Interview with Lukas Behn.
We met Lukas from Germany at OISE Oxford to get an inside perspective of the course. We spoke about his ambition, his inspiration and his experiences of being a language student with OISE for the second time.
Can you give us a brief introduction to your person and what you are currently doing in Germany?
My name is Lukas Behn, I'm 20 years old. I am very interested in sports such as tennis, I regularly go to the gym and I love football - I'm a goalkeeper. I enjoy socialising with my friends and my girlfriend on the weekend. I currently go to college in Munster and am preparing for my A-levels next year in spring.
What are your goals for your future career?
I am excited to finish my exams soon. I need very good results because I am going to study medicine, specialise in sports medicine and become a doctor. My dream is to become a team physician and manage all the medical care and health of the football team Schalke 04.
Which role models have been particularly influential for you in your life so far?
My parents are my biggest role models for me and they have influenced me in many positive ways. My mother always encourages me and supports me in whatever decisions I make. My father has been a great role model and inspiration. He is a doctor and has inspired me to want to follow the same profession. I have learnt a lot from him. My other two role models are two of the best German goalkeepers, Manuel Neuer and Ralf Fährmann. Manuel Neuer is the reason why I became so interested in sports and a supporter of Schalke 04. They both are the both great men and have inspired a lot of people!
How important is mastering the English language for reaching your set goals?
I think mastering the English language is very important not just for my concrete goals. English is the world's number one language. It is vital to be able to speak English very well in order to communicate with people from all over the world, especially during this time of globalization! But it is also important for my personal goals. You have to be able to speak English at medical congresses, fairs and the field is very international. That way you can communicate with doctors from all over the world and build strong networks!
Tutorial one-to-one at OISE Oxford with Lukas Behn.
You have chosen a Tutorial one-to-one program at Oxford. What are the benefits of this format and who do you think this course is particularly suited to?
The tutorial one-to-ones is great for improving your English very quickly in a short time. I had so much practice because I spoke with the teacher all the time, there is no one else. You cannot hide. That is why I think it is particularly suited to people who want to improve their English quickly and to a high standard. I think it is also a good way to make people who feel more unsure feel confident in English. There is no fear to make mistakes in front of others and that helps a lot. Even for shy people who don't want to talk in front of other students, at the beginning. Soon they will be able to give a presentation in English in public!
One of the main differences at OISE is that we place a lot of value on learning a language as a life skill. Which other skills do you feel have you learnt through your course and the teaching in Oxford?
I have to say, I really like this way of learning English as a life skill! It is now the second time I have studied with OISE. It's not so formal and yet still serious. We spoke a lot about current affairs and the news. I feel I was able to approached learning the English language in the same way native speakers do. What else did I learn at OISE Oxford? Well, I learned many new strategies for improving my vocabulary. New ways to practice them every day. My teachers also prepared me for my college exam for when I leave Oxford. All in all it was really great and my English is much better than before.
What was it like living in a host family? Did it improve your learning experience?
I was really lucky to be able to stay with the same host family as I did for my last stay in Oxford. It was brilliant, they were very friendly to me and helped me to improve my English through speaking as much as possible. My host mother is a really excellent cook! This time there were also some other language students from different countries as well who were learning English to prepare for a aeronautics exam at the Kidlington airport just near Oxford. All in all I improved my English so much and learned a lot about other cultures and people!