Teacher Gifford on San Francisco History

  Everyone knows that Teacher Gifford is Mr. San Francisco.  He knows about everything ranging from the best hike trails to Student Housing in San Francisco.  Just ask him anything about this amazing city and he will give you a great answer!     San Francisco is a city that is constantly redefining itself, which has been a continuous theme since the city’s birth. So being aware of the city then and now becomes crucial for even the most basic understanding of what the city of San Francisco is– and how it has gotten here. In 1846 it was still called Yerba Buena, its name from the Spanish period, when the population doubled with the arrival of a boatload of 240 settlers. It was still a village of 469 inhabitants in 1847 when the American alcalde (mayor) Lt. Barlett changed the name to San Francisco, making the name consistent with the Mission and Presidio named in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi by the first Spanish to arrive in 1776. The discovery of gold on January 24, 1848 at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma transformed everything (Coloma is 130 miles/200 km from San Francisco). The village of San Francisco transformed into an “instant city” as 49ers chased the Gold Rush, using its deep-water port as the main entry point to the gold country. By January 1869 the population reached 35,000 and continued to climb, as San Francisco became the not only the sole major city on the U.S. west coast, but grew into one of the richest cities in the world. But true to its tradition of transforming and reinventing itself, it also burned down to the ground six times in the first eighteen months after the discovery of gold. San Francisco has gone through several cycles of devastation and rebirth. … Read more

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Welcome to Golden Gate Park by Fahad and Amani

    “The best place in San Francisco is Golden Gate Park. It is the biggest park in USA. It has a lot of lakes. In spite of the fact that they are smaller, they have many birds. You can repeatedly contemplate nature. Golden Gate Park is a wonderful place for exploring. Also, it has a lot of tourists per day because it is famous park in the world. I think it is a convenient place to spend the weekend. ” Written by Amani *The most important place in San Francisco is Golden Gate Park. A lot of tourists go to this park because it has many lakes and green spaces. It is the biggest oak in the world. So the tourists have a beautiful time. Many people have food there such as a BBQ. There are a lot of activities the tourists can do, such as boating, plying and football. So I advise anyone to visit Golden Gate Park” Written by Fahad Amani and Fahad are taking English Classes in San Francisco.

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December Activities

There is so much more to studying ESL in San Francisco at EC San Francisco besides English courses. Check out our event calendar for December 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 Warriors Basketball Game, Movies on the Big Screen, and the Hood Walks which provide a detailed tour of the different San Francisco neighborhoods, many winter holiday activities. 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.It is a great experience to study English in USA. 

EC San Francisco Activity Calendar for September

September’s 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 September 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 Spanish Dinner, UC Berkeley American Football game, and the Dragon Boat Festimal, 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 having fun here in San Francisco.

EC Student Ambassadors guide students around Stanford

EC Students Visit Stanford University

Hello, I would like to tell you about our small school trip to Stanford University. On August 8th, about 17 students went to the Stanford University, which is very famous in the world. We gathered at Caltrain station and took the train to Palo Alto.  After we arrived at the university we went to see the Hoover tower . We didn’t get to the top of the tower ,but if we got to the top of the tower, we could see the view of San Francisco. The next place we went was Stanford Memorial Church. The design outside of the church was sacredly beautiful and the buildings around were old-fashioned so that can make your feelings calm . Finally we went to the bookstore in the campus and got separated to look around more of the campus. That day in San Francisco was cold and foggy,so some students were worried about the weather in Palo Alto, but the weather was sunny and hot during the tour in the Stanford university. Learning English is so fun when you are traveling around the area.

Studying English while Exploring the City

  Researching skills are important for English study. Field trips enhance language learning. Presentations help to develop our speaking skills.  The combination of these activities are beneficial in the ESL/EFL learning environment. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? In your journal entry, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of in-class research, field trips and presentations.   I agree with this statement because the student could improve their English by practicing. The advantages are using the skills like reading, speaking and understanding the English language in real life. For this project, we needed to research websites for more information about this place, like the history. We needed reading and searching for vocabulary to understand the meaning. Second, going outside the classroom during school is good. We can exchange with other students and learn how to go somewhere. We are going to speak more at that class. Presentations are good because you need to write and speak in English. You prepare what you have to say. Everybody must understand what you want to say. It’s a challenge. –written by Sabrina Richards, who is studying General English at EC San Francisco 

San Francisco, the Pearl of the Coast

This message says exactly what the city is: in the middle of the Pacific Coast, we can see a beautiful city that has a very interesting history and a rich culture. We chose the images that spoke to us, because everyone here has different memories and stories about this city. However, when we went to Coit Tower and saw all the city, we could remember so many good moments that we have lived here, and a lot of friends that we made in those days. I think that with these images, we can show an amazing San Francisco. So we are showing a beautiful place and talking with emotion and with it we can have an effective advertisement. Written by Vanessa Sebaldo Vieiro, who is studying English in San Francisco. 

A Day at the Ballpark

  EC San Francisco is only 1.8 miles away from the beautiful AT&T Park stadium, which sits by the sea. This proximity provides an excellent opportunity to visit the home of the San Francisco Giants, the World Series champions of 2014. Going to a ballgame is one of the quintessential American pastimes that gives students a wonderful glimpse into American culture while studying English in San Francisco. On Saturday, Giants fans had a special opportunity that doesn’t happen very often. Fans were invited onto the main field and allowed to explore what the players experience during games. EC students joined this event, guided by teacher Drew, and joined fans on the main field in this open park day. When baseball season starts up again, you can be sure EC San Francisco will provide several opportunities to cheer on the Giants. During the playoff season, EC teachers often spend a little time in class explaining the rules of baseball, baseball terms in English, and baseball-related idioms and slang. Studying English in San Francisco is certainly exciting during the baseball season.

Get Out…and See San Francisco

Hi readers and EC San Francisco students, I wanted to take the opportunity to give you all a great suggestion for your next outing in San Francisco. Many of our students have thoroughly explored the City as well as California and have some great ideas for all you newcomers. This week’s entry comes from Bill, one of our great students from Taiwan. Bill is a very energetic and hard working student who likes to spend time near the Embarcadero and Fisherman’s Wharf. Bill suggests taking the F-Line streetcar and stopping at Boudin Bakery for a clam chowder bread bowl. While you’re there, be sure to check out one of San Francisco’s most famous and iconic sights, the sea lions of Pier 39. Teacher Tim  

EC San Francisco Students Learn English and Enjoy Professional Basketball!

Basketball Warriors VS Thunder 15th November 2013: The USA and sports are always associated, and especially NBA basketball and their star athletes. To have our own idea about this topic some students and I bought tickets for an NBA match in order to find out about the famous ambiance during a basketball match. We watched a match between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma Thunder, two really good teams but we were not able to predict the incredible match that these awesome teams would offer us. All of the EC San Francisco English School students took BART to the Coliseum in Oakland. When we arrived the first thing that we noticed was the number of people walking in the direction of the stadium and we could also see that most of them were for the local team, the Warriors. We finally arrived in the stadium we had to find our sits, and then find some foodJ. All of us chose, let me say, the traditional American meals: hamburgers and chicken wings. Once the stadium was full the match began… and we couldn’t believe how exciting the game was! We were not bored for even a second and the last 5 seconds of the game were just magical. The Warriors won as the buzzer rang and gave a taste of a Hollywood movie to this epic end. An incredible experience! More than that during each quarter some activities and shows were organized to keep all spectators excited. Some were really strange like a girl showing how flexible she was, touching her forehead with her buttocks. In conclusion I could only suggest you to try an NBA match, it’s for the moment the best experience I have had in the USA. Simon Jeckelmann, Switzerland