The-Monastery

Goodbye to the Monastery

Today, we will say goodbye to the Monastery. It was EC San Francisco’s residence for over 5 years. During these years, The Monastery welcomed hundreds of students from all around the world. Living there allowed students to meet new people, to spend good times together, and mostly, to practice and improve their English! Usually, Monasterians could gather together in the student lounge to play games, to have dinner, to chat… Or they could meet in the kitchen to cook together, and share their culinary cultures. It was always nice to hang out in the lounge, because you could always meet a friend or people from the school that you do not know, and get to talk with them. The Monastery also had a roof top with amazing views of the Mission neighborhood, Twin Peaks, and the downtown area. EC had a lot of activities there, especially barbecues. It was a great way for everyone to get to know each other and continue to practice their English with each other. One chapter closes, but another one opens As the intern of EC San Francisco, I lived at the Monastery for almost three months. I consider this place like my home away from home, and I think everyone who has lived in this place could say the same. We all made unforgettable memories there that we will always cherish. I am very happy that I lived there and got to spend great times with the Monasterians. One chapter closes, but others immediately open! We are very excited at EC San Francisco to welcome our students to three other residences, The Monroe, The Columbus and Ventaggio Turk. Let’s write new memories together! If you would like to study and have fun in San Francisco, check out our EC San Francisco English Centre!

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

Meet the EC SF Staff: Florent, our Residence Coordinator

Meet Florent, the Residence and Student Services Coordinator here at EC San Francisco! Florent joined the EC SF team in April, and is in charge of coordinating student stays at the Monastery Student Residence and several other student residence facilities around San Francisco. Florent brings to his position a passion for creating learning and cultural experiences for students, as he believes that attending EC SF should be more than just taking English courses in the USA, but a potentially transformative life experience as well. As someone who has studied and worked in different places all over the world, he is particularly invested in EC’s commitment to helping students succeed in a global community. One way he has done this is by leading the group for EC SF Working Professionals, a place for adult students to connect and support their learning of English for professional use. Here are a few questions we asked Florent to get to know a little bit more about him and his position at EC SF. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. I was born and raised in Aix en Provence in the South of France. I moved then to Toulouse, in the South West, to pursue a Master degree in Management. From the first year on, I got involved in a newly created student organization dedicated to welcoming international students to our school, similar to the Ambassador Program we have here at EC. This was an amazing experience, both personally and professionally. During the program, I got the chance to be an international student myself during a semester abroad in Victoria, BC, Canada. I also interned in Oxford in the UK, Valparaiso in Chile and now in San Francisco. Students can certainly ask me about culture shock, because I experienced it many times too! I learned a lot about myself through all of these experiences, although it … Read more

Real Voices From Students: ECSF and The Monastery

Since August 5th, I have been living at the Monastery (student residence) with EC students. I have a lot of opportunities to communicate and interact with many of the students there. I would like to share how the students think and spend their time here in EC San Francisco and at The Monastery. Here are some reasons students like studying at EC: -A variety of Activities! We provide students with weekly changing activities. They vary from local to touristic. -An organized facility. We have vending machines in the student lounge and magazines that are free to read for students. -The magic board. Our classroom board turns into a laptop monitor! And you can share youtube with classmates and draw pictures on it. It makes studying more interesting and fun. -Small number of students in each class. Maximum 15 people. -Great experienced Teachers! -Free computers and wi-fi! Students gather in the student lounge to have lunch and chat. Tables and comfortable sofas are provided. Reasons for living in The Monastery: -New building (Opened on July 2013). -Large rooms. -Excellent location! There are many restaurants and a grocery store nearby. Good public transportation too. -Clean room. (Room cleaning once a week) -Their favorite place is the lobby. Every night students gather to eat and talk with each other. -People from all over the world. Great opportunity to improve your English skills and make cool friends! -Good facility. Coin laundry, Kitchen with utensils on every floor, and refrigerator in every room. Sometimes students have an international dinner at The Monastery. Last Friday, we had a Japanese pancake party! Some students went to Japan town to buy ingredients and made “okonomiyaki” which is a kind of Japanese pancake ( see below). This Tuesday, Koreans made “toppoki”, which is a very spicy rice cake. They … Read more