Over the years our students have immersed themselves into the local cultural events. From London’s Notting hill Carnival to American Independence Day, Bestival or The Australian Open, Kaplan students have truly made the most of their international experiences. From surfing to street dancing, today we look at all the local events our students have visited across the globe, and how attending these events helped them to make the most of their experience and improve their language skills.
Held in the Isle of White every year, Bestival is one of Britain’s most loved festivals, and one that proved very popular with our students. Juan from our Kaplan Covent Garden school loved his experience at Bestival and enjoyed using his English to speak to new people. According to Juan “I found a new way to practice English in a fun way, and spoke to lots of new people. I also made friends with all the other students and staff members who went.” From the great music to the outdoor camping, Bestival proved to be a fun and educational experience.
Sydney’s Australian Open of Surfing is another event that is very popular with Kaplan students. With the Kaplan Manly School being located just minutes away from the beach, the school is the perfect location for students who want to hit the beach before or after classes. For Anna, 18 from Switzerland, surfing is great for relaxing and having fun. She started a few days after her arrival in Australia, and loves “being so near to the sea and the city at the same time.” Sacha from Belgium has also enjoyed the opportunity to hit the beach between classes and thinks his English has improved greatly while in Australia. According to Sacha “I began at intermediate level and 3 months later I am in the advanced class. Speaking English outside of the classroom means I’m using English all the time, making it really clear.”
From street parades and fireworks to beach side celebrations and street dancing, both events provide students with a unique opportunity to learn about other cultures, befriend other students and ultimately practice their language skills with locals.