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Improving my English for the future: Francisca at Kings London

17 Feb, 2020
Improving my English for the future: Francisca at Kings London

Francisca Rosengarten, from Germany, studied the Intensive Course at Kings London for 3 months. She spoke to English teacher, Liz Gilbert, about her time at Kings.

What is your name, age, and where are you from?

I’m Francisca Rosengarten, I come from Germany, and I’m 18 years old.

Which course did you take at Kings?

I took the general English course at Kings. I had morning classes, which were pretty good because we had a lot of grammar, but actually a very wide range of topics each week. It was very good because it was always interesting and not boring. My afternoon class was Listening and Speaking, which was also good, but I don’t think I would choose it again.

Why did you decide to take this course?

I think every future plan I would choose would need me to speak English so that is the special reason for wanting to improve. The reason I am here at Kings is that my English teacher at home told that I’m quite bad at English, but it turns out that wasn’t really true! But I’m still glad to be here.

What made you choose Kings London?

Because I wanted to go to London and I asked an agency in Germany what is the best place to go there, and they said maybe you should go to Kings, and also to go after the Summer main season because there may be too many people there. That’s why I’m at Kings!

Where have you been staying whilst studying here?

I have been staying in the student residence. It has been good because the first four weeks I lived in another flat but I didn’t get on with the people so well, so I just moved out and went to a different flat and it has been very good. You can do whatever you want and you have freedom.

What do you think of the school facilities?

I think it’s very good because it’s very high-tech and the school tries to combine lessons with technology which I think is pretty good. I think you should get some good coffee machines in this building though!

Which activities and excursions did you take part in?

I didn’t join that many activities because I was always with my friends and we arranged things like going to the park, or going into Central London. On the first day I went on the Beckenham walk, and on my second day I went on the London walk, and that was quite good because you get a bit of orientation of where you are and what you can do.

Have you discovered many good places to shop, eat or explore in London?

I found many places where I would go again. For example if you like opera and theatre, and ballet, I was at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden which was amazing. Borough Market is great, and I also went for brunch in Aldgate East which was good. I like the coffee shop near to school as well.

Was this your first visit to the UK?

No it wasn’t — I was also in a Summer school 4 years ago here.

Was it what you expected?

It was different because I thought it would take more time to find friends here and find people who are nice, but actually, there were very many open-minded people so I made friends quickly.

Would you recommend London for other students?

I think yes, because if you like cities, then London is a very big place and you can do whatever you want to. If you don’t like cities, then maybe you should go somewhere else!

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