2018 England Summer Study Tour
On 19 July 2018, a group of 21 students and teachers departed for England
for a 17-day study tour. The primary
objective was to help students improve their English and sharpen their
communication skills in an English authentic speaking environment. In addition, the tour provided an excellent
opportunity to experience British culture.
We were given a warm reception on arrival. The Cambridge-based program offered language
classes during the morning on weekdays, followed by social and recreational
activities. Educational visits enriched
students’ learning beyond the campus: an art gallery, Cambridge University
Botanic Garden, Aerospace Bristol, places of historical significance (Bury St.
Edmund Abbey, Roman Baths, Shakespeare’s birthplace), and prestigious
universities (Oxford, Cambridge).
With the latest royal wedding fresh in our minds, the excursion to
Windsor Castle captured the hearts of many students. Our contingent indulged in a boat trip along
picturesque River Thames, before trying the traditional fish-n-chips. How readily we were mesmerized by punting at
idyllic Cambridge? We found ourselves in
a reflective mood at King’s College Chapel, from where Christmas Carols have
been broadcast around the world.
From our students’ feedback, the tour was a thoroughly enjoyable
one. We were particularly impressed by
their efforts to break the language barrier.
Buoyed by their linguistic advancement, they were able to thrive on
British soil. They evinced high levels of
commitment, whilst making friends of different nationalities. They were brimming with confidence!
Our tour also included a visit to Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site and birthplace of Winston Churchill. We were in awe of this architectural masterpiece and its priceless art collections. For our students, however, it was the former Prime Minister’s saying of “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” that they treasured most. They made us proud.返回