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How to prepare for university in an English speaking country?

I am going to study in Amerca next year as an exchange student.


I am really concerened if I can communicate with classmates (u know, native spekers speak so fast as an ESL student's point of view)


I am worried if I can follow the class well, write essay well..


 It starts from at the end of the March next year.


Would u give me an advice to prepare for that?


Do u think it is possible to get a part time job in school with busy campus life? (Especially as an international student.)


Dec 9, 2014 10:46 PM
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*how do I...


lesson one- nine times out of ten we use the word college instead of university; even when referring to universities. The bright side for you is that it's two syllables versus five. 

December 10, 2014



Your friendly neighborhood American here. I'm happy to help but I need to ask you some questions. 


What are you going to be studying for? I ask because certain classes will be more dependant on writing while others might simply need you to take accurate notes and stay attentive in class. I have had interactions with a good number of exchange students and mostly it seems like myself and others are always willing to speak slower or change our word usage to try and make sure everyone can keep up in a conversation. It is no fun if you leave someone out of what you are talking about XD 


As for work that totally depends on the type of job, class schedule and the amount of work you want to have on your plate. I swing a part time job and I am also a very busy college student. 


I'd be happy to talk with you and help answer your questions. I know you are going to love it here in the States! 


William V 

December 10, 2014

It depends what kind of program you will be in. I have taught university ESL students in the USA and I think many students struggle with writing high-quality, original essays in English that are free of grammar problems. On the other hand, it can be difficult to get used to the different style of American education where participation is expected in class and you need to be able to think and respond to other classmates' questions quickly. If you are in a regular class with mostly all American students, you will be expected to contribute your thoughts to the class discussion and your grade will be part of that.


The problem I have seen is students spent most of their time on preparing for TOEFL or other tests but when they have to participate in the classroom, they don't have the language from the daily communication because they don't know how to express themselves.


Watching TV, documentaries, movies, etc are a good way to improve your English vocabulary and listening skills and try to watch it with no subtitles. I also recommend reading something you find interesting everyday in English.


Some classes give you to read 50 pages or more each week so it's important to be able to read English fluently to be able to keep up with the coursework. I can only imagine what it's like to read in another language so many pages a week!


As for the job, I think you will be very busy getting adjusted to the campus life, and keeping up with your coursework, not sure if a job would be in your best interest - maybe the second semester. I heard some international students can have an on-campus job but it may depend on your visa/school. Good luck!

December 10, 2014

i want to go to america!! what city are you going to go? maybe at first time can be a bit difficult for you because some things will be different there but if that is what you really want ...there is nothing to concern and you just have to enjoy the experience and become the difficults to challenges.Encouragement! You will able to do it. (:

December 10, 2014

To sit an official English test could be a good alternative for you to master a language in a more systematical way as far as I know.

December 16, 2014
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