Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia

On March 1, 2018, the afternoon students of the Pasadena campus took advantage of the beautiful weather (and the free admission!) and visited Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, California. The students enjoyed the gorgeous scenery before them - the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, the historic architecture of the park, and of course, the majestic horses and their jockeys vying to win the races.

Many of the students tried their hand at betting, which proved to be an excellent lesson in English! There is a special “language” to placing a bet, in which a person must specify the race track, race number, the horse (or horses) he or she wants to wager on, and the type of bet he or she wants to place. With numerous ways of betting (exacta, trifecta, pick 6, boxed numbers, etc.), this can be an overwhelming experience for any person, native speaker or not! Nonetheless, the students gave it a crack, placed their bets, and some of they even won!

Overall, it was an enjoyable day at the races and a wonderful lesson in local history.

By Rona Par Miyasaki, teacher at Pasadena Campus 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Santa Barbara Tour

On Saturday, February 24th, 11 students accompanied teacher John from LSI Downtown out to the Santa Barbara countryside for wine tasting, a picnic at Koehler Winery, a walk around Solvang, and to try their luck at Chumash Casino.

The weather wasn't too cold, and students enjoyed tacos, burritos, and quesadillas from the taco stand at Koehler and washed them down with Koehler's Syrah, Mouvedre, Rose', and Grenache Blanc wines.

After a some ice cream and a walk around Solvang, a Danish-style village in the Santa Barbara countryside, they headed over to the Casino to finish up the day.

First timers to the casino signed up for the players club and got $25 free play, and one student won over $100!!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Bootcamp Workout

Everyone was so focused and energized in completing the intense workout. 

Saturday turned out to be a hot day but it didn’t slow the group down. 

They were all enthusiastic to complete the circuit training. Looking forward to our next bootcamp session! 

By Teacher Caroline

Monday, January 29, 2018

TOEIC students and teacher at Santa Anita Race Track

On a warm but breezy afternoon, the Pasadena TOEIC class spent the afternoon watching horses and jockeys compete at Santa Anita.

It was the first time these students had ever seen horse racing and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience of supporting their favorite horse.

 By Carlos, Program Coordinator at NELA

Friday, December 15, 2017

Field trip to Union Station / Olevera Street

Students from NELA had the opportunity to learn much of the history and origins of Los Angeles by visiting Union Station and Plaza Olvera.

They had a chance to walk through the Christmas Festive train station halls and observe as passengers cross with luggage, or stop to admire the live music.  After, everyone walked across the street to see the oldest house in Los Angeles in Olvera Street. 

 They got to learn about the rich history of the area and the diverse groups that helped make Los Angeles what it is today.  

The trip ended at the Chinese American museum, where everyone learned about the many contributions of Chinese Americans in Los Angeles.
It was a great day filled with rich history and new experiences.  

 By Carlos, Program Coordinator at NELA

Friday, December 8, 2017

Tamale festival

The Tamale Festival in Placentia is an annual event that local people look forward to. It's a night filled with live music, the Christmas spirit, and delicious Tamales and other kinds of Mexican food. 

Each year the Orange County Campus of language systems take students to experience this special night. It's always very crowded and there's no parking so we took the shuttle bus from Valencia High School. 

We got to enjoy some amazing music, some wonderful food, and a lot of positive vibes. For all of the students tonight it was their first time. We are so glad our students from all over the world get to experience Southern California Christmas spirit through the Tamale Festival.

 By Ty, Program Coordinator at OC  

Monday, November 27, 2017

Wine tasting trip

Ten students from LSI Downtown toured the Santa Barbara Wine Country over the Thanksgiving weekend holiday on Saturday, Nov. 25th, with a wine-tasting visit to Rusack Winery & Vineyard, a picnic at Koehler Winery & Vineyard, and a walk around the quaint Danish village of Solvang with teacher John.

At Rusack, we enjoyed our own table on the oak-shaded deck overlooking the vineyard for tasting despite the more-than-usual holiday crowds.
At Koehler, students enjoyed a lunch of tacos, quesadillas, and burritos at their weekend taco stand with Koehler's amazing Reisling, Rose', Syrah, and Sangiovese.wines out on Koehler's beautiful Oak Deck. Students enjoyed unlimited tasting in the tasting room afterwards.

The wine-savvy students were impressed with the quality of the wines, and many of them used teacher John's 20% wine club discount to buy the wines they liked.
Afterwards, feeling happy, the students enjoyed exploring the shops and bakeries in Solvang, and many were seen walking around eating ice cream cones or having coffee in the famous bakery coffee shops.
All the students had a great time, with many of them asking when the next Santa Barbara trip will be...

By John, Teacher at DTLA