At the Intensive English Institute (IEI), we believe that everyone has their own story. Reasons for coming to the United States to study English are significant and inspiring, so we are proud that the IEI is a prominent stepping stone in each of these journeys.
We sat down with one of our current students, Abdulrahman Alanazi, to hear his story about studying English. Abdulrahman, who comes from Saudi Arabia, is in his first semester at the IEI.
Q: What is it like studying away from home?
A: This is my first time in the U.S. It’s totally different [from my home country]: the weather, the culture, the community lifestyle. All different. I don’t feel homesick, though. I’m really enjoying it.
Q: How will studying at the IEI help you achieve your goals?
A: I was a lecturer at a Saudi Arabian university where I taught six different courses. [In the future] I want to be a professor, so I need students to understand me well while I’m teaching. I want to be fluent. Also, it’s helpful to know English for research papers I will have to write, so I want to improve my writing. The University of Illinois is a top university for electrical engineering. [I hope to] pursue my PhD at the University of Illinois once I’m done [learning English] at the IEI.
Q: What do you like about the IEI?
A: Everything! The teaching style is great. The teachers give good techniques to make students understand English better. For example, in grammar, we were taught to draw a picture in our minds before saying something in order to use the word correctly. I feel like I’m improving myself more in writing, reading and grammar classes. I’m learning about and correcting mistakes I’ve had before.
Q: What tips do you have for students who want to learn English?
A: Try to make learning English more fun. Don’t just [learn at school], but make friends and spend time with native speakers to help you improve the language.