"In my experience the staff of the ELC are always friendly and willing to help you. The teachers are very qualified and enthusiastic."
Hugo Burguete Gutierrez, Mexico
"I think my writing skills are the most important skills that I learnt at the ELC, as they will help me with my academic life."
Diego dos Santos de Medeiros, Brazil
"Being with other cultures improved my English in a way that couldn't be done in my home country."
Renato Da Silva, Brazil
"I was very sad to finish my last class, I will miss all of the people a lot!"
"I have good memories about my teachers and classmates, some jokes while studying grammar, laughing together and learning every day a bit more about other cultures, and of course, learning English."
Pedro Coelho Torres, Brazil
"Now I can communicate with my friends and teachers easier and I do not forget to pronounce the end sound of the words."
Thi Thanh Tuyen Dao, Vietnam
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Hugo Burguete Gutierrez - Mexico - HAS
In my experience the staff of the ELC are always friendly and willing to help you, and the teachers are very qualified and enthusiastic.
I studied University Entry English Preparation program for Human Sciences, Arts and Science (HAS). I will study Environmental management at Macquarie University.
Overall my skills have improved greatly, especially in listening and writing. I learned how to write essays in English, as well as the correct structure and content for them.
I love the friendly people, amazing wildlife and great quality of life in Australia. The ELC parties are lots of fun and a great way to know your classmates and teachers.
On a typical day, I would go early to the ILC or Macquarie Main Library, do my homework or work on my assignments, before attending workshops or class. During the breaks, I usually spent time in the coffee shop with my friends and after class I would go out and have dinner with friends and my wife.
I use to work hard on Friday evening and Saturday early morning when I had assignments. After getting all my work done I would spend most of the weekend practicing sports and looking for new places to visit with my friends.
Diego dos Santos de Medeiros - Brazil - General English, Academic English and HAS
I think my writing skills are the most important skills that I learnt at the ELC as they will help me with my academic life.
I studied General English, Academic English and HAS at the ELC and I want to study Environmental Engineering at Macquarie Unviersity. My most memorable experience while studying at the ELC were the excursions with Tony and Jonathan. They presented the city for us in no way imaginable. When I arrived here my English (especially my grammar) were so poor but now I can write pretty good and speak as well.
The quality of life in Australia is good, as well as the security. I think the student activities at the ELC (such as the parties) are amazing as we can dance and interact with the other classes.
A typical day at class, I would study at the ILC in the morning, go to the Hub for lunch and then go to class in the afternoon. On the weekends I would usually go out with friends.
Lu Zuo - China - General English and BAE
I was very sad to finish my last class, I will miss all the people a lot!
I studied Academic English and BAE. I will study at Macquarie University a Master of Accounting and Commerce in marketing.
I think my reading and writing skills improved during these 15 weeks, as well as my speaking. I do want to say thank you to the ELC team who have individual consultations each week, it's very helpful especially for individual problems that cannot be solved in class. The parts of my learning experience I think that will help me most at Macquarie University are my writing skills as writing essays is necessary for all students. I feel confident to work out essay assignments when I go to Macquarie.
What I love about Australia is the friendly people, the fresh air, comfortable living environment and opportunities to develop myself. I liked the student events at the ELC. The Winter Party was a good way to release stress after an exam and I found that everyone enjoyed themselves. On the weekend I would work at a part time job and study.
Renato Da Silva - Brazil - General English and HAS
Being with other cultures improved my English in a way that couldn't be done in my home country.
I will study a Bachelor of Information Technology at Macquarie University. I studied General English and HAS at ELC.
My most memorable experience at the ELC was the opportunity to meet amazing people and to stay and live with different languages spoken. My language skills improved so much. Studying here and living with other English spoken was a wonderful experience.
The teachers I had the opportunity to study with were really professional and helped me so much. Not only the teachers but also, the library staff and all staff were always kind and helpful. The student activities organized by ELC were nice and a good opportunity to interact with other people.
The part of the learning experience at ELC that will help me most at Macquarie University is mainly my writing. It improved so much since I spent time in ILC. Another aspect is the presentation skills and the confidence to speak that all the teachers encourage to us students.
The accent in Australia is very different. The quality of life is very good and there are beautiful places to visit with good weather. On the weekend, I normally wouldn't go to parties or busy places. I like going to the beach and travelling to other cities such as Kiama and Gold Coast.
Pedro Coelho Torres - Brazil - General English and HAS
I have good memories about my teachers and classmates, some jokes while studying grammar, laughing together and learning every day a bit more about other cultures, and of course learning English.
I studied General English and University Entry English Preparation Program in Human Sciences, Arts and Science (HAS) at ELC. I will study a Bachelor of Information Systems at Macquarie University.
Before I came to ELC, my English was very simple and I could not handle basic conversations or write more complex texts. All my skills have been significantly improved since I started my English course at ELC. For instance, now I can read any kind of text in English without any major problems. Given the fact that learning a language is a process, I'm still improving my skills at university and also by myself.
The support was really well provided for me and for everybody. Audiovisual materials, books, conversation classes, workshops and a very nice library only for ELC students. The teachers are also very good. The ELC tried as much as possible to provide tools/opportunities to prepare me for the university. The activities that I did at ELC are everyday helping me to have a better experience at the university.
The best thing about living in Australia is the possibility to learn about a lot of other cultures. Since I came here, I developed a curiosity about Asian culture and history. Even though things here are expensive, the quality of life here is really fantastic. You can go anywhere at anytime without the feeling the something bad could happen.
I think that the ELC student activities are pretty cool. Activities like that help us to socialise more with other students and also use our skills in a friendly and relaxed environment. Travel abroad is not only to learn a new language or to take a university degree, this experience is also to meet new people from many places in the world.
I live near the university so I used to go to ELC by bicycle. I liked that something like 15 students in a colourful classroom, with walls that you can write on and the nicest teachers possible in the world is good.
Thi Thanh Tuyen Dao - Vietnam - Academic English and BAE
Now I can communicate with my friends and teachers easier and I do not forget to pronounce the end sound of the words.
I studied Academic English and BAE at ELC. I will study a Bachelor of Commerce (Professional Accounting) at Macquarie University.
I improved my speaking and reading skill. When I first came to ELC I was not confident to communicate with others in English and I did not pronounce the end sound of the words which is important to make others understand.
During my studies in ELC, I had received support from the ELC team. All I have to do is tell them my problems then they willing to help me. I asked them many things like how to improve my listening, which books are helpful for me or just how to register for workshop.
I think listening and writing will help me most at Macquarie University. Lecturers will speak fast and I have to catch important information of their lecture and take notes. Writing is also helpful because I have to write many reports.
I tell my friends that living in Australia was the most unforgettable time of my life. Australians are very kind. If you lost the way they show you instruction clearly and sometimes they take you to where you want to go. If you forgot your mobile phone or any of your belongings on the train, the bus or restaurant, they will return to you. There are many beautiful spots and beaches where you can travel easily. Moreover, Australia is a diversified country so you can meet many people from different nations in the world and also taste many cuisines from these countries. On the weekend I usually would work at my part-time job but sometimes I went out with my friends.
A typical day where I would go to class at ELC: I usually go to ILC where I can read some books in the morning. I also find some grammar books and listen to lecture on ELC online. After that, I go to global cafe and have large coffee to make me awake before I go to class. My lesson begins at 1 pm. Firstly; we do small activities like pronouns or read a paragraph but sometime we listen and do some note-taking.
Activities in ELC were chances for students to relax and make friends. I like the winter party and summer party as well. Furthermore, ELC also organise some trips to the beach which are very exciting.
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