Sofia was in her 2nd year of a Psychology degree a at university in the North of Italy when she came to study with us for the summer. At the end of her course, she took some time to answer our questions. Here is what she told us about living in the UK, Chester and studying at our school.
Why did you choose to study this course at English in Chester?
I wanted to improve my English because I would like to study abroad in the future. I have always learnt English grammar, but before Chester I had never spoken or thought in English 24/24 hours! I was scared about living in a family I didn’t know, but it was a wonderful experience! I really improved my spoken English, and when I came back I took other English lessons that helped me to take the IELTS with 6.5! But without Chester, I wouldn’t have been able to take a good score like that.
What do you think of Chester?
I think it’s an excellent city to live, because all you need is near you and you can go everywhere by bus or by bike. It’s also a good place to take an English language course because you can meet lovely people who come from different countries in the world and know many different cultures and habits.
Have you enjoyed living in England?
It’s another country compared to Italy. In England everything seem to work well: transport system is very efficient, people finish to work early in the afternoon and inhabitants are very kind, especially if you are a foreigner.
Have you found anything about living in England difficult or challenging?
Having dinner early in the evening!
Have you found anything about living in England surprising or funny?
The weather: there are four seasons in a day! And houses haven’t got shutters, so the sunlight enters the room and you are forced to wake up early in the morning!
What do you like doing in your free time here?
Going shopping (there are lots of wonderful shops!!) and going out with other students.
Have you visited other places in Britain during your time here?
I have visited Liverpool and Lake District. I have really enjoyed Liverpool, because it combines ancient and modern buildings, like the University, the Cathedrals, and there are many interesting museums which are free. Also Lake District is a lovely place, where you can lose yourself in the nature and admire beautiful landscapes.
What do you think about the school?
Firstly, the staff were very kind and helpful in every moment. Then, all the teachers were excellent and tolerant. I could see that they love their job and I really appreciate this..
In addition, one day we went to the Court and it was a wonderful experience!
The accommodation was superb, too. I am still texting with my housemother!
Do you think your English has improved?
Yes, I improved my grammar, but especially my spoken English, and I enlarged my vocabulary, too. I think that doing exercises speaking with other students is very helpful.