Our Student Ambassadors

This is a blog post to honor our newest members of student ambassadors. Our team got smaller, so if you’re interested in becoming part of an amazing cozy family, please talk to Anna or Amanda at the front desk. They will be happy to assist you. So, without further ado, here are your ambassadors!   Hwayeong Song   Hwayeong Song is from Pohang in South Korea. She loves to go to Lafayette Park. Her major is fashion design. She says she loves travelling and taking pictures. She also likes to plan activities with other people, which makes her perfect fit for our team. Her favorite food is Kimchi fried rice. Her favorite music is 2002_Anne Marie. She also likes Marvel superhero movies. Hamdan Adel Alghamdi   Meet Hamdan! He is from Almadinah Almonawarah in Saudi Arabia. The second most visited place in Saudi Arabia. His favourite city is Paris in France. He likes swimming, travelling and watching TV. His favorite food is cheeseburgers, so America is an excellent choice for studying! His favorite movies is Ghost Busters. Mayu Nakagawa Mayu is one of our long term, and most loved students. She finally decided to part of our great team. Her smile and calmness will bring so much joy among the activities. Mayu is from Hyogo, Japan. Her favorite country is Australia. She used to live in Arkansas. She has practiced calligraphy since childhood, and she’s a huge fan of Selena Gomez! Mayu’s favorite food is Chocolate! Her favorite music is anything American! Well, you came to the right place Mayu! Her favorite movie is Home Alone. Do you want to be part of our amazing team run by the amazing Anna? Please sign up for English Courses in San Francisco

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

Our Student Ambassador; Rafael Luiz from Brazil

My name is Rafael. I’m 29 years old, and I’m from Brazil: the best country in the world! I arrived to San Francisco on April 27th to study English at EC. I like San Francisco so much. It is a little bit expensive, but the city is amazing and EC is too! There are many things to do in the U.S., and if you want, you can travel around. For example, I like wine! So I went to Napa Valley. I also travelled to Hawaii for Memorial Day long weekend. I have class every day and we have good teachers; I like Gregory, Gifford, and Bruce so much! In school we can talk with Americans, Japanese, Swiss, Koreans, Turks, Saudi Arabians, Italians, French, Chinese, etc, and improve our English and know new cultures. I recently became a student ambassador and I have done many activities with my colleagues. We went to pubs like the Golden Gate Tap Room is the best, we watched games #goWarrios and we rented bikes to cross the famous Golden Gate Bridge. I’m here for one more month, and I still have so many things to do! I want to give you advice, just come! You will like it so much! See you at EC! Rafael   Wanna follow Rafael’s advice and sign up for an English Course in San Francisco?  

Hikari

Hikari from Japan: ”EC San Francisco and my friends made me more motivated!”

  Hikari from Japan was looking for a place to study English and she ended up opting for EC’s ESL School in San Francisco. She studied at EC for 24 weeks, where she took a Semi Intensive Course. In addition to this, Hikari participated in a lot of activities organized by the school and decided to become a student ambassador to organize many activities for other students. She got to meet people from all around the world and to have amazing experiences. Here is what Hikari had to say:   I got and learned a lot of beautiful things during my staying in EC School. Before I had gone to school, I expected that I would just study English. I’d already been San Francisco more than 3 times, so I thought I wouldn’t need to know this city. However, it wasn’t true. I found many amazing places and met many interesting people because of my lovely friends. I always hung out with my friends and we spent good times together. At the beginning, I felt nervous because it was the first time to study abroad in 6 months. I thought of bad things; what if I can’t make any international friends, what if my English can’t improve… now I know. Thinking those bad things was a waste of my time. My purpose of studying abroad was to improve my English skill so I tried using my English as many times as I could. During the break time I asked questions to the person sitting next to me. I joined most of the activities to know about the city and many EC friends. Those actions were worth it for me. There were many kinds of activities; especially my favorite activity was Wednesday’s school trip. All the student walked around the city … Read more