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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

Pierre

Pierre from France: ”I am proud to have succeeded because of my efforts”

  Pierre from France was looking for a place to study English and he ended up opting for EC’s ESL School in San Francisco. He studied at EC for 24 weeks, where he took a Semi Intensive Course. In addition to this, Pierre participated in a lot of activities organized by the school. He got to meet people from all around the world and to have amazing experiences. Here is what Pierre had to say:   During my stay at EC San Francisco School, I have learned a great deal personally, and this experience is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in recent years. Integration into another culture, in an environment where spoken and written language is different from French. It has highlighted my ability to adapt and the need to be autonomous. In addition, learning a second language will be very useful for me in the future as part of an international job. It reinforced my passion for discoveries and made me more curious. Indeed, I was able to meet very interesting people who live around the world. I made contacts and I can now count on some people in case I have a business trip to another country. I also really enjoyed speaking English on a daily basis. When I arrived here, I was not at all comfortable speaking and integrating into a conversation, today I have made real progress and I am now closer to the B2 + level. My current fluency in English satisfies me and motivates me for the future. But beyond all the knowledge and skills that I have acquired, this trip to San Francisco has allowed me to discover a culture and a part of the world that I have always dreamed of exploring. Arriving in a foreign country, so … Read more

Kelsey

Meet Teacher Kelsey!

There have been several changes in teaching staff lately at EC San Francisco. The school has recently welcomed a new teacher, Kelsey! Here’s a little bit about her. Kelsey Miller has earned a Master’s in Education from Stanford University as well as a CELTA certification from Cambridge University. She is thrilled to be sharing her passion for the English language and language learning with students at EC English. Kelsey has several years of teaching experience and is eager to learn more about teaching English from the many experienced teachers we are lucky to have at EC San Francisco. She recently returned from a six-month trip to Taiwan where she was learning Mandarin in a similar environment to EC. She uses both her education training and her experience as a student to inform her teaching practice. When Kelsey isn’t teaching, she enjoys studying Mandarin, reading linguistics blogs, and hanging out in cafes. We are very happy to have Kelsey on-board at EC San Francisco! Are you interested in studying in San Francisco? Check out our EC San Francisco ESL Courses!

Faiza

Meet Faiza, our new intern from France!

EC San Francisco has recently had the pleasure of welcoming a new intern, Faiza Louali, from France. Faiza will be with us for 3 months. Since her arrival, Faiza has explored SF with students! She is trying to understand the difference between each program and courses, such as EC San Francisco ESL Courses and activities. As she is also in charge of our social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, she uploads lots of pictures which describe what happens in EC San Francisco. We are very happy to have her on our team. Here are a few words from Faiza:   Hi! I’m Faiza Louali and I’m from France. I’m doing a three-month internship at EC San Francisco, which is part of my studies. I’m currently doing my third year of University in management and marketing in Valence, France. On September, I will start a Master Degree in Marketing, and I want to specialize in Digital Marketing. Here at EC I will do mostly marketing tasks, but I will also help Ryan, Amanda and all the staff to welcome new students, and help with the general functioning of the school. Before this internship, I have already worked in a school in France as a paraprofessional educator for 8 months. My tasks were to supervise students outside the classroom and to do various administrative tasks. I also did an internship two years ago, in an accounting firm. It was very different from what I want to do now but it was a nice experience. I also did various student jobs: cashier, sales administrative assistant, baby sitter etc. I’m so excited to work at EC SF because I think I will learn a lot, and gain knowledge and skills that will be very useful for my career. I’m also looking forward to … Read more

Mari

Mari from Japan: “You will like San Francisco for sure!”

  Mari, a student from Japan, has been with us at EC San Francisco for 10 months. She was taking an Intensive course at EC San Francisco and finally graduated EC San Francisco. In addition to this, she was one of the student ambassadors and organized lots of activities for all students at EC San Francisco. She was supposed to move to other cities, but she decided not to do it. She has stayed in San Francisco to study English with her wonderful friends until the end of her study at EC San Francisco. Here are some comments from Mari: EC is the best school I’ve ever been to! The staff is kind and friendly and the teachers helped me a lot and it’s pretty easy to understand what they teach. In addition, the students who are from different countries are great!! You can make many friends, who are from different cultures. I really enjoyed every time in SF because of the guys and EC! I felt cozy when I was in San Francisco. I really love the atmosphere, the food, San Francisco and, etc. I bet you won’t regret studying English at EC San Francisco. EC has plenty of different activities, which are organized by student ambassadors. I used to be a student ambassador so I organized many activities which made the students enjoy their after school life. If you want to make unique activities, you should be a student ambassador. In the end, I highly recommend going and studying in EC. If I can, I really want to go back to San Francisco! I could create many memories which I will never forget.   Are you interested in studying in San Francisco? Check out our Business English Courses in San Francisco!

Kate

Kateryna from Ukraine: “Enjoy San Francisco with your new fiends!”

  Kateryna, a student from Ukraine has been with us at EC San Francisco for 4 months. She is taking an Intensive course at EC San Francisco. She loves to exercise, so she runs and works out after studying. She actively participates in some activities with her friends. She really enjoys San Francisco more in addition to studying! Here are some comments from Kateryna: I have been in EC San Francisco for a long time and I can say that I like this school very much! San Francisco will always have association with EC school for me forever. The staff in EC San Francisco is very nice, funny and friendly. I really love them because they always helped me with anything I ask for. Almost every day after my afternoon classes we have different activities, which are organized very well. The teachers in school are very nice. They always know how to make studies more interesting and also when I have some problems with essays my teachers have shown me some hints on how to improve my writing skills faster and what to pay attention to. We celebrated Halloween, Christmas and New Year together. The staff really do care for students’ life and they pay attention to any problems if students have. The staff makes the atmosphere at school friendly, so that the studying process goes fast! Are you interested in studying in San Francisco? Check out our Intensive English Courses in San Francisco!

Jacky

Jacky from China: “Try new challenges!”

  Jacky, a student from China has been with us at EC San Francisco for 4 months. He is taking an Intensive course at EC San Francisco. In addition to this, he is one of the student ambassadors and sometimes organizes activities for all students at EC San Francisco. Even though he is 18 years old and one of the youngest students, he doesn’t hesitate to try new challenges with other students! Here are some comments from Jacky: There is no doubt that being a student here is an enjoyable and delightful thing. When I was a freshman at EC. Gregory and Andy, my teachers, have helped me a lot. Because I was new in class, I was shy to answer a question, but when I took their course, I found they were very good at teaching. I was impressed by the relaxed but efficient way of teaching. Everyone in the class learned lot of about English, and we always forgot the time of our little break time. Of course, we wouldn’t lose a minute of our break time. They would make it up for us. Sometimes we were bad in grammar and they corrected us hundreds of times. I admit my spoken English is poor because I usually ignore third person singular. For example, she likes I will say she like, and after saying that Gregory will shake his head, which means I need to correct my sentence. If I make the same mistake the next time, he will say “Jacky, S.” with a funny voice. To be honest, he is my best teacher that I have ever known not only because of his unique style of teaching but also because of his patience and erudition. EC has many interesting activities including entertainment, education, and sport. For me, I’m … Read more

Shin-Shin

Meet Teacher Shin-Shin!

  In recent months, there have been several changes in teaching staff here at EC San Francisco. One of our new additions is Teacher Shin-Shin. Here’s a little bit about her: Shin-Shin holds the internationally recognized CELTA qualification and has recently returned to the San Francisco Bay Area after four years of teaching abroad in regions such as Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Shin-Shin’s area of specialization is Business English, and she has extensive experience teaching at corporate offices assisting professionals reach their language goals. Her approach towards teaching is open, communicative, and supportive, and she is excited to be the newest member of the EC San Francisco team. When Shin-Shin isn’t working, she can be found at art museums, attending food and social justice events, or hiking. We are so happy to have Shin-Shin on-board and can’t wait to get her on more classes once the new year season hits! Are you interested in studying in San Francisco? Check out our Intensive English Courses in San Francisco!

Jordi from The Netherlands: “Try new things!”

  Jordi from the Netherlands was looking for a place to study English and he ended up opting for Intensive English Courses in San Francisco choosing EC as his school. In addition to this, he chose to stay at the Monastery residence where he had the opportunity to practice English with other students and also help them if they had questions.  Why did you choose to study at EC San Francisco? To be honest, I just picked from the available cities, especially because I had learned a lot about San Francisco but had never been here. What was your favorite thing about EC San Francisco? I liked my teachers and my classes and also the friends I made. What is your favorite memory of San Francisco? I liked the BBQ nights on the rooftop of the Monastery the most.  No pressure, just socializing with other students while enjoying food and drinks. What advice would you give to a new student studying at EC San Francisco ? Go out and try new things.  If you stay in your comfort zone, you will miss out on many special and cool experiences!    

Foued from France: “All is possible!”

  Foued, a student from France was with us at EC San Francisco for 6 months. Instead of taking Intensive English Courses in San Francisco, Foued decided to try a Semi-Intensive schedule. In addition to this, he often went to free classes and he was often seen studying at the Monastery residence. On his first day, Foued tested into Elementary. After taking his Exit Test, Foued learned that his level was now Advanced. What a feat! Congratulations Foued, we are so proud of you!  Here are some comments from Foued: Why did you choose to study at EC San Francisco? I chose EC because San Francisco is the IT capital of the world and I chose EC because a friend of mine studied at EC and he recommended it. What was your favorite thing about EC San Francisco? I enjoyed the environment here and all the people that I met. What is your favorite memory of San Francisco? My favorite memory is the BBW we had at Baker Beach.  That was so much fun! What advice would you give to a new student studying at EC San Francisco ? Don’t come to the USA if you are under 21 years old, you will not be able to drink!  Just kidding.  Study and do your homework so that you can go as far as you can.  All is possible!