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EC Activity: Sea Kayaking

  What comes to mind when you hear California activities in the summer? You might think water activities, such as kayaking, surfing and snorkeling. We realized that we haven’t organized a sea kayaking activity in the Bay Area since the school was launched. Therefore, we organized a sea kayaking activity two weeks ago! It was foggy in the morning, but it became clear and sunny when we started to do sea kayaking, so we were lucky! Fifteen of our students joined the activity, and for some of them it was the first time to go sea kayaking. Even though some of the students didn’t know how to use paddles to move forward or back, it didn’t take long to get used to it. Each student had a partner, and they needed to work together and row at the same time in order to move in the same direction.     The location for the activity was near the Bay Bridge and AT&T Stadium, so we could see the wonderful San Francisco city view from the ocean. It was a little difficult to move forward against the strong waves when we were near the Bay Bridge, but the students didn’t give up rowing through the Bay Area. We really had a good time sea kayaking together, so we decided to do the same activity in August? If you are interested in sea kayaking, please join us!!! It is always a fun activity to do with students! If you would like to study and have fun in San Francisco, check out our English courses in San Francisco!!!

Student Activity – EC San Francisco Students Visit the Marine Mammal Center

Just north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, is the Marine Mammal Center. This is their mission: “Our mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals—their health and that of their ocean environment—and to inspire their global conservation. Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community.” Recently a group of students, led by our teacher, Drew, had a great day visiting the Marine Mammal Center.  Here are comments from one of our Student Ambassadors, Qi “It was a gorgeous day, our EC adventure team head out to The Marine Mammal Center on Saturday with teacher Drew and ambassadors Koki and Qi. We had such a good time there. Apparently, the most special moment was walking close to the feeding area to see the sea lions, elephant seals and otters, how lovely they are still babies. Meanwhile, it was a great chance to learn how to rescue and protect them. We love the day trip so much and definitely go back and visit again. Please check out our activity every week make sure you’ll never miss any one! ”  

Coffee Club at English Language School in San Francisco!

Here at ECSF, an English Language School in San Francisco, we provide a variety of after-school activities.  Those who participate have the opportunity to explore our beautiful city while getting to know other students.  But, most importantly, our activity program gives students the chance to practice their English outside of class! Yesterday we had Coffee Club, which is always one of our most popular activities.  It’s led by our student ambassadors, student leaders who have been at ECSF for an extended period of time and are experts on the school and the city.  ECers gathered to chat, drink coffee, and eat snacks while engaging in lively conversation.  Coffee Club is a chance for both new and old students to come together and discuss various topics. If you’d like to take a look at pictures of Coffee Club and other fun activities, make sure to check out our Facebook Page! Click the link: https://www.facebook.com/ec.san.francisco

Creative Writing by One of Our Most Creative Students

Aline Mazeto Roldan was one of our most enthusiastic students at ECSF, an English Language School in San Francisco.  She was a fantastic creative writer and would like to share one of her short essays with everyone.  Read her description of the Redwoods here… Purposes Dancing, Time Changing It was a cold sunny day, with a clear blue sky. The sunlight was shinning through the trees and creating patches of bright color in the middle of the forest. Each tree with particular pulse kept in the thick and soft brown bark. The bird’s sound decorate (garnish) the vertical silence of the redwood trees. The sound of the little rocks and humid foliage on the ground were the only things talking between the footprints and the space that is to come. Time is in everywhere. The water runs in the river. You could see everything that didn’t move below, everything that was still, watching movement while keeping secret rhythms inside. The trunks were looking like old men or strange animals lurking on the curves of the trails. The sunlight was running away from the hungry night pulled by the moon. The fresh mysterious air, full of beauty and harmony during the day, gave place to a dark fear and lonliness. She wasn’t alone there anymore so she started to run from the unfriendly noises. Would she arrive at home at this night? Time was present in everyplace. Time is full of purpose. With the sweet memories on the one hand, a strong and tight bat in the other, the unknown in the eyes, she kept going in the direction of human voices. At the end of the trip, three people within in the sigth of the trees were joined new journeys. The redwoods with their 2000 years, still watching. Time, the constant changing river of purpose expressions.

Brazilian Students Sing Praises of English Language School in San Francisco

We recently asked several of our Brazilian students to write about their experiences here at our English language school in San Francisco.  This is what they wrote… 1)      Two things you enjoyed and gained from your experience: Loved the integrated approach between academic and cultural activities: great way to learn the language and the culture I’m really learning English; I feel really welcomed by my host family and this is a great city for cultural exchanges Made lots of friends; I’m learning to speak and understand English really fast People (school and city) are friendly and multicultural Quick adaptation, my family was incredible in all aspects; met people from all over the world; so far the best experience in my life Friendly, fun and welcoming environment; very organized and supportive staff Made friends, learned English fast, especially my listening and speaking skills Gaining more and more confidence to speak Made friends, learned about other cultures and cultural differences 2)   Teachers and teaching approaches/methods: Loved the teachers: Kelly, dynamic, interactive, good-humored and fun; A/B teachers provide great balance and variety Tim R. is excellent, good-humored and always receptive to our questions; Judith is a great teacher, interactive and tries to correct our pronunciation Gifford and Anthony are excellent and friendly Good method Karl and Kate are very good and I’m learning a lot; I love the school because it has everything I want and offers all the help I need Tim R is the best teacher, he explains very well and always uses words we understand. He was amazing! Tim M, Kelly and Drew are incredible, dynamic and very creative; they’re engaging and make learning fun Tim M is flexible, funny and his classes are very dynamic; Kate’s pace is excellent, her classes are challenging and I’m learning a lot Judith’s … Read more

An Enthusiastic Student Shares a Testimonial from English Language School in San Francisco

EC student, Mayra Ferreira, graduated on March 8th.  Before she left, she filled out an EC Testimonial describing her experience at our school and in San Francisco.  Thanks, Mayra!  We enjoyed having you here.  Come visit us again soon! Mayra Ferreira Brazil I came to San Francisco and studying at EC was an amazing and excited experience.  I’ve been studying here for four weeks and it was one of my greatest adventure abroad.  I recommend EC San Francisco because you can find great teachers that make learning English easier with their funny ways to teach and outside activities.  All those things really helped me improve my English.  Furthermore, EC San Francisco is located near good places to visit and have easy access to touristic spots, which is an excellent thing.  I’ll miss all the friends I made at EC and certainly I’ll always remember all different habit and history about their countries and cultures that we shared in our classes.

Guest Speaker in Communication for Business Class!

At ECSF, a downtown English language school in San Francisco, we offer a Communication for Business class that focuses on entrepreneurship and includes a string of guest speakers.  Sam Catalina, an owner of Prudential Real Estate Company, spoke to the students last month about a variety of topics related to business.  Afterwards, the students wrote essays summarizing and analyzing his lecture.  This stellar essay was written by 3 ECers: Aynur Ismailova, Carlos Rombaldo, and Eugenia Schall.  Great work, students!   On February 12th, 2013, in our business class we had a special visitor Sam Catalina – an owner of Prudential Real Estate Company, a professor at CCSF City College, a director of a bank and also a good family man.  He told us about his own background and his friends’ experiences.  The purpose of this visit was to show us the many opportunities and possibilities that exist to start a career.  Below we highlight some details about his speech.                   The speech was about good and bad experiences from his and his friends’ lives, showing in different ways how we can reach our dreams.                   A couple of words about his background.  His parents are originally from the Philippines, but he was born in the USA and grew up in San Francisco area.  He has been married more than 40 years, his wife is a teacher.  They have 3 children: a girl – she is also a teacher, and 2 sons – one is an orthodontist, another one is a manager in a large sporting goods store.  His favorite hobbies are cooking, singing karaoke and race car driving.                   He got in the real estate business when he saw his neighbor driving a lot of new fast cars.  After taking classes and educating himself, he applied for a job … Read more

A Trip to Baker Beach

Santiago, a student from Venezuela, has been studying English at ECSF, an English Language School in San Francisco.  Recently he had a food adventure in Baker Beach with other EC students.  Read about it here! A few weeks ago I went to Baker Beach to have a barbecue with some friends of the school.  They thought it was a nice idea to eat and relax with some people so I decided to go.  I live in the inner Richmond, it’s just 20 minutes from my house to get to the place so I was the first to arrive, most of my friends live in the downtown area and they decided to go to japan town first to get some food and drinks…Of course!  A bbq without food is not very fun hahaha.   Once we all were in the Baker Beach we start cooking the food very quick (hunger I guess), my friend chan is a professional, his specialty is set A LOT of fire to the barbecue to the point everybody says “woow.”  The food was delicous.  We had meat, salad, some snacks and drinks.  I liked this Multicultural barbeque, watching my Korean friends cooking while eating Japanese snacks, drinking American drinks and of course listening Latin American music. (:   If you want to chill and eat with some friends, Baker Beach is a very good option!  The place is nice and it has an excellent view of the Golden Gate Bridge!

Communication for Business Class: Special Guest Speaker

Communication for Business is a popular afternoon class at EC San Francisco.  A couple weeks ago, Sam Cadelinia, a real estate expert, was invited as a guest speaker and spoke to the class about entrepreneurship based on his experience in the real estate field.  He focused his speech on dedication and the desire to learn.  Sam personifies the American Dream.  He was born in the Philippines, came to America with little money in his pocket, and early in his career, became the largest distributor of karaoke machines.  He asked the students to talk about their dreams and aspirations and to explain how those fit into their career goals.  After getting his real estate license, Sam tried to get a job at Century 21 but was turned down because there were too many agents working for the company at the time.  With determination and drive, he eventually bought a major mortgage company. Sam spoke about San Francisco as a hub of culture and entrepreneurship.  When a student asked, “What is the most challenging part of your job?” he delved into the importance of self awareness and emotional intelligence.  He also made an important comment: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  In order to be successful, according to Sam, it’s vital to have a positive attitude, be persistent, have a distinct vision/focus, keep learning, and find something that you love doing and do it.  Passion is key…being passionate about what you’re doing is the way to succeed in a bad economy. We’re looking forward to having more successful guest speakers visit us at ECSF in the future!

International Food Party

Interested in sharing your culture’s cuisine with other international students?  At EC San Francisco, our students often cook together to learn about various types of food that they don’t see every day in their country.  Sharing a meal while practicing English is a great way to connect with other ECers.  One of our newest student ambassadors, Yunhee Ahn, recently participated in an “international food party” with her friends.  Read more about it here!  And get inspired to hold your own food party! Many people expect to learn English and American culture when they study abroad in the U.S. If you study abroad at language school in the U.S., you can learn not only American culture, but also cultures from other countries. Recently, my friends in EC San Francisco and I had the international food parties. Students from Korea, Japan and Taiwan gathered together and took turns to cook their national foods to each other. Few days ago, our school students from Taiwan held the third international food party. They prepared Hot pot for us. Hot pot is a meal originated from Mongolia. It became popular among East Asian countries, and it has changed into their own national style. Hot pot is cooked in a simmering metal pot on the dining table, so it is good to enjoy together while cooking and eating. Cooking method is easy and simple. We just have to put some ingredients such as thinly sliced meat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, and dumplings into the simmering hot pot. When the ingredients are well-cooked, scoop up them into our own plate and then enjoy eating it! The international food party with EC San Francisco school students was very interesting and exciting experience. Although we were not cooking experts, it was good opportunity for us to try other countries foods. … Read more