Takeshi Kawakami from
Japan believes that studying English in Melbourne was one of the best
decisions of his life. After completing a study tour with Japan's Mouroren
University of Technology, Takeshi enrolled in the General English course at
the Centre for English Language Learning (CELL) at RMIT
University. When he first arrived at the Centre, Takeshi's English was
pre-intermediate. After sixteen weeks of studying English at CELL, Takeshi's
English is now at an upper-intermediate level.
"When I arrived in Australia, my English wasn't very good at all. I believe
my English has improved incredibly since studying at CELL. I can now say
that I speak English very well to all my friends back home".
Takeshi chose to study in Melbourne because he was in awe of the city's
beauty, the friendliness of the people, and because the Centre for English
Language Learning had an excellent reputation for academic and teaching
"I chose to study at CELL because I heard many good things about the English
course from friends who had studied there before. I liked the teachers. They
were always very helpful when I needed them. I also wanted to meet people
from different countries. Everybody was really nice and the environment was
relaxed and friendly. "
Living in Melbourne was also very affordable, because of the currency
exchange rate at the time. A keen traveller, Takeshi enjoyed the splendors
of Melbourne by taking trips to Healesville Sanctuary, which is home to
native animals in natural surroundings, the magnificent Great Ocean Rd,
renowned for its breathtaking views of the ocean, and Phillip Island (home
to the famous Penguin Parade). He also chose to live with an Australian
family (the Homestay option), which meant that he was regularly able to
practice his English.
Takeshi is now studying an Engineering program at RMIT University, and
believes that his improved English skills will help him in his Civil
Engineering career and improve his prospects for getting a job overseas.
Author Takeshi Kawakami RMIT University, the Centre
For English Language Learning