Celebrating Thanksgiving at EC San Francisco

Last week was a short week at EC San Francisco in celebrating of the Thanksgiving holiday. And while it is always exciting to have a long weekend, many students and staff still took the time to consider what they have to be grateful for in their lives. As assignments in their English courses, many teachers did an activity that is very familiar to those who went through the American grade school system: making “Gratitude Turkeys.” A Gratitude Turkey is made by tracing one’s hand on a piece of paper and transforming it into a turkey, one of the most popular symbols of Thanksgiving. To continue working on their English, students were then able to write about what they were thankful for. After finishing, some of these “turkeys” were hung at the front desk as decorations. We hope all EC SF students enjoyed learning about and celebrating this very American holiday!

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!

This Weekend in SF: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 14

The EC San Francisco‘s Student Activity Calendar for this week recommends checking out the 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which takes place October 3 – 5. The three day music festival has become one of the most popular annual events in San Francisco, and, according to the festival’s Wikipedia page, over 750,000 people now attend the event each year. Why should you consider attending the festival this weekend? Here are several reasons why: 1) It’s free! Hardy Strictly Bluegrass was started in 2001 by a local venture capitalist named Warren Hellmann, who donated the money to make the event free for anybody interested in attending. As we all know, San Francisco is an expensive city, so it’s always great when it is possible to do something fun without spending any money! 2) It’s at Golden Gate Park! San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is world famous, with its art and science museums, gardens, Conservatory of Flowers, lakes, stadiums, windmills, polo fields, and even a Bison Paddock. The festival takes full advantage of the public grounds and open spaces in the middle of the city, and is particularly beautiful when the weather is nice–as it is supposed to be this weekend. And while you can explore nearby the Sunset and Richmond Districts of San Francisco. The Inner Sunset (9th Ave and Judah St) is known for its many restaurants and bars, as well as bookstores and other small shops. Clement Street in Richmond has some of the best Asian food to be found in San Francisco. If you haven’t been to either of these areas, they are definitely worth checking out! 3) It’s summer in San Francisco (or as summer-like as it gets)! For many places October is considered autumn, perhaps even winter. But San Francisco is known for its cold and foggy summers (May – July), and often … Read more