‘Education is never ending’. Have you ever heard this saying?
I’m the one who has been dreaming about studying abroad for years (I am from Lampang, Thailand). Life learning motivates me to continue my educational journey to study my Master’s Degree overseas. The main barrier was the language and how to develop my English skills to complete my studies.
I chose the University of Lincoln because of the variety of support for international students including the PEASS course, which means Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills.
I have to admit that I have never attended an English programme before, so I didn’t know what to expect.
The PEASS programme provides you with special skills that can really help you in your university life. It includes writing, reading, speaking and listening skills development. My advice is that if you are concerned about your English skills, it is good to join. On top of this, you will make friends with other international students as well, which helps you settle in to life before you start your chosen programme.
During the PEASS course, you will gain a lot of experience about how to communicate in English in different ways. It helps you think logically, improves your writing, and you will also practice a lot of listening and enhance your speaking skills.
There are many activities in class provided for you to take part in. These are within groups, but there are also things to do as an individual, such as presentations, essays and discussions, etc.
You can also have some private time with your tutor. This is held every Friday for approximately 15 minutes per person. This is to discuss any issues you may have. At the end of the programme, you will have to take a test to ensure that you are ready to pass onto your course. Do not worry, if you prepare well and study hard, you can pass.
From my experience, I gained a lot of knowledge and I have learnt a lot from this programme, especially having come from Thailand.
My writing and listening skills have improved and I think these will really help me on my MSc International Business degree.
My advice to students thinking about this course is that you have to believe in yourself and that you can do it. Keep practicing and learning. Asking questions is not a bad idea at all in class and I would recommend you to do this throughout the programme.
Before I came to study here, I wasn’t brave enough to raise my hand and ask questions. However, that has changed now. I can do it; you can do it. It is an opportunity that is worth chasing.
Panalee Chuenjaichanok (Pickey) – MSc International Business from Thailand