The EC group have helped over 40,000 students from all over the world achieve their goal of speaking English fluently.
The English Language Centre group was established in 1991 and now has schools in five countries, on three continents.
Their San Francisco school is situated in the heart of this exciting city and lives up to EC’s global reputation for quality and success.
All EC group schools follow a "Communicative Method" syllabus, which works to develop all four English language skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening.
To give an engaging and relevant framework for learning these skills, each lesson focuses on a specific topic, which varies from current affairs to everyday issues.
The EC San Francisco team of professional and friendly teachers select topics that create interest, discussion and debate in the class. Students engage with the language, learning about other classmates and different cultures around the world, all within an English context. As well as taking an active part in classroom discussions, students work on their language skills in small groups, pairs or individually on tasks and projects.
Classes are taught in a maximum of 15 (average 12) students and active participation from each student is encouraged.
EC San Francisco is dedicated to improving fluency in English through fast-paced and fun lessons that immerse the student in the language. There is also a varied social programme to help students practice their English outside the classroom.
During your time at EC San Francisco, you will be supported by a team of two teachers who will work together to assess your needs and monitor your progress.
All teachers are qualified, mother tongue English speakers. Students receive continuous one-to-one feedback with their teacher throughout each course, where they can discuss their progress and any areas for improvement.
At the beginning of each course, students are tested for language ability using the Oxford Online Placement Test (prior to arrival) or EC San Francisco’s own test (on arrival) to assess language ability.
There are nine levels, from Beginner to Proficient, and students are placed in classes according to their place on the scale. EC San
Francisco also has a Progress Planner which helps students plan their route to fluency.
The EC San Francisco courses all carry the EC Guarantee, which means that if students do not progress at the rate expected, they will receive additional lessons to help them reach their goals, at no extra charge.
Student Welfare As well as teaching staff: EC San Francisco has a welfare team who provide full support to students as well as a varied social program. The team help with accommodation, airport transfers, transport and other personal issues during your time at the school.
The General Language courses provide full immersion in English and are taught in small groups of a maximum of 15 students (average 12), from beginners to advanced. Students are encouraged to take an active role in class discussion and fun activities, as well as learning through reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar practice.
General English Courses are divided into three categories:
1. General English: 20 lessons per week. Minimum 1 week duration. Offered all year.
2. Semi-Intensive English: 24 lessons per week. Minimum 1 week duration.
Offered all year. 20 lessons of general English plus 4 lessons per week of an elective course of the student’s choice. Elective courses include: Global citizenship, Write Now, Media Studies, Comparative Culture, Get Talking, Academic Techniques, Living in English, Film Studies, Grammar in Real Contexts, A World of Words, Basic English Writing, The Language of Music.
3. Intensive English: 30 lessons per week. Minimum 1 week duration. Offered all year. 20 lessons of general English plus 10 lessons per week on an elective course of the student’s choice (see above)
Time and Days of the week where the course is taught: all courses are taught at the EC San Francisco School Building from 09.00, Monday to Friday. Minimum student age is 16.
Lesson duration: 45 minutes
Course certificate: certificate at the end of the course.
The Global Career Development course is designed to help students gain insight into the English needed for specific careers. At the end of the course students receive an employer reference, an online professional profile highlighting achievements and abilities and an increased international network.
● English for Work: 30 lessons per week (20 of General English and 10 of Business English). Pre-intermediate ability and above only. Minimum duration 1 week. Available all year.
● Global Career Development: 30 lessons per week (20 of General English and 10 of Careers English). 8 week course duration with start dates of 11 January, 7th March, 9th May, 4th July and 5th September each year. Intermediate language ability and above only. Time and Days of the week where the course is taught: all courses are taught at the EC San Francisco school building, from 09.00, Monday to Friday.
Lesson duration: 45 minutes
Course certificate: course certificate on completion.
Students will learn skills and techniques they can use in exams, by practicing with sample papers. They should be confident in their ability to do what is expected of them, by their exam date. Studying at a higher level, means that students need to know how to ‘skim read’ to pick out important points quickly.
They will also need to know how to paraphrase passages of text. All these study techniques are taught.
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- Disabled Access
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