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EC Los Angeles

Los Angeles, US
410 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, United States
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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.

Courses

The teachers are qualified and experienced in teaching English to non-native speakers. Their aim is to help students develop the four elements of English language skills. They are reading, writing, speaking and listening. Concentrating on these areas will help students learn the English language as quickly as possible, and enable them to use it in the right context.

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.

Type of courses

This course is intended to help students improve their English and understand how to use the language. The aims is to teach students how English is used in real life situations. The classes focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students are encourage to take an active role in lessons. Teachers try to help develop their thinking skills. They monitor the way students listen and respond to topics being discussed.

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.

Time and Days of the week where the course is taught: lessons are between 07:45 a.m. – 18:00 p.m. Monday to Friday

Lesson duration: 45 minutes

Course certificate: Yes

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Students take a test before they start this course, to determine their level of English. They will then join a class with other students who are on the same level. Each student receives a Language Portfolio and a study tool that is unique to their needs. They are mentored to ensure they are as fluent in English as they can
be. 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.

Time and Days of the week where the course is taught: lessons run between 07:45 a.m. and 18:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Lesson duration: 45 minutes

Course certificate: Yes

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Student may take these courses to improve their prospects at work, to gain entry into higher education, or for their own personal sense of achievement. Some of the lessons are centred on the core skills taught throughout the school. 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.

Time and Days of the week where the course is taught: lessons are between 07:45 a.m. and 18:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Lesson duration: 45 minutes

Course certificate: Yes

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General - 20 Lessons per week (Intensive) Starts from £298
Duration
45mins class
Duration
1 - 52 week
Class available:
Morning
Start Dates:
Monday
General - 24 Lessons per week (Intensive) Starts from £326
Duration
45mins class
Duration
1 - 52 week
Class available:
Anytime
Start Dates:
Monday
General - 30 Lessons per week (Super intensive) Starts from £374
Duration
45mins class
Duration
1 - 52 week
Class available:
Anytime
Start Dates:
Monday
Business - 30 Lessons per week (Super intensive) Starts from £374
Duration
45mins class
Duration
1 - 52 week
Class available:
Anytime
Start Dates:
Monday
TOEFL - 24 Lessons per week (Intensive) Starts from £374
Duration
45mins class
Duration
4 - 52 week
Class available:
Anyitme
Start Dates:
Monday
FACILITIES

  • EC Los Angeles Free Internet
    Free Internet
  • EC Los Angeles Interactive Whiteboards
    Interactive Whiteboards
  • EC Los Angeles Student Lounge
    Student Lounge
  • EC Los Angeles Self Study Room
    Self Study Room
  • EC Los Angeles Computer Room
    Computer Room
Location
410 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, United States

The school is ideally located, enabling student to learn from the wider community. For lovers of a great outdoor life, studying at EC Los Angeles has a lot to offer because the weather is consistently good. Santa Monica beach stretches for 3 miles and is 5 minutes’ walk from the school. There students can enjoy beach activities like volleyball. Some activities are organised by the school, others students can seek out for themselves. They are encouraged to speak English at all times, and the out of school events enable them to do that. When students first arrive at the school they are invited to welcome events so that they can get to know each other. There are regular movie nights, when students can discuss a film after watching it. This gives them a great opportunity to listen to English and take part in casual discussions using it. The Third Street Promenade is a pedestrian mall that was created in the 1960s. Apart from the some amazing stores including Barnes and Noble, Gap, Guess? and Apple, the area has several theatres. The Promenade also hosts an organic farmers market on a Wednesday and Friday. One of the things that let you know you are in the Los Angeles area, is the variety of street performers which the city is well known for. It’s not unusual to see a mix of clowns, classical guitarists, magicians and hip-hop dancers taking to the streets at the same time. Students can also take a guided tour of Santa Monica, or go on a trip to glamorous Beverly Hills. A visit to Los Angeles would not be complete without the Hollywood tour.

Accommodation

Student residence

Staying at Barrington Plaza, 11740 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025, will result in a 15 to 20 minutes bus ride to school. These are shared apartments for up to 4 people. Kitchens are fully equipped and there is a patio. Students can enjoy Cable TV, Wi-Fi with each unit, private balcony, fitness centre and Olympic swimming pool. Towels and bed linen are provided along with a weekly cleaning service and linen exchange. A 24 hour onsite advisor is also available.

£285/week

Price/week: £285

Booking fee: £0.00

Cleaning fee: £0.00

Minimum stay: 0

Serviced apartment

£216/week

Price/week: £216

Booking fee: £0.00

Cleaning fee: £0.00

Minimum stay: 14

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