This month, we interviewed Stephanie from Switzerland and Sara from the Netherlands.
Which course are you doing?
Stephanie: I am doing the CAE course
Sara: I am doing FCE
So far, what do you like most about Studio?
Stephanie: Friendly atmosphere, the chance to make new friends, competent teachers.
Sara: I think the lessons. Because there’s a lot of variety, so they keep your attention! You won’t get bored.
What do you think about the teaching methods that we use?
Stephanie: Effective teaching methods, a big variety of approaches (videos, activities in groups, tasks you have to solve on your own).
Sara: I think it’s better to use less paper, but I hear that Studio is going greener! I like the different activities and language games the most!
Has your English improved?
Sara: Yes! On Monday I am moving to level 6! I am much more sure about my English than before.
What do you think about British people? Are they different from people in your country?
Stephanie: Most of them are really friendly and willing to help (if you are lost for example), in general British people are more reserved than Swiss people.
What do you think of the activities we have to offer? Which ones are your favourites?
Stephanie: There’s a great variety of activities, chances to meet people with similar interests. I like punting, bowling and volleyball in particular.
Sara: There’s a nice variety of activities, I liked bag design and friendship bracelet making the most.
What is your favourite thing about Cambridge? (and favourite place to go)
Stephanie: There’s lots to do and it’s all close by, like Parker’s Piece, the Market place and the gym.
Sara: I love having afternoon tea and eating scones, also going to the pubs here with my friends.
How is Cambridge similar/different to your city?
Stephanie: Cambridge is a lot bigger and there is more to do.
Sara: There are so many bikes here, I didn’t expect it – it’s a lot like the Netherlands.
What do you think the advantages of living in a Homestay/Residence are?
Stephanie: I live in the residence, there’s lots of freedom and I can do what I like and cook my own food. It’s a great way to meet friends and different people and I can learn to fend for myself without being totally alone.
Sara: I like having a host and being in a homestay. My host gives me tips about Cambridge and I find it more restful than in a residence.
What do you talk about or do with your Host (family)/housemates?
Stephanie: Some of my housemates and I have become really close friends, I can talk with them about everything. We cook together, go to parties, play sports and go clubbing.
Sara: I talk with my host about the best places to visit in Cambridge, my plans for the weekend and how I am doing in school.
What are the differences between life in the UK family and at home?
Stephanie: Lots more freedom but also lots more responsibility, it has made me more mature.
Sara: I miss cooking for myself!
What sort of food do you eat in Cambridge? Is that what you expected to eat?
Stephanie: Most of the time I cook for myself (pasta/rice dishes, salads, even fondue) so it meets my expectations!
Sara: My host makes us really good, traditional English food.
How do you travel around Cambridge and why?
Stephanie: On foot. Everything is within walking distance for me.
Sara: I rented a bike. It’s much faster than walking and beats the traffic in rush hour. I love riding my bike.
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