2015-12-09 / M.Matsumoto
Study Abroad in the UK (1)
Two students of Career English Major received Murasaki Sport Scholarship, and now study abroad at Burton and South Derbyshire College, in the UK. Fuyuko Ide wrote about her experience in the UK
I’m Fuyuko Ide. I’m a junior and now I’m in the U.K. to study English. I received a Murasaki Sport Scholarship and I’ll stay here until next month.
Mostly, I have classes from 9:45 to 15:30. We have a lot of opportunities to speak during class. It’s good for me because speaking is one of my weak points. Our teacher always checks our grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, so I improve my skills. Recently I took an IELTS practice exam. It was really difficult for me, but it confirmed that my English skill has improved when I received that result.
My class isn’t too big, so it’s easy to ask questions and speak. In my class, there are seven Korean and three Japanese, so we learn each other’s culture. This month, we cooked Korean food together. It was really fun.
I live with host parents, a Korean student and a dog. My host family is very kind and funny. We laugh all the time and they love us as real daughters. My host family takes us to a lot of places. In November, British people have “Bonfire Night”. They took us to two bonfire festivals. I saw beautiful fireworks. Moreover, my host sister cooked Christmas dinner for us and we got presents from her family, because we are leaving before Christmas. I love my host family, so I don’t want to leave.
Studying abroad isn’t easy, but now I know my strong points and weak points. I think it’s important to study English. Actually, since I came here I noticed my vocabulary and speaking skill are really poor. So I’ve tried to improve my vocabulary with a word book and by reading books.
I can have a lot of experiences which I can’t have in Japan. I’m deeply grateful for my time studying here.
■カテゴリ: Cross Culture