Businessmen, 30s - Private Lessons
One of the good points about ECS is that there is no set curriculum for each lesson which students need to finish studying by a certain period. The study purpose is to improve 3 skills - presentation skills; meeting skills; and negotiation skills. My teacher focuses on those skills and customizes each lesson for me. For example, the teacher checked my presentation ahead of time, then I demonstrated it in front of him; and he instructed me about what was good and bad at that time. I was taking classes in the morning, so I could deliver an effective presentation at work in the afternoon. That was very helpful.
Parent of a 7 year old - Private lessons
My family and I moved to Silicon Valley about four and a half years ago. It was hard for me at that time to go out and take an English class since my son was still very young. An acquaintance told me that she was taking ECS’s off-site lessons (the teacher comes to your house to do the lessons) so I decided to do the same. My teacher taught me not only useful daily English expressions but some practical tid-bits of American life and culture. I also enjoyed their customized lesson plans which accommodated my requests. My son also started to take lessons at ECS a year later. His English was fine but he needed to work on his speaking skill so we requested lessons focused on speaking. His speaking ability improved tremendously and we really appreciate his teacher, Barbie. Now he can’t wait to see her every week for his lesson!
Businessman & House wife, 30's - Group lessons for 2 people
For about one month, our teacher taught us both enthusiastically and kindly. We enjoyed our lessons very much. She created lessons that would help people with the day to day problems and situations you might encounter while staying in the U.S. We were able to learn natural English that you can't usually learn in Japan. It was a great learning experience for us.
House wife, 30's - Private lessons
Frankly speaking, I was not very good at English when I was a student. I even took English conversation lessons in Japan but still didn't improve. And then my husband was transferred to the US, me included! I began coming to ECS in October of last year. Lately, my husband often asks me, " Where did you learn that phrase?! " At ECS! I think ECS has 3 good points. The first is ECS lessons teach me things that are practical and useful for everyday life. Secondly, ECS teachers have a deep fountain of variety and experiences. They teach us from different angles. Finally, the teachers are very kind. When I stumble or get depressed, they offer me encouragement to keep trying. They are very friendly. They cause me to be interested and make me want to study more and more. Now, I can say that I honestly like English. I want to improve more and more. Someday I hope to carry on many conversations with many people and with confidence!
Parent of a 6 year old - Private lessons
I came to California last year in July. My child is a 1st grader in elementary school. Papa came to America first. " I want to go to America soon!" she said. But when she got here, school began and it was quite difficult. Even she tried hard, she couldn't understand what was being said, she couldn't say what she wanted.. It was tough! I wanted to do anything for her to enjoy English even a little, help her with her school work. ECS private lesson was the answer! " We will help you child with English!" so we jumped into ECS. Her teacher is so nice and tries so diligently. My child really enjoys her lessons. We said goodbye to Japan, but we have met new people, this has enriched our lives, and now I consider a treasure to have this new opportunity.
Businessman, 30's - Lesson Buffet Plan
I have chosen the ECS Lesson Buffet Course. It offers 9 lessons each week for one hour each. I can match it to my schedule. It costs just $700 for 3 months. It is just $9/hr! I can only come evenings but still it is less than $10/hr!But it is not just about the money.
When you actually try a lesson, there are so many kinds of teachers, ways of speaking, pronunciations, teaching styles. The variety is deep and rich. If you begin with a private lesson, there may be problems. But with my class now, I can check out different teachers and there styles. It really suits me.
It was a complete coincidence that I chose ECS. I saw the advertisement while paging through the phone book. How lucky I was to find ECS!
Housewife, 30's - Group lessons for 2 people
I have lived in Silicon Valley for nearly 3 years. Until now, I attended a community ESL class. Now I am taking a lesson with my husband from a wonderful instructor. The ECS text is filled with practical daily expressions. Often the lesson wanders into topics that we meet in our daily lives. I am completely enjoying my lessons. What I couldn't get elsewhere, I found at ECS!
Parent of a 6 year old - Private lessons
My son typically ends up crying most of the time at his school, probably due to the unfamiliar “English language” environment. I worried that he might do the same at ECS. In fact he was nervous at his first ECS lesson. I was pleasantly surprised, though, to see him enjoying himself with no tears at ECS recently without me sitting together! I believe that my son enjoys ECS lessons because he receives individualized attention from his teacher and that he can learn at his own pace, not to mention that his teacher is so gentle and warm that he can take his lessons in a comfortable way. We really appreciate his ECS teacher and the staff. Thank you very much.