Meet Won Young from Korea

So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
The main purpose of my time here in England was volunteering at a church, but I needed a certain score in IELTS to apply for an English University, so I came to Celc to improve my essay writing skills. This is my second time at the school. I knew some of the teachers already and how the school worked, so I decided come back again.

Was England as you expected?
Yes and no. Even though I knew about England quite well, some of the cultural differences were more than I thought. It’s different working here than just studying – you see more real life when you’re working. For example, the way we show respect in Korea is different to England.

How was your experience of living with an English family?
Brilliant. They correct me all the time (which I like!) and they sometimes teach me good words and idioms. I can speak about any topic, such as my faith. They’re more than happy to check my writing and help me practice my speaking.
I live and work with a pastor, so we do activities together with the community. For example, we have a club on Fridays for local young people. I help at a boys club (primary school age) every other Monday. On Thursdays I help with an exercise class.

What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
Scotland – I went there for a holiday before I started at the school. It was great. Edinburgh was a beautiful city and the people were really friendly. Another memorable moment was going on a camp on the Isle of Wight with some of the young people from the church. We had a great time together.
Coming back to the school it’s interesting to see some of the teachers again!

Is there anything you’d like to warn other students who are thinking of coming to England about?
If you get the opportunity for any kind of volunteer work I would encourage you to do it! Interacting with native speakers will really improve your English. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes!
Also, don’t expect public transport to always arrive on time! It can often be delayed.

When I was here last time I got involved in lots of the school activities, which really helped me to understand the history of England. I also helped organise some social activities outside of school with friends, such as going bowling or going for a meal, which helped improve my confidence. It was good getting to know so many people and cultures.