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 Hyeong Jun Wi from South Korea to learn more about his English in Action experience in New York City.
Hi, nice to meet you. My name is Hyeong Jun Wi, and you can call me just Wi. And I am from Korea. I was University student in Korea, before I came here. And I came here to improve my English skills and I always wanted to visit America.
Before I started studying English in Embassy, as almost all Koreans do, I just could speak a little and I wasn’t good at communicating with foreigners.
Before I go to graduate school, not only I wanted to learn English in real life, but I wanted to experience America. That’s why I am here.
The program which is English in Action attracted me to choose Embassy. After I learn English in America, I will be able to use what I’ve learned in a company. I thought there’s nothing better than this program.
There are a lot of friends from all over the world. I could be a friend with them and learn about their life as well as culture.
Break a leg!
As I mentioned above, after I learn English in America, I wanted to check myself how much I have improved by assisting my team.
In Korea, English skills are really important to everywhere. Getting a job, presentation in English, etc. And now, I feel happy to be able to use English much better than I was in Korea.
I’ve learned how to be a friend with American worker and I could see how they work in a company. And I also learned some useful expressions by listening to their words.
Such as making a phone call, helping presentation, promoting social marketing, etc.
What I think the most is listening part. I could hear a lot of their words. Of course, I couldn’t understand the whole conversation for the first time because they speak very fast. However over time, I gradually could understand what they are talking about.
It might be able to give me a chance to get a job in the future. And now, I know how they work. It is good experience that I can’t get in Korea. And I can check myself how I’ve improved for a month. It is also encourage me to study hard. Furthermore, one of advantage that I took was reducing the pressure when I talk with native American. I think it is going to be the first step to speak well.
During an Embassy Marketing Team lunch, Wi experienced authentic American barbecue at Hill Country Chicken in Manhattan.
First of all, I am going back to Korea to graduate my Univ. And I will go graduate school in Korea. What I’ve learned in America will really be helpful in my life.
Of course I would. Actually I have already been recommending this program to many students for these reasons. If I have a chance to chose the course again, absolutely I will take English in Action again.
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