Mixer at Lost Weekend.

Our principle when you study English in the USA  is constantly pretty much the same: allowing students to socialize and interact out of school. Having the chance to interact with a staff member in a different kind of context is really convenient in order to practice your speaking skills of the target language. Bearing this concept in mind and that South Beach is full of amazing establishments to have fun and enjoy amazing food and drinks, this time we wanted to take our awesome students at EC Miami to a very cool spot on 218 Española Way. Along with lead teacher Gammal, students were able to have a great time together at Lost Weekend. It is possible to find different kinds of entertainment at this location. For example, billiard pool tables, an air hockey table, Foosball, and TV sports. As a matter of fact, many locals consider it as a place that isn’t a “tourist trap” or a business that will make you break your bank for a round of drinks, if you know what we are saying.     The great local atmosphere hit us all the second we stepped in, and our guys just loved it! It turned out that the soccer match for the playoff round of the Champions League between Liverpool and Atletico de Madrid was on one of the huge TV’s. As many of the students who joined us are huge soccer fans coming from Switzerland, they couldn’t have had a better time. While having a yummy basket of fries along with refreshing ice-cold beers, they saw that Liverpool ended up losing the match to an Atletico that bounced back to score three surprising goals in a row. Anyway, this was no reason to kill the mood, and they kept having fun by playing an … Read more

Little Havana Tour with Sandy

        When you study English in the USA, hanging out out of school is a plus. Bearing this principle in mind, our beloved teacher in Beginner class at EC Miami, Sandy, came up with a great activity once again. Last Friday night on February 21st she decided to take our students on a tour around the Little Havana area in Miami. The idea this time was to experience a cultural start of the weekend over there, and around 25 students joined the party!! Everything began at the Little Havana’s Cigar Factory on the corner of Calle 8 and 15 Avenue of the south west. That was the spot where students had the chance to listen to one of the shop speakers giving a short but fruitful presentation on the relevance and history of tobacco in Cuba. Students took advantage of the moment to enjoy a tasty “colada” kind of coffee and do just a little bit of souvenir shopping. Right after that, they all hit the Azucar Ice Cream Company just next door to get a free sample of amazing ice cream.     They had it while a pick up truck swarming with Cuban dancers was pulling over and sparkling the entire atmosphere of Calle 8 to the sizzling hot sound of Salsa music.  Later on, the group took a walk on Calle 8, which is the light of the party in Little Havana, literally. They walked past the famous Tower Theater, one of the oldest cultural landmarks of the area. They also enjoyed taking pictures with the well-known rooster statue wrapped in the Cuban flag of El Pub Restaurant. Then, this short but sill enjoyable walk led the group to one of the so many delicious restaurants-Salao Cuban Bar and Pescaderia- for grabbing dinner. The … Read more

Miami Heat in the NBA All Star Weekend.

So far, this season has been incredible for the Miami Heat, which is a team that you can see if you come to the USA to learn English in Miami. Actually, ever since Lebron James left South Beach to go back to Cleveland and join the Cavaliers in 2015, the Miami Heat have not been able to out-stand. These days, though, the basketball team of Miami is making the difference as we are in the fourth position of the eastern conference. Thus, the team has a huge chance to make it to the playoffs! Also, three of our players participated in the NBA All Star Weekend hosted in Chicago from February 14th to 16th,  and they simply shined! They were: Bam Adebayo-number 13 making part of the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Derrick Jones Junior-number 5 making part of the Slam Dunk Contest, and Jimmy Butler-number 22 making part of Team Giannis in the All Star game.   However, this time we want to make a special mention of Bam Adebayo. Wearing his Miami Heat jersey with the number 13, Bam participated in the Skills Challenge event last Saturday night. This competition is about testing ball handling while swerving through 5 posts up to the end of the court. It also includes making a really precise “pass” into a hole. As a final step, it tests three-point shooting ability. So, a player has to pull all of these off before his competitor, who is doing the same thing on the other side of the court in the mean time, to win a round. In the first round of the competition he beat Spencer Dinwiddie from the New Jersey Nets. Then in the semifinal round, he beat Paskal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors. In the final round, he beat Domantas Sabonis form … Read more

Bad Boys For Life in Miami!

The city of Miami has been constantly remembered for the franchise movie Bad Boys, and this is no secret to anybody, now is it? It must be that Miami has the excitement and the pizzazz that the series needs. In this regard, Will Smith points out that “the movie is all about friendship. It’s about having somebody through the good times and through the bad times, no matter what happens. Friends fly together, friends die together”. Anyways, it’s just another decade and another Bad Boys film is out. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back on Miami Beach after filming scenes here in April at the Broadmoor Hotel and the Mac Arthur causeway. The production of the movie could not have picked a more appropriate hotel inasmuch as the Broadmoor hotel is located on 7450 Ocean Terrace.  It is just across the street from a beach along the Atlantic ocean, and  it is the perfect example of what Art Deco represents.   As a matter of fact, the city of Miami concentrates the biggest collection of Art Deco architecture. It displays 900 historic buildings usually characterized by bright colors from pastel blues and pinks, to bright oranges, vibrant yellows, greens and more. On the other hand, the Mac Arthur causeway, which is one direct land route between mainland Miami and the barrier islands of Miami Beach, is possible to be spotted on many of the action-packed scenes from this awesome film. By the way, one of our students in Intermediate from Saudi Arabia, Nawaf, watched Bad Boys For Life, and he was obviously thrilled. As he came from his country to live and learn English in Miami and South Beach, he saw these two and even more quintessential elements of the city of Miami in the movie. He was positively … Read more

An Ocean Adventure

There is nothing like sharing an interest that you have with your partners at our EC English school in Miami. Likewise, we appreciate any written work our students want to post on our blog. This time and inspired by the ocean view through the airplane window seat upon his arrival, Lukas Anrig (coming from Switzerland) was willing to share his dream come true of sailing across the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. So there we go! Here is his testimonial:     “I bought a sail yacht in 2012 and started a big adventure with my family. With my wife we have two children, Nick and Laurelle, and my dog, Nina. We set off from Venice, Italy because in Switzerland we don’t have the sea. So in the summer of 2012 the adventure got started. We crossed the Adriatic Sea from Greece back to Italy. After many days, we were on the Balearic Islands. We learned a lot about handling the boat. Sometimes we had bad weather, big waves and strong winds. Our kids helped us direct the sail yacht and the dog was a nice company. After six months we arrived in Gibraltar, the door to the Atlantic. We had to wait for three weeks until the weather was fine. Then, it was possible to start heading towards Canary Islands. Five days later our anchor goes down in Lanzarote-a very nice bay. We visited different islands of the Canary Islands chain. We bought a lot of food, water, beer, and wine to be on board for such a long time. La Gomera was our last point in Europe. After eight days we arrived in Mindelo, Cape Verde. For five days the weather was really bad with storms and big waves up to 25 feet and 35 to 50-knot … Read more

Wynwood Tour with Sandra Falcon, the host.

As a really important aspect of being a student at EC English School Miami, we consider that social interaction is a must, and we also think it is a pretty good idea to interact with our teachers out of the classroom and the school itself. Besides, it is no secret that such social interaction would gladly take place while going around places in town. This is the very reason why we came up with the idea of having our amazing students enjoy a tour around the Wynwood area in Miami Downtown on Friday night. Wynwood district is a zone of the city characterized by its lively, colorful, and urban vibe. At some point, Miamians have heard that Wynwood has murals full of color and that it is one of the most action-packed districts, if you know what I mean! Street Art is also one of the features of this cool area. The idea was to have students out of the beach picture, and this time, we had Sandra Falcon, our beloved teacher in the Cambridge class, as our awesome host.     According to Sandra, it was a fantastic tour thanks to Veza Sur which invited our EC Miami students to a 20-minute ride on their party bus around Wynwood featuring their own Vezasur Latin Lager. Second on our stop, was the iconic brewery, Wynwood Concrete Beach, which generously invited our students to a complimentary 1-hour ultimate craft beer experience featuring their malty golden Pilsner, So, on behalf of EC Miami, we extend a warm Thank You to these two local breweries. Our next visit included the graffiti walls which featured the new Art Basel derived street art. Finally our students hit the Friday music scene at places like Dirty Rabbit and 1-800 Lucky Bistro, where the DJ injected life … Read more

Welcome 2020!!!

So, here we go again. New Year’s eve in South Beach. The vibes are definitely different around here. That is why all teachers agreed to devote five minutes in class to have students talk about New Year’s resolutions. Statements like these came out: “I want to improve my English”, “I want to exercise more often”, “I want to get new job”, and stuff like that. Right after that, we had the idea of taking advantage of our famous building on lovely Lincoln road. The 1111 Lincoln Road building has been an icon of South Beach and its majestic views. We all managed to get some time to get up to the rooftop of the building. At EC Miami on the last day of this year Sandy, one of our adorable teachers, took the initiative to get an amazing photo with teachers, staff and students from Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Sandy even brought in a couple of banners in red that added up to the message we wanted to send everybody. So you guys can get the picture of what went down during day time.       On the other hand, something cool to do at night is to go and enjoy the traditional super awesome fireworks show on Ocean Drive. It is thrilling to see visitors from across the globe coming all the way to Miami Beach to spend the holiday season. People do all kinds of stuff. Right on Ocean Drive between 5th and 14th streets, you get to see travelers walking up and down while the action is taking place. Everybody walking around with a look of great expectation in their eyes, having a drink, and willing to share a few words to wish a Happy New Year regardless where you all guys … Read more

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

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

Private lessons at EC MIAMI are great !

  Hi everyone, What would you do if you feel you have a busy schedule,need to focus on certain language skills or just want to have a more detailed attention from your teacher? I think the best answer for this questions would be :Come to our school and book private lessons at your own convenience. What are private lessons ? Private lessons or one to one lessons are a wonderful choice for busy professionals or people who need to work more closely on certain language skills. Our teachers will work with the students more closely.They are going to be able to spend more time brushing up difficult sounds.Teachers will go over challenging grammar structures or provide the students with vocabulary specifically designed for the learner. Why are they so convenient ? One private lesson normally lasts forty five minutes, but if you are interested you can book as many lessons as you want or need. We happily  provide students flexible hours to take them.We might also be able to accommodate the lessons to the students’ busy schedules. Our experienced teachers have covered a wide range of topics with our private students.We have trained air traffic controllers ,influencers, models, doctors, and people from all the walks of life. Our success story : Today I want to share with you the experience of a super nice Swiss couple who took some private lessons in order to improve their English grammar, speaking and overall confidence. Melanija and Pascal, are visiting our beautiful city with two clearly set goals : learn English in Miami and enjoy their time after an extremely busy year. After reviewing all their options, they decided to book some lessons, and started to take them twice a week.During these last two weeks, we have practiced several tenses together, used them … Read more