Student Stories – Jonas Knobel

We asked Jonas if he could tell us a little about why he came to The Edinburgh school of English summer 2017 and how he found his experience with us.
Hi, my name is Jonas Knobel. I am fifteen years old and I live in Switzerland.
One year ago I came up with the idea to do a language course because my interest in English had been growing and I found the ability to speak several languages was going to be very useful in future. I began to look for a suitable course for teens, and indeed I found many.
I decided to go to the E.S.E. in Edinburgh because I found the cultural city rather interesting. Also I liked the programme of the school and additionally I am a big fan of Harry Potter.
So in summer 2018 I went to Edinburgh in order to improve my English and experience things. I was very warmly welcomed in Pollock Halls (a Hall of Residence) so the start was quite good and easy for me.
In the following four weeks I experienced loads of things. I went to school, to Arthur’s Seat, to Edinburgh Castle. Every Saturday, we did a long journey to the surrounding cities and villages of Edinburgh. Twice we had a disco, which was extremly fun. We had ceilidh lessons and ever Friday afternoon we had time for shopping and doing something with our new friends.
In school, we had classes with very friendly and good teachers. The cantine food was quite good and carefully considered. I was very pleased that the cantine had separated veggie meals from food with meat, because I am a vegetarian.
My current hobby was and is Speedcubing. No wonder I showed interested teachers and pupils how to solve the Rubik’s Cube. They really enjoyed it and some were able to solve the Cube afterwards so I hope they are continuing to practise.
At the end of every week the teachers gave several special awards to pupils who had stood out in a positiv way. For example when they had been speaking English all the time even though there were other people who spoke the same language as they did. Personally, I found those awards a really good idea and I saw them as a challenge, so I was very pleased every time I got one.
The pupils were devided into four clans, such as in the Harry Potter novels. The clans competed every week in several activities. In every activity the clans had opportunities to get points. The clan with the most points after a week won and got a reward.
Naturally, sometimes it was very exhausting to have activities all the time. And sometimes it was a bit annoying when some people spoke in another language. Another fact was that your friends were coming and going. That was a bit unfortunate and sad.
All in all those four weeks were full of experience and fun. I became a bit braver to speak English and now I managed to get into a bilingual/immersion class at my grammar school in Switzerland. So my thesis is going to be in English.
I recommend a language course in a foreign country to everyone who is really interested in it and who wants to gain loads of experience.
Jonas Knobel

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