Six months of Intensive English in Melbourne: Nareerat's story
Nareerat, a 33 year old Thai student who took a 6-month long Intensive English course in Melbourne, Australia. She shares her motivations, expectations and experiences at Kaplan.
Why did you choose to study with Kaplan?
I chose to study at Kaplan because it is a famous school and my agent confirmed that it has a good standard and reasonable cost.
What do you enjoy most about your course? Why did you choose it?
I am enjoying learning general English and want to improve my English so I can use it for business in the future. My work is in export and trading so having a good level of English will be very helpful.
How have the school staff helped you?
They are always kind and helpful and give me good advice and information if I need it.
What is the best thing about the teachers and teaching method?
Our teachers are very motivated and try to explain and teach us well. In the afternoon our Specific Skills class is good as we get more practice especially in grammar.
What did you like most about the school?
I like the Kaplan teaching style as teachers always try to explain if we become confused. I also like the Structured Study Center where we can go for more practice. Using the computers is a good way of both learning and keeping in contact with my family and friends.
Where do you recommend visiting and what do you recommend doing in the city?
I recommend visiting both the Melbourne Museum and Aquarium. I like the beautiful city buildings especially in and around Flinders Station. I would like to attend the Australian Open Tennis Tournament and will try do so if I return to Melbourne in the future.
What are your favorite social activities organised by the school?
I enjoyed the “International Shared Lunch” which was organised by the school. It was a great opportunity to taste many international foods from around the world.
How would you describe the ‘Kaplan Experience’?
Good experience and it has been a great time.
How can you tell if your English has improved?
Now I have more confidence when I speak and understand others when I am shopping and speaking
What is the best thing about studying with students from around the world?
I can learn English and also at the same time understand the different accents from many countries such as, Colombia, France, Vietnam, Korea and Italy.
This will help me with my business in the future and it is also interesting to share my culture with other students from different countries.
How does your language course help you achieve your career and study goals?
My language course will be very helpful for my career in international trade. I will be able to confidently write e-mails and speak to customers from many countries. I am considering studying for a Master’s degree in the future and by doing this course, I believe it will help me to achieve my goal.