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Embassy English 28 March 2017 - by Fernanda Catao Da Carvalho, Student, Embassy English San Diego

English in Action: Fernanda from Brazil

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 Fernanda Catao Da Carvalho from Brazil to learn more about her English in Action experience at RJS Law in San Diego. 

Fernanda Catao English In Action

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Fernanda and I`m from Brazil. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to take a break from Law School back in Brazil and come to San Diego to attend Embassy.

Before coming to Embassy San Diego I was studying to be a lawyer and doing an internship at a very prestigious law office situated in Recife, my hometown.

What was your level of English before you started Embassy?

Before I started Embassy my level of English was advanced. Even though I only attended Embassy for three short weeks, I feel like my speaking and writing skills improved substantially.

I was also able to learn plenty of new vocabulary words.

Why did you want to learn English abroad?

In my future career, being able to fluently speak and write in English is a must. Therefore, in order to stand out from everyone else, I decided that the best way to perfect my English skills was studying abroad, that way I could learn English and enjoy everything that this experience has to offer.

What made you choose Embassy English?

Five years ago I attended Embassy San Francisco and absolutely loved it, so, when the time came to choose where I would study in San Diego, I immediately chose Embassy once again.

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What’s the best thing about learning English with us?

Embassy San Diego is a great school altogether, however, if I had to name the best thing about learning English there I would have to say that it was the teachers and the staff.

They are all so well prepared and so eager to help the students in any way possible. You can clearly see that they care for each and every one of the students, always making sure that we have the best experience of our lives while learning English.

Why did you choose the English in Action programme?

I chose the English in Action programme because it has always been a dream of mine to learn about the United States legal systems and to be able to experience what it is like to work in an American law office.

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

The English in Action programme has provided me with the opportunity to speak only English for 8 hours every day while working in the field that I love. This experience has improved my English as well as my professional life.

How is English in Action valuable for your future?

The English in Action programme is changing my life! Being able to experience the day-to-day routine of a law office in the US and have a glimpse of how the US legal system works, made me realize that all I want is to build a solid career in the United States.

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

During the English in Action programme I’ve dealt with many different tasks but, mostly, I helped out with organizing the client’s files, calculating the billable hours and scanning multiple documents. Other than that, I was able to sit in in clients meetings to take notes.

 Would you recommend the English in Action programme?

The English in Action programme was one of the best experiences of my life and I would recommend it to everyone!

What do you plan to do after your English course?

After my English course I will go back to Brazil to finish law school with the certainty that I’ll be back to the United States as soon as possible to take my Master’s Degree in order to start practicing law here.

What’s your favourite word or phrase in English?

My favourite phrase in English is:

“So much of who we are is where we have been.”

William Langewiesche


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

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