Maiko’s Testimonial: “EC SF is very international”

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!  

Micael’s Testimonial: “Take the time to learn!”

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!

Genie’s Testimonial: “Being a student ambassador helped me practice English”

  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!

Orachoon’s Testimonial: “I loved the activities at the school”

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!

Stephanie’s Testimonial: “Speak English even if you feel uncomfortable. Don’t be shy!”

Stephanie is a French student who took General English courses at EC San Francisco for three weeks. We asked her to answer a few questions about her experience and the best way to take advantage of English courses in San Francisco, and here is what she had to say: Why did you choose to study at EC San Francisco? First because a friend told me that San Francisco is a great place to live. And EC’s school is in the center of downtown so you can easily come and go. The Financial District [San Francisco’s downtown area] is a good place. What was your favorite thing about EC San Francisco? All the teacher and all the staff are nice, friendly, and available. If you have a question or a problem everybody is there to help you and give you a good answer. What is your favorite memory of San Francisco? I love this town, there is so much to see and each place is like you change countries. And people in the streets, bars, etc, and so open minded and friendly. You can easily speak with people you don’t know and it’s really interesting because you learn lots of things. What advice would you give to a new student learning English at EC SF? Speak English even if you feel uncomfortable. Keep in mind that the others students are like you! Don’t be shy! Even outside school because you will learn a lot of English (maybe more than at school!) and it’s really interesting to meet people in their “real” life. Thank you so much for your kind words and your excellent advice to other students, Stephanie! Keep practicing your English, and best of luck to you!