After three summers in a row at the Badminton school in Bristol, JB is truly an expert young learner. Excepting the staff nobody knows our school better; so what is summer really like with OISE?
1. What have you learnt with OISE (other than English?) I've met a lot of different people during my stays here, and made good friends from throughout the world. I really believe such experiences open doors to other cultures and different ways of living; it is a real opportunity.
2. Can you tell us about your "Badminton School News" video? We have a lot of projects during the course, that we work on every day. One of these was a news project, and our class decided to create a video about the school - a TV News Show with interviews and reports in a style close to CNN’s.
3. Have you got a favourite experience from Badminton? My favourite experiences from the school are the on stage activities, like plays or presentations to other students; or the school talent show. The most interesting project this year was a play which included the whole school. Every class adapted a scene from Romeo and Juliet, and every scene was rewritten by the whole group to be set in different times, with different subjects. The show was really good and all the classes did their best; I was very proud to participate.
4. How has your English developed? Mainly my spoken English has improved during my different stays. There are students from all over the world at the Badminton school: speaking to them or the teachers in English helps a lot. My writing and listening skills have also developed in a good way.
5. Why spend your summer holiday on a language course? There are so many benefits; you improve your English, a language which has become the International language. You open your mind to other cultures. You discover English life style and English gastronomy!
6. Are English lessons in your school at home different? Learning English in France is completely different to an intensive language course: in a day at Badminton, we cover subjects that we would have discovered in 2 weeks in France. The way of studying is also really different: instead of being in a large class, where it is always difficult to participate, we work in small groups limited to 8 students of the same level.
7. What keeps you coming back? I particularly like the facilities, especially the indoor swimming pool, the bedrooms and the classrooms. Staff members and teachers are very nice also and I am happy to meet them again from one summer to another. I don't spend my time in the same way because I am older (not doing the same leisure activities, for example). Also I know Bristol very well; now I go straight to the best places.
8. What are your plans for the future? Next summer I would like to discover a new country. I want to visit Boston, to study with OISE of course. In the longer term, I do not have an exact idea about what I want to do and study, and this is why I believe it is so important to continue opening our horizons.