Majed’s Testimonial: Experiences Studying English

USA adds value to my life. I decided to go to San Francisco to study English one year ago. San Francisco is one of the best places that I have seen in my life. I am glad that I study at EC. EC provides a great environment for international students to learn English. My English has improved since I start studying general English in San Francisco. Also, I have the chance to meet people and practice English with them. SF helps me make new friends. I have been hanging out with my friends and practicing English. In fact, there are many positive changes happening with me. Learning English allows me to learn and use many educational resources in English. To sum up, studying English is very important. English is considered the global language and I highly recommend people to study English at EC. –Majed

Meet Our Student Ambassador Team

  EC San Francisco is extremely lucky to have these 5 amazing students becoming our student ambassadors. Studying abroad isn’t only about studying English everyday and socializing with friends, it can also involve becoming fun and effective leaders and improving the atmosphere of the school. This fantastic team has already begun to organize social activities and spread the word across the school. Let’s get personal with each member of the team. Also, if you see the ambassadors around the school, be sure to give them a pat on the back. We are all benefiting from their hard work and dedication.  My name is Elvira and I am a 25 years old girl from Catalunya, Spain. I have been living in the U.S. for 2 years and studying in EC San Francisco for the last 4 months. I love to explore the city and also travel around the area. My favorite thing in the world is to do something I have never done before, so I am all the time seeking new adventures. I am friendly and open-minded; you can count on me for anything and join me in my adventures. I’m Eduardo and I’m 19 years old. I’m from Brazil. No, I don’t know how to play soccer neither dance “samba”. Anyway, I’m friendly and loving like all my fellow Brazilians. I’m addicted to coffee, drinks, friends and traveling. If you have any questions or problems be sure to ask me, and if I don’t know how to help you, I’ll find someone else to do it. My name is Fehime Garan. I came from Istanbul, Turkey. I’ve been studying English for two months. I’ll be here more four months. I graduated from Istanbul university, faculty of Business Administration. I’ve been working 12 years and my proficiency is sales, retail, … Read more

EC SF Celebrates the Best Teachers an English Language Center Can Have!

Today EC San Francisco celebrated World Teacher’s Day, which is held every year to recognize and appreciate teachers and educators–and since EC San Francisco has some of the best teachers that an English language center could have, we definitely had a reason to celebrate! Here’s what Elisa, EC SF’s Academic Director, had to say about the day’s activities: We took the opportunity to use this day to show our teachers our gratitude, thanks and appreciation for all that theydo.  EC teachers work tirelessly to provide our students with interactive language instruction and to make sure students are on track to success! Celebrations included having students lead classes to give teachers some R&R, a Burrito Bar lunch, and gift cards given to each and every one of our teachers.  We love YOU EC San Francisco Teachers! One of the many ways students were given the opportunity to express their appreciation to their teachers was to write a note on a large piece of paper provided by the school. Here’s a glimpse into what students had to say:   Student Wael takes over teacher Heather’s class for a bit: Thank you again to all EC San Francisco teachers–keep doing the amazing work that you do every single day!

Bruno’s Testimonial: “The students are great, the location is perfect”

Bruno from Brazil was only here for a short period of time, taking two weeks of English courses in the program English for Work in San Francisco. He attended school during his vacation time, and is returning to his job back home in Brazil. As such, the English for Work program was ideal for a student like Bruno, as it is specifically designed to help students develop fluency and communication skills that help in the English-speaking business world. Before he left, however, we asked Bruno a few questions about his experience, and here is what he had to say: Why did you choose to study at EC San Francisco? First of all because of the city: I didn’t have much time and I wanted a city with many tourist points. What was your favorite thing about EC San Francisco? Everything was good. The students are great, the location is perfect, and of course all of the staff of the school are great. What is your favorite memory of San Francisco? All of my two weeks were great! What advice would you give to a new student learning English at EC SF? Don’t lose time! Enjoy everything you can! Thank you so much, Bruno! And best of luck to you as your return home and put all of your new skills and abilities to work in the business world–we know you have a bright future ahead of you!  

Meet the EC SF Staff: Marin, our Academic Year (AY) Coordinator

Meet Marin, the new English Language Academic Year (AY) Coordinator here at EC SF, an English language center in San Francisco! For those who don’t know, the English Language Academic Year program is for students who study at EC for 24 weeks (approximately six months) or longer, which gives students the opportunity to really focus on learning English in a comprehensive manner. Academic Year is highly encouraged for students with an academic focus, whether planning to take the TOEFL or Cambridge tests, wanting to get ready to attend an American university, or need to be fluent in English for their job or career. Academic Year students receive extra support in their learning, including the opportunity to attend lectures, meet with a tutor, and receive a certificate at the end of their program. As well as taking on some teaching duties, Marin’s job is to make sure all of this runs smoothly! … Here are a few questions we asked Marin to help us get to know her and learn a little bit about what she likes about her job. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. I’ve been working in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) since 2004, first in Russia, then the USA. The Bay Area is my home, and I’m happy to be back! My favorite things to teach in an English course are conditionals, idioms, and pronunciation. How long have you been working at EC SF? Just over two months. I started in the middle of July 2014. What is the best thing about your position? I like being able to talk to the students one-on-one and see how much better their English gets during their stay here. What is your favorite or most memorable experience abroad? In 2007, I spent the summer travelling across Siberia. It was a great trip in general, but I … Read more

Global Citizen’s Trivia Day at the Sequoias

Hi Students and readers, Today the students of EC San Francisco’s Global Citizen elective class had another great visit to the Sequoias, one of the best retirement communities in San Francisco. Our current class is made up of a great mix of nationalities, including students from Japan, Taiwan, Colombia, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, and Saudi Arabia. They got to speak to many wonderful people of diverse backgrounds, including former teachers, judges, nurses and more. One resident we visited with today has even visited over one hundred countries! For this visit the theme was trivia, from San Francisco to pop culture. The students were surprised at how knowledgeable many of the residents were about pop culture and entertainment, but I suppose it should be expected in a place as diverse as San Francisco. I was especially surprised at how much new vocabulary the students learned, which was extra nice considering that they all belong to the higher English level classes. Attending EC San Francisco offers the students many unique and memorable experiences, from tours of California to making connections with different cultures. Today was their opportunity to connect and learn from great people with immense amounts of wisdom and experience. We at EC San Francisco wish you all a safe and fun Independence Day weekend! Teacher Tim  

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.