have access to interview our teachers, please sign up for English Courses in San Francisco  

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FREE Classes!

Here at EC San Francisco, we offer our students three free classes every week. Students can attend these classes without having to pay. Each class is one hour long. They’re led by one of our qualified teachers. Also, the classes are multi-level, so that students from all levels can learn from each others’ experiences. Below is a brief description of each class.   California History and Culture In this class, students are introduced to Californian history and culture. We illustrates how the culture is unique yet crucial to American culture and history. The gold rush started in California. Hollywood shaped the culture of the United States. In addition, the Lakers & the Warriors are Californians teams. In this class, we also discuss current events in California, and how they affect the States and the whole world. Currently, this class is led by teacher Gifford. Writing Writing in English is very different from writing in your own languages. For example, the structure of an English language Article is very different from an Arabic one. We know that most of English language learners face a bit of a challenge when it comes to writing. Hence why we provide this mixed level writing class. Whether you are writing for your TOEFL exam, or for a Statement of Purpose, or creative writing, our teachers will most definitely help you. They are trained to guide you step by step to have the perfect writing piece. Currently this class is led by teacher Chloe. Prononciation This class is designed to enhance student pronunciation and listening to certain difficult sounds. Pronunciation is key to communication, that’s why our teachers will work with you using tongue twisters, homophones and IPA charts. We will also sing along and repeat sentences. We will explain why certain word clusters make certain … Read more

A Farewell Interview with Teacher Rob

Can you introduce yourself in a few words? Hi, my name is Rob. I’m a teacher here at EC SF. I have an English degree as a qualification for teaching. I also worked as an editor and a writer and took the CELTA course. I am now a CELTA qualified English teacher. I taught here 4 or 5 years. But before coming here, I also taught for about a year and half in London, and for about a year in LA. What do you like most about being a teacher at EC? I enjoy talking with different students that I encounters every day, because I learn from them through conversations with them. I usually ask them questions about their experiences. What is your favorite skill to teach? I love reading. So I like to introduce new things to students that they might never read before. But I also like listening to clips, audio, Youtube, TV and music to drill pronunciation. I likes listening to eclectic music. What is the hardest part about being a teacher? When sometimes the students ask him the question, he doesn’t come up with the answer immediately, you have to go away and he has to check the answer. It’s a difficult part of teaching. What do you consider a “success story”? When I see the students who struggled a lot understanding and communicating in English after I teach them, which is the most rewarding. What is the best advice you’ve been given about teaching? Just carry on. Teaching is sometimes like war. I have a plan at the begging, but when the things are about to start, the plan goes away. What is something you wish you teach in your classroom but you can’t? I think higher and more challenging lessons that help students flex their muscles … Read more

Aziz’s experience with IELTS

  “At last! I scored 6.5” – our brilliant student ambassador, Aziz Aziz is a student from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He joined EC in March 2018 after receiving a full scholarship from the Ministry of Education in his country. The reason he joined us was to achieve a proficiency level that qualified him to register for the IELTS: a requirement to get accepted in a university. When he started, we placed him in the Elementary level. He worked hard through levels to reach Upper Intermediate. He finally qualified to take the IELTS for the first time, and then five more! He needed a 6.5 score, but he kept getting 6. We worked with him on a daily basis training him for the test. He’s achieved the highest level of proficiency at EC! He’s been here for over 60 weeks. Aziz has got 6.5. Finally, he graduated to attend college here in the U.S. on a full scholarship! We will miss Aziz and wish him the best of luck!   Do you want to attend our English Language School? Visit our website!

Abigail showing off her engagement ring!

Abigail from Brazil said “YES!”

      There’s no motivation stronger than the motivation of Love! Abigail’s first visit to San Francisco was back in August, when she and her fiance Tristan decided to meet face to face after a long long-distance-relationship. He invited her to the best city by the bay for a week. When she learned that she loved him so much, she decided to stay in SF, killing two birds with one stone; be with him & take English courses in San Francisco  Abigail first met Tristan on Social Media. He fell in love with her pictures and the awesome personality she displayed. The only barrier that they could overcome (because love conquers all) is language! He speaks a bit of Spanish, she speaks a bit of Spanish, she had limited English, and with the language of Love they managed. On March 9, in Lake Tahoe, where they were having a mini-vacation, he popped the question, and she said “YES!”. It was magical, it was snowy, and she came back flaunting that blue diamond!  We wish them a happy life! We can’t wait for the big day!