Meet EC SF’s Teachers: Laiza

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!

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

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!