Month: November 2015

Holidays at Connect English

Holidays at Connect English

Don’t be bored over your long Christmas vacation!! Connect English offers special one-week, two-week and three-week English courses*.

Every Christmas we get groups of students who come to Connect English to study for short periods of time without transferring their I-20s. If you are studying at one of the big universities (UC San Diego, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, Grossmont, etc) here in San Diego, we have great options for you!


One week: $100
Two weeks: $200
Three weeks: $300
No application fee! 🙂

Join the short Connect English programs so you can:
– Meet new friends in our student community
– Continue learning from some of the best teachers in San Diego
– Celebrate the holidays the Connect English way
– Participate in American cultural activities around San Diego and on campus

Three program start dates available:

Monday, December 7th
Monday, December 14th
Monday, December 21st

It’s very easy to register. You just complete the APPLY NOW form and we will contact you.

See you soon!

*Valid for university students

Christmas season at Connect English

Christmas season at Connect English

Christmas is coming and we’ve selected the best events and places you should try for the holidays. It’s time to celebrate together with Connect English!



American Football Class – Connect English wants students to understand the most popular sport in the USA. We’ll learn the essential rules of the game, enough so you can understand watching football on television.

Balboa Park December Nights – A free event that brings more than 50,000 people to the best park in San Diego. Christmas decorations, holiday cocktails, international foods, and free museum tours are available for attendees!



OB Holiday Parade with Wonderland – This has got to be one of the most festive parades in San Diego.
Entire Ocean Beach/Point Loma community for a festive night of holiday cheer and beer! Pre party with us or join us after the parade! Dress festive and spread the holiday cheer!

La Jolla Christmas Parade and Festival – Community groups, local businesses, and lots of Christmas characters will participate in this parade that is now entering its 100th year!

Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park – The tradition is just beginning! This is the second year of a fantastic holiday event, which happens on twelve nights in December. Get photos with Santa, ride the Polar Express, and have a Christmas cocktail at the home of the San Diego Padres baseball team.



Christmas Tree Ornament Design Day – Every year our students amaze us with their artistic talent. The Connect English Christmas tree will be up, but it will need ornaments. So we ask our students to spend an afternoon designing ornaments for decoration!

Christmas Tree Decoration Day – Now that our students have made custom-designed ornaments, it’s time to decorate the campus Christmas tree together, and begin adding gifts!



La Mesa Christmas in the Village – Many students of Connect English live in the community of La Mesa, east of Mission Valley. So this festival is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the holidays with neighbors and friends.

Mission Bay Boat Parade of Lights – Students at Connect English, Pacific Beach should especially enjoy this event. This free, distinctly California celebration features boats decorated for the annual holiday season that will sail around Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego community, dozens of vessels take to the water for the parade.



San Diego Boat Parade of Lights – The second and biggest Christmas boat parade for San Diego. This one happens on San Diego Bay, and is great to watch from Seaport Village and Coronado.

Ice Skating with Connect English – Students from all three campuses of Connect English are invited to try out ice skating together. We’ll go to UTC Ice, close to our La Jolla campus. Even if you haven’t skated before, you can learn quickly, especially with the help of some of our Russian students, who always seem to be amazing skaters.

Connect English “Decorate Yourself” Day – A fun Christmas tradition in the USA is to dress up in an ugly Christmas sweater, wear reindeer antlers, or a warm Santa Claus hat. On this day, we’re asking our students to “decorate yourself” and come to school wearing great Christmas decorations.

GLEE: Santana (Naya Rivera, L), Kurt (Chris Colfer, C) and Rachel (Lea Michele, R) work as Santa's elves at a mall in the "Previously Unaired Christmas" Fall Finale episode of GLEE airing Thursday, Dec. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Rose/FOX

GLEE: Santana (Naya Rivera, L), Kurt (Chris Colfer, C) and Rachel (Lea Michele, R) work as Santa’s elves at a mall in the “Previously Unaired Christmas” Fall Finale episode of GLEE airing Thursday, Dec. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Rose/FOX


Connect English Candy Cane Relay – This fun and energetic activity involves students working in teams and using Christmas candy to pass items from one student to the next. It’s a new activity, and we know it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Connect English Musical Chairs – This simple game is an international favorite. We play the Christmas music and set up the chairs. Students walk around and listen closely. When the music stops, someone doesn’t have a place to sit. Here’s a video of the Connect English musical chairs activity back in 2010:

Connect English Gift Exchange – Everyone brings a fun gift that costs no more than $20. All participating students will receive a number and select a gift, or even steal a gift form another student. It’s so much fun!


Join us! In addition to our excellent classes, Connect English students enjoy events and celebrations like these, which activate their language skills in social situations. You can enjoy learning a lot with Connect English!

Look at these pictures for the other holidays:,

Tips to Improve Your English Speaking Skills

Tips to Improve Your English Speaking Skills

Why do you want to learn English? Is it to go to a university in the U.S.? Or maybe, are you taking English classes to get a higher salary at work? Or possibly you just want to travel the U.S and decided to get a few English lessons while you’re here. Well, no matter your reason for learning, there is always a common goal amongst students: become better speakers of English. Here are a few tips to help you achieve that goal.

1. Immerse yourself in English speaking environments. It doesn’t matter if you are in a classroom, at a bar or just at the grocery store; you can practice and improve your English in any environment. Even better, you can get American or English speaking roommates when you are living in the U.S., so you can practice even at home!


2. Watch movies! Everyone loves watching movies, so why not practice your English at the same time? At first, you can start with subtitles IN ENGLISH, and gradually as you get better, turn off the subtitles. It really helps your speaking when you hear English spoken out loud.

3. Join free conversation clubs or go to a Meetup where the focus is on English conversations. Many language schools, such as Connect English, have free conversation classes open to anyone at any level. You will meet some really cool people and improve your English at the same time.


4. Read, Read, Read! Studies show that when students read quietly or out loud, they improve their speaking skills faster than students who don’t read regularly. Don’t worry though; you don’t need to begin with the latest edition of The Economist. You can start with something small, like a children’s book or an easy article in a magazine you might enjoy.

5. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! This is probably the most important tip you can get. English is not going to flow perfectly out of your mouth every time you speak. Even natives mess it up some times. Don’t be shy; no one cares if you mess up the verb tense or need a few seconds to find the right word. The most important thing is that you are trying and practicing! If you are confident and brave, your speaking will improve dramatically.


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