This week we are in OISE Madrid with two French students, Gabrielle and Clementine (19 and 18 years old) and we asked them a few questions about their experiences with OISE and their goals for the future.
This is your second week here. Why did you choose OISE?
Gabrielle: I chose OISE because I wanted to attend an intensive course in order to improve my English for school. I need very good grades to get into a top university and a good friend of mine recommended OISE to me. My friend learnt a lot when she was here and is now studying at the famous School of Commerce in Paris. I would love to do something similar so that is why I am here.
Clementine.: I also heard very good things from friends of my parents who have sent all their children to do a course with OISE. Their daughter is currently in OISE Sherboure Priors in England.
Which course did you choose and why?
G. & C.: We are both studying Spanish in a small group which is good for practicing our speaking skills and for group work which we often have to do at school. Its great practice. We thought there would be 8 but now we are much less which is very good. We also get a lot of time with the tutors individually to focus on particular topics or difficulties.
What aspects of the course interests you the most?
G.: One thing that I really like is the number of students in the class. There are just 2 students and that makes it a very specific and personalised course. It is helping me to learn very quickly. It is also the first time I have ever been in Madrid and I really love it. Actually, my dad is Spanish but I have never been here before.
C: I agree, the small classes are intensive but very efficient. It means we have to speak Spanish all the time. Because we feel comfortable in the classroom it is easy to speak a lot and not be afraid of making mistakes. Here at OISE I don’t feel shy at all!
You both seem very ambitious. What are your goals for the future?
G.: Once I finish the course at OISE Madrid I will focus on preparing for my final exams at school. Everyday during my lessons here, I take a lot of notes because it is all very relevant. The notes will be a very useful guideline for my revision when I get back home. My exam back in France will take place in April but already now I feel a lot more confident and well prepared. I have made very quick progress.
C.: I will also being taking the exam in April at my school. When I finish the exam I would like to get into a respectable management school in France. The entry exams are very tough and I will need to do written and spoken exams in English, French, Spanish or German. I think Spanish is very useful in the area of management and communications so that is why I chose it. The exams will be different depending on the schools but I now feel I can manage it. It is not an easy exam, it is a real competition where the most important thing is to be the best. It is extremely competitive but I feel prepared.
What is it like living with a Spanish family?
G.: The family is really lovely. I am living with a Spanish lady and her son. They are very kind and helpful with everything and make me feel at home and comfortable. In the evenings we sometimes play games and I can notice that what I learned during the day stays with me and helps me in many different situations. My room is clean and I have everything I need. I am really happy.
C.: I live with a lovely Spanish lady, she is very nice and sympathetic. There are also a few other international students living with her, all of us are from different countries. I really love it because I can speak Spanish to everyone and we learn a lot together too. But the best thing is the cooking. My host mother cooks the most delicious Spanish food. I will miss that a lot when I leave. It's amazing!