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May student interview

8th May 2014

What are your names and where are you from?
B: My name is Bashaer, I am from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
T: My name is Tasnim and I am from Tripoli, the capital of Libya.

Which course are you doing?
B: I study both general English and attend the IELTS course.
T: I attend the EFL28 course which is both morning and afternoon lessons.

So far, what do you like most about Studio?
B: I like the friendliness of the school and accommodating staff.
T: I feel very comfortable at Studio. There are many opportunities to speak English through the activities and I have made many friends.

What do you think about the teaching methods that we use?
B: Every teacher has different teaching methods, all teachers combine fun activities with learning English. My favourite teachers are Tom, Maria and Mark.
T: The teachers are very friendly and helpful. They use a variety of teaching methods through mixed-media methods, such as video, newspapers and music.

Has your English improved?
B: Considerably, but I still have far to go with perfecting my grammar.
T: I feel like I am learning more every day! I would say that I have made many improvements.

What do you think about British people? Are they different from people in your country?
B: They are so helpful; they have helped me become more independent. I hope to live here in the future.
T: All the English people are very interesting, polite and friendly, much like the people from my home country.

What is your favourite thing about Cambridge? (and favourite place to go)
B: I enjoy evening activities like bowling and cinema here and at the weekend I go horse riding
F: I love the colleges and learning about other cultures. I especially like shopping here in Cambridge and in London.

How is Cambridge similar/different to your city?
B: It has some similarities and differences in lifestyle. Here I use more public transport and the people are very nice, I have not met people like them before.
T: Tripoli's population and city is much bigger than Cambridge. The weather is very different along with the public transport links – Libyan people opt to travel by car mostly.

What do you think the advantages of living in a Homestay/Residence are?
B: I get to practice my English more. The family have made my stay most comfortable and offer me advice and recommendation on what to do in Cambridge.
T: I currently stay with my father, sister and brother in Cambridge so I do not experience the advantages of homestay, but I can imagine you would get to practice your English more with an English-speaking family.

How do you travel around Cambridge and why?
B: I walk or take the bus
T: I use the bus and walk as I enjoy the fresh air and Cambridge feels safe.

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