2015-12-09 / M.Matsumoto
Study Abroad in the UK (2)
The follwing is Shiho Yoshida’s report.
I’m Shiho Yoshida and I’ve received a Murasaki sports scholarship. I’ve been in the UK for 3 months studying English and I’ve been having a lot of fun and valuable experiences. Today, I’d like to talk about my life in England which is made up of my college life, my host family with my flatmate, and my holiday.
I’m studying English on an ESOL course. There are three Japanese students and seven Korean students in the class. It is quite a small class, so I can ask my questions easily and I’m learning English steadily. What’s more, I have lots of opportunities to speak, read, listen and write during the classes. I learn grammar, pronunciation, and about English culture as well. I have progress tests almost every week. Taking these tests makes me clear about what it is I don’t understand, and so they are very helpful to me. Moreover, I have lots of opportunities to have conversations with my classmates. As you know speaking in English is hard, but I enjoy talking with them and it is very good for me to learn and understand new words and phrases.
My host family and flatmate are very kind. My host mother is from India and my flatmate is from Korea, so I can learn some of the cultural differences between the UK, Korea, India, and Japan. I like spending time with them. It is a very important time when we have conversations while we are having dinner together. When I speak in English to them, I struggle with expressing my thoughts. Nevertheless, I enjoy having conversations with them.
I’ve been to Manchester, London, and Bath. I watched a football game in Manchester, and I saw the beautiful view at night in London, especially of Big Ben. However, the most impressive thing for me was that I visited the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. This was one of my goals during my stay in the UK. I’ve had an interest in Jane Austen since I learned about her during English literature classes in Japan. I was also very attracted to the historical period when she was alive. I learned about her family, her life, and how she wrote her novels whilst in central Bath. I could experience the time when she lived. It was very precious for me to learn about her.
As you can see, I’m having lots of fun in the UK. I have only one more month to stay in England and, to be honest, I don’t want to go back to Japan yet. I’m looking forward to spending my time in the UK meaningfully until the end of the program.
■カテゴリ: Cross Culture