Meet Antoine from France
So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
I came to England because it’s the mother country of English and British people speak the ‘proper English’. This is my second time here at the school. I came last year because a friend of my mother told me about it, and as I found it really good I decided to come back again. It’s good to be in a school to practice my English, so that I can work on my grammar and vocabulary. It’s always good to have a teacher to push you and answer your questions and a teacher is always better than a dictionary or a book on its own.
In a language school you always meet lots of new people, so there’s a fun part to it as well!
Was England as you expected?
Yes and no! The weather was as I expected. I was a bit scared about the food at first, but actually it turned out well! The people were not as I expected. Compared to France, people here are more open. For example, last year the host family I was living with shared their personal lives with me as if we were close friends, which surprised me.
How was your experience of living with an English family?
Both years I’ve had a positive experience. Last year I lived with a family, which I really felt a part of. This year it’s a bit different. I’m living with an older lady and she gives us a bit more freedom, maybe because we’re older.
Last year we went on walks and it was really nice because we did a lot of activities together. This year I went to a French conversation group with my host mum, which was also another interesting experience. It was good to meet new people there. I had to switch between French and English to explain some things to people, so it was good practice for me!
What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
Last year it was the trip to Oxford. The city is really beautiful and the universities as well. I like to read and many famous writers, such as C.S. Lewis and Tolkien, taught there. I was impressed by the size of the bookshop there – it was enormous!
I haven’t been on a lot of trips so far this year, so I have more opportunities to get to know people here. I don’t have a particular highlight because it’s all been good, but perhaps my favourite thing has been spending time with friends.
Is there anything you’d like to warn other students that are thinking of coming to England about?
Take a raincoat! Pay attention to the drivers, particularly if you’re cycling, as they drive on the left here!
If you come to a language school you have to be prepared to talk to people. It’s not like normal school – you have to get to know people in order to have fun and practice English. That’s the point of coming to England!