Special Focus Classes

Here at EC San Francisco, we offer a variety of classes that specializes in one skill. We target that special skill for an hour a half everyday. So by the end of the class, students will have the sufficient knowledge to use it outside in their daily lives. The classes take place in the afternoons, after lunch break. They are required when students register as semi-intensive or intensive students. We have classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and others on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We offer speaking classes, writing classes, grammar or vocabulary and of course Test Preps. The availability of the classes depends on our students’ needs. So it is important to note that they’re not always available. Our top three classes for the summer are; Grammar for Real Communication, Academic Skills & Speaking with Confidence.   Grammar for Real Communication Grammar for Real Communication is designed to target grammar in context. We teach our students the grammar they need to communicate with people in the real world. The courses target conversational grammar along with grammar for workplace, written communication and media … etc. We have three different level. Lower, Intermediate and Upper.   Academic Skills Academic Skills is a multi level class. It targets skills that students will need in a college and academic settings. Students who are interested in pursuing their higher education in the States definitely benefit from this one. The skills include; note taking, lecture summarizing, paper editing and revising, drafting, and many more!   Speaking with Confidence If you ask any of our students about the one skill they wish to master, they will tell you Speaking! Most of the times, our students only lack the confidence to express their opinions. So in this class, we first boost their confidence. We teach them that language … Read more

Types of Sentences

Writing in English is a little bit different from writing in any other language, especially academic writing. While in some languages verbosity is key to convey academic concepts, in English, the less you say the better. This means conveying a message in as few words as possible. Therefor, the key to a better writing starts with identifying the three main types of sentences, and those are: The Simple Sentence, The Compound Sentence and the Complex Sentence. What is a Sentence? In English, a sentence is a group of words that have a complete meaning. This group of words must be in order. We start the sentence with a Subject, followed by a Verb, which means that the minimum number of words is two words. We start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a full-stop.   The Simple Sentence: A simple sentence is the most basic form of sentences. It has all the elements we mentioned above. It contains a subject + verb. For example, “John likes to travel.”   The Compound Sentence: A compound sentence is formed by linking two simple sentences (independent clauses) with one of the “FANBOYS”. They are: For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So. For example: John likes to travel, but he doesn’t like to travel far. Those are two simple sentence combined into one using of of the coordinating conjunctions. We can also combine the two sentences with a semicolon instead of the coordinator.   The Complex Sentence: A complex sentence is of two clauses. A dependent clause which cannot stand alone. It doesn’t convey a complete meaning. And an independent clause which completes the meaning of the previous clause. It is a whole complete sentence. For example, If I were an animal, (dependent clause) I would be a tiger. (independent … Read more

A Runway Model in San Francisco

Here at EC San Francisco, we get students from all around the globe. We have students working in all professions you can think of. We have students of all ages! But to have a student studying English with us, and is actually a runway model… That’s rare! So, we would like you to meet Vanessa from Brazil! She’s a walk-in student. Here’s her story. Venessa Adamatti is a Brazilian model, from Feliz, which means Happy, Brazil. She is 25 years old. Vanessa never thought of modeling. She has never thought of career until one day an scouting team found her when she was sixteen years old. They flew her to Sao Paolo to meet the agency. Later on, she won a modeling contest, and signed up with them. She’s been working with them for the past nine years with the blessing of her family. The best part she loves about her job is being able to travel. She traveled around the world to places, such as, Milan, Paris, Porto, Lisbon, New York City, and currently in San Francisco. Moreover, she loves the fact that she made friends from all around the world. She described them “different people, from different places”. She decided to come to San Francisco because her boyfriend moved to the States. The model wants to be with him, but she also thought it was going to be a great opportunity to improve her English. Vanessa found us on the internet. She was looking for the best schools in San Francisco. Then, she read some reviews and luckily, she found us. She walked in and visited many of the school. We were the lucky chosen ones. Her favorite time in EC  consisted of participating in the activities. She also loved how our classes are communicative; we incorporate pair … Read more

A bit about Bruce Oberon

  1. Introduce yourself in a few words. Hello. My name is Bruce Oberon. I got my BA in English at UC Santa Barbara and have been teaching ESL for a bit over 8 years now. I’ve been with EC since the end of 2018. 2. What’s your favorite skill to teach? I love teaching grammar as well as vocabulary, especially more informal vocabulary. But if I had to choose one skill in particular it would probably be phrasal verbs since they’re a good combination of both! And they’re so darn useful! 3. What’s the hardest part about being a teacher? Maybe the hardest part about being a teacher is the pressure to be in the students’ good graces. Students seem to often talk rather openly about who their favorite teachers are and who they think are the best teachers. I think this reflects the need for a teacher to be motivated and motivating, as well as dynamic, interesting, entertaining, knowledgeable, etc. We’re all together in the same room for four hours, day in and day out, so we as teachers must be able to capture and hold each student’s attention at all times! However, I do think there is something to be said for the boring teacher who gets the job done, as well as for students who are self-motivated, regardless of the teacher. 4. What’s your favourite “success story”? I can’t take credit for the real success stories. As mentioned above, the best students are those who are self-motivated, and it’s really awesome to be a part of that. They do well with any teacher, because in a sense they are their own teachers and understand that they are responsible for their own progress. When these students take their education into their own hands you see them improve really … Read more