EC San Francisco Welcomes Agents from All Over the World!

Today EC San Francisco welcomed a group of agents from World Study, an agency based out of Brazil. For several hours they had the chance to visit EC’s English language center in San Francisco, and see what the EC experience is all about! Upon visiting the school in downtown San Francisco, right in the heart of the city’s Financial District, the agents were given a presentation about various aspects of the school, and ask specific questions about the student experience at EC SF. The various English courses offered at EC SF and programs were discussed, as well as accommodation options such as student residences and homestays. After the presentation the agents hopped onto the BART –just like a student would! –and visited The Monastery, EC San Francisco’s student residence located in the city’s popular Mission District. They were able to see the rooms types that are available to students as well as the common areas that students at The Monastery are able to enjoy when staying there. And before they left they had to take advantage of the beautiful weather and spectacular views for a photo op on The Monastery’s amazing rooftop patio! Before they left the agents were each given a copy of the book San Francisco Then and Now to remember their visit to the city, as well as to emphasize how EC San Francisco is interested in finding ways for students to experience the San Francisco, such as on the popular student activity The ‘Hood Walks with Gifford. The ‘Hood Walk is a walking tour led by an EC SF teacher which explores the city’s rich history by visiting the city’s many historical sites and landmarks in various neighborhoods throughout the city. As well as World Study, Stan from the Taiwanese agency Study DIY was also able to stop for a visit and joined the presentation as well as the tour … Read more

EC San Francisco Celebrates Halloween!

Halloween is now just several days away, and EC San Francisco is getting ready for Friday’s activities by decorating the front desk area! A number of Halloween-themed activities are planned throughout the week, including a ghost walk of San Francisco City Hall, a Halloween outdoor movie screening, as well as a costume contest at graduation on Friday. Get involved and enjoy the festivities!

Andrea’s Testimonial: “Speak English with everybody, all the time!”

Andrea is an Italian student who recently took English courses at EC San Francisco. Though he was only able to take classes for a week, he made the most of his time at EC SF, participating in the Business for English group and attending several student activities. We wish he had more time to spend with us before he had to return back home! Before he left, however, we asked him to share a few thoughts about the time he spent at EC SF and the advantages of taking English courses in San Francisco. When asked about what his favorite thing was about EC San Francisco, he said that “it’s a very fun community.” He decided to attend EC SF because he found out about the school on the internet and decided that he “would like to improve my English level.” And so even though he only had a short amount of take classes, he decided to do it anyway. Andrea said that his favorite memory of San Francisco was the opportunity he had to visit the Golden Gate Bridge. And what advice would he give to a student who has decided to take English courses in San Francisco and attend EC San Francisco? “Speak English with everybody” he said, “all the time!” It was so nice getting a chance to meet you Andrea, and best of luck with your future studies and entrepreneurial endeavors!

Sylvia and Helena Show Why Everyone Should Study English in the USA!

Recently EC San Francisco said goodbye to two special students, Sylvia from Canada and Helena from Brazil. When most people think of an international student they probably picture a university or maybe a high school-age student. But Sylvia and Helena show that anyone can be a student, and that learning is a lifelong endeavor. Everybody, no matter what their reasons for doing so, should take the opportunity to study English in the USA! Everybody enjoyed having Sylvia and Helena attending classes at EC San Francisco, appreciating their warm personalities, bright smiles, positive attitudes, the friendly presence. Sylvia lives in French Canada and recently decided that she wanted to learn English as well. She spent two weeks at EC San Francisco and transferred to EC Los Angeles, and she is considering attending several other schools as well (she said she wishes there was an EC school in Hawaii!). She is certainly making the most of her time spent travelling. Before she left us, however, we asked her to share a few thoughts on her time at EC San Francisco. When asked why she decided to come to EC San Francisco she said that she liked that there are many EC schools all over the world to study at, and all of the positive commentaries that she found on the internet helped her decide that EC schools were the best choice for her. What she liked most about EC SF was all of the interesting people that she was about to meet from around the world, and when asked about her favorite memory of San Francisco, she talked about her experience staying with her host family, and all of the memories she was able to make getting to know them. Likewise, her host family talked about how much they enjoyed getting to know Sylvia and appreciated her company. Would she recommend EC San Francisco? “Yes!” … Read more

EC SF Students Bike Across the Golden Gate Bridge

As every student studying at EC SF knows, learning English is much more than just taking an English course in San Francisco! To become truly comfortable speaking and communicating in English, it requires getting out into the real world, talking with other people, and interacting in environments where English is spoken. For this reason, participating in student activities at EC San Francisco is a great way to keep working on English outside of the classroom! Every week the school coordinates a series of activities led by student ambassadors or teachers to get everyone involved in the learning experience outside of the classroom. This last weekend EC SF teacher Drew took twelve students for a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. Biking across bridge allowed for many great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to see the world famous landmark from a different perspective. After the bike ride everybody stopped and had lunch near Sausalito, the small bayside town that faces San Francisco, and then rode the Golden Gate Ferry back to San Francisco. As the pictures show, the weather was nice and everybody had a great time. Make the effort to participate in student activities–it’s not only a great way to make memories, but a chance to keep practicing your English as well!

Discover San Francisco on the ‘Hood Walk with Gifford!

Every week EC San Francisco students get the opportunity to take their English practice out of the classroom and into the streets of beautiful San Francisco by going on the ‘Hood Walk, a student activity led by teacher Gifford. Gifford and the students walk around a different neighborhood each week to visit notable landmarks, sites of historical interest, as well as places that students might want to return to and enjoy on their own time! Last week Gifford and the students explored the Mission District. The Mission is San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood, but in recent years has become one of the trendiest spots in the city. Within the last few years new restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries have opened up, making it a popular place to hang out. Traditionally home to San Francisco’s large Latino community, The Mission is known for its many delicious Latin food restaurants (enjoy Mexican, Nicaraguan, Salvadorenian, Guatemalan, Chilean, and many other national cuisines–even gluten-free Latin-inspired food!), music venues, theaters and performance spaces, as well as iconic historical landmarks such Mission Dolores and Dolores Park. The Mission is well known for its art scene, and there are many murals to be found throughout the neighborhood. A walking tour is the perfect way to view the neighborhood’s vibrant street art, and students on last week’s walk got to see the famous murals on the Women’s Building on 18th Street: The ‘Hood Walk with Gifford takes place every week on Wednesdays–make sure to sign up at the Front Desk, and start discovering San Francisco! [Thank you to Student Ambassador Genie for all of the great photos.] … Find out more about EC San Francisco and how to take English courses in the USA!

Andre’s Testimonial: “The staff are all very kind”

Andre from Brazil recently completed taking General English courses for four weeks at EC San Francisco. He is studying architecture back home and decided to study English during his time off. Before he left, we asked him to share a few thoughts about his time at EC SF and how to make the most of one’s time studying at an English school in San Francisco. He said that he first found out about EC San Francisco after finding it on the Study in the USA website, and decided that it was the best fit for his study goals. When asked about his favorite thing about EC San Francisco, he talked about the “good location” of the school, and how the “staff are all very kind.” What was your favorite memory of San Francisco? Andre said that his favorite memory about San Francisco was just after he first arrived at the airport and realized that he could go anywhere he wanted by public transportation! According to the American Public Transportation Association, the San Francisco Bay Area does indeed have the largest and most extensive public transportation on the West Coast of the United States, with the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system the ninth largest rapid transit system in North America. This makes things very convenient for students studying at EC San Francisco, and the opportunity to visit many places during their time staying here. What advice would you give to a new student learning English at EC SF? “Don’t stay home!” he said. “Go to the museums, to the bars, go to the movies–whatever!–just get out of your room!” It sounds like Andre was able to take full advantage of his time staying in San Francisco and studying at EC SF. Best of luck to you in your continued studies, and keep working on your … 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!

Giselle’s Testimonial: “The teachers are awesome!”

Giselle is a Brazilian student who took the Semi Intensive program at EC San Francisco for four weeks. When asked why she decided to study at EC San Francisco she said that when she decided to study at an English language center in San Francisco, she found the information for the school on a website while she was researching programs. She ultimately decided to attend here because it was a good school at the price she was looking for. Giselle’s favorite thing about EC San Francisco was the teaching staff, declaring that “the teachers are awesome!” When asked what advice she would give to a new student taking an English course at EC SF, she emphasized the importance of making sure to take classes that were right for them and that would help them improve their English skills the quickest. And what what is her favorite memory of San Francisco that she will remember from her time studying here? “The Golden Gate Bridge!” she said. “It was like a dream when I got to see it for myself.” Thank you so much for your kind words, Giselle, and we wish you continued success in your study of English! … Find out more about EC SF, an English language center in San Francisco!

Meet the EC SF Staff: Florent, our Residence Coordinator

Meet Florent, the Residence and Student Services Coordinator here at EC San Francisco! Florent joined the EC SF team in April, and is in charge of coordinating student stays at the Monastery Student Residence and several other student residence facilities around San Francisco. Florent brings to his position a passion for creating learning and cultural experiences for students, as he believes that attending EC SF should be more than just taking English courses in the USA, but a potentially transformative life experience as well. As someone who has studied and worked in different places all over the world, he is particularly invested in EC’s commitment to helping students succeed in a global community. One way he has done this is by leading the group for EC SF Working Professionals, a place for adult students to connect and support their learning of English for professional use. Here are a few questions we asked Florent to get to know a little bit more about him and his position at EC SF. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. I was born and raised in Aix en Provence in the South of France. I moved then to Toulouse, in the South West, to pursue a Master degree in Management. From the first year on, I got involved in a newly created student organization dedicated to welcoming international students to our school, similar to the Ambassador Program we have here at EC. This was an amazing experience, both personally and professionally. During the program, I got the chance to be an international student myself during a semester abroad in Victoria, BC, Canada. I also interned in Oxford in the UK, Valparaiso in Chile and now in San Francisco. Students can certainly ask me about culture shock, because I experienced it many times too! I learned a lot about myself through all of these experiences, although it … Read more