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September student interview

4th September 2014

This month our student services team interviewed Sami and Antonio.

What are your names and where are you from?

S: My name is Sami and I am from Tripoli, Libya.
A: my name is Antonio and I am from Italy.

Which course are you doing?

S: I am studying General English and IELTS.
A: I currently study full-time on the EFL28 course.

So far, what do you like most about Studio?

S: I like that the school give us classroom material to work from and offer fun activities to join after lessons.
A:I like that the teachers are well prepared, and are enthusuastic when teaching. The staff here are very helpful.

What do you think about the teaching methods that we use?

S: I like that they have several methods of teaching – through text, speaking, reading and writing. It keeps learning interesting.
A: I feel like the teachers are very motivated when teaching which helps inspire learning. Teachers use a range of multi-media to assist textbook activities.

Has your English improved?

S: Yes, most definitley. I only knew how to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ when I began.
A: Yes, it is good to put English into practice. I hope to get even better after a few months.

What do you think about British people? Are they different from people in your country?

S: I think they are kind and helpful.
A: Different culture of course, but they have a good sense of humour.

What do you think of the activities we have to offer? Which ones are your favourites?

S: I most enjoy the football and punting activities offered free at Studio Cambridge.
A: The activities offer a break from learning and an opportunity to talk to class mates – I enjoy the city visits to Kings College Chapel and Botanical gardens best.

What is your favourite thing about Cambridge? (and favourite place to go)

S: I really like the old buildings and river Cam.
A: I really like the open park spaces.

How is Cambridge similar/different to your city?

S: Cambridge is quiet compared to the bustling city of Tripoli and very student-orientated.
A: Very different in architecture from my home town but Cambridge is a very good town to study English in.

What do you think the advantages of living in a Homestay/Residence are?

S: Homestay accommodation is useful because you can practice english speaking. Food is also included.
A: At my homestay I am quite close to the school and feel independent enough to navigate the city.

What do you talk about or do with your Host (family)/housemates?

S: We talk about culture and sometimes religion.
A: We talk about our daily happenings and family life.

What are the differences between life in the UK family and at home?

S: Although I am perhaps more independent here, my family life at home is more close-knit.
A: There are some different house rules, but this experience is a good one as I can improve my English.

How do you travel around Cambridge and why?

S:I travel by bike and sometimes bus depending on distance.
A: I travel by bus, and sometimes bicycle.

Thanks Sami and Antonio!

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