Last week Maiko from Japan completed her time studying at EC San Francisco. For twelve weeks she took classes in the Semi-Intensive Program, which entails 24 lessons per week. Maiko had some great things to say about her time at EC SF, and so before she left we asked her to give a few thoughts about her experience taking English courses in San Francisco. Here is what she had to say and the advice that she wants to give to students who are considering studying here: Maiko said that she decided to study at EC San Francisco because her agent recommended the school to her. She was told that there was a good mix of nationalities who studied at the school and that “the lessons and curriculum is good.” And what was her favorite things about studying at EC SF? She talked about how she was able to enjoy “a lot of fun activities” while she took classes here, and also that the schools “is very international.” When asked what her favorite thing about San Francisco was, she said that “she couldn’t choose,” because she had “too many wonderful memories!” We also made sure to ask Maiko what her advice would be to incoming students planning to study at EC SF, and she warned to “be careful about your attendance!” This is very important advice, for not only is always important for all students to attend their courses and have good attendance because it is required by the program,it is the best and most effective way to improve one’s English skills! Thank you so much for your kind words and great advice, Maiko! We enjoyed getting to know you and wish you the best of luck for the future!
Last week was a short week at EC San Francisco in celebrating of the Thanksgiving holiday. And while it is always exciting to have a long weekend, many students and staff still took the time to consider what they have to be grateful for in their lives. As assignments in their English courses, many teachers did an activity that is very familiar to those who went through the American grade school system: making “Gratitude Turkeys.” A Gratitude Turkey is made by tracing one’s hand on a piece of paper and transforming it into a turkey, one of the most popular symbols of Thanksgiving. To continue working on their English, students were then able to write about what they were thankful for. After finishing, some of these “turkeys” were hung at the front desk as decorations. We hope all EC SF students enjoyed learning about and celebrating this very American holiday!
Gineth and Gustavo are two Colombian students who recently completed their time studying at EC San Francisco. They met each other at EC SF, and after completing their student testimonials they requested to take their photo together as “compatriots of the same country.” Gineth studied for 11 weeks at EC SF, taking General English courses to help further her career back home in Colombia. EC SF was recommended to her by her agency in Colombia, and she ended up enjoying her time studying. “You have good teachers,” she said, and she “liked the course activities.” She also mentioned that she appreciated that the courses are very interactive, “like a workshop.” Gineth also said that she “liked [the] free classes” that are offered to students twice a week at EC SF, including the Free Study periods where students can help from an EC SF teacher on any topic or subject they want to work on (including homework assignments!). There are also free classes that focus specifically on pronunciation and writing skills. Gineth specifically recommended that students at EC SF take advantage of these courses, and that taking the “listening electives” are a really great way of making the most of one’s time studying at EC San Francisco. When asked what her favorite memory of San Francisco was, Gineth spoke once again about the activities, particularly those outside of the school, as well as the fact that “people are so friendly and happy.” Like Gineth, Gustavo’s agency in Colombia recommended that he study at EC San Francisco. He ended up studying at EC SF for 4 weeks, also taking courses in the General English program. When asked what his favorite thing about studying at EC SF, Gustavo said that he liked that the mix of students who attend the school, giving him the opportunity to get to know “a lot of people …
Micael is a Portuguese student who is currently living in Switzerland, and he took General English courses at EC San Francisco for eight weeks. He stayed at the Monastery, EC SF’s student residence, and everyone appreciated Micael’s friendly and positive attitude. We are sad to see him go! Before he left to return home, however, we asked him to share a few thoughts about what it is like to learn English for academic purposes in San Francisco, and here is what he had to say: Why did you choose to study at EC San Francisco? I chose EC because many people told me: “It is a very good place to study and San Francisco is very cool.” What was your favorite thing about EC San Francisco? EC SF has a good team of teacher that helped me improve my English. What is your favorite memory of San Francisco? I rode a bicycle across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito (a small town on the other side of the San Francisco Bay). I also have many other memories. [Read more about the bicycle ride across the Golden Gate Bridge that Micael and other EC SF students took here. It is a very popular student activity at EC SF lead by Teacher Drew!] What advice would you give to a new student learning English at EC SF? Take the time to learn, and don’t forgot to enjoy the many activities from EC! It was so good getting a chance to meet you, Micael, and best of luck to you as you continue to study English in the future!
Hye Gin, who everyone knows as Genie, is a Korean student who recently completed taking Academic Year courses at EC San Francisco, studying for 12 weeks in total. As well as her English courses, Genie also was a student ambassador at EC SF, a program when students take on a role of planning activities and being a resource for other students. Genie was well liked by both her peers as well as the teachers and staff at EC SF, and we miss her very, very much! Before she left to return to Korea, Genie took a few minutes to fill out a student testimonial to discuss experience at EC San Francisco. Here is what she had to say: Why did you choose to study at EC San Francisco? I was looking for a school to practice my speaking skills, and my agency said that EC focuses on speaking. What was your favorite thing about EC San Francisco? Being a student ambassador. It really helped me practice my English with many students, and it improved my speaking skills. What is your favorite memory of San Francisco? Spending time with my international friends is my favorite memory of SF. SF is a beautiful city itself, however, it is the most beautiful city every when you get to experience it with your best friends. What advice would you give to a new student learning English at EC SF? I’d just want to say to hang out as much as you can. 🙂 It helped me a lot! Best of luck to you, Genie, as you return home and continue your English studies! … Learn more about taking an ESOL Test in San Francisco!
Olga from Russia recently studied at EC San Francisco. She was in the General English program, and even though she was here for a week, she said she still managed to learn a lot! Before she left we asked her a few questions about her time at EC SF and about the benefits of taking commercial English classes in San Francisco. Olga said that she decided to study at EC SF for two reasons: she loved San Francisco, and that she head “lots of good things about EC by word of mouth.” When asked what her favorite thing about the school was, she talked about the teachers that she had: “they were kind and clever” and that she “had a lot of fun” taking their classes. She also mentioned the content of the classes as well, saying that she liked the “interesting lessons” that made her think. In addition, Olga talked about the people at EC SF, including the students, teachers, and staff. There were “good people here,” and there was “lots of smiling around me.” When asked what she would tell a student who was beginning their studies at EC SF she said “to visit all lessons,” and also “do your homework.” The teachers at EC SF would surely agree with such good advice! 🙂 Thank you for all the kind words, Olga, and we are so glad that you enjoyed your time at EC SF. Even though you were only here a short time, we were very glad to have met you!
Meet Laiza (pronounced like “Liza”), the newest member of the teaching staff here at EC San Francisco. She started teaching here several weeks ago, and is currently teaching two Intermediate Level courses at EC SF. To get to know her a little better we asked her to share a little bit about herself with us, and she sent us a note with information about her background and her educational experiences. Laiza has been teaching for many years and so has extensive experience in the educational field, and over the years has taught a variety of students of different age levels and abilities. For this reason we asked her advice on how students can make the most during their time studying at an English language center in San Francisco such as EC San Francisco. Here is what she had to say, and the advice that she wanted to give to EC SF students: Hello! I started my teaching career in preschool. On my third year, I shifted to teaching college students, and I have taught English and Mass Communication courses in various universities for the past 15 years. I am originally from the Philippines. The country’s colorful history and culture serve as the gateway to my open mindedness, flexibility and readiness for meaningful experiences. Having finished my doctorate degree of Literature and Communication, I wrote textbooks for phonology and writing for college students. My ESL students thought the textbooks helped them use English more, which I appreciate much. My advice to students : to enjoy while they learn and take communication an integral part of their day to day experience. Take each day at a time, get some dose of inspiration, SMILE and make your EC experience a delightful one! -Teacher Laiza We’re so excited that you’ve joined the team here at EC San Francisco, Laiza, and we look forward to getting to know you better in the coming months!
Jacapo is an Italian student who took General English courses for four weeks at EC San Francisco. Before he left we asked if he would answer a few questions about his stay and his experience taking intensive English courses in San Francisco. Intensive English courses allows a student to focus on different skills at once, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing, which leads to quicker improvement in the ability to converse and understand the language. Here is what Jacopo had to say about his time at EC SF: Why did you choose to study at EC San Francisco? I compared different schools on the base of internet judgments and EC San Francisco has the best rate of quality/cost. What was your favorite thing about EC SF? The organization of the lessons, the possibility to discuss different arguments and practice vocabulary. What is your favorite memory of SF? There are a lot of activities that you can choose after lessons. The bonfire on Ocean Beach [a student activity hosted by EC SF and Expedition America] was fantastic! What advice would you give to a new student learning English at EC SF? I suggest following all of the lessons because the teachers are really fantastic and are very interesting. We’re so glad that you enjoyed your time here, Jacapo, and good luck to you as you continue your studies!
October 31 was a very fun and exciting day at EC San Francisco, and in San Francisco in general! Not only did EC SF had a party and costume contest during the lunch hour to celebrate Halloween, just a few streets away several hundred thousand people were lined up on Market Street cheering on the San Francisco Giants Victory Parade after the Giants won the World Series two night before. The city was full of people wearing the Giant’s team colors of orange and black, and just as many people were in costume for the holiday. To say that there was a festive mood in San Francisco that day is an understatement! Just like last year, EC SF encouraged students to dress in a costume to school for the day, and we were amazed with how many students participated! All students were able to enjoy free pizza and the traditional holiday favorite pumpkin pie (with whipped cream, of course!) while getting a chance to see everybody’s costumes. After the food was eaten Teacher Vera emceed a costume contest of the best and most creative student costumes. Over twenty students were convinced–either by teachers or their peers–to participate and walk down a “catwalk” down the center of the room as everyone watching cheered them on. Here are several of the students who participated: After everybody got a chance to show off their costume in front of the school,the five students who received the most applause were selected as finalists. They included the Joker from The Dark Knight, a dancing disco guy, a priest, and a singing cowboy riding his “horse.” All of the finalists walked to catwalk to try and get the most applause from the audience. In the end Priska won for her performance as a priest, after she silenced the whole room and did a prayer in Latin …
Orachoon from Thailand recently completed her studies at EC San Francisco. She studied here for almost twenty weeks! While she was here she took Semi-Intensive courses and her English improved greatly during her time studying at EC SF. She also made many friends during her time here, and we are very sorry to see her leave! But before she left we talked to her about her experience at EC SF and what she thought about taking English courses in San Francisco. When describing her favorite things about EC SF, Orachoon said that she “loved the activities of the school,” which were “very fun” because she could “join in on them with her friends.” She also described how student activities provided the opportunity to “meet everybody in the school.” She said that her favorite thing about San Francisco were the people, and how friendly everybody was. She also talked about how she was struck by all the different types of people who live in this city, and was very impressed with how people in the city respected everyone else. Orachoon first found out about EC SF on the internet while she was researching possible English language schools, and decided to attend because there weren’t many students from her home country which would allow her to have new and difference experiences, and also that after seeing pictures online of the school she thought it looked like a good fit for her. When asked what she would recommend to to a new student at EC San Francisco, Orachoon said that students should get out and discover things that are “good and exciting,” as well as study hard in your courses. Best of luck to you in the future, Orachoon, and continue practicing all of the English that you learned!