Ayaka’s Coworkers!

As a part of a series, Ayaka will talk about her co-workers at the front desk, Rick and Stephen! Rick, the Lead Teacher, has been with EC for 5 years, while Stephen, our Student Services Coordinator, has been with EC for a little over a year. Ayaka is learning a lot from her two American colleagues at the front desk and will share what she thinks about them! Rick Cushing First of all, his daughter, Emma, is really adorable. You should see pictures of her. His wife is also beautiful, I understood where Emma’s cuteness came from. There are two things that he really loves in the world, as I told you, one is his daughter Emma. The other thing is coffee. He has coffee addiction. Usually, he drinks 2 or 3 cups of coffee perhour. Obviously, he has a problem. Even though I’ve never seen he is mad, when we run out of coffee, I’m really worried if his mood isn’t bad.  Every morning, his work starts from making fun of Stephen with me. He has a great sense of humor. He is the best teacher ever! Stephen McCarthy As some of you know I really like him. While he was in Spain on his vacation, I h missed him very much and I was not happy every day. Now, he is at front desk and I’m happy. If you are at front desk for few minutes, you will come to realize how great he is and why I like him very much. Every single details in his life is so funny, even if he doesn’t try to ve funny. Also, his biggest strength is being a  hard-worker. Before I started my internship in here, I hadn’t had any idea about his job. However after that, I was shocked … Read more

SSC Christina’s Boston Recommendations

Hi everyone, I am EC Boston’s Student Services Coordinator. I moved to Boston five years ago when I started my B.A at Northeastern University. I love exploring the city and there is always new things to see and do. Here are my top three favorite places in the city:   The Boston Public Library. As a literature lover and an English graduate, I’ve spent many hours at the BPL. I love that the building has so much to offer: there are many quiet places to study and, in the summer you can sit in the courtyard. If want a bite to eat there are two different cafes, afternoon tea, and a newly added lounge named the “Map Room Tea Room” where you can drink literature inspired cocktails. My favorite area of the BPL is still the older section with a huge hall with traditional green reading lights. This is a perfect place to study in the off-seasons, and also an ideal Instagram spot! My favorite museum in Boston is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This is a private-owned art gallery in a beautiful building which has a garden inside! If you like art, architecture, and nature, this is a must for you. If you have a student ID, tickets are only $10. A fun fact about the museum is that if your name is Isabella, you get free lifetime admission! As summer is coming soon, I love being outside during this time. My favorite activity is renting a kayak at the Charles River and kayaking around the Boston skyline. This is a fun activity to do with your friends or family.   We plan many fun activities for our students each month. Please visit our website https://www.ecenglish.com/en/school-locations/usa/learn-english-in-boston and our social media pages for more information!

Volunteer Club Meeting

Every Wednesday at 2:30pm we meet for a volunteer club meeting. Today we discussed what activities and organizations we will attend and support for April. Here are some of the exciting events: Starting this week there will be a box at the front desk to collect food for the organization “The Greater Boston Food Bank”. We kindly ask all students, teachers, and staff to bring an item of food to donate. We are looking to collect healthy and most-needed foods, including non-perishable items like tuna fish, beans, peanut butter, soups, spaghetti sauce, crackers, rice, pasta and cereal. The volunteer club will then bring all donations to the organization in Boston! On April 10, we will volunteer with Pine Street Inn, one of the largest homeless shelters in Boston.We will prepare and serve food! On Thursday April 18, we will volunteer at Hale House, an elderly home in Boston.This has been an ongoing project for the past years and we are very excited to have conversations with locals.   If you are interested in joining the volunteer club or would like to sign up for activities, please contact Christina at the EC Boston English School front desk.

My EC Story: Geovanny

1.Hi Geovanny! You have been at EC for a few months. How is your experience so far? I have been studying at EC Boston around four months and I have met a lot of new friends from other nationalities, definitively has been the most exciting experience in my life.   2.What level did you start with and where are you now? My first level was Intermediate and now I’m in Advance level. I have learned and improved my English extraordinarily during this time. Teachers and all the staff are very professional, they do the best for you. Thus, you will have an excellent learning experience.   3.How is your experience as a student ambassador? My experience as a student ambassador has been awesome, because I like helping the students in EC and encourage them to speak in English, Also share extra time with them and be their friend has been incredible. Also, always all sorts of suggestions are welcome to improve together 🙂   4.What is your favorite part about living in Boston? My favorite part of living in Boston has been attending the different sports games. For example, one of my favorite activities has been attending an NBA Celtics game at the TD Garden Arena! it’s awesome and in my opinion I like this team since I was a child and had seen them play has been one of my dreams.   5.What advice can you give someone who is trying to learn English? My advice is that you should practice your English all the time in different situations, inside and outside the school. Your incredible teachers will help you, and keep practicing with your friends. Also, follow and be encouraged from the success of other students! Get ready to enjoy one of the best experience in your life!!

Our student at Patriots Game

Why you should watch the Superbowl on Sunday!

What’s so good about football anyways? Everyone here in Boston is excited about what’s happening on Sunday! The New England Patriots, Boston’s professional American football team, are facing off against the Los Angeles Rams in the Superbowl! However, for many people football is a very confusing sport. As a result some students struggle to understand why Boston is so obsessed with American football. Thankfully, we have Brazil’s biggest football fan, Francisco Goldenberg Zarif, enrolled in our school! In this blog, he will explain the rules and why football is so great! Introducing Francisco!   Hello EC Boston students and those reading the blog! My name is Francisco, I’m 22 and come all the way from Brazil! I’ve been asked to talk a little about my favorite sport in this blog. As far as I`m concerned, every time someone thinks about my country and sports, soccer immediately comes to mind. Today though, I’ll be talking about something a little bit different: American football! Wait, you like football but you’re from Brazil? How does that happen?   I first got in touch with the sport about 12 years ago, when my father, a fan of the sport since he was young, tried to convince me that the game was much more than big guys hitting themselves for no reason. It took no more than a game for him to show me he was right. Of course football has contact and big hits sometimes, but It goes so much deeper than that. It is basically a battle for territory, in which strategy and discipline are your biggest strengths, incredibly more important than brute force! In a nutshell, both teams have their offensive and defensive units. The offense tries to take the ball to the end of the defense territory, following a certain group … Read more

EC Guest Lecture Series – All About Hawaii!

by Tiare Niland Where will your English studies take you? As a current EC Boston intern teacher from Hawaii, I’d like to share about my state’s unique culture with you! There will be an upcoming EC Guest Lecture on Wednesday, February 27th 2016 in room 612 during the lunch at 11:50am! It’s free for all to attend and will feature interesting information about food, traditions and fun activities, as well as general trivia. For instance, did you know that Hawaii actually consists of 8 unique islands? Give your mind a vacation from the cold winter weather and learn more about the beautiful and warm Aloha state! As you can see, one of the best things about English is that it is used everywhere in the United States. The knowledge and experience you gain from your time spent in Boston can be taken with you anywhere! EC also has a number of other great schools all over the country to help you meet your learning goals. You can start your exploration today by browsing our English Language Courses in the USA! It will open up a world of possibilities for you.

Musicians in Boston

As part of a class project, Collete’s Pre-Intermediate class interviewed street performers. Here is one conducted by student Mini Li. Students love the interactive way our teachers teach English! Interesting fact: street performers and musicians in Boston must get a permit before they can take to the streets. Would you ever perform on the streets? What’s your hidden talent? Leave a comment! 🙂

EC Boston Student Events This Week!

EC Boston has alot of great events coming up this week – check it out! Tuesday May 17th – Red Sox Game with Kaitlin and Casey ($45) Wednesday May 18th – Korean Resteraunt with Amit ($15+) Thursday May 19th – Dinner with Jason ($15+) Saturday May 21st – Brunch with Rebecca ($15+) Come to the front desk to learn more about these and other events going on this month

Want a partner to help practice your English? Join EC Boston’s Conversation Partners Program!

One of the best ways you can practice your spoken english is by taking time to speak with native speakers. Boston is a great place to learn english because the city has a very high population of students year-round. When you take part in the program, you will be matched up with a native speaker who wants to take part in the exchange as well. Students and their partners meet for an hour once a week whenever and wherever works best for both of them. Taking part in this amazing program will allow non-native english speakers a way to pick up on phrases and pronounciations that are used day – to – day that might not be easy to pick up on while in class. Its also a great way to experience the Boston / American culture and learn more about what life is like for other students. If you are interested, come talk to either Kirsten or Stella!

Practice Your English with EC Boston’s Pronouncuation Clinic and Conversation Club!

No matter how long you might have been studying English, there is always going to be some words that will trip up even the most advanced speaker! What’s great about EC Boston is that we have a weekly FREE Pronunciation Clinic at both 11 am and 2:45 pm every Tuesday. On top of that, EC Boston also has a Conversation Club every Thursday at 11 am and 2:45 pm which can help with speaking english too. Feel free to come chat with the front desk to find out where the clinic and club will be held that day so you’re not missing it!