The ELS Experience
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For over 50 years, students have chosen ELS to achieve their English language goals. With 12 class levels, state-of-the-art language technology centers, multiple testing services and university admission assistance, ELS ensures success through our personalized approach and commitment to student achievement.

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You'll learn so much more than just English with ELS. Your time at ELS will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Learn English and American culture both inside and outside of the classroom.

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June 8, 2015


I chose Oklahoma City because I think it was the perfect
city to discover the southern culture. I
want to go where no one goes, in an uncommon place to study. Oklahoma City is a calm city, it’s not
crowded because it’s a country-side city.
I came here for the experience abroad, meet some international people,
and improve my English skills. There are
a lot of opportunities in the university because there is a library, gym, and cafeteria. It’s a small school, I like that because you
can know all the students and teachers.
My homestay has been a perfect experience because they take me everywhere
they go. I am emerged in the American culture
so that I can meet some wonderful American citizens and discover some nice
places in Oklahoma. When I finish my
studies I will go back to Switzerland to go to university.



June 8, 2015


I came to OKC because it’s a quiet city and it’s a good city to
study. I choose ELS because I had
cousins here and I read about their program.
It’s a good program because I won’t feel bored. Every session I will have new teachers and
new classes. I want to study in the
university and when I graduate from ELS there are more than 500 university that
can accept me. The office will help me
with the admission acceptance.


June 8, 2015


I came to Oklahoma because my aunt lives here. I really like the weather here and there is a
lot of green here. I don’t really like a
big city that’s so noisy. I like the
country side, so here I feel relaxed. I really really like here because there
is a lot of another countries people, the more I talk to them the more I learn
their culture. It is interesting because
they have another culture, they make me interested and funny every day. In here there is a lot of good and nice
teachers. I hope to stay here a long a
time. When I finish English I plan to go
to university here in U.S. I plan to study about design, either graphic or
interior. If someone wants to study
English I really recommend to come here to study!



June 8, 2015

ELS Cincinnati is like a big family. Teachers and advisors really care about every student, not only for the English learning, but to help students to adapt to the new culture and new life at the UC campus. Students feel comfortable and are encouraged here. Also, ELS Cincinnati holds lots of activities. I always learn new things after participating in varieties of activities. It is a perfect place with perfect teachers and advisors for me to learn English. I will start my Master's degree at a US university this year and I feel ELS Cincinnati has helped me to be prepared for it.



June 8, 2015

I chose ELS Cincinnati because I need to improve my English skills and I want to study at the University of Cincinnati. When I arrived at ELS, I think my biggest challenge was that I couldn't understand what my teacher said. I love everybody at ELS Cincinnati. I love my teachers, my friends, and I can experience many cultures. The three biggest benefits of attending ELS Cincinnati are: getting English skills, making more friends, and having a very full day every day. Teachers at ELS Cincinnati are always full of energy. The teachers have many methods to teach us English. ELS often organizes activities to help you adjust to US life. After studying at ELS Cincinnati, I want to study at the University of Cincinnati.



June 8, 2015

I chose ELS Cincinnati because I've heard that it has strong teachers who can help me to improve my English skills. My biggest challenge was how to speak with American people and how to make a lot of friends. ELS Cincinnati is like the second home where someone can learn English with their friends. Actually, everyone in ELS Cincinnati is like my family. The three biggest benefits of attending ELS Cincinnati were: I made new friends, learned how to break the ice (I can talk in speaking evaluations), and I developed my mind. My teachers at ELS Cincinnati impacted me step by step. They encouraged my English skills so I can speak very fluently. Even though, sometimes, I felt stressed and that I could not concentrate in the classes, it was okay because a lot of my teachers and friends supported me. ELS Cincinnati absolutely helped me adjust to life in the US through their activities and staff presentations. It helps all the students. Right now, I'm trying to decide which university I want to attend after ELS. I am between two universities: the University of Cincinnati or Louisiana Tech University.

-Rani, Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015

I was recommended to ELS Cincinnati by an agent. The language was the biggest challenge at first. When I came to Cincinnati, I did not speak, read or write in English. So obviously I could not communicate with other people who did not speak my native language. ELS Cincinnati can be described in three words: strict, challenging and fun. There are three benefits of attending ELS Cincinnati. The first one would be the language. Now, I can speak, read and write in English. The second one would be friends. I know many friends from different countries: Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Colombia...and the list is long. The third one is the field trips. I think ELS Cincinnati is unique on its trips. It was fun going out with friends and other students who later become my friends. I don't think that I ever missed one of ELS's trips except maybe when I was away from Cincinnati. The teachers at ELS Cincinnati are very helpful and experts in their position. For example, when I was in the beginner levels, my teacher told me that I should not translate words that I do not know to my native language. I did not take her advice seriously; however, when I got to the advanced levels, I found out that I did not have enough vocabulary to write an essay of 500 words. So I decided to change the way to get to know the words and even to find their English definition or pictures. ELS Cincinnati actually did help me adjust to life in the US. Plus, English is a global language. If you have it, many problems will be solved. I have graduated from ELS Cincinnati. Now, I will study Chemical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

-Asem,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015

Do you intend to be fluent in speaking English and intellectual at the same time? Then ELS will help you with that effectively. I chose ELS Cincinnati because they have influential strategies of learning English language and also certainly because of its good reputation and they have professional teachers. ELS Cincinnati has encouraged me to improve my English language skills particularly in the writing area. I feel now, I have become a good writer and I attribute the improvement in my English language to all of my teachers who have always encouraged me. ELS Cincinnati has a diversity of international students which helps you to make friends and learn their culture. Students and teachers are so friendly, respectable, and kind. ELS Cincinnati provides interesting activities almost daily. For instance, they supply a conversation between students and native speakers in order to have the opportunity to practice the English language. They have a distinctive way of setting up the conversation meeting by providing some interesting games and some delicious food and beverages. ELS Cincinnati has a cooperative administration who gladly help you find suitable and appropriate shelter and, what is more, they inform you about the most remarkable places to visit. The program has 12 phases and I am currently and fortunately in level 112. I am planning, after finishing the ELS Cincinnati program, to enroll in a university, since many colleges accept the program. I enjoy being in ELS Cincinnati. I feel I am at my home!

-Mohammed,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015

Actually, choosing ELS Cincinnati was not my choice, because I was going to study in another ELS, which is in Cleveland, Ohio. Before I left my country, the Saudi Higher Education told me that I couldn't study in Cleveland anymore because there were a lot of Saudi students so I had to find an alternative school. I didn't have many choices because I already paid the tuition fee, so I was looking for another ELS. Fortunately, I found the ELS that is located in Cincinnati. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go to Cincinnati, because I didn't know anyone there and my English was not good enough and that was the biggest challenge I faced. Now I feel ELS Cincinnati is my home in the United States. I loved being a student at ELS Cincinnati. They have amazing teachers and helpful staff. They helped me until I finished the program which wasn't a short time because I started from level 102 till 112. To be honest, I never thought that I would finish it at all. There were a lot of benefits at ELS Cincinnati, but the biggest one is the diversity which gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of students from different countries, languages and cultures. ELS Cincinnati helped me to improve my English and helped me become a University of Cincinnati student.

There is a story I would like to share with you. I had a meeting with the law school department at the University of Cincinnati after I graduated 112. I was nervous because of my English. I didn't know if my English was good enough to understand them. The first time I met with them, we couldn't understand each other. However, this time, after we finished, my advisor at the Law School was amazed at my English and she told me that my pronunciation was so much better than last time. Right now I am a University of Cincinnati student and I will start studying my major, Law, in Fall 2015. The truth is that I wouldn't have achieved my goal without ELS and my teachers there!

-Turki,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015

The reason why I chose ELS Cincinnati is that my best friend used to study there and he said I would change in terms of study and life. The truth is that he is changed just like the way he said. What's more, I chose ELS Cincinnati because I'd like to study at the University of Cincinnati.

When I arrived at ELS Cincinnati, everything was brand new to me, the way of studying, the lifestyle, the way I make friends, etc. I had no idea how to cope with that. I couldn't imagine how I was supposed to deal with it.

I have to say that ELS Cincinnati is the best place to enhance your study and learn your English skills. The teachers there are quite excellent. They will always help you figure out problems that you have until you understand. They will take their time and pay attention as much as possible.

The biggest benefit of applying to the University of Cincinnati is that everything goes well. Teachers and staff will tell you the certification you need to attend and they will provide you with all the information you need. So you guys don't have to worry about the difficulties there.

The time you spend on studying is the most effective way to improve your English skills. Also, teachers play a really significant role in the winning education. They will use all their knowledge to teach and give all they have (time, patience, strength, love) to their students. Most importantly, they will tell all the details about the way to learn English.

Studying at ELS Cincinnati actually gave me time to adapt to life in America. I was able to see what life was like there and I had more time to make more friends, which helped me to have more time to solve the challenges I met there.

My future plan is ongoing. Now that I have graduated ELS Cincinnati, my awesome plan is to use the three month time between classes to improve physically (work out) and keep on going mentally (mathematical study and English learning) while I am back in China. What's more, I will use most of my time to be with my parents and my little puppies.



June 8, 2015

I chose ELS Cincinnati because it's one of the five strongest ELSs in the USA. One of my biggest challenges before I arrived at ELS was trying to talk to people in English. I would say ELS is like a small house and inside the house there are teachers and students that I prefer to call brothers and sisters because they feel happy for you if you pass and they will help you if you need help.

The biggest benefit of ELS is they help improve your grammar, writing and reading. My teachers impacted me by helping me to speak well and by correcting my grammar and mistakes. Also, they teach me how to talk to people in English. ELS Cincinnati helped me adjust to the US life because they have activities on the weekends to go to great places.

After I finish ELS I will study at university in America and get a Master's degree in my major.

-Nawaf,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015


At ELS Portland the teachers are great and the office staff is so nice. Portland is a very good and peaceful location. It’s great for learning and there are really good chances to practice conversation. I love all of the activities!



June 8, 2015


I cannot find a better language situation in this city because I have more chances to communicate with other people. I think OKC is the most worthy city for me to study so I chose Oklahoma City University and ELS/Oklahoma City. There is also delicious food here! After I graduate I will study in here, in OCU, in the master degree of TESOL. I want to try to study English education. The best one point of here is that as a Chinese we always pay more attention to reading and vocabulary. But when I look back at something I wrote one year ago after I study English it looks so weird because now I know more words and how to finish the sentence. There we don’t know how to speak, talk and communicate. I think listening and speaking is like water and sugar. It’s really important for your body and ELS helped me with that.

Dapeng Wu, level 112



June 8, 2015


I had done some research about Oklahoma before I came and
decided it would be a great state to live in.
The cost of living in Oklahoma City is reasonable and I think you can
have a great lifestyle. Also the people
here are really friendly and helpful with any questions you have. What I like about ELS is the location and
teachers. My teachers are great along
with their teaching. Also ELS has many
activities which makes the school more loveable. After I graduate from ELS I plan to study
here in the state of Oklahoma because I’m familiar with everything and I’m too
comfortable to leave it.

Rami Alfaifi, level 109

-Rami ,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015


ELS is not only a school, it is also a home for me.
At ELS, I didn't learn just English but also Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Spanish. In this Center I made many friends from different cultures and countries, I learned that English is very important to me if I want achieve my goals. Even though in the beginning everything was difficult because of the language and the new environment, I learned that it was just a phase and everything became a piece of cake. This experience was one of the most exciting in my life. I enjoy very much the time that I spent in ELS. ELS showed me many things that I didn't know when I came to the US. I spent more than a year learning English at ELS. If I'm speaking and writing in English, it is because of ELS. ELS gave me an essential education preparation in order to study in an American university and college. The classes are very fun and interesting. The teachers are awesome, to say the least. Each of them had a different method to teaching and they gave to students many opportunities to speak inside or outside from the school. I don't know what I have to say more about ELS. I just want to say that I'm thankful for all months I spent in this Center and I will never forget what I learned here.



June 8, 2015


I recently graduated from Hawaii Pacific University, and received a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. I learned many things, and had a great time at the university.

Seven months before I began the program, I completed ELS levels 106 through 112. I found the ELS instructors to be very kind and patient. Their step-by-step approach was very comfortable for me. These things really helped me as my
English was very limited. I had been living in the U.S only 2 years prior to entering ELS. The contents of the ELS classes were useful for me and helped me to survive at the university. Some examples of the things ELS taught me were, writing papers and essays, reading, doing presentations in class, and I also
learned strategies to manage these assignments efficiently. Lastly, it also helped me to develop listening skills to better understand and to be able to take better notes during a lecture. These things were all critical in helping me learn and to get good test scores.

I like to help people who are suffering from an illness, and my future goal is to gain experience as a nurse in the U.S.


June 8, 2015


I came to ELS Romeoville because of its location. Lewis University is a beautiful campus and a great, safe, peaceful place to study. The campus is also an Arboretum, so there are gardens, fountains, and flowers everywhere. I love to walk through campus and enjoy the
scenery and to study near nature. Also being close to Chicago is a lot of fun! I travel with my friends to the city on most weekends. This is a great opportunity to practice the English that we learn in our classrooms.



June 8, 2015

“My name is Sakina and I came to ELS – Dallas on September 15, 2014. I had a great experience. The teachers are very helpful and kind and respectful. They are thoughtful and help you with everything you need, even if it isn’t related to your English class. Not just this, but you can make friends from other countries. You actually learn more than English, you learn some language and culture from your classmates as well. I just graduated in May, 2015, and finished level 112. After I go home to see my family, I will come back to the U.S. to start studying at Texas Tech University, where I will study finance starting in fall, 2015. I know I am ready for this!”

-Sakina, Cote D Ivoire


June 8, 2015


The teachers at ELS Romeoville are so helpful. I meet a new teacher after every session, so I learn from many different teachers. This is so good for me because I hear different accents and learn in different ways. I know this prepares me for my future because
I want to work with an international company where I will be speaking English with people from all around the world.



June 8, 2015


Everyone here is so happy and helpful, it makes be glad to be in Romeoville. The ELS staff gives me assistance with everything I need. And my teachers help me to learn my levels very quickly. I enjoy learning new lessons each session because I believe I am always learning something new. Soon I will be ready for study at university and I know that ELS will prepare me to be successful.

-Omar,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015


My father works at the Bogota airport in Colombia and he made me interested in aviation. This is why I study at ELS Romeoville and Lewis University. I will learn English with ELS and then begin classes for a Bachelor degree in Aviation Management. I live in the dormitory and meet other American students who are studying aviation and I learn from them. I am also able to meet professors that teach aviation classes and I did a tour of the Aviation Center. I was able to see the Air Traffic Control center, and the flight simulators. These experiences make me more interested in aviation. Now I am excited to start at Lewis in a few months.



June 8, 2015


I am unsure of what to write in a couple words to describe my experience at the ELS Center. First, during such and amazing time I have met many different people with different beliefs. I fulfilled one of my dreams; making new friends from all over the world. Everyone together at ELS brings me an undiscovered feeling of happiness. Therefore, ELS Center filled a gap in my life. Thank you!



June 8, 2015



My name is Or-On Thamintorn, or you can call me ‘Ham.’ I came from Thailand to study English at ELS Honolulu, Hawaii in 2013. My personal goal was to enroll in the U.S. university which is Hawaii Pacific University (HPU). Before I came to study here, I did not know how to write or organize my papers because of the different strategies. But, the best ELS academic course provided relevant academic class that the wonderful instructors came up with the outstanding knowledge to help learners with four skills. I totally fell in love with the writing class, especially the research paper class that provided me the opportunity to write a research paper in a month. I knew it was really tough, but I could use this knowledge in my real life. Now, I have been enrolled at HPU classes since the fall semester. Because of the writing classes from ELS, I could improve my writing and spend a few hours on my research paper instead of a month!!! You will not be disappointed if you choose ELS to prepare your English. ELS is the best!!

Thank you ELS.



May 26, 2015


My favorite part of studying at ELS Richmond is the way teachers teach us. First, ELS give us a lot of quizzes and homework every week. That’s a good thing to learn English. I had 2 essays, 4 paragraphs, and one presentation in the writing. My friends are in other schools and their school just gave them one paragraph and one essay. I think they will take a long time to learn English or how to write an essay. I think if you want to learn a new language, you should work hard. That’s what ELS make us to do. If I want to describe ELS center to somebody I will let him know what I learned from ELS just in 2 weeks.

-Mohammed ,Saudi Arabia


May 26, 2015


I have been here for 8 months; also I have learned a lot of English. The school really helped me. The school has an awesome International Student Advisor who helps students find a university or transfer to another school etc. If students have any questions, she would pleasure to help.



May 26, 2015


It was an amazing experience. The whole month I felt really welcomed by all the people in Tacoma, my classmates, and teachers…I really enjoyed my time on there seeing other cultures while I was learning…I would widely recommend people to go to Tacoma…”



May 26, 2015


Studying at ELS was a life-changing experience. It feels amazing to know that whenever one has a question regarding the English language, there will always be teachers that will be willing to help you. In fact, it is the perfect program for all those who want more out of life, and for all the ones who are disposed to learn something new. At ELS, I learned that being bilingual actually makes a person more interesting. Also, I realized that mastering a second language is one of the best experiences for an international student. There is where I met my best friends, where I discovered that hard work is the key to success, and where I found out that learning English can be
really fun.



May 26, 2015


Are you looking for a good English program? Do you want to
improve your English language? I found one for you, ELS-Richmond. This English program is my favorite one because they have special books and CDs, and I like the way that teachers teach. We usually do activities and play games that help you to learn English easier. Also, we do activities and practice our English
with American students. Moreover, there is a class we call LTC, which means Language Technology Center. In this class, you can do whatever you need to improve your English. LTC class is one of my favorite classes because there are many programs that you learn. Also, you can watch short English movies, or listen to English songs with lyrics to improve your listening.

ELS-Richmond is the best way to learn English. It is not
boring, it is just kind of fun. Finally, ELS is located in a perfect place, quiet town for relaxing and study.

,Saudi Arabia


May 26, 2015


There are beneficial things at ELS school. First, the center
of ELS gives the new students all the information about school and the plan for study. Second, ELS school has a short period of time for each level so you can finish your level quickly and that encourages you to work hard. Also, ELS school improves our writing unlike other schools. In addition, ELS prepares us before we go to university. Finally, the management of ELS makes the students feel more comfortable at school by helping them if they need anything. There are a lot of positive things that ELS school has to help all of the students.

-Mansour,Saudi Arabia


May 26, 2015


In my opinion, ELS company is one of the best in the world
because of many things. The ELS company makes English simple for all the international students. They have one rule for everybody. Also, they have a good plan for learning English. ELS-Richmond is the first one in Kentucky. A lot of students are excited for that and I am one of them. ELS-Richmond did many things for a new students. For example, the best thing they respect all the religions. They make everything easy for the students. Also, they help you to find home or apartment. They have a nice office to answer any question or anything you want. It’s really one of the best in the world. I will advise anyone who wants to learn English to come to ELS company. Finally I would say thank you ELS company for giving us the chance to study in ELS Richmond.

-Tariq ,Saudi Arabia


April 28, 2015


My name is Kharsan Alyami, I am 26 years old, a Saudi student, and I have a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. I decided to continue my education in the USA, my friend recommended me to study English at ELS Language Center, I choose ELS at St. Louis randomly, but I found lately that I made a good choice for my English school.

My English was terrible before I came to ELS. At ELS St. Louis I found a great environment for studying and the teachers at ELS helped me to improve my English Language skills and also prepared me to enrol in my Master’s program at an American University. They are excellent and respectful teachers.

At ELS not only do I learn English Language, but also I learned about United States history and culture. While I was at ELS, I met students from all over the world and I learned about their cultures and their customs, Also, I made friends with people from Asia, Africa, Europe, and South Africa. My experience at ELS improved my knowledge about the world. Moreover, ELS St. Louis makes amazing activities for students. These activities help students to try their English and to know about St. Louis. I have visited many places in St. Louis such as, Six Flags, The BoatHouse in Forest Park, and The City Museum.

St. Louis is a good place to live. It has many places to visit and to know. It has an ancient museums and it has modern skyscrapers in Downtown. Also, you can find a lot of places to have fun. Moreover, people at St. Louis are kind and helpful. I recommend St. Louis as the best for foreign people who come to the USA for study or visit. For people who want to learn English, I recommend you to study at ELS St. Louis.

-Kharsan,Saudi Arabia

Kharsan is on the right.


April 28, 2015


Hi, my name is Ko Kato! I studied at ELS Houston for three months before transferring to La Verne. I studied for six more months in La Verne and graduated from Level 112. I am currently studying the MBA program at the University of La Verne. I am not sure if i will work in the U.S. but I am really enjoy my life here.

While at ELS, I went to Conversation Cafe every week. It was an amazing experience because every week I interacted with many people from various countries and I learned a lot from them.

In addition to my classes, I volunteered in the ELS office so I could talk with the American staff members. It helped me to improve my English. They are so nice! I still visit them and enjoy talking with them.

I love every person at ELS including teachers, classmates and staff. They gave me a lot of knowledge and experiences. These experiences not only help my English skills but are also important to my life. I will never forget them.



April 28, 2015


Hi. My name is Saud. I have been at ELS for two sessions and I am very happy here. I like the location of the school. There are many things nearby. I like natural views and La Verne has a lot of them. I have many opportunities to practice English here. I like to practice English with my classmates and my host family.

-Saud,Saudi Arabia


April 28, 2015


My name is Manuela Santos and I am from Brazil. I decided to come to ELS Johnson City to improve my English skills, and I studied there for two months. I could not only learn English as a second language , but also I could learn academic skills that complimented my student journey and my future career. I learned English with outstanding teachers. They and the staff from the center are very friendly and helpful. They always try to make our stay more pleasant and enjoyable.

Johnson City is a small city but it is a really safe and quiet place. It is surrounded by mountains, which have natural and beautiful views. These are several qualities that help you to study and keep focused. Further, the ELS center is located on the campus of ETSU which has a lot of international students. You can make friends and also learn different cultures. They meet every week so you can practice your speaking and listening outside of the classes.
For sure this experience has made me grow up and learn a lot. I had such a great time at ELS. I felt comfortable, happy, and realized here. I encourage all to come to ELS - Johnson City. I certify it will be worth it.

Thank you so much for this opportunity! I achieved my goals!! I got 90 on TOEFL



April 28, 2015


ELS Berkeley is a place where people from very different cultures have the possibility to get together, to know each other by studying English. I found it a great experience, the teachers and the staff are all very nice and helpful. During the stay, I made many new friends and I enjoyed with them all that California has to offer. I think that it is a great experience!


Zi Jin

April 28, 2015


I'm glad I have been here to access the great English education. ELS has a fabulous environment in which to study. North Dakota is also one of the safest states which is nice. Most people from this city are friendly and they always give me a hand. A good environment can influence many things, such as our emotion and study. I feel lucky I decided to come here.
ELS has a great English education. Teachers are friendly and they helped me a lot. They always encourage me to try to solve many problems. I also like to talk to the teachers to improve my English. Overall, the teachers are great and ELS has the best teachers I have ever met!
One of the great parts in ELS life is meeting friends who are from different countries and nationalities. I like to talk with them because I can understand many things which I have never heard before. For instance, we share our cultures and customs; we also help each other with our English skills.
The greatest part of ELS is activities. There are many activities which I have never tried in China, and they are exciting because we can get together with students from around the world who make life amazing. The activity I enjoyed the most was skiing! I also like to go the movie theater because movies are a good way to practice my language skills.
All of these wonderful ELS experiences will be buried deep in my heart forever.

-Zi Jin ,China


April 7, 2015


Kenji is graduating with his ELS 112 Certificate. He plans to return home to Japan for a few months before starting at the New York Film School in Los Angeles to study acting. He has studied with ELS San Francisco-North Bay for one year.

ELS: Why did you choose San Francisco-North Bay as the center for your studies?
Kenji: I chose this center because it had very similar climate, it was very comfortable, and the reputation for the most difficult.

ELS: What was a favorite memory of yours while studying here?
Kenji: I love Special Coffee Day. This was my most favorite event. I can talk with many students and teachers. The donuts are delicious. It happens once a session, but I wish it happened every week.

ELS: Did you meet any American friends while you were here?
Kenji: Yes! Last summer I went to Novato and we played billiards many times.

ELS: Do you have any recommendations for any future students, who plan to study at ELS San Francisco-North Bay?
Kenji: Speak only English because I think it’s not only about passing your class to learn English, especially if you want to go to university. Students should find as many opportunities to practice speaking English.

ELS: What is one thing you learned about American culture that you did not know before studying here?
Kenji: Halloween. I only knew about the concept of it, but I didn’t know why it was celebrated or about the history of it. I misunderstood that it wasn’t just for kids. Adults and college students dress up and participate too!



April 7, 2015


ELS: Why did you choose San Francisco-North Bay as the center for your studies?
Lydia: ELS assign me here in San Francisco-North Bay and I was very happy for that. It is a beautiful place.

ELS: What was a favorite memory of yours while studying here?
Lydia: I met so many friends from Japan, China, and Saudi Arabia. I met a lot of interesting people and learned about different cultures!

ELS: Do you have any recommendations and/or advice for any future students who plan to study at ELS San Francisco- North Bay?
Lydia: My advice is you should take advantage of everything here: the classes, the different people around you, and all the experience you will learn!

ELS: What is one thing you learned about American culture that you did not know before studying here?
Lydia: The dinner is very early. The American people are very worried about the environment. They love their pets!

ELS: How can ELS improve (if applicable)?
Lydia: I think it is a very good school, congratulations! It was a pleasure to be here for me!


Hao-wen "Zac"

April 7, 2015


ELS: Why did you choose San Francisco-North Bay as the center for your studies?
Zac: My agent recommended it to me. It was very close to San Francisco, but better for study.

ELS: What was a favorite memory of yours while studying here?
Zac: I liked studying with students from other countries, this was the best part! Also, ELS made many events like Halloween Party, MBA games, Gingerbread house-making party, and pumpkin carving.

ELS: Did you meet any American friends while you were here?
Zac: Yes, I met them through other ELS students. We went to lunch. My one American friend was very strong and he would talk and help me to understand how to use the equipment and machines in the gym. They are all very friendly. I also had a
Conversation Partner, through ELS!

ELS: Do youhave any recommendations for any future students, who plan to study at ELS San Francisco-North Bay?
Zac: If you really want to be a good student, this is the best center! This is a challenging center, but it will help you when you want to transfer to university/college. I don’t think it is a good idea to go to an easy center, because you need to be challenged to go to school.

ELS: What is one thing you learned about American culture that you did not know before studying here?
Zac: I was surprised at how polite drivers are when walking on the street. Drivers rarely honk.

-Hao-wen "Zac",Taiwan


April 7, 2015


ELS: Why did you choose San Francisco-North Bay as the center for your studies?
Guadalupe: Because it is an amazing program, even though my school in Mexico chose this center for me, it was the best choice.

ELS: What was a favorite memory of yours while studying here?
Guadalupe: To meet so many people from so many cultures. Every time they put us together, we celebrate, like St. Patrick’s Day.

ELS: Did you meet any American friends while you were here?
Guadalupe: Yes, my host family and the bus driver. They were very nice.

ELS: Do you have any recommendations and/or advice
for any future students who plan to study at ELS San Francisco- North Bay?
Guadalupe: Yes, you need to stay for more than one month, because it is incredible here!

ELS: What is one thing you learned about American culture that you did not know before studying here?
Guadalupe: How Americans greet one another and what time is the normal time to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.



April 7, 2015


ELS: Why did you choose San Francisco-North Bay as the center for your studies?
Fabio: I originally wanted to go to ELS in Australia, but it was super expensive. I talked with my friend, Lucas, who studied here last summer, and he recommended this location.

ELS: What was a favorite memory of yours while studying here?
Fabio: The friendships I have made, especially with the Saudi students, who are so nice! I have met people from all over the world and that is so special to me.

ELS: Did you meet any American friends while you were here?
Fabio: Yes, from the gym and cafeteria. I like to study here because I met so many Americans. Since ELS is located at Dominican University of CA, there are many American students studying here.

ELS: What is one thing you learned about American culture that you did not know before studying here?
Fabio: Americans follow the rules very well, for example pedestrians and drinking laws. It is very good at following the rules, they are very strict laws. In Brazil, we are more relaxed and the rules are not so strict.


Noura & Yasser

April 7, 2015


ELS: Why did you choose San Francisco-North Bay as the center for your studies?
Noura: Because it’s a good center to study.

ELS: What was a favorite memory of yours while studying here?
Noura: Every time and moment! The favorite memory of ours is the people, office staff, teachers, and other students!!

ELS: Did you meet any American friends while you were here?
Noura: Yes, a lot of them! I loved English Club; it was such a good way to meet American friends!

ELS: Do you have any recommendations for any future students, who plan to study at ELS San Francisco-North Bay?
Noura: Don’t miss school. All the teachers are good and the area is very beautiful.

ELS: What is one thing you learned about American culture that you did not know before studying here?
Noura: If you work hard, you will get what you want. Americans are very friendly with anyone. I feel comfortable to ask questions and they will help me to understand and improve. I learned American slang.

-Noura & Yasser ,Saudi Arabia


April 7, 2015


I came to ELS Grand Rapids last July. Since I came here, my English has improved drastically. I felt like I was in a learning environment since the first day, and all my teachers have helped with patience, understanding and dedication.
Before I came here, I was afraid that it would be hard for me to acclimate, but with all the support from the teachers and the management, it has been a piece of cake! I made friends with people from all over the world and I'll miss all of them.

-Raheem,Saudi Arabia