Andy from France: ”I had an amazing time in San Francisco with my wonderful friends!”

  Andy from France was looking for a place to study English and he ended up opting for EC’s ESL School in San Francisco. He studied at EC for 4 weeks, where he took a General English Course. In addition, Andy participated in as many school activities as he could. He got to meet people from all around the world and to have amazing experiences even tough he was here for only 4 weeks. Here is what Andy had to say:   I am a computer science engineering student in Paris, and as a part of my studies I must study abroad to get my degree. This is why my university offered me to go to EC San Francisco. I wanted to discover a new country and a new culture even tough the university sent me to San Francisco. I am not disappointed to come to San Francisco because it has been the best experience I have ever had in my life. I met many students from all around the world. I have learned about their cultures, their countries and we discovered together how life is in San Francisco. They have all become true and close friends to me. Before I came to San Francisco, my English was good but thanks to my teachers I took my English to another level. I improved my vocabulary, my listening even learned idioms which allows me to have a real conversation. The lessons were always interesting and allowed me to talk and be more confident. EC San Francisco organized amazing activities, such as picnic in Dolores Park, watching a football game in Berkeley and a walking tour in many neighborhoods, these allowed us to enjoy our stay and to share these experiences with students. I would like to thank all the members of … Read more

Congratulations to Team Peanut Butter Jelly Belly!

September was Wellness Month at EC Schools, and so  teachers, staff members, and students from the EC language schools around the world participated in the Taking Steps Towards Wellness Step Challenge to promote good health and the benefits of exercise. EC San Francisco had five teams of four people each who participated, and each week one person from each team wore a pedometer to measure how many steps they took throughout the week. The Peanut Butter Jelly Belly Team (named after the famous YouTube video), which included Heather (teacher), Florent (Residence Coordinator), and students Boon and Ark was the team with the most steps, with over 360,000 steps total. EC SF student Maria Victoria of the Earthquakes team was the individual with the most steps, with a total of 115,669 steps taken during the week! At the end of the contest, all participants received $5 coffee gift cards for a job well done. As well as the friendly competition at school, there was also a contest between all of the EC schools in three categories. A team from EC Vancouver won for the highest group total, Victoria from EC Central was the individual with the most steps taken, and our own Team Peanut Butter Jelly Belly won the most fun category, for the best and most creative photo, for the photo seen above. Here was the “official” announcement: The Taking Steps Challenge is just one of many interesting and enjoyable activities that can be experienced at EC language schools. Studying English shouldn’t just be educational, but a lot of fun!