Maiko’s Testimonial: “EC SF is very international”

Last week Maiko from Japan completed her time studying at EC San Francisco. For twelve weeks she took classes in the Semi-Intensive Program, which entails 24 lessons per week. Maiko had some great things to say about her time at EC SF, and so before she left we asked her to give a few thoughts about her experience taking English courses in San Francisco. Here is what she had to say and the advice that she wants to give to students who are considering studying here: Maiko said that she decided to study at EC San Francisco because her agent recommended the school to her. She was told that there was a good mix of nationalities who studied at the school and that “the lessons and curriculum is good.” And what was her favorite things about studying at EC SF? She talked about how she was able to enjoy “a lot of fun activities” while she took classes here, and also that the schools “is very international.” When asked what her favorite thing about San Francisco was, she said that “she couldn’t choose,” because she had “too many wonderful memories!” We also made sure to ask Maiko what her advice would be to incoming students planning to study at EC SF, and she warned to “be careful about your attendance!” This is very important advice, for not only is always important for all students to attend their courses and have good attendance because it is required by the program,it is the best and most effective way to improve one’s English skills! Thank you so much for your kind words and great advice, Maiko! We enjoyed getting to know you and wish you the best of luck for the future!  

Celebrating Thanksgiving at EC San Francisco

Last week was a short week at EC San Francisco in celebrating of the Thanksgiving holiday. And while it is always exciting to have a long weekend, many students and staff still took the time to consider what they have to be grateful for in their lives. As assignments in their English courses, many teachers did an activity that is very familiar to those who went through the American grade school system: making “Gratitude Turkeys.” A Gratitude Turkey is made by tracing one’s hand on a piece of paper and transforming it into a turkey, one of the most popular symbols of Thanksgiving. To continue working on their English, students were then able to write about what they were thankful for. After finishing, some of these “turkeys” were hung at the front desk as decorations. We hope all EC SF students enjoyed learning about and celebrating this very American holiday!

Gineth and Gustavo’s Testimonials: “I like the activities”

Gineth and Gustavo are two Colombian students who recently completed their time studying at EC San Francisco. They met each other at EC SF, and after completing their student testimonials they requested to take their photo together as “compatriots of the same country.” Gineth studied for 11 weeks at EC SF, taking General English courses to help further her career back home in Colombia. EC SF was recommended to her by her agency in Colombia, and she ended up enjoying her time studying. “You have good teachers,” she said, and she “liked the course activities.” She also mentioned that she appreciated that the courses are very interactive, “like a workshop.” Gineth also said that she “liked [the] free classes” that are offered to students twice a week at EC SF, including the Free Study periods where students can help from an EC SF teacher on any topic or subject they want to work on (including homework assignments!). There are also free classes that focus specifically on pronunciation and writing skills. Gineth specifically recommended that students at EC SF take advantage of these courses, and that taking the “listening electives” are a really great way of making the most of one’s time studying at EC San Francisco. When asked what her favorite memory of San Francisco was, Gineth spoke once again about the activities, particularly those outside of the school, as well as the fact that “people are so friendly and happy.” Like Gineth, Gustavo’s agency in Colombia recommended that he study at EC San Francisco. He ended up studying at EC SF for 4 weeks, also taking courses in the General English program. When asked what his favorite thing about studying at EC SF, Gustavo said that he liked that the mix of students who attend the school, giving him the opportunity to get to know “a lot of people … Read more