The opportunity to make new friends from all over the world whilst learning about the British culture was the main advantage of the Language Academy’s summer school according to 2014 student Muyassar Kurbanova.
The 24 year-old from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, feels that being in the UK is essential in order to truly learn about the English language and culture.
“I wanted to improve my English and make new friends from all over the world. I also wanted to get to know about British culture, its history, the people and what it’s like to live in the UK,” explained Muyassar.
“I don’t consider it enough to just have an image of the UK based on what you read or hear. Seeing it with your own eyes is much better. You can learn English in a different country but until you use it in your everyday conversation I think your English skills are only half way there.”
Muyassar currently teaches World Economy and Competitiveness at the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies in Uzbekistan and has begun to use some of the teaching methods from the summer school in her own classroom.
“The course showed me how perfect the British educational system is. I liked how we split off into small groups in classes to discuss questions before sharing ideas with the whole class. I’ve now started to use some of the teaching methods from the summer school in my lessons.”
Meeting people from all over the world was another highlight of the summer school according to Muyassar and she has since kept in contact with many of the friends she made last summer.
“I made a lot of new friends from all over the world on the course. I had the opportunity to learn about their countries and cultures. Even now I stay in touch with them. I hope I get to meet up with my international friends again in the future.”
The summer school provides students with the opportunity to go on various day trips across the north of England, and it was the calm and beautiful setting of the Lake District which Muyassar enjoyed most.
“All the trips and activities on the summer school were very interesting. The trip to the Lake District in particular fascinated me. We went there on a steam train which was made in the 20th century. It was very old-fashioned and I had only seen this type of train before in films. Then we went on a boat through the Lake District which was very enjoyable.”
Muyassar is now hoping to return to the UK to study her PhD in either Business or Economics and still holds fond memories of the teachers at the summer school.
“I would like to thank all the staff at the summer school. They all helped me have a very enjoyable summer. I will never forget their kindness, friendship and politeness.”