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Embassy English 4 October 2017 - by Yannick Eigl, Student, Embassy English San Diego

English in Action: Yannick from Germany


Students choose to study at Embassy not only to learn English in the classroom, but also to gain invaluable language skills in real-world settings. Many of our international students are interested in gaining confidence and fluency in English to advance their careers to the next level. Our English in Action program in the USA is a 4-8 week course where students perfect their language skills with an unpaid placement in a US business, community or educational organisation. This week, we caught up with EIA student Yannick Eigl from Germany to learn more about his English in Action experience at Expedition America.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Yannick Eigl. I am a student from Germany. Before I came to San Diego, CA in May 2017, I acquired the Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Frankfurt. I have also worked for a recruitment consulting company as a part-time employee since November 2015.

What was your level of English before you started Embassy? What is your level now?

Before I started studying English at Embassy San Diego, my level of English was lower intermediate. I had to verify my level of English at the beginning of my studies at University, which was in October 2013. Given that all courses of my studies were held in English, I felt at ease studying in the English-only environment at Embassy. After four weeks of studying at Embassy, my level of English improved significantly and is now upper intermediate.

Why did you want to learn English abroad?

Since I already studied English extensively in my home country, I wanted to try something new. The chance to explore a different country and culture further asserted me in this endeavor.

Why did you choose Embassy English?

I chose Embassy English because their offer enabled me to combine studying English as part of a language course with the English in Action program. The competitive prices were another reason for choosing Embassy.

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Why did you choose the English in Action programme?

I choose the English in Action program because it is the best option for me to improve my level of English and to gain insight into the American business culture. By doing so, I was able to “kill two birds with one stone.” In addition to that, I was excited about the idea of business in a foreign country.

How has your English improved during your English in Action programme?

During the four weeks of the English in Action Program and the close interaction with native speakers, I learned a lot of new vocabulary and idioms that were new to me. In my opinion, this can only be achieved through the close interaction with native speakers.

How is English in Action valuable for your future?

The English in Action program will be valuable for my future insofar as it will be beneficial to my future career. Having accomplished the English in Action program, I received a letter of recommendation and a certificate of participation from Embassy which I will attach to any job application that I will make in the future. It will also be useful to add this to my CV.

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What kinds of tasks were you asked to help with during English in Action?

The tasks that I was asked to help with during my English in Action program varied widely. I appreciated the wide scope of tasks in which I was involved. On the one hand, my tasks were to actively reach out to students who might be potential customers for the company. For this purpose, I went to different language schools in San Diego to promote the tours offered by the company.

Furthermore, I created a Facebook profile which I used to post upcoming events and tours. By doing this, I intended to arouse attention to the company. On the other hand, I also learned much about the internal structure of an American company. For example, I was introduced to the company’s IT system.

What do you plan to do after your English course?

After having arrived back in Germany, I will resume working as a part-time employee. Moreover, the Master program of my studies will commence in October.

Tell us about your favorite memory from your English in Action experience.

My favorite memory from the English in Action program was when me and my fellow intern sold the first tour to a student. This was a very good experience since our supervisor asked us to try selling tours

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What is your dream job or career?

My dream job is a position where I can travel a lot and learn something about different countries and cultures.

What are your 3 favorite places in your San Diego?

The places of San Diego I liked most were Balboa Park, McFadden’s (an Irish pub), and the La Jolla Cove.

What’s your favorite word or phrase in English?

My favorite phrase in English is “Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.”

 

To learn more the English in Action programme at Embassy San Diego, contact us today

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