Intensive General English and IELTS: Reema’s story

Reema was a geography teacher in her home country of Saudi Arabia. After 10 years of teaching, Reema wanted to do a master’s degree so that she could get involved with educational policy. She aimed to do a master’s degree at University College London (UCL), which is regarded as one of the best universities in the world. To enter UCL, she needed at least 6.5 in IELTS, but her level was 5. She took an IELTS course at the London School of English, and after three months, she was able to get IELTS score she needed. 

Reema's plans

As the mother of four beautiful boys, Reema always wished the very best for her family and for herself. She wanted to help develop the educational system of her country. Specifically, she wanted to be involved in developing and applying a new assessment process, based on a combination of the British and the US assessment systems. For this, Reema needed to understand and research international education systems, so she came to England improve her English and take a master’s degree. 

“Eat, sleep and drink English”

Before she came to England, Reema was given this good advice: “Eat, sleep and drink English”. It means that she should spend every minute of her day immersed in English - and this is just what Reema did. She decided to come to The London School of English because of our good reputation and because we offer full-immersion English. Classes at the London School of English are 100% in English, and always contain a variety of nationalities.  

Reema took every opportunity to practice her English. She talked with classmates and trainers while enjoying the free lunch (all courses at our London centres include free cooked lunches). She took part in the school’s social programme and spent her spare time with her new friends.

The school has a very good reputation and I can see that a lot of students, when they finish their course, they have a good level of English.

Learning can come with different challenges for different people. Reema faced the challenge of adapting her learning style from Saudi to British. Her teachers quickly understood her goals and her difficulties and helped Reema get used to the different methodologies. For example, Reema learned the value of feedback. Later, at university, she did her master’s thesis on how Saudi students understand feedback.

My teacher gave me a lot of her time because she really tried to help me: she tried to find where my problems were, helping me adapt and progress.

Reema has remained close to her trainers at the London School of English

IELTS success 

After her course, Reema got the IELTS score that she needed and was offered a place at UCL. While at UCL, Reema maintained her relationship with her teachers here at The London School of English. Our Director of Operations, Shirley Norton, attended Reema's graduation ceremony last year.

The course has given me the opportunity to give me the IELTs score I needed immediately. The first time I did the IELTS exam, I got the score that I needed! After three months at The London School of English, I went from 5.0 to 6.5!

A new venture

During her studies, Reema discovered a new passion for coffee. Now confident using English, Reema decided to take a sabbatical in her career. With her family’s support, she opened a contemporary coffee shop in London.  

Reema stands outside her coffee shop

Reema still plans to go back to Saudi Arabia and help change the educational system there. But currently she is enjoying running her coffee shop and using English in every day. So, if you are ever in the Brentford area then pop by and say “hello” to Reema.

I am a very social person and learning English has given me the opportunity to be social with others.

Reema not only speaks excellent English, she also makes excellent coffee

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Reema is an educator and business owner. She took an Intensive General English course and an IELTS course.