Interview with Heather Giammona, Centre Director of EC San Diego : “Our students make life-long friends and are able to truly become citizens of the world.”

Heather Giammona, Centre Director of EC San Diego


Why should a student choose your school?

The advantage of choosing our school is the ability to interact with teachers and staff on a personal level to deliver services fitting each student’s needs. Students can enter at any level and track their progress using our in-class and online programs with true measurement of success. Besides our personalized services, EC offers an online learning platform which students can access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to continue their language journey with hundreds of topics tailored to their needs. Our location has not only wonderful outdoor activities right outside our door, but also amenities which include outdoor dining, shopping and health services just one minute from the school.


In your opinion, which are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

Of course, the ability to interact in English outside the classroom is the most beneficial aspect of learning abroad. You are able to activate what you have learned in the classroom and practice your skills immediately. Having a cultural experience while meeting students from around the world is immeasurable. Our students make life-long friends and are able to truly become citizens of the world.


How do you see the future of language tourism?

Language Tourism provides students with the perspective they need to understand the news and put it into perspective. Love of our planet begins at home and then extends to others. The world is so beautiful and has so much to offer for those who wish to go beyond their comfort zone. Bravery is rewarded for those who seek to understand beyond their horizons. Even in the toughest of times, we all crave connection and expansion which can come with language tourism.


What types of courses do you think will be most in demand in the future? 

Courses which focus on the communicative method will always be in demand. Our world is connected by just a click of the mouse, so the ability to communicate your thoughts while presenting vital information to others will be the most important skill set of our future generations.


Name of school

EC San Diego

Country / City

USA / San Diego


The most significant things the school can offer

Our school can offer a range of services based on several years of operations. We have been training students for Cambridge Exams, IELTS and TOEFL with great success. In addition, we can provide students with the support they need to apply to universities in the USA.
We have the ability and experience to deliver instruction to students from A1 to C2 levels with teachers who have a depth of experience. All of our teachers use the communicative method of delivery so students are able to practice using the language with active skills.
Our facility is located in the beach community of La Jolla, California. This area is famous for its beautiful beaches, wonderful restaurants and shopping. Our school is equipped with the latest technology and has been updated with all health measures needed to deliver instruction to students safely.

Types of courses taught at the school

We currently are delivering General English classes to our students. If students are needing Cambridge, IELTS or TOEFL instruction, we will be arranging these programs in the upcoming terms. In addition, we have Special Focus classes which can expand learning for Vocabulary Development, Grammar, Business English and more.


Attractions in the school’s surroundings and in the city in general

Our neighborhood is well-known for its natural beauty along with swimming, hiking and sun bathing. A short distance away by bus is a major shopping mall and student housing. San Diego is also a wonderful city to visit for active people who enjoy biking, surfing and other sports.
San Diego has miles of beaches, mountains and deserts so there is a variety of outdoor activities to be tried!
Besides our natural beauty, we are just a short drive away from Los Angeles and other well-known theme parks. Many students also like to visit Las Vegas while attending our school.
Our city has two popular outlet malls that can offer great shopping at discount prices!
The middle of San Diego has Balboa Park. This park is filled with museums, the zoo and other cultural events. Overlooking downtown, students can visit the park and then stroll the harborside and visit wonderful restuarants with outdoor dining.

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