29 June 2009
27 June 2009
Elena Chernova, a former student of Languages International, has recently visited the school to share with us her “post-LIL” experience. Elena is now doing her Graduate Diploma in Computer Science at AUT (Auckland University of Technology) and says the study skills learned during her English for University course here have helped her a lot with fitting in to the AUT student community. She does not find academic and technical vocabulary difficult either and is coping well with the group projects (very much like here at LIL, Elena continues to show very good academic results at the university – her grades for semester 1 are all B’s which is fantastic!) Elena is very excited about having her graduation later this year as this will give her an opportunity to get straight into the workforce in the IT industry. In the meantime, Elena has been working at a local supermarket to help pay for living costs and earn some extra money, and she has now saved enough to buy herself a well deserved present – a shiny new bike (to match her sparkling blue eyes!) The other great news is that Elena has already found a volunteer position in Information Security (which was her major subject back in Russia). The IT company she works for in Auckland is quite happy to wait until Elena gets her diploma in July so they can employ her full-time. Best of luck with pursuing your career Elena and we look forward to receiving more exciting news about you!
26 June 2009
The EU course is very informative. I have been taught nearly two hours a day. After that, I have to review what I have learned in class for at least an hour daily. Moreover, I have done some useful homework weekly as well as one assignment per fortnight. Interestingly, this course covers different types of topics such as culture, economics, politics and energy resources. One of the most interesting and beneficial topics was developing listening and note taking skills.
Studying at university requires good academic English skills. Consequently I have decided to do this excellent course. My main role and responsibilities as a student were attending classes regularly, doing my homework and assignments, as well as revising what I have been taught at class on a daily basis.
The major English language skills consist of reading, listening and writing. These skills should be developed by students who want to study English language effectively and efficiently. Firstly, students might want to read about topics which interest them and write down some useful words in their field to improve their reading skills and vocabulary. Secondly, from my point of view, watching documentaries and scientific programmes especially with subtitles is one of the most useful ways to improve listening skills.
Also, listening to news such as the BBC is another excellent thing. The BBC is a famous news channel which broadcasts various kinds of interesting topics and the formal English is used.
There are some common difficulties that Arab students face. Writing skills are considered one of the biggest problems. For example, in Arabic we write from right to left, but in English it is the opposite. Also, in Arabic verbs come before nouns. Furthermore, we do not have capital letters like English does. Arab students should be conscious of these points. Learning English grammar is essential when learning to build the writing skills. As a result Arab students should focus on it. They can find a lot of useful books in the Learning Centre, for example, Grammar in Use.
Finally, the EU course is important for most students who plan to study at university. It prepares students for the university environment. This course is taught by professional and highly experienced teachers. For example, I was afraid on my first day because there were a lot of Arab students in my class. However, my great teacher solved this obstacle wisely. For this reason I would like to say thanks to the EU course teachers and administrators.
12 June 2009
08 June 2009
Let me introduce my experience in Christine’s business marketing class. We had studied the theories of marketing in business marketing class. One day, the teacher said we were going to sell pizzas the next Friday at the school. I was so excited because I wanted to apply the theories that I have studied to a real situation.
Firstly, we visited other classes to survey other students’ taste for pizza, and it was a kind of promotion because we could announce that we were going to sell pizzas. After this survey, we chose kinds of pizzas that we would sell, and we discussed a reasonable price and specific details. And then we made various flyers to advertise this event on the computers in the Learning Centre.
Finally, on the D-day, the pizzas were sold out, and we made some profit. Every student in this business class really enjoyed this special experience. It was so exciting because we planned and promoted and sold it by ourselves and especially, everything was in English.
I would like to thank Christine for letting us make a special memory and recommend that you take this class!
05 June 2009
Congratulations to Languages International staff members who graduated from Auckland University this month
Our Marketing Manager Brett Shirreffs has completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration.
Three of our teaching staff also graduated: Derene Els, with a Master of Professional Studies in Language Teaching; Charlie Eng, with a Master of Arts in Language Teaching; and Clare Stirling, with a Bachelor of Arts. Well done to you all!