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March student interview

4th March 2014

What are your names and where are you from?
Z: My name is Ziyad and I am from Saudi Arabia.
A: My name is Ali and I am from Libya.

Which course are you doing?
Z: I am on EFL28, morning and afternoon classes.
A: I am on the IELTS course.

So far, what do you like most about Studio?
Z: The school is a really friendly place, and I really like that Studio put on activities which means I can meet other students.
A: I think the staff are really helpful and I enjoy learning English in this friendly environment.

What do you think about the teaching methods that we use?
Z: I like that the students use a variety of teaching methods which makes learning more fun.
A: I think it is good how they combine learning English with practical activities.

Has your English improved?
Z: Yes, I get to practice my English a lot with friends.
A: Yes, I have really noticed the difference. What do you think about British people?

Are they different from people in your country?
Z: British people are very friendly and have a good sense of humour.
A: British people are kind are helpful and not so different from the people in my home country.

What do you think of the activities we have to offer? Which ones are your favourites?
Z: I think the activities are perfect, if I could I would play football everyday. Other favourites of mine include painting.
A: I like the range of activities, but football is also my favourite.

What else would you like to see in the activity schedule?
Z: Increase the football time at Kelsey Kerridge.
A: Have more sporting activities as I really enjoy these.

What is your favourite thing about Cambridge?
Z: I like how close everything is and that I can get to London in 50 minutes by train. In the evening I like to socialise with friends in town.
A: I like that it is a big student city so I get to meet other students of different nationalities.

How is Cambridge similar/different to your city?
Z: It is quite different because it is smaller than my city at home. There are also many cultural differences.
A: There is not a huge difference, except in transport and leisure facilities like the cinema.

What do you think the advantages of living in a Homestay/Residence are?
Z: At my homestay I get to practice my English with the family which you may not be able to do as frequently in private accommodation.
A: I would say the same as Ziyad. At my homestay I get to interact with an English family and practice my English, learning their daily customs.

What do you talk about or do with your Host (family)/housemates?
Z: We talk about my day, food and holidays.
A: Always about my day at school and my family.

What are the differences between life in the UK family and at home?
Z: The people appear more independent in the UK and religion is more important to family life in Saudi Arabia.
A: Not a great deal, but there are some differences in the food I eat and traditions my family carry out.

What sort of food do you eat in Cambridge? Is that what you expected to eat?
Z: Usually Italian food.
A: Yes it is much what I expected. I eat chicken, fish and potatoes.

How does the food here compare to food in your country?
Z: I prefer my food at home but English food is not bad.
A: Same as Ziyad, my home food is delicious especially the couscous and bazin but here in England they eat a lot of Italian dishes which do not differ so much from the Italian dishes served in Libya.

How do you travel around Cambridge and why?
Z: I travel by bus or bike.
A: I usually travel by bus it is cheap and fast.

Zayid and Ali are happy to be contacted as Studio Cambridge references: Ziyad - Ali -

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