International Food Party

Interested in sharing your culture’s cuisine with other international students?  At EC San Francisco, our students often cook together to learn about various types of food that they don’t see every day in their country.  Sharing a meal while practicing English is a great way to connect with other ECers.  One of our newest student ambassadors, Yunhee Ahn, recently participated in an “international food party” with her friends.  Read more about it here!  And get inspired to hold your own food party! Many people expect to learn English and American culture when they study abroad in the U.S. If you study abroad at language school in the U.S., you can learn not only American culture, but also cultures from other countries. Recently, my friends in EC San Francisco and I had the international food parties. Students from Korea, Japan and Taiwan gathered together and took turns to cook their national foods to each other. Few days ago, our school students from Taiwan held the third international food party. They prepared Hot pot for us. Hot pot is a meal originated from Mongolia. It became popular among East Asian countries, and it has changed into their own national style. Hot pot is cooked in a simmering metal pot on the dining table, so it is good to enjoy together while cooking and eating. Cooking method is easy and simple. We just have to put some ingredients such as thinly sliced meat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, and dumplings into the simmering hot pot. When the ingredients are well-cooked, scoop up them into our own plate and then enjoy eating it! The international food party with EC San Francisco school students was very interesting and exciting experience. Although we were not cooking experts, it was good opportunity for us to try other countries foods. … Read more

Super Bowl 2013

Did you watch the Super Bowl this year?!  Plenty of students at EC San Francisco did! Check out what Koki, one of our new student ambassadors, said about this epic game! The last sunday was exciting day.  We went to the bar and watched a American foot ball game.  Our 49ers lost but it was almost won!!  After a power failure, they played really well.  Before that incident, atmosphere of the bar was terrible but after that, people in the bar shouted, sang and laughed.  That was my first time to go to the bar for watching sports, but I really enjoyed it.  Thank you for coming a lot of students, and finally baseball season will start.  Let’s go to watch San Francisco Giants game!!  

Introducing Yunhee Ahn

We’d like to congratulate Yunhee Ahn on becoming one of our student ambassadors here at EC San Francisco!  She has been a great asset to the student ambassador program and we’re looking forward to what she’ll be doing in the future. She’d like to introduce herself… Hello.  My name is Yunhee Ahn.  I am from South Korea.  I have been studying in EC San Francisco for four months, and I stay here two more months.  Now, I am having a wonderful time in EC San Francisco, and I am satisfied with my school.  Also, I can feel that my English is improving than before.  Since I have been in EC San Francisco for four month, I would love to help new students to adjust well in school and share my experience as a student ambassador.

Salsa Dancing Activity

Have you taken advantage of EC San Francisco’s Activity Calendar yet?!  If not, make sure you do!  One of our past activities was salsa dancing with FATIH.  He’s a student ambassador here at ECSF, meaning that he’s been at the school for an extended period of time and is an expert on the city of San Francisco.  Check out what he wrote about this popular activity… San Francisco presents us many chances to experience different activities belong to different cultures by means of its charming cultural diversity.  One of them is “Salsa Dancing” activity that gathers people who want to learn how to dance or to improve their skills while it is prompting us to socialize with the local people.  I wanna thank all EC students for their participating and making this activity enjoying and unforgettable.  Many of us were dancing and talking with local people who we didn’t know before.  As an organizer, it’s very delighting to see that.  Someone, who wants to meet local people and to adopt easily to live here by enjoying, should try these kinds of activities.  By the way, we need your help to discover these cultural activities.  Feel free to share them with us if you find new things to organize.  

Introducing Hidetoshi Koki

We’d like to congratulate Hidetoshi Koki on becoming one of our student ambassadors here at EC San Francisco!  He has been a great asset to the student ambassador program and we’re looking forward to what he’ll be doing in the future. He’d like to introduce himself… I’m Hidetoshi Koki from japan. Everyone calls me “Koki.” I have been here for three month and I’m planning to stay here six month more. My hobby is: playing watching baseball, eating, reading. If you need any help, student ambassadors can help you.  


EC San Francisco has brought Fun Friday back!  Every month we’ll be having a pizza party during our graduation ceremony at lunchtime.  We have a fun get-together with our community of ECers every Friday to celebrate the graduates who are leaving us.  Here’s what happens during our ceremonies… Tim, one of our most enthusiastic teachers, acts as the MC.  The students’ names are put on a PowerPoint and announced one by one.  Their name and their country’s flag appears on the screen as a different song plays for each student.  It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment that the graduates have made.  Check out our Facebook page to watch a video of the ceremony.  We post a new one every week!

What’s EC Like?

Nathalia Franco, one of our stellar former Student Ambassadors, shares her experience at EC San Francisco!  Read about it here… Being away from our country, our family, our culture can make us feel homesick and sad sometimes, but speaking from my own experience, I think that being here give us the opportunitie to know a lot of people from all around the world and we can buid good friendship bonds for a lifetime and it can help us to endure the fact that we are far from our families. I think that this experience we are all living here in EC its going to enrich us not just because we are improving and practicing our english, we are learning a lot from other cultures geting to know directly people from different countries, we are not just getting through the american culture here for sure. Every week a new group students arrive to the school but a the same time some students have to go back home, its hard to say good bye but I’m glad that I met you all.

Oh Cheol’s Description of the Mission Murals

Oh Cheol Kwon, one of our awesome student ambassadors, spent his last day at EC San Francisco today.  We’re sad to see him go and hope that he’ll be back to visit us soon.  Thanks for all the hard work you’ve put in, Oh Cheol!  Check out what he had to say about last Friday’s activity, a tour of the famous Mission Murals! “Drew’s Mission Murals Tour” was one of the enjoyable activities at EC.  It was not first time that I participated in school tour activity since I started studying at ECSF.  The main reason I joined in this special activity is that I wanna see something different, modern and not being in museum.  Of course, got to know toward other students as well because I don’t know much about pieces of paintings based on some histrorical events.  I saw many student’s name than I’d expected on the activity list and I found myself they might have the same feeling as mine.  After having talked with some students, then it was true. For me, this activity was all about exploring some kind of hidden Murals, which was painted on the wall, garage, even some place in which it is not used to be.  Teacher Drew took care of us on the tour and prepared for us and knew all about Mission area where he’s one of favorite spots as well as one of tourist attractions.  As you all know, the more information we know, the more fun we can have.  While we are on the way to some other murals, we dropped by at coffee shop that serves spicy coffee and tried its special flavor coffee.  Have you tried “spicy coffee” before?  I’ve never tried the coffee in any place else.  That was so awesome and special.  One of my favorite Murals around Mission area was totally … Read more

Asako’s Adventure in Chinatown!

“The Hood” is a popular after-school activity at EC San Francisco led by Gifford, one of our teachers, and is usually offered every week.  It’s an in-depth class that explains the history of different San Francisco neighborhoods.  Last week, Asako Yamane, one of our dedicated ECers, went to Chinatown with Gifford and a group of other students.  Read about her experience here! “The Hood” is one of my favorite activities at EC.  I have participated more than 5 times.  Gifford, one of our teachers, takes care of us on the tour and knows San Francisco history very well.  He takes us to a lot of interesting places in SF.  I joined the other EC students on Gifford’s activity.  This time we went to Chinatown.  Chinatown is one of the most famous sight-seeing places in SF.  We looked at some temples in Chinatown, parks and markets that have many fresh vegetables and food.  Every time he explained about a building, street, and he also said what happened in the past, so that we could learn more about that place instead of going there by ourselves.  The most interesting place that we went to was the place that makes fortune cookies.  I heard that fortune cookies might have originated in SF.  We could see inside and understand how to make fortune cookies, and have some samples.  Of course we could buy them.  This is very good for students who want to go around SF and are interested in the history of SF.  As for me, I’m very interested in the history of SF, so when I participate in the future, I will enjoy the time.   

Field Trip to Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Learning Outside the Classroom On Thursday, January 17th, Cyndi’s Cadua’s Communication for Business class and Tim Ruiz’s Elementary class took a trip to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) right here in San Francisco.  They listened to a presentation called “Overview of the PG&E Pacific Energy Center” by Ryan Stroupe, the Project Manager.  He asked both classes a series of questions related to energy efficiency.  The students named the top 10 countries by population, the top 7 sources of energy in the U.S., and the top 10 areas where energy is used in buildings.  Both classes did a fantastic job participating. Mr. Stroupe gave them a tour of the building, which is located very close to EC San Francisco at 851 Howard St (between 5th St & Holland Ct).  Inside the building you’ll find a collection of mini exhibits that demonstrate the way electricity and energy efficiency function.  It’s a great opportunity to learn about what PG&E does in an interactive way. If you’re interested in electrical engineering, the environment, and saving energy, make sure to stop by this building!  They also offer a variety of FREE classes, including a course on lighting and energy.  Check it out!