Baseball Basics by EC San Diego

  EC San Diego students and staff enjoy a summertime baseball game There’s nothing more American than baseball. Baseball started in America in 1845. Baseball is referred to as America’s favorite pastime. A pastime is something you do (and have done before) in your free time. Baseball has a long history in America and it’s popular in several other countries, too. Here are some facts that you may or may not know about baseball, from EC San Diego teacher Autumn: A baseball team has 9 players. A baseball game has no time limit. In baseball points are called “runs.” There are 30 baseball teams in the MLB (Major League Baseball). California has 5 baseball teams: San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, and San Francisco Giants. Baseball is a fantastic sport and you must experience the game live at least one time. Next Saturday, August 20th join teacher Autumn and EC San Diego English students to watch the San Diego Padres play the Arizona Diamondbacks!

EC San Diego Mid-Summer Events

It is the height of summer and EC San Diego has some amazing activities planned. Read the below to get all the information you need to know! And make sure to like our EC Facebook page to get up-to-date information on all our events and activities. It’s a great summer to study English in San Diego! Padres Baseball Game with EC! Saturday July 16th 2016 (5:40pm) Sign up and pay ($30) for your ticket at the EC front desk Collect your ticket after you pay Join us at Petco Park stadium – the game starts at 5:40pm Address: 100 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 Soccer at the Cove! Monday, July 18th, 2016 (2:15pm) Sign up at the front desk, and meet teacher Kevin there at 2:15pm Games will be held in the park by La Jolla Cove Don’t forget to wear your football shoes! Disney Movie & Snack Party! Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 (2:15pm) Sign up in the activity binder at the front desk We need at least 5 students to sign up Join Teacher Jenny in Room 10 for a viewing spectacular! EC Potluck Picnic at the Cove! Wednesday July 20th, 2016 (2:15pm) Sign up at the front desk and let us know what you plan to bring Meet at the Cove and bring a dish to share Sports at the Cove with Nick! Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 (2:15pm) Sign up at the front desk Meet Nick at the front at 2:15 to walk down to La Jolla Cove park EC Beach Day at Black’s Beach! Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 (3pm) We LOVE this beach and are excited to share it with our students!! Sign up at the front desk and get directions Meet Tyler at the #30 Bus stop at “La Jolla Shores & Poole Street” at 3pm Bring … Read more

EC Culture Blog: La Jolla Culinary Experience

Food is huge. Going out to eat is a great way to practice your English speaking in San Diego and if you are looking for first-class food La Jolla is the perfect place to start. ESL San Diego doesn’t get any better than speaking English while enjoying some excellent tacos on the beach. Pick a number between 1 and 100. Somewhere within the vast range of numerical values is the digit that represent the number of restaurants that are found in the city of La Jolla. If you guessed somewhere in the 90s, you are correct; the answer is 94. San Diego, itself, is known for its culinary prowess, but some of the more unique and delicious restaurants are said to be nestled right here in La Jolla. If you are in the mood for sugary treats whipped up and pulled from the creative mind of a somewhat popular chef, head down to Sugar and Scribe Bakery La Jolla. Once you walk into the building, you’ll be overwhelmed with your selection of homemade goods. Or perhaps, you’re taste buds are screaming for some “south of the border” flavors. In that case, you can head right on down to the Taco Stand. Here you’ll discover an array of tacos and burritos sure to satisfy your cravings. Let’s not forget that La Jolla is exquisite and the picture of elegance. Several fine dining restaurants offer delectable fare for those willing to spare the change. Post dinner, you can grab some gelato at a local gelateria and head down to the beach for evening stroll. All in all, La Jolla is the city to venture to if you, indeed, crave the above average culinary adventure.

ESL Student Testimonial: Laura Bazan!

Laura came to EC San Diego from her home country of Spain in November 2015. Last week was her very last week with us so we asked her to share her experiences of EC for ESL San Diego! “I have had here a great experience. The school is localized in the best place of San Diego. The staff is very kind and the school offers a lot of interesting activities like the volunteer opportunities, which is great, or free classes. Also, I liked that I could have different topics in the Special Focus classes, because they allow students to choose which class they see as more suitable for themselves. The teachers are good but there are some teachers that are great!! They helped me a lot, for example thank you Teacher Fay, she for me was the best one. Also John and Barbara helped me too much. Thank you to everyone at EC San Diego for my amazing experiences over the past six months!”  

Cesar Chavez Day, March 31st

Cesar Chavez Day is tomorrow, March 31st! EC San Diego is off for this California-centric holiday. (Remember: school will be in session the next day, Friday April 1st). California is a culturally diverse state with a storied history, and Cesar Chavez is an important part of that history. Many of EC’s English Classes in San Diego incorporate lessons that support our mission to provide students with the best full immersion ESL program possible – including lessons on past and present California. Below is a brief description of Cesar Chavez: Cesar Chavez was one of the first Civil Rights Activists to stand up for worker’s rights in California, particularly the rights of immigrant workers. Because of his efforts, the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union) became a reality in the 1970s, and still exists today. Chavez fought to protect the rights and freedoms of farm workers everywhere.  

Student Testimonial – Joe from Korea

  “When I first visited EC San Diego, I was relatively nervous compared to other journeys. Although I decided to speak English without any shy emotion, it wasn’t easy to speak in front of the people who I met first. A few months later, I passed the level test to the upper intermediate class. Every time that I moved up to a higher class, I felt my English skills were improving faster and faster. I met many different teachers. Some of them were funny and energetic and others were so knowledgeable. While I stayed in San Diego, my grammar has improved so much. Every time I use English, all the remarkable memories from EC San Diego touch my heart. If anyone ask me to go abroad, I’ll tell them ‘go to San Diego’.” -Wonjin (Joe), Student Ambassador “Wonjin (Joe) not only excelled in his studies, but also in his role as a student ambassador at EC.  Staff, teachers, and students could always count on Joe to help out when assistance was needed.  His passion for helping new students every Monday showed as he greeted new students and answered their questions about the school and also living in San Diego.  Joe’s real love is for cooking and he was always very generous with sharing his delicious dishes and treats at EC.  Joe’s leadership will be missed here at EC, but we are proud of his success and are confident that he will thrive in his future endeavors.  Also, we hope to see him back in San Diego someday soon.” -Autumn Garrett, Assistant Academic Director English Language Courses in the USA

Thanksgiving International Potluck

THANKSGIVING POTLUCK 2015 On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving students brought their favorite home-made dishes from their home country to share with the others! We had a great turnout and everybody had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving with each other. The students even tried the American holiday favorite- Pumpkin Pie! We are now gearing up for the Holiday International Potluck on December 18th. We will be decorating cookies, making holiday cards, and enjoying delicious food. What a great way to supplement English Classes in San Diego!

EC San Diego Student Testimonial-Marco

EC San Diego student Marco from Switzerland talks about his experience learning English in San Diego! I chose San Diego because I wanted to take a break from my University and wanted to go to the U.S.  It was very clear from the beginning that I wanted to go to San Diego. I visited as a small child and wanted to come back!  It is like a big city but still comfortable and familiar.  Most big cities are too busy and too stressed, and San DIego is in the perfect location to visit other cities. When I first came to EC I was in the general English program for 8 weeks, which was really nice because I had a chance to meet new people and get comfortable with learning English.  Mike was a great teacher because he didn’t teach from the book and was very creative. I am now a part of the Cambridge program and I like that it is very serious, structured and you can reach a goal.  You get to form a relationship with your teacher and classmates because you stay in the same class with the same group which makes it a nice learning environment. The best part about studying at EC San Diego is being a student ambassador!  This experience was great because I am a very social person and it was great to talk to new people every week and get to know everyone.  Sometimes it can be difficult to get new students to open up, but I like the challenge.  My plan is to try to stay in San Diego as long as I can.  There’s still so much more I want to do while I am here!

Desiree: Why I Love to Learn English at EC San Diego

My experience at EC was amazing! I met a lot of people from different countries and cultures and I learned a lot from them. But the best part of this experience is my host family- now they are my family. I love them with all my heart and I will miss them a lot. They are so special to me. If I could bring them with me I would. They helped me every time I needed. They cared about me and they treated me like family. They are the best people I’ve ever met. They are sweet, friendly, kind and fantastic! I chose this destination because my agent in Venezuela recommended San Diego to me and it was the best choice I’ve ever made. I would recommend EC as a great place to learn English to all my friends. All the teachers I had were great. Thank you EC for giving me the best months of my life!

Student Testimonial-Sujin Jo

Read below to find out why EC student Sujin Jo loves San Diego!   I chose to study at EC San Diego because it is a smaller city and I wanted live in a more peaceful and natural city. I also chose to study here because the weather is amazing.  I am an international law student in Korea and am in my final year of University, so it is very important that I improve my English.  I have been studying here for over 5 months and I think that I have improved a lot. I started at the pre intermediate level and I am currently in the upper intermediate, and I know that I will continue to improve.  So far, my favorite EC activity was volunteering at the beach clean- up because I met a lot of new friends and also got to volunteer. We got to play a lot of games as well as clean the beach!  I also like studying in San Diego because it is easy to visit other cities, and I can go to Los Angeles to visit friends, travel to Las Vegas, and go to the beach! While I am here I would also like to learn how to surf.   My new friends are from Brazil, Switzerland and Japan. I still keep in touch with all of the people who have met. I will visit my friends in Brazil for Carnival in February!  My favorite teacher is Mike because I have learned a lot from him and whenever I need help he is all willing to help and is very friendly and I feel like he is my friend. I also like Sylvia because she reminds me of my mother and I have learned a lot of writing skills from her!   I would advise students coming to San Diego to try to make friends … Read more