Yosemite

Explore Outside San Francisco, Yosemite!

  Since I started to live in San Francisco, I have found much beautiful nature in Northern California. One of the most beautiful views in Northern California is Yosemite National Park which is one of nine National Parks in California State. It takes about three and half hours to get there from San Francisco by car. Every season you go there, you can see different amazing views. Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls whose quantity of water is high in April because of the meltwater.     I went there last week to see winter scenery. There was a gorgeous snowy view, and I could see some big waterfalls. It was difficult to hike on some trails because it had snowed a lot. Even though I choose the Mirror Lake Trail which was one of the easiest trails, I really enjoyed hiking amongst the wonderful nature. There are also many view points to take pictures from the park. One of the most famous view points is called Tunnel View where I could see Half Dome which is famous for rock-climbing.   If you go there in the summer season, you can enjoy camping, hiking and rock-climbing. If you go there in the winter season, you can enjoy winter sports, such as downhill-skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoe. Each season has different activities with nature. In addition, if you are lucky, you might see wild animals, such as deer, coyotes, and racoons. If you want to explore the amazing nature in Northern California, come to San Francisco and let’s explore it! Are you interested in studying in San Francisco? Check out our ESL Courses at EC San Francisco!

Learning at EC SF is more than just English courses!

Several weeks ago Kaiser started as Residence Advisor at the Monastery, EC San Francisco’s student residence. As well as helping with student requests and taking care of building issues (and working at the front desk of the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays), a major part of Kaiser’s position is to ensure that students who stay at the Monastery have a memorable experience during their time in San Francisco. Because as everybody knows, it takes much more than just English courses to master the language–it requires speaking English all day, every day! Here is what he had to say about recent activities that have taken place at the Monastery: “Since starting as the R.A. at the Monastery I’ve been trying to think of ways for students to meet each other and promote a sense of community among the students. One of the activities I have started is a bi-monthly barbecue which takes advantage of the building’s amazing rooftop deck, with views of the Mission neighborhood, Twin Peaks, and the downtown area. So far I have been able to host three dinners, and they have been well attended, with up to 25 EC students attending each one. It is a great way for everyone to get to know each other and continue to practice their English with each other in a setting outside of the classroom.  One of the advantages of doing activities that gets everybody to meet each other is that it allows for spontaneous interactions between students. This last week we decided to have a game night, and it was so much fun seeing everyone just hanging out and trying to find the words to negotiate with each other in English over a game of Monopoly!” At recent Monastery Barbecues:      Monopoly Game Night:

The San Francisco Insider – Drew’s Tips: Friday nights at the De Young

Ready for a break after your week of studying hard for your English courses? The San Francisco Insider is a regular contribution from EC San Francisco teacher Drew Rogers, who knows how to make the most of anybody’s stay in the San Francisco Bay Area! … We are lucky to have so many cultural freebies in this city, and  the first event I’ll bring up is a grand tradition called Friday nights at the De Young (museum). Depending on the month or even week, musical acts change depending on the cultural event. For instance, generally, near Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican band will perform; or if it’s a Spanish theme, well, guess who shows up on stage? It goes from 5:30–8:30pm  every Friday, all ages welcome; cash bar, cafe/restaurant, free live music, arts and crafts–and see the museum  for free as well! So how else do you explore your journey in this robust town? Well, the first thing to do is check out my favorite budget-friendly center where you only need fast fingers to win prizes (I have) while perusing the various events both in SF as well as in the Bay area. Yes, http://sf.funcheap.com was started by a  student  who moved here with little money to waste, and his friend got tired of lending him money; so he did what every smart  student might do: he went to every event that was free– or almost free– and now he’s parlayed that into his own website that lists daily activities for the week with live links/info (and he’s now a VIP everywhere making good $$)! On this site you’ll find everything from a world famous DJ playing late nights for only $5 (last weekend, Mark Farina) to only paying $8 for ice skate rentals with  2 hour skate at Yerba Buena ice rink behind the Metreon. Btw, that special is every Wednesday night starting at … Read more

Coffee Club at English Language School in San Francisco!

Here at ECSF, an English Language School in San Francisco, we provide a variety of after-school activities.  Those who participate have the opportunity to explore our beautiful city while getting to know other students.  But, most importantly, our activity program gives students the chance to practice their English outside of class! Yesterday we had Coffee Club, which is always one of our most popular activities.  It’s led by our student ambassadors, student leaders who have been at ECSF for an extended period of time and are experts on the school and the city.  ECers gathered to chat, drink coffee, and eat snacks while engaging in lively conversation.  Coffee Club is a chance for both new and old students to come together and discuss various topics. If you’d like to take a look at pictures of Coffee Club and other fun activities, make sure to check out our Facebook Page! Click the link: https://www.facebook.com/ec.san.francisco

Creative Writing by One of Our Most Creative Students

Aline Mazeto Roldan was one of our most enthusiastic students at ECSF, an English Language School in San Francisco.  She was a fantastic creative writer and would like to share one of her short essays with everyone.  Read her description of the Redwoods here… Purposes Dancing, Time Changing It was a cold sunny day, with a clear blue sky. The sunlight was shinning through the trees and creating patches of bright color in the middle of the forest. Each tree with particular pulse kept in the thick and soft brown bark. The bird’s sound decorate (garnish) the vertical silence of the redwood trees. The sound of the little rocks and humid foliage on the ground were the only things talking between the footprints and the space that is to come. Time is in everywhere. The water runs in the river. You could see everything that didn’t move below, everything that was still, watching movement while keeping secret rhythms inside. The trunks were looking like old men or strange animals lurking on the curves of the trails. The sunlight was running away from the hungry night pulled by the moon. The fresh mysterious air, full of beauty and harmony during the day, gave place to a dark fear and lonliness. She wasn’t alone there anymore so she started to run from the unfriendly noises. Would she arrive at home at this night? Time was present in everyplace. Time is full of purpose. With the sweet memories on the one hand, a strong and tight bat in the other, the unknown in the eyes, she kept going in the direction of human voices. At the end of the trip, three people within in the sigth of the trees were joined new journeys. The redwoods with their 2000 years, still watching. Time, the constant changing river of purpose expressions.

Brazilian Students Sing Praises of English Language School in San Francisco

We recently asked several of our Brazilian students to write about their experiences here at our English language school in San Francisco.  This is what they wrote… 1)      Two things you enjoyed and gained from your experience: Loved the integrated approach between academic and cultural activities: great way to learn the language and the culture I’m really learning English; I feel really welcomed by my host family and this is a great city for cultural exchanges Made lots of friends; I’m learning to speak and understand English really fast People (school and city) are friendly and multicultural Quick adaptation, my family was incredible in all aspects; met people from all over the world; so far the best experience in my life Friendly, fun and welcoming environment; very organized and supportive staff Made friends, learned English fast, especially my listening and speaking skills Gaining more and more confidence to speak Made friends, learned about other cultures and cultural differences 2)   Teachers and teaching approaches/methods: Loved the teachers: Kelly, dynamic, interactive, good-humored and fun; A/B teachers provide great balance and variety Tim R. is excellent, good-humored and always receptive to our questions; Judith is a great teacher, interactive and tries to correct our pronunciation Gifford and Anthony are excellent and friendly Good method Karl and Kate are very good and I’m learning a lot; I love the school because it has everything I want and offers all the help I need Tim R is the best teacher, he explains very well and always uses words we understand. He was amazing! Tim M, Kelly and Drew are incredible, dynamic and very creative; they’re engaging and make learning fun Tim M is flexible, funny and his classes are very dynamic; Kate’s pace is excellent, her classes are challenging and I’m learning a lot Judith’s … Read more

An Enthusiastic Student Shares a Testimonial from English Language School in San Francisco

EC student, Mayra Ferreira, graduated on March 8th.  Before she left, she filled out an EC Testimonial describing her experience at our school and in San Francisco.  Thanks, Mayra!  We enjoyed having you here.  Come visit us again soon! Mayra Ferreira Brazil I came to San Francisco and studying at EC was an amazing and excited experience.  I’ve been studying here for four weeks and it was one of my greatest adventure abroad.  I recommend EC San Francisco because you can find great teachers that make learning English easier with their funny ways to teach and outside activities.  All those things really helped me improve my English.  Furthermore, EC San Francisco is located near good places to visit and have easy access to touristic spots, which is an excellent thing.  I’ll miss all the friends I made at EC and certainly I’ll always remember all different habit and history about their countries and cultures that we shared in our classes.

Guest Speaker in Communication for Business Class!

At ECSF, a downtown English language school in San Francisco, we offer a Communication for Business class that focuses on entrepreneurship and includes a string of guest speakers.  Sam Catalina, an owner of Prudential Real Estate Company, spoke to the students last month about a variety of topics related to business.  Afterwards, the students wrote essays summarizing and analyzing his lecture.  This stellar essay was written by 3 ECers: Aynur Ismailova, Carlos Rombaldo, and Eugenia Schall.  Great work, students!   On February 12th, 2013, in our business class we had a special visitor Sam Catalina – an owner of Prudential Real Estate Company, a professor at CCSF City College, a director of a bank and also a good family man.  He told us about his own background and his friends’ experiences.  The purpose of this visit was to show us the many opportunities and possibilities that exist to start a career.  Below we highlight some details about his speech.                   The speech was about good and bad experiences from his and his friends’ lives, showing in different ways how we can reach our dreams.                   A couple of words about his background.  His parents are originally from the Philippines, but he was born in the USA and grew up in San Francisco area.  He has been married more than 40 years, his wife is a teacher.  They have 3 children: a girl – she is also a teacher, and 2 sons – one is an orthodontist, another one is a manager in a large sporting goods store.  His favorite hobbies are cooking, singing karaoke and race car driving.                   He got in the real estate business when he saw his neighbor driving a lot of new fast cars.  After taking classes and educating himself, he applied for a job … Read more

A Trip to Baker Beach

Santiago, a student from Venezuela, has been studying English at ECSF, an English Language School in San Francisco.  Recently he had a food adventure in Baker Beach with other EC students.  Read about it here! A few weeks ago I went to Baker Beach to have a barbecue with some friends of the school.  They thought it was a nice idea to eat and relax with some people so I decided to go.  I live in the inner Richmond, it’s just 20 minutes from my house to get to the place so I was the first to arrive, most of my friends live in the downtown area and they decided to go to japan town first to get some food and drinks…Of course!  A bbq without food is not very fun hahaha.   Once we all were in the Baker Beach we start cooking the food very quick (hunger I guess), my friend chan is a professional, his specialty is set A LOT of fire to the barbecue to the point everybody says “woow.”  The food was delicous.  We had meat, salad, some snacks and drinks.  I liked this Multicultural barbeque, watching my Korean friends cooking while eating Japanese snacks, drinking American drinks and of course listening Latin American music. (:   If you want to chill and eat with some friends, Baker Beach is a very good option!  The place is nice and it has an excellent view of the Golden Gate Bridge!

Communication for Business Class: Special Guest Speaker

Communication for Business is a popular afternoon class at EC San Francisco.  A couple weeks ago, Sam Cadelinia, a real estate expert, was invited as a guest speaker and spoke to the class about entrepreneurship based on his experience in the real estate field.  He focused his speech on dedication and the desire to learn.  Sam personifies the American Dream.  He was born in the Philippines, came to America with little money in his pocket, and early in his career, became the largest distributor of karaoke machines.  He asked the students to talk about their dreams and aspirations and to explain how those fit into their career goals.  After getting his real estate license, Sam tried to get a job at Century 21 but was turned down because there were too many agents working for the company at the time.  With determination and drive, he eventually bought a major mortgage company. Sam spoke about San Francisco as a hub of culture and entrepreneurship.  When a student asked, “What is the most challenging part of your job?” he delved into the importance of self awareness and emotional intelligence.  He also made an important comment: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  In order to be successful, according to Sam, it’s vital to have a positive attitude, be persistent, have a distinct vision/focus, keep learning, and find something that you love doing and do it.  Passion is key…being passionate about what you’re doing is the way to succeed in a bad economy. We’re looking forward to having more successful guest speakers visit us at ECSF in the future!