Pierre from France: ”I am proud to have succeeded because of my efforts”

  Pierre from France was looking for a place to study English and he ended up opting for EC’s ESL School in San Francisco. He studied at EC for 24 weeks, where he took a Semi Intensive Course. In addition to this, Pierre participated in a lot of activities organized by the school. He got to meet people from all around the world and to have amazing experiences. Here is what Pierre had to say:   During my stay at EC San Francisco School, I have learned a great deal personally, and this experience is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in recent years. Integration into another culture, in an environment where spoken and written language is different from French. It has highlighted my ability to adapt and the need to be autonomous. In addition, learning a second language will be very useful for me in the future as part of an international job. It reinforced my passion for discoveries and made me more curious. Indeed, I was able to meet very interesting people who live around the world. I made contacts and I can now count on some people in case I have a business trip to another country. I also really enjoyed speaking English on a daily basis. When I arrived here, I was not at all comfortable speaking and integrating into a conversation, today I have made real progress and I am now closer to the B2 + level. My current fluency in English satisfies me and motivates me for the future. But beyond all the knowledge and skills that I have acquired, this trip to San Francisco has allowed me to discover a culture and a part of the world that I have always dreamed of exploring. Arriving in a foreign country, so … Read more


Mari from Japan: “You will like San Francisco for sure!”

  Mari, a student from Japan, has been with us at EC San Francisco for 10 months. She was taking an Intensive course at EC San Francisco and finally graduated EC San Francisco. In addition to this, she was one of the student ambassadors and organized lots of activities for all students at EC San Francisco. She was supposed to move to other cities, but she decided not to do it. She has stayed in San Francisco to study English with her wonderful friends until the end of her study at EC San Francisco. Here are some comments from Mari: EC is the best school I’ve ever been to! The staff is kind and friendly and the teachers helped me a lot and it’s pretty easy to understand what they teach. In addition, the students who are from different countries are great!! You can make many friends, who are from different cultures. I really enjoyed every time in SF because of the guys and EC! I felt cozy when I was in San Francisco. I really love the atmosphere, the food, San Francisco and, etc. I bet you won’t regret studying English at EC San Francisco. EC has plenty of different activities, which are organized by student ambassadors. I used to be a student ambassador so I organized many activities which made the students enjoy their after school life. If you want to make unique activities, you should be a student ambassador. In the end, I highly recommend going and studying in EC. If I can, I really want to go back to San Francisco! I could create many memories which I will never forget.   Are you interested in studying in San Francisco? Check out our Business English Courses in San Francisco!


Kateryna from Ukraine: “Enjoy San Francisco with your new fiends!”

  Kateryna, a student from Ukraine has been with us at EC San Francisco for 4 months. She is taking an Intensive course at EC San Francisco. She loves to exercise, so she runs and works out after studying. She actively participates in some activities with her friends. She really enjoys San Francisco more in addition to studying! Here are some comments from Kateryna: I have been in EC San Francisco for a long time and I can say that I like this school very much! San Francisco will always have association with EC school for me forever. The staff in EC San Francisco is very nice, funny and friendly. I really love them because they always helped me with anything I ask for. Almost every day after my afternoon classes we have different activities, which are organized very well. The teachers in school are very nice. They always know how to make studies more interesting and also when I have some problems with essays my teachers have shown me some hints on how to improve my writing skills faster and what to pay attention to. We celebrated Halloween, Christmas and New Year together. The staff really do care for students’ life and they pay attention to any problems if students have. The staff makes the atmosphere at school friendly, so that the studying process goes fast! Are you interested in studying in San Francisco? Check out our Intensive English Courses in San Francisco!


Jacky from China: “Try new challenges!”

  Jacky, a student from China has been with us at EC San Francisco for 4 months. He is taking an Intensive course at EC San Francisco. In addition to this, he is one of the student ambassadors and sometimes organizes activities for all students at EC San Francisco. Even though he is 18 years old and one of the youngest students, he doesn’t hesitate to try new challenges with other students! Here are some comments from Jacky: There is no doubt that being a student here is an enjoyable and delightful thing. When I was a freshman at EC. Gregory and Andy, my teachers, have helped me a lot. Because I was new in class, I was shy to answer a question, but when I took their course, I found they were very good at teaching. I was impressed by the relaxed but efficient way of teaching. Everyone in the class learned lot of about English, and we always forgot the time of our little break time. Of course, we wouldn’t lose a minute of our break time. They would make it up for us. Sometimes we were bad in grammar and they corrected us hundreds of times. I admit my spoken English is poor because I usually ignore third person singular. For example, she likes I will say she like, and after saying that Gregory will shake his head, which means I need to correct my sentence. If I make the same mistake the next time, he will say “Jacky, S.” with a funny voice. To be honest, he is my best teacher that I have ever known not only because of his unique style of teaching but also because of his patience and erudition. EC has many interesting activities including entertainment, education, and sport. For me, I’m … Read more

Foued from France: “All is possible!”

  Foued, a student from France was with us at EC San Francisco for 6 months. Instead of taking Intensive English Courses in San Francisco, Foued decided to try a Semi-Intensive schedule. In addition to this, he often went to free classes and he was often seen studying at the Monastery residence. On his first day, Foued tested into Elementary. After taking his Exit Test, Foued learned that his level was now Advanced. What a feat! Congratulations Foued, we are so proud of you!  Here are some comments from Foued: Why did you choose to study at EC San Francisco? I chose EC because San Francisco is the IT capital of the world and I chose EC because a friend of mine studied at EC and he recommended it. What was your favorite thing about EC San Francisco? I enjoyed the environment here and all the people that I met. What is your favorite memory of San Francisco? My favorite memory is the BBW we had at Baker Beach.  That was so much fun! What advice would you give to a new student studying at EC San Francisco ? Don’t come to the USA if you are under 21 years old, you will not be able to drink!  Just kidding.  Study and do your homework so that you can go as far as you can.  All is possible!

Abdullah graduates from EC San Francisco

Abdullah from Saudi Arabia: “I like San Francisco.”

  Why did you choose to study at EC San Francisco? I didn’t choose EC San Francisco. My job chose it for me, but I like San Francisco. What was your favorite thing about EC San Francisco? My favorite thing about EC San Francisco is all the friends that I made. What is your favorite memory of San Francisco? My favorite memory of San Francisco is everything especially meeting friends from many different countries. What advice would you give to a new student learning English at EC SF? My advice to new students learning English at EC San Francisco would be to study hard and enjoy. Abdullah studied for one year at EC San Francisco. Have fun and study English in USA!

Majed’s Testimonial: Experiences Studying English

USA adds value to my life. I decided to go to San Francisco to study English one year ago. San Francisco is one of the best places that I have seen in my life. I am glad that I study at EC. EC provides a great environment for international students to learn English. My English has improved since I start studying general English in San Francisco. Also, I have the chance to meet people and practice English with them. SF helps me make new friends. I have been hanging out with my friends and practicing English. In fact, there are many positive changes happening with me. Learning English allows me to learn and use many educational resources in English. To sum up, studying English is very important. English is considered the global language and I highly recommend people to study English at EC. –Majed

Meet the EC SF Staff: Marin, our Academic Year (AY) Coordinator

Meet Marin, the new English Language Academic Year (AY) Coordinator here at EC SF, an English language center in San Francisco! For those who don’t know, the English Language Academic Year program is for students who study at EC for 24 weeks (approximately six months) or longer, which gives students the opportunity to really focus on learning English in a comprehensive manner. Academic Year is highly encouraged for students with an academic focus, whether planning to take the TOEFL or Cambridge tests, wanting to get ready to attend an American university, or need to be fluent in English for their job or career. Academic Year students receive extra support in their learning, including the opportunity to attend lectures, meet with a tutor, and receive a certificate at the end of their program. As well as taking on some teaching duties, Marin’s job is to make sure all of this runs smoothly! … Here are a few questions we asked Marin to help us get to know her and learn a little bit about what she likes about her job. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. I’ve been working in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) since 2004, first in Russia, then the USA. The Bay Area is my home, and I’m happy to be back! My favorite things to teach in an English course are conditionals, idioms, and pronunciation. How long have you been working at EC SF? Just over two months. I started in the middle of July 2014. What is the best thing about your position? I like being able to talk to the students one-on-one and see how much better their English gets during their stay here. What is your favorite or most memorable experience abroad? In 2007, I spent the summer travelling across Siberia. It was a great trip in general, but I … Read more