Renata Grosicka
34, Kirkcaldy
ESOL Upper Intermediate; ESOL Higher 

"I started studying at Fife College in 2013 with the ESOL Upper Intermediate course. After this, I moved on to ESOL Higher, which is the next course up.

"Being from Poland, I believe that studying English is something that every foreign person should do if they are going to live in an English speaking country. My English was poor before coming to college; I was making mistakes in my grammar, pronunciation and spelling. I felt like my lack of fluent English was standing in the way of a good career.

"The ESOL course is well known among Polish people in Fife. Some of my friends were studying it before, and that is how I ended up filling an application form for this course. I am happy to study at Fife College and I have met some great lecturers here who are really great at their job and teach with real passion.

"On the ESOL Higher course, we are preparing for future careers through writing CVs, personal statements and preparing for interviews. We are also being prepared for the SQA and IELTS exams. On the Upper Intermediate course, we also had the opportunity to learn more about Scotland. This was really interesting and useful.

"Although I wouldn’t say I relish every part of grammar and writing essays, I can honestly say that I do enjoy the course as I can see my English improving with each week. That’s very rewarding. 

"Both ESOL courses have definitely helped to prepare me for a future career or study at university. The lecturers are fantastic, they even help us to fill in application forms and find job adverts. The Guidance team at the College have also been great.

"After finishing the Higher course, I am hoping to find a job in my profession. Now that I can speak English more fluently, I am not afraid to go for an interview. My confidence has definitely been boosted! I will start with small steps as a classroom assistant and maybe I will be a primary teacher in the future.

"My only regret over the ESOL courses is not starting them sooner! It’s a wonderful opportunity."

You can find out more about ESOL Upper Intermediate and ESOL Higher, as well as the other excellent ESOL courses offered at Fife College, by visiting the courses section of our website.

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