Each month, the teachers and staff at PELA nominate outstanding students as the “Students of the Month,” for their hard work and great attitudes. Help us congratulate this month’s recipients: David (Abdulrahim) and Air (Onthira)!
PELA: How long have you been studying English?
David: I have been studying for two years.
Air: I have been studying [at PELA] for 4 months.
PELA: Why are you studying English?
Air: I study English to give a chance to myself because I want to go to university in the U.S.A.
David: I want to complete my higher education and get a master’s degree here.
PELA: What are you favorite English classes, and which are the most challenging?
Air: For me, listening is the most challenging, because people have individual speaking styles, speeds, and accents. That makes me confused all the time.
David: The most challenging? Writing – but I think nothing is hard if we practice.
Air: I love writing and grammar, because I have more time to arrange sentences and think about what I want to tell the audience.
David: Grammar and speaking are my favorite classes. Grammar helps me express my complicated ideas and speaking helps me deliver them.
“Work hard but have fun!” Air finding a candy bar at the PELA Easter Egg Hunt!PELA: How do you suggest students practice their English outside of class? What are your strategies?
David: So many things, such as [work with] a study group, reach out to people, talk to my host family, talk to my teacher. Basically, I try to get out of my comfort zone.
Air: I usually listen to TED talks or podcasts to improve my listening skill, and repeat it with its transcript. Every week, I will find a topic to practice writing and grammar, too.
David: My advice: Know your “why” and work towards it. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes – go on as challenging as you can.
Air: Work hard but have fun. You have to create your own style that you feel satisfied [with].
David: Be patient and don’t forget to enjoy your journey.
Air: When you have fun, your English skill will improve quicker!