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!

EC SF Celebrates the Best Teachers an English Language Center Can Have!

Today EC San Francisco celebrated World Teacher’s Day, which is held every year to recognize and appreciate teachers and educators–and since EC San Francisco has some of the best teachers that an English language center could have, we definitely had a reason to celebrate! Here’s what Elisa, EC SF’s Academic Director, had to say about the day’s activities: We took the opportunity to use this day to show our teachers our gratitude, thanks and appreciation for all that theydo.  EC teachers work tirelessly to provide our students with interactive language instruction and to make sure students are on track to success! Celebrations included having students lead classes to give teachers some R&R, a Burrito Bar lunch, and gift cards given to each and every one of our teachers.  We love YOU EC San Francisco Teachers! One of the many ways students were given the opportunity to express their appreciation to their teachers was to write a note on a large piece of paper provided by the school. Here’s a glimpse into what students had to say:   Student Wael takes over teacher Heather’s class for a bit: Thank you again to all EC San Francisco teachers–keep doing the amazing work that you do every single day!

Meet the EC SF Staff: Ashley, our Student Services Manager

This week EC San Francisco welcomed back Student Services Manager Ashley, who has been on maternity leave since April. Ashley’s job is to oversee the Accommodations and Student Services functions of the school, looking for ways to constantly improve the experiences for EC SF students. She has many years of experience in international and English language education, and we are very excited to have her back! Ashley, tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m happy to be back at EC SF after having been away for six months on maternity leave. In May, my husband and I were blessed with a beautiful and healthy baby girl. She is full of smiles and bring so much joy to our family. I’m native to California but have spent many years living on the East Coast and abroad. I love talking to students about the United States. I am a firm believer that travel is equally as important to your education as being in a classroom. Travel and education are my passions. Before completing my Masters in International Education, I taught and/or traveled to 17 countries. Some of the most memorable were England, Belize and Malawi. How long have you been working at EC? Four years. What is the best thing about your position at EC? The best part of my position at EC SF are all the amazingly diverse, well-traveled and interesting  people I get to share my days with. From the staff to the students, I am perpetually broadening my understanding and appreciation for the world. What is your favorite/most memorable experience abroad? My favorite experience abroad was the summer I spent three weeks island hopping through Greece. Rarely did I sleep in a bed. Most of the time I slept on beaches, boats and tree houses. … Find out more about the EC SF, an English language school in … Read more

Gisela’s Testimonial: “It was an amazing exchange of culture”

Gisela is a Brazilian student who studied at EC San Francisco for six weeks this summer in the English for Work program. As an accountant in Rio de Janeiro she was looking for English courses that would target her specific needs of learning to use English within a business context. Everybody here at EC San Francisco and at the student residence is going to miss Gisela’s friendliness, her eagerness to always practice her English (both inside the classroom and out), and how fun she is to be around. We asked her to answer a few questions about her experience, and here is what she had to say: Why did you choose to study at EC San Francisco? Firstly, because I needed to study specific English (Business English) and I had just EC San Francisco to do this. And then, I chose SF because [of] its history, weather… What was your favorite thing about EC San Francisco? People who work here. All of them are very kind… I loved my experience with my classmates too. It was an amazing exchange of culture. What is your favorite memory of San Francisco? The people who live here… I’ll remember all of them for the rest of my life. What advice would you give to a new student learning English at EC SF? Enjoy your life here with maximum open mind and allow all things that are good for you to learn English. Make friends for the rest of your life! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time here at EC San Francisco, Gisela! Best of luck in all your future endeavors!

Meet the EC SF Staff: Marin, our Academic Year (AY) Coordinator

Meet Marin, the new English Language Academic Year (AY) Coordinator here at EC SF, an English language center in San Francisco! For those who don’t know, the English Language Academic Year program is for students who study at EC for 24 weeks (approximately six months) or longer, which gives students the opportunity to really focus on learning English in a comprehensive manner. Academic Year is highly encouraged for students with an academic focus, whether planning to take the TOEFL or Cambridge tests, wanting to get ready to attend an American university, or need to be fluent in English for their job or career. Academic Year students receive extra support in their learning, including the opportunity to attend lectures, meet with a tutor, and receive a certificate at the end of their program. As well as taking on some teaching duties, Marin’s job is to make sure all of this runs smoothly! … Here are a few questions we asked Marin to help us get to know her and learn a little bit about what she likes about her job. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. I’ve been working in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) since 2004, first in Russia, then the USA. The Bay Area is my home, and I’m happy to be back! My favorite things to teach in an English course are conditionals, idioms, and pronunciation. How long have you been working at EC SF? Just over two months. I started in the middle of July 2014. What is the best thing about your position? I like being able to talk to the students one-on-one and see how much better their English gets during their stay here. What is your favorite or most memorable experience abroad? In 2007, I spent the summer travelling across Siberia. It was a great trip in general, but I … Read more