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Embassy English 28 October 2016 - by Geun-hui Kim, Student, Embassy English Sydney

My Embassy Life: Katie from South Korea at Embassy Sydney

One of the greatest parts of being a student at Embassy English are the experiences. Students come to Embassy not only to improve their English language skills, but also to explore new parts of the world, to take part in diverse cultural activities, and to meet people from all over the globe. This week Geun-hui Kim a.k.a. “Katie” from South Korea shares her experience studying English at Embassy Sydney as part of our My Embassy Life series. 

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Tell us about yourself!

My name is Katie from South Korea! Before studying at Embassy Sydney, I was a university student in Korea. During the holidays, I visited Sydney with a working holiday visa and I was fascinated with Australia’s lifestyle, so I decided to come back to improve my English skill.

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What course are you taking at Embassy?

I’m studying at IELTS preparation course with the teacher – John – who has a strong responsibility to every student. While being in Embassy for approximately 9 months, I also took the General English and the FCE courses.

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What was your level of English before you started Embassy?

When I did an entry-test on the first day with Embassy, I was intermediate. I remembered that, especially, I found the grammar and writing difficult.

When I was in my country, I had a chance to write an email to my boyfriend from Argentina. It took almost an hour to finish to write just a short email. The worst thing was that after sending the email, my friend couldn’t understand what I wrote. So, I was shocked at that time.

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Why did you want to learn English abroad?

Actually, I’d like to go to university in Australia to develop my career. So, I need to study English more intensively. I believe that one of the best to way to learn English is studying in English speaking countries, which can also adjust to different cultures.

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Why did you choose Embassy English?

As I mentioned above, one of my goals was to acquire the good score in an IELTS test in order to meet the requirement for the university. Thus, I heard there is a professional IETLS class in Embassy. That’s why I decided to be here.

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How has your English improved?

When I think of myself compared to the past, my English has been developed a lot. First of all, I have confidence to speak English which means I can interact with others. Further, I can express what I think in a more organized way, such as by writing an essay.

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What has helped you to improve your English the most?

Definitely, writing. Thanks to my teachers helping to collect my writing every day, I could know what mistakes I made and improve my English in general.

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What’s your favourite memory so far?

There are numerous memories with Embassy. However, if I have to choose only one, I would like to say the time studying the FCE course.

I was preparing this exam which was my very first English test. At the time, I spent every 2 hours in the Hyde-park near my school with my speaking partner called Miyuki to avoid fear in the speaking exam. I can’t forget about the feeling after the test. Even if my friend, Miyuki went back to Japan, whenever I pass the park I often came up with the last passionable summer.

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What is a good way to practise English outside of the classroom?

Listening news and TV and try to imitate what they say. This would help to upgrade a range of vocabulary and expressions.

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Would you recommend Embassy English to other students?

Absolutely, I would highly recommend to study at Embassy English.

First of all, they have so great intensive timetable that students can use the rest of the time either study more or working sometimes.

Secondly, friendly staffs and teachers can always have a strong effect on the improvement of English.

Finally, there are best facilities at school such as library, Smart Boards and computers.

What do you plan to do after your English course?

During being with Embassy, I had such a great time with friends and teachers. Thankfully, I got an IELTS score I was aiming for so that I could go to university.

Thus, I’m going to study a nursing course from next year in Australia.

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Are there any teachers at your centre that helped you to succeed?

There are a lot of teachers helping me to improve my English.

First of all, John. When I took this class for the first time, I got stressed about the exam itself and the way of his tough teaching style. In other words, he really cares about every single student in the class. This could make me keep concentrating on this IELTS exam for a long period without any slump.

Second, Teacher Ali. I believe that if I couldn’t meet him, I would not reach a certain level of grammar. Robert and Jerry always not only try to help me, but also support me.


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