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Student Interview October 2014

1st October 2014

This month we interviewed Isabel and Noemi...

What are your names and where are you from?
My name is Isabel and I am from Venezuela.
My name is Noemi and I am from Switzerland.

Which course are you doing? 

Isobel: EFL 28
Noemi: Also EFL 28

So far, what do you like most about Studio?

Isobel: The teachers because they are nice and kind and they will help you with any problem that you might have, you can ask them anything and they will come to answer your questions.
Noemi: I like that there are activities I can take part in every day that are free, like punting!

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

Isobel: It is a very dynamic system, you are always doing activities, you can listen to a CD or watch a video and the teacher can give you a task at the some time. This is usually followed by a discussion, which means you are always using your English.
Noemi: I like them, I think it’s very good that the teachers use different methods so every student will find a method that they like.

Has your English improved?

Isobel: Yes, I can really notice the difference between when I arrived and now. I am a lot more confident when using English.
Noemi: Yes! My speaking in particular.

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

Isobel: I think British people are very polite, kind and friendly, I would say the difference may be that Venezuelan people are less polite that British people.
Noemi: The ones I’ve met are very kind and friendly. The British people are very open hearted.

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

Isobel: I think they’re really good because you can meet people from all over the world, I would say that my favourite activity without a doubt is punting.
Noemi: I like them very much, especially movie night, punting and studio cream tea.

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

Isobel: I think the architecture, I like going to the city centre to look at all the buildings, like King’s College and Great St. Mary’s Church.
Noemi: I like the colleges and parks a lot!

How is Cambridge similar/different to your city?

Isobel: Cambridge is a clean and quiet city, my city is noisy and not so laid back. Cambridge is also very clean.
Noemi: I live in a small village, so Cambridge is much bigger, there are many more pubs and shops etc here than at home.

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

Isobel: You are constantly listening and speaking English because that is the only way to communicate with your host.
Noemi: You have contact with other English people, you can improve your speaking and learn more about British culture.

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

Isobel: Everything. Like the difference between our cultures, your anecdotes, your day, your country and family.
Noemi: We talk about Studio, our families and jobs.

How does the food here compare to food in your country?

Isobel: They are very different, the food here is very flavoursome and in Venezuela it is very spicy.
Noemi: The food in my country is more spicy.

How do you travel around Cambridge and why?

Isobel: I travel around Cambridge by bus and on foot, I’m a bit too lazy to use a bicycle!
Noemi: I’m not very confident on a bicycle, since we use the other side of the road in Switzerland! So I use the bus instead.

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