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EC San Francisco

Language School, San Francisco, United States

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Edval de Oliveira
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Brazil

Student Testimonial
I recommend EC San Francisco because the teachers are really good and sympathetic. I had the opportunity to improve my English and at the same time to visit some places. The school has an excellent structure and is located in Downtown San Francisco near mall, restaurants, bars, pubs and a lot of beautiful places. If you need something, EC San Francisco staff will always help you or give some information, they are amazing. Also, I made some new friends from all over the world, and I learned with them some interesting things about habit, cultures, etc. It's very funny. Whoever chooses EC San Francisco to study English will have an excellent experience.
Katherine Blanquicet
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Columbia

Student Testimonial
I have been at EC San Francisco for 6 months. I would recommend the school because it is a good school to learn English and also to meet people from around the world. The school is near to everything. I really enjoyed my experience here and I believe that my English improved a lot and I met awesome and incredible people. It is one of the things I liked most! I would say to any future EC students that they should attempt to go out with your friends from school and try to keep in touch with them because trust me – they are going to have really good friends!
Madoka
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Japan

Student Testimonial
During lessons, we first learn grammar and vocabulary then actually use those through class activities which were very much well designed. I think it is really good way to learn and remember English. Also I could feel that my teacher prepared for the lessons in advance, knowing our actual needs. I chose grammar lessons in the afternoons and I was very happy because I finally understood some grammar which I had never understood before.
Fabian Messer
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Switzerland

Student Testimonial
I liked the friendly atmosphere at EC San Francisco, and the classes are small so you can really profit from them. Everybody is friendly and professional at the school. The school is well-designed and when you have a request or a problem the staff helps you very quickly. I speak better English now because of my time at EC San Francisco and the lessons have a variety of activities which makes them more interesting.
Luis Gil & Belen Fuertes
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Spain

Students Testimonial
We enjoyed the whole stay a lot and we would recommend it to anyone. We have definitely improved our English. The new facilities and motivating teachers made things very easy for us. We enjoyed the student-centered methodology and the friendly atmosphere. We felt right at home!
Maria Kotova
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Russia

Student Testimonial
This summer I decided to have a great experience—to explore the USA. For this purpose, I chose San Francisco and I’m really glad that I stayed there for 8 weeks. Mornings I attended lessons and after I explored the city. San Francisco is very rich for attractions: you can enjoy marvelous views of Golden Gate Bridge or visit scary former prison Alcatraz, get involved with Mexican culture in the Mission, feel absolute freedom in the Castro and enjoy shopping on Haight Street, and just feel the atmosphere of this unique city.
Alexandra Rollo
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San Fransico California

Teacher Testimonial
I love teaching English because, for me, there is no more enjoyable place to be than in a room full of people with different cultures and backgrounds. I love San Francisco because I was born and raised here, and even though I have happily traveled through more than forty countries, it is this city that I will forever call home.Working at EC is awesome because every day, there is something fresh and exciting happening, and every day we all have an opportunity to make a difference. People make me tick. There is nothing better than having my efforts be rewarded by putting a smile on someone else’s face
Massumi Y
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Japan

Student Testimonial
I spent a very very valuable time in EC San Francisco! I could learn not only English, also make many friends from many different countries. As well as the school, San Francisco is full of people of different races, from different countries. It's almost impossible to have this kind of experience if I learn English only in Japan. Every class was fun, so I enjoyed every day. Sometimes our class had discussion about political problems or something complicated, which I found them so difficult and got so comfused, but it encouraged me to study about various issues. The school also helped me for having fun after school. I could book some tours, and teachers had let me know many fun places to visit. I'm sure I enjoyed SF and this school better than anyone else !!
Igor Yuzvinskiy
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Ukraine

Student Testimonial
I have been here 4-5 months. It’s the best English school in San Francisco. It’s small, very friendly, good accommodations and nice staff and I enjoyed activities. I improved my English and like hanging out with the other students. For future EC students I recommend – always do your homework!
Mario Pinelli
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Italy

Student Testimonial
I would recommend EC San Francisco because it’s a professional school. The course is very good – it is complete and thorough, and Helena is a well-organised and great teacher. I had a very good time here!
Raquel
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Spain

Student Testimonial
If someone asks me for a very good English school, the response is EC. I have been at EC for 3 months, the teachers are so good and friendly. In those 3 months they were my family. When I arrived in SF I could not understand anything and after three months, I was speaking English. I will never forget my classes with Dan and Tony. Thanks, my experience was wonderful there.
Tony Pellicani
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San Francisco USA

Teacher Testimonial
I have a BA in TESOL and I’m finishing my MA in TESOL. I have taught for 9 years and the cultural exchange that occurs in the classroom is very appealing to me. The diversity of ages, languages and cultures ensures that I learn too! I have taught in Boston, Hawaii and am now enjoying teaching at EC San Francisco. It’s an amazing city – I have a panoramic view of the essence of San Francisco from my window and I love to tell my colleagues about it. However, it is great not just because of its beauty and its temperate climate but also for its diversity, tolerance and political atmosphere. San Franciscans are very political! EC San Francisco is a great place to teach. The classrooms all open into a communal area, and with modern facilities, small classroom sizes (a maximum of 14 students) and senior staff that are open and friendly the school has a great sense of community!
Suzi Campanha
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Brazil

Student Testimonial
I would recommend EC San Francisco because the teachers are very good and the people are very friendly. I like it because it’s easy to go to, the people are friendly and I like the classes. I like it’s very clean, light and organized. During the classes we have different exercises. I like to walk downtown, new different places, stores and restaurants. I’m in a host family, I like the family, it’s friendly!
Jorge Armengol Borras
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Spain

Student Testimonial
After four weeks at EC San Francisco, I am glad to have chosen this school because it has fulfilled all of my expectations. The classes were dynamic and appropriate at each level, which was ideal for improving my level of English. After all, this was my main intention!

The value of the school’s teachers prevails over everything. I’m delighted that many of them involved themselves with students beyond classes. Their shared time in extra activities allowed you to discover the city of San Francisco with them.

I miss the fog, hills, cable-cars, bridges, parks and all of you!
Rieko Takata
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Japan

Student Testimonial
First of all, I am so happy to have had lessons from such great teachers. I was surprised because both Mary and Melanie have such great skills teaching English.

Mary was a professional problem-solver. She found out my weaknesses quickly and always gave me really helpful advice. Her lessons are always constructive and she prepares them so well. Thanks to her great effort and help, I was able to write my English Resume and I am convinced this will help me in finding a better job.

Melanie has a wide-range of knowledge and taught me a variety of interesting topics. Her lessons are always creative. She taught me not just English but about many other cultures through newspapers and other articles. This was useful in helping me understand further meanings and contexts when using English.

I believe that my lessons at EC San Francisco have opened the door to a whole new world and I’m excited about this. I would recommend EC to my friends in Japan to take Business English here.
Enrique Valverde
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Spain

Student Testimonial
The best thing about EC San Francisco is that there are many activities organized for students to enjoy and experience. The teachers are very friendly and San Francisco is a great city for non-stop enjoyment.
Soobin Yoo
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Korea

Student Testimonial
I remember my first day at EC San Francisco. I was so nervous because I couldn’t speak English well. But the staff kindly helped me and I started to like the school immediately. Whenever I want to talk about any of my concerns, the academic members of staff are always willing to consult me.

Additionally, there is a diverse range of students here who are all very friendly and they are the ones who make me want to come to school. The classes here are also more academic, which I think is awesome! Since I arrived, I’ve learnt many new things. I didn’t used to be confident when using English, but this has changed and I’m proud to be an EC SF student.
Helena Laranetto
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San Francisco USA

Teacher Testimonial
The list of things I love about living in the San Francisco bay area is endless. From a stroll on a beach, a hike in a redwood forest, a bike ride across the Golden Gate bridge, to the vibrant urban nightlife, every day can bring a new adventure. The friendly people, progressive culture, beautiful landscapes and wide variety of world class food make it easy for anyone to fall in love with this city. Teaching at EC allows me to interact with students from all around the world. It's a rich, multicultural experience for all, as well as an opportunity for me to share the things I love about San Francisco with my students. The diversity of the students provides an engaging exchange of ideas and perspectives which makes teaching a true joy.
Soo Jin Kweon
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South Korea

Student Testimonial
First of all, EC is conveniently located in downtown San Francisco, which means it is easy to access. I remember my first day here. All the school staff were very kind and helpful. Although my English was not so good, they listened carefully and understood everything I wanted to say.

Secondly, I like the atmosphere of EC. There are many students of different nationalities who are all very friendly and like to hang out together. Additionally, the school helps students gather together and have fun by creating various after-school activities.

Finally, one of the most important aspects is that the school uses academic curriculums. Every teacher also has a different teaching style, though they all teach ‘practical’ English. So, even after taking a class, I feel I gain more knowledge of English. Since arriving in San Francisco, I am enjoying my new life with EC.
Jacqueline Fischer
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Switzerland

Student Testimonial
Not only is San Francisco an ideal location, it offers an excellent school - EC San Francisco.

I study here for 3 months to get the Cambridge Advanced Certificate. The school itself offers spacious classrooms, a comfortable hang space as well as an abundant technical supply. However, the essential core is the extremely friendly, helpful and sophisticated staff! They are happy to assist you any time. This carries over to the teachers, who are keen on seeing students improve. Furthermore, the school offers a daily afternoon/evening program. Thus, it is so easy to get in touch with other students and build friendships! All in all - I am really enjoying my time here in San Francisco!
Sunpyo Lee
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Korea

Student Testimonial
The first time I entered EC San Francisco, everything was new to me. However, EC has helped me settle down and get used to life in the city. Every teacher and member of staff is willing to help us, while they are both kind and friendly. Not only are the other students nice, but the class is also academic, fun and helpful. Although I’m now taking the FCE Cambridge course, I continue to learn useful things that I could use in everyday life. I have no doubts about choosing EC to study English. I am enjoying school life and also San Francisco as a city itself.
Joo Hyung Kim
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Korea

Student Testimonial
My agency highly recommended EC San Francisco after I decided to study in the US. They told me this school had a great education system, friendly teachers and tidy classrooms. This all turned out to be true. Furthermore, there are humorous students and it couldn’t be better here. For anyone wanting to study English in San Francisco, I would like recommend this school. Not only does it provide the advantages mentioned above, but it is also placed next to a BART station so students can get to school easily. In conclusion, EC is awesome!
Tohru Hashimoto
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Japan

Student Testimonial
My name is Tohru. I'm 28 years old and from Tokyo, Japan. I came to EC in order to improve my English skills and to increase my confidence. The weather in San Francisco is very good. I like it because it isn't too hot or too cold. EC San Francisco is a very clean school and there are lots of students from many different countries. It’s nice to meet them and make new friends.
Tim Ruiz
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San Francisco, California

Teacher Testimonial
As a lifelong Californian, I’ve been privileged to live amongst a wide range of individuals who have taught me to appreciate the diversity of ideas and values of the many cultures that can be found in this state. I have lived in San Francisco since 2002, and during my time here, I have grown to love this city and the truly unique individuals who make it the distinct place that it is. Living here has shaped me as a person, and expanded my understanding of people and the world in ways I never could have imagined before moving here.

I am a graduate of San Francisco State University, where I earned a Bachelors of Arts degrees in both History and in Political Science. I also attended San Francisco State University’s Single Subject Credential Program for graduate school, where I earned a California teaching credential in Social Sciences with CLAD (Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development) certification.

I enjoy a broad number of interests, from spending time in nature, to exploring the Internet and playing video games. Above all, I love meeting new people willing to share their insights and experiences about the world we live in. Teaching is my passion and has made me a true believer that the person in the classroom who learns the most each day is the teacher, as each student brings a new and remarkable perspective that makes every class a one-of-a-kind experience.

I am honored to teach at ECSF, as it shows that when energetic and passionate people come together in the spirit of learning and the exchange of ideas, it is impossible to measure the amount of growth an individual can achieve.
Jihee Choi
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Korea

Student Testimonial
Last Year, I prepared to go to the USA to study English. Most students planning to study abroad (including myself) couldn’t predict which language school they thought would have the best atmosphere. Furthermore, I had to consider a lot of things, such as convenient transportation, the vitality of city-life and friendly neighborhoods. Surprisingly, EC San Francisco fits everything. Of course, you might not believe it but I’m telling the truth!

I had studied English for about 10 years in Korea and my English skills were quite basic. But now, I’m a totally different student. With kind staff, excellent teachers and a systematic curriculum, you can achieve whatever you want here. I expect my English skills will continue to improve here at EC San Francisco.
Vera Rapcsak
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San Francisco USA

Teacher Testimonial
My name is Vera Rapcsak. I’m originally from Tucson, Arizona, but I have been living in the lovely city of San Francisco for about two years now. I love to spend time outdoors with my four-legged companion Riley. I enjoy hiking, camping, riding my bicycle, yoga, and long days at the beach. I love seeing live music, exploring around the city, and traveling to new places.

After graduating from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Geography I pursued a career in teaching ESL. I enrolled in the CELTA and finished at the top of my class. After completing the CELTA I did some volunteer teaching and teaching at various language schools in the Bay Area- which eventually led me to EC San Francisco. I have been teaching at ECSF for about a year now. I have taught several different levels, one-to-one lessons, and electives. I am also Student Ambassador Advisor and coordinate the student activity program program. This position has given me the chance to work directly with students to help them develop leadership skills, and plan exciting activities for students at our school.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! We learn from our mistakes. Make sure you practice your language outside of the classroom- make friends from other countries or practice with native speakers. Learning doesn’t only happen in the classroom.

My classes are fun and engaging! I love to introduce students to vocabulary that is used by native speakers (idioms and slang). I like to create a buzz in the classroom with conversation topics/exercises that will have a wide range of international opinions.
Leyla Turkben
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Turkey

Student Testimonial
I have studied at EC San Francisco for 4 months now. I would recommend it to my friends if they want to learn English. The location of the school is also perfect. I like the buildings, the people and the atmosphere of the city. You can walk for a few minutes and see the ocean! The school is comfortable and clean. The teachers are nice and sympathetic. Finally, the teaching is good and taught in a fun way. EC San Francisco is a school where I’ve learned how to speak better English and where I could meet a lot of great friends from all over the world. My time in San Francisco has been a good experience and learning English at EC has been great as well. So far, 2012 has been a memorable year in my life.
Kaori Kurihara
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Japan

Student Testimonial
I have been at EC for 6 months. When I came here for the first time, I couldn’t say anything. At that time, everything was new for me and that made me extremely nervous. But finally, I was not nervous anymore and was also getting to enjoy going to school every day. EC San Francisco is downtown and also near a BART station. It’s very convenient. Moreover, there are clean classrooms, nice computers and great teachers. Even when I had trouble outside of EC, they helped me. I was really surprised and moved deeply by their kindness. Also, they (staff) are very funny- and have school activities every day after school. Thanks to that, I could make friends. I can say I was absolutely happy at EC. I have teachers, friends and a place that I want to see again and brag about to everyone!
Anthony Jones
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San Francisco USA

Teacher Testimonial
My name is Anthony Jones. I was born in Central California, went to college in Los Angeles and lived in New York for five years before I moved to San Francisco.

I've been a teacher for over five years. I've taught twelve year olds, thirteen year olds, high school students and adults. I'm also a professional fiction writer.

Don't be afraid to make mistakes! The more you go out there and try to speak English, the more you'll learn. My classes are very relaxed. I believe that students speak their best English when they're calm.

My favourite spot in San Francisco is Golden Gate Park... but only when it's sunny!
Quentin Guerry
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France

Student (Intern) Testimonial
As an intern at EC San Francisco, I can affirm that the general atmosphere is wonderful. The facilities are modern and spacious, the location is great and professional and the staff here are always smiling. Best of all, every day I meet interesting students from all over the world. Furthermore, San Francisco is a beautiful and active city where you live within different cultures and easily make numerous friends. As a result, it is a very pleasant place for young foreign people. All of these great conditions form a marvelous recipe to improve your English. For me, this stay is an amazing professional and human experience.
Juliana Fellner
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Brazil

Student Testimonial
It was a wonderful experience to live in San Francisco over the last three months- definitely unforgettable. I liked so much about EC. The level of education is high and the teachers are good. They’ve really helped me improve my English. Besides the teachers, there are also other staff members who are helpful (especially Amanda!). I’m sure I will never forget the wonderful friendships I made with people from different countries. I’ll really miss everyone! I would certainly recommend EC San Francisco to a friend. The time I spent in this city will add much to my life.

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