December Activity Calendar EC San Francisco

October’s “Scary” Student Activities’ Schedule

There is so much more to studying ESL in San Francisco at EC San Francisco besides English courses. Check out our event calendar for October 2015. There are plenty of outdoor activities on the calendar. San Francisco English School will be taking students on a variety of activities with teachers and student ambassadors. All accompanied activities in orange require a 5 student minimum, so it’s very important to sign up. There’s a sign-up sheet at the Front Desk. Pay for tickets and weekend trips at the front desk. If you have any questions, please speak to Jessica. Some of the highlights for this month include Halloween Activities, Tour of Google , and the Hood Walks which provide a detailed tour of the different San Francisco neighborhoods, as well as so much more. We have some great activities planned for you this month at this fun language school in San Francisco . We encourage students to join as many events as they can to increase exposure to English-speaking opportunities and environments. Classes in blue and activities in orange are free of charge. Please ask the front desk for more information. Learn English while you have fun here at San Francisco Language Center.

ESL storyboard activities

ESL Storyboard Activities for Writing: Marc’s Story

Using ESL storyboard activities, such as the free website software from storyboardthat.com, can help students visualize and create their stories. Storyboards are especially helpful in writing using sequential transition signal words and increasing descriptive adjectives. Using storyboards in the classroom will help motivate students to write their best story yet. Everyone in the park stopped their activities and stared into the sky because NASA started a secret moon rocket project. The big white rocket started miles away from the park but it was very high in the sky, and all the people could see it. Meanwhile, there was a very loud noise in the city because of the rocket. Not long after, the people saw that the rocket began to burn. Finally, it crashed into a house. Next, the people were screaming and it started to make the public panic. Also, the earth was quaking. Children were crying and the parents felt scared. Eventually all astronauts died in this crash, as well as the people who lived in the house in which the burning rocket crashed. Then, I heard an alarm clock and I got up from my bed. Now I realized it was just a dream. Marc-Andrae Alt studies General English at EC San Francisco. Have fun and learn English in USA!

REALLY SIMPLE ENGLISH GRAMMAR – Avoiding Past Perfect

Lots of students struggle with Present Perfect and Past Perfect, and with some reason, as they are more complex than, for example, Simple Past.  Many student confuse Past Perfect and Present Perfect.  Past Perfect is always about the past, but half the time, Present Perfect is also about the past.  Very confusing.  (See the previous post on this topic). What I like about Past Perfect is 1)  It has only one use, and 2) You can avoid using it if you want to. The One Use  –  comparing 2 events in the past.  The older (earlier) one uses the Past Perfect.  The other half of the sentence (there must be two parts, or two time references close together) use Simple Past.  So, for example, “I went to see The Hobbit, but they had sold out.”  As you can see, the selling of all the tickets (“sold out”) happens before the speaker arrives at the movie.  Both events are in the past, but one (the Past Perfect bit) is earlier.  It is always earlier. This can be a bit confusing at times.  If it is, just don’t use it (sorry, other grammar teachers, but we have to be practical).  Instead of Past Perfect, use a time marker word (before, after, already, when, etc.) to give the same information.  So, as above, “I went to see The Hobbit, but they were already sold out.” Stay tuned for more simple grammar from EC San Francisco.