Monday, August 13, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Taste of OC - 2018 Spring term

At the beginning of every academic term at our Orange County campus, there is a student activity called "A Taste of OC (Orange County)."  This activity is designed to introduce our students to local restaurants where they can enjoy special food that is fresh, delicious, and not expensive.  

This months Taste of OC activity led students to a place just minutes from our OC campus.  The place is called Baja California Fish Tacos, and their specialty is fresh Baja-style seafood. Baja Mexico is famous for fish tacos that are battered and fried, and on the streets of Mexico, they will only cost you about $1.  

At the restaurant we visited for the activity, they have a Wednesday special where the fish tacos are only $1.35.  This is why the line was out the door!  If you take a look at the picture of the food, you will see why this place is so popular.  All the students got fish tacos, and one student also ordered the fresh shrimp ceviche.  It was so delicious!  I'm sure the students will go back some Wednesday in the future to enjoy fresh fish tacos again!!

 By Ty, Program Coordinator at OC

Monday, April 9, 2018

Annenberg Space for Photography

This past Friday, April 6, the students from NELA visited the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City.  Unfortunately, they are setting up for a new exhibit and the center was closed for observation. They only allow limited viewing.   However, when the new exhibit is open, we will return. 

After, the PC and a couple of students went to Korean BBQ in Korea town. Learning and discovery are among our core values as instructors at NELA and we try our best to help students discover new things in Los Angeles and beyond.

 By Carlos, Program Coordinator at NELA

Monday, April 2, 2018

Bowling Night

On March 23, night TOEFL teacher Marco spent the evening bowling with the NELA TOEFL students. All the students enjoyed a night out away from the classroom setting. It was a competitive night and fortunately everyone was able to bowl.

By Marco, teacher at Northeast Campus 

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 Northeast 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