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Eurocentres Ambassador: Marion Dagot, San Diego

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Chapter 2:

First day at school!

Before I came to San Diego

After leaving university 6 years ago, once again  I’m here, back on school benches.

To be honest, English classes have never been my strong suit. I have always hated these courses, classical learning methods in France never suited me. Obviously it’s important to know the basics of grammar (not the most fun part of the language to learn) and it’s likely that at the time I didn’t really grasp the challenge of knowing a foreign language.

Today my level of English is not catastrophic. Thanks to my travels and the many series and movies I watch in English. I’m able to have a classic conversation with someone, I have all the necessary vocabulary to travel, I understand easily, my pronunciation is not so terrible, and people often understand me without asking me to repeat. My weakness is my lack of self-confidence. When I have to speak, I know that I make a lot of mistakes. Tense errors (let it be said I hate the present perfect), grammar errors, which makes me panic and finally I say almost anything, really anything but what I want to say. Or I stammer even when I am fully able to answer the question.

Now in San Diego, the 4 weeks of English classes (4 hours a day / 5 days a week) and immersion in a host family as the only French language is a huge chance for me. I can progress, be more comfortable with speaking and gain confidence in myself!

Well let’s get down to business, how was that first school day?

In one word: AWESOME! It was so great! The Eurocentres team in San Diego is incredibly kind. We were 3 new students, we had tests, a first reading comprehension test, a second oral comprehension test, a writing test and a conversation with one of the teachers. These tests determine our level and therefore the class in which we are placed. Personally I have a level B1, that is to say on 10 levels I am between the 4th and 5th levels, the level 1 being the lowest and the levels 9-10 being the levels of languages ​​supported. Hey, I told you my level was not so bad!

There are 11 students in my class, many Japanese and Saudi, but also a Brazilian, a Turkish and a Kuwaiti. A nice mix of culture that I love! I started to connect with some people, whether on walks or durimg meals, I am rarely (if ever) alone. I am relatively close to the 2 people who arrived at the same time as me. For ages it’s the same, the youngest I met was 17 and the oldest … I don’t know!

By the way, do you know what? As soon as I finish this article, I will immerse myself in my homework. Yes back to school also means: work at home (that’s something I didn’t miss …).

Here you can read Marion’s previous post. Also, check out her Instagram and the beautiful pics she posted during her time in San Diego!

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