Learn English with Music and Sing along at EC Miami.

At EC English School Miami we love singing and we think it’s a pretty good idea to have our students involved. This week we had a special activity to combine English learning  with music. Anyways, what’s a better moment to chill out and a have a good time with music than right after class? We managed to get our participants in the mood by having a simple exercise with the song La Isla Bonita by Madonna. We know… what a hit, isn’t it? They had to listen to the song and complete some of the lines from the lyrics with words that were taken out. Participants showed they were engaged trying to catch such words, and it was funny because they thought they had heard a specific word and as a matter of fact it was a completely different one. In any case, when they completed the lines on the handout provided, we all together had a class discussion about what the message of the song is. Somehow, we found a link between la Isla Bonita and Miami Beach.         If you translate La Isla Bonita into English, it would go as The Beautiful Island. The point is very simple; Miami Beach is actually an island and on top of everything, it’s beautiful!!! So, there you go! Besides, just like in the song when it goes like this: “I prayed that the days would last, they went so fast”, we jumped to the conclusion that nobody wants to leave Miami Beach because they would love to stay longer. Finally, we sang along with lyrics  displayed on the awesome whiteboard in room 9 and it was quite a moment, very emotional by the way. Students were waving their phones up in the air with their flashlights on while … Read more

3 reasons why Miami is a great destination for those who want to learn English

  More and more young students are looking for English courses in Miami and no wonder. Considered one of the youngest cities in North America, the “Magic City” attracts people from all over the world due to its pleasant climate, idyllic beaches, art and culture. If you are considering an exchange abroad, here are 3 reasons to choose Miami as your destination.   Latin American influence will make you more comfortable while studying English in Miami Those who choose Miami as a destination for an English exchange will not have much time to miss home while experiencing the diversity and excitement in this city. This is because the “Magic City” carries a strong Latin American influence that can be noticed in every corner. Local bars, restaurants and shops have that cheerful and inviting atmosphere typical of the Latin people.   Enjoy Miami’s subtropical climate, hit the beach after your English lessons Miami’s climate has pleasant temperatures all year round, which means that after your English lessons you can enjoy the local beaches, frequented by people from all over the world looking for a place in the sun. Among the most popular options are Miami Beach, South Beach, Golden Beach and Crandon Park Beach. You’ll find clear sand and inviting blue sea to relax. Studying English in a beach town is certainly a great reason to choose Miami as your destination. For those who enjoy the nightlife, the beaches are also the right destination. Known as one of the most celebrated cities in the United States, the most popular nightclubs are concentrated just steps from the beach, and they have no time to end!   Studying English in Miami is an opportunity to live in a city that is a renowned for art and design. Miami is one of the most … Read more

Miami, a great choice to come and learn English.

As an example of the meaningful and enjoyable writing exercises to Learn English in Miami, in the free class that we offer at EC Miami students were asking about the right structure of a paragraph. They learned that a reasonable paragraph should include three essential elements: a topic sentence, supporting points that can be supplemented  by one or two more sentences, and a conclusion. With all of this in mind, we decided to write about why Miami Beach is a great choice to come to the United States and learn English. Here is the written work by one of our students, Danil, who is in the Pre-Intermediate class. He actually finished up a very interesting paragraph that we want to share with you all this time: Miami Beach is a great choice to come and learn English for many reasons. First of all, the weather is very comfortable. I mean, it is convenient for me because it helps me relax and recharge myself after class. It doesn’t snow here. The temperature doesn’t go down like in other states and cities of the US. Secondly, everything is really close. You don’t really need to rent a car or a motorcycle to get somewhere. With a scooter, a bicycle, or even a nice walk you can get to supermarkets, restaurants, bars and stores very easily. Thirdly, people are amazing. They are really friendly around here. You can also make friends any time, and if something ever happens to you, you will get help from them as soon as possible. Finally, Miami Beach is located across the bridge from Miami, one of the big cities in the US where shopping is very convenient. When you need to buy something, you just find the nearest mall. There are many of them near here. You … Read more

Soccer with EC students!!

It’s no secret that football soccer is considered the most popular sport around the world. About more than two hundred million people worldwide play it. Amazing numbers, right? Either while watching it or playing it, fun is going to be there. It raises passion everywhere across continents. Being aware that the aim of the game is to drive the ball all the way up to the opposite team’s goal makes all kinds of players pretty excited, now doesn’t it? Of course, our students at EC English School Miami would not be the exception this time.They are big fans who really enjoy playing this awesome game that might be played either outdoors or indoors on a rectangular field of grass or turf. The only difference, though,  is that in indoor soccer the court is smaller, and even more convenient for our students since, trust me, the heat in Miami (not the Miami Heat basketball team, LOL) is going to make players tired in the blink of an eye.         This is precisely why just this once we picked a convenient and different property -Urban Soccer Five- a brand new place located on 1125 NW 71st St Miami, FL 33150. It is this kind of place that players rent to make sure they don’t have to deal the rain, just in case. On this occasion, our always cool teacher Joseph (the one with the green puma shirt) came up with the idea of getting soccer pick up games with our students at this spot. Many people showed up, actually fifteen, which was a really suitable number to make up a little tournament. Our students from Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Colombia, Belgium, and Japan got in to two teams with five players each. They all had the chance to play over … Read more

Pumpkin Carving at EC Miami

Here we are aware that our traditional Halloween celebration wouldn’t be complete without fun pumpkin carvings. It has been a traditional competition activity at  EC English School Miami ever since the center was opened back in 2012. As a matter of fact, it’s a yearly Halloween tradition that came to the United States from Irish immigrants. At our center we take care of providing enough pumpkins. We also arrange everything around our neat students lounge. Let me tell you, though, that pumpkin carving needs some special tools kits. Sometimes a simple knife would do the trick as well. That is precisely why usually on October 30th every year we host a competition with the most creative carved pumpkin. The students who want to participate split into teams, they watch a short but interesting tutorial pumpkin carving video, they work together, they do their thing, and they have their fun. In an easy and entertaining way, our students can learn that the top of the pumpkin is cut off to form a lid, the inside flesh is scooped out, and an image usually a scary or funny face – is carved out of the rind to expose the hollow interior. To create the lantern effect, a light source, traditionally a flame such as a candle or tea light, is placed within before the lid is closed. However, these lanterns can be used with electric lights that are also marketed. It is common to see pumpkin lanterns on doorsteps and otherwise used as decorations prior to and on Halloween. This year contestants got the picture really well, as they were able to work on their corresponding pumpkins while listening to cool music. The results were awesome, and you can tell they did their best. Just take a look at the five carved … Read more