30 March 2010
29 March 2010
My name is Hanan Banni and I am 25 years old. I come from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. My family is quite small, my husband, my daughter, and I. Now we live in Auckland in New Zealand where we study. My husband has an Italian restaurant in my home town. My daughter is 19 months old. She goes to baby care while I am at school. I like creating some designer clothes and some designs for wedding days and doing make-up but I am keen on painting, especially ceramic art.
I studied English for about 6 years at school and I spent 5 years at university in Jeddah, studying Microbiology. Now I am studying Academic English at Languages International. In addition, I want to study EU2 and a business course this year. After that I want to move to Canada to study a Masters Degree in Medical technology. I want also to have a good job with good salary to support my husband and my children.
Describe my own experience in this course
I started become bored with General English, so I realized cademic English will improve my academic skills to go to higher education. In addition, it will help me with IELTS studied and improve my knowledge of global issues. My own experience of this course is many. For example, I must do a lot of self study about 6 hours a week. May be because I have a family responsibility, I take care for my daughter and try to give her the English language to understand her teachers more easy. I have also to stay and take with my husband and sharing ideas, so I am wife, mother, and student.
Now, what are my responsibilities in regards to my own progress? First of all, I must do a lot of self study, pass all assignments and keep it to deadlines, research on different subjects, record and revised my new vocabulary especially focus on the Academic Words Lists and word families.
Some advice for future students
Usually when we continue reading and writing in the same language good to improve our skills, so some suggest say, student can improve their reading skills and vocabulary outside the classroom by searching on some topics and add more vocabulary and phrases. For example, when we study about medical we will have a new word, to make using this word mote easy study the whole phrase. New Scientist and Time are good magazines are a good example.
For listening I listen to news every day and I listen to different kind of programs. I also listen to lectures on the Internet. I like listening for topics from our daily life like health, nutritious, economy, business, politic and many other subjects. The important ways to practise all these points to consider ways to record and practise language by talking with English speakers read advertising, listening a lot and do the homework.
Some advice to a future student who speaks Arabic and other language
If your mother tough is Arabic, you may have trouble with spelling and vocabulary in English. Verb tenses might be difficult to use it correctly but it is not as difficult as spelling. Sometimes grammar is hard especially when we are speaking rather than when we write because when we speak we don't have more time to realize or prepare the correct word and grammar we just have to say the words.
By Hanan Banni, a student at Languages International
25 March 2010
24 March 2010
My Experience of EU course
Some Advice to future students
There are 6 assignments that you have to do them in EU1 course. So, to pass them you should avoid plagiarism, which means do not copy any information same the writer language. You just have to organise your idea by using paraphrasing.
Advice to the students who have the same as my language
23 March 2010
19 March 2010
18 March 2010
A lot of people asked me, why I chose Auckland for studying English. There are many reasons. Because it's a big city, but not crowded, and it has a lot of parks to relax in, you can do everything, whatever you like. It has wonderful beaches, beautiful restaurants near the viaduct harbour, and many stores for shopping. Another reason is that England or the USA are more expensive than New Zealand, and it's very difficult to get a visa for the States.
By Kevin, a student at Languages International.
Photo: This is Albert Park. The building to the left is part of Languages International. The tall building in the middle is the University of Auckland Clock Tower.
17 March 2010
The Coromandel is located to the east of Auckland. It takes 3 hours by car to get there. The scenery is beautiful. You can explore beaches and forests, but the most important place is Hot Water Beach near Coromandel town.
At Hot Water Beach you can enjoy your own pool in the sand and relax, but first you should check the low tide time. We recommend to visit there 1 hour before and remember to borrow a shovel from the store near the beach. It doesnt matter if it's raining or sunny. Moreover, bring your swim suit and towel, and relax!
By Lina & Thomas, students at Languages International
16 March 2010
After class at 3:30, finally 10 jumpers except the teacher came in front of building 27 (reception). there was a grey van for us. We took the van and while we were arriving at the Harbour Bridge listened in silence to the explanation about what we were going to do.
When we arrived in the office, we had to decide whether we wanted to purchase our bungy jumping photos or DVD, we had to prepay for it. After that we filled in a simple information sheet and we put on the safety suits and helmets. Unfortunately, it must have taken about 10 minutes to walk to the middle of the Harbour Bridge. There was a narrow bridge between the Harbour Bridge and the sea.
In the end, we arrived at our destination. There were two staff who explaned the method of bungy jumping. Because most amateur jumpers didn't know when they are reaching the water, they should stretch their arms. It protects us from bruising by the surface of the water.
We started jumping, from heavy person to light person. In my opinion, we were like professional jumpers, due to the fact that nobody hesitated when we had to bungy jump. In my case, I decided to backward jump because it makes me feel extremely excited. When I finished the three bounces, something quite strange happened. When the bungy jump has finished, jumpers usually take off their safety suits on the floor. However, when I finished the bungy jumping, the instructor was pulling me back up when I was hanging upside down.
By the way, it was another awesome experience. I'll remember bungy jumping when I'm crossing the Harbour Bridge.
PS. Attention, someone who likes fishing near the Harbour Bridge! If you find a NEW BALANCE shoe, please call Languages International because one of the students lost a NEW BALANCE shoe.
12 March 2010
11 March 2010
Congratulations to our teachers HD, Emma, Simon, Melissa, Liz, Lara, Susan, Annette and Victoria, who have all passed Module 1 of the DELTA (the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults), which they are studying for at Languages International. HD, Emma and Liz passed with Merit. Susan and Lara passed with Distinction. The DELTA has a mix of theory and practical teaching and is widely recognised as the best practical qualification for experienced language teachers.
01 March 2010
Auckland is the best place to study and spend my time because there are lots of good scenery & kind people so I chose Auckland. When i want to study at the school i can concentrate my studying through the good facilities without any bad temptation cause the school is located in Albert park and also i can talk with a lot of good friends especially after school. So I'm satisfied about my decision. I've been here for about 10 weeks. But I never try to go out from Auckland. Nowadays I little bit sick of Auckland so I'm going to travel to other places. Anyway Auckland is one of the city which be able to live well to people in New Zealand. It is very important time & opportunity to make lots of experiences in my life. So i want to say to me "Do my best!!"
By a Korean student at Languages International