EC English Los Angeles - 2017/18 Information
401 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
Enjoy learning English at EC Los Angeles, in the city that can guarantee sunshine.
The sunny fun filled area of Santa Monica, is where EC Los Angeles is situated. The school has been helping students to improve their English language skills since 2011.
Japan, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland, supply the majority of the 330 students who attend the school, but most continents are represented. The minimum age of students admitted to the study programmes is 16 years, but all ages including those who are 50+ study at this location.
The school is set in a modern building with shops and dining areas nearby. The white beaches of Santa Monica are a 5 minute walk away. There are 22 classrooms where between 12 and 15 students take part in each lesson. Each room is equipped with an interactive whiteboard which makes each lesson more interesting.
When it comes to relaxation time, there is a student lounge for getting to know each other after classes. There is a computer room with 30 computers all with internet access. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the centre. Books are available for students who want to study quietly in the self-study area.
There are additional things students can do to speed up the learning process. They can go to extra lectures to practice their listening and note-taking skills. In Conversation classes they can practice their discussion skills, and pronunciation. They can also join the Breaking News group where they discuss current events. All these extra activities lead to a better understanding of the English language.
In each session, teachers try to focus on specific topics. This could be current affairs or general every day issues. They try to select topics that are of interest to the students, so that they can easily communicate with each other and take part in all the activities. These tasks are designed to make learning faster and fun, and the students get to know each other better.
Classes are designed to motive students and give them the confidence to take an active role in each lesson. Students work in groups as well as pairs where they are given various tasks and projects. If students have strengths the teachers will help to improve on them. And if there are weaknesses, they will also get help to improve.
In most of the classes students use newspapers, CDs, internet and video. This helps them to understand how English is used in everyday settings by native speakers. Every day of the week there are activities which student are encouraged to take part in, to enhance their experience of learning English. They can meet in the common room to get to know their fellow students.
Feedback for students is important so teachers update them regularly during the course. Beginners as well as students who already have a level of English comprehension, find this course useful. Some students want to speak and write better English, to improve the way they use it day to day. Other students may lack confidence in their language skills. This course will engage them in a positive way and make them more confident speakers.
Throughout the course they will have continuous assessments to monitor their progress. Lessons focus on making students fluent in English in corporate situations, building confidence in business settings. They learn how to communicate with business clients and colleagues. This will improve their prospects of an international career. By the end of the course, students should become fluent in the language of international business.
They will find out about professional business relationships, and how to interact with business clients from anywhere in the world. They will understand methods of communication, and how to accept or decline invitations.
They are: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will learn skills they can use in exams, by practicing with sample papers. By the time the exams come round, they should be confident in their ability to do what is expected of them. When studying at a higher levels, students need to know how to ‘skim read’ to pick out important points quickly.
They will also learn how to paraphrase passages of text.
- Free Internet
- Student Lounge
- Computer Room
- Interactive Whiteboards
- Self Study Room
- Social Calendar