Student Quotes

My name is Phan Diem Huong Tran. I was born and grew up in Vietnam, so my first language is Vietnamese. , I know of MiraCosta College from my cousins, who are studying here. They recommended for me to come and study while I was confused about my choices, like which school I should attend in the U.S. After I heard of my cousin’s feelings about their school, I went on the website of the MiraCosta. Then, on the website I discovered a nice campus and a lot of benefits to study here. Especially, there are more than fifty academic major, and it prepares the first two-year for students transfer to a university. One of the most major is accounting; eventually, I would like to attend two years of school in the U.S.

Before I came to the U.S, my English was not really good enough; also, I wanted to have a better English skill; Therefore, I decided to apply for ELI classes. In my case, it is very appropriate for non-native students to have strong basis before we continue to study academic class. During the time I am studying English at MiraCosta, I realize that my English has evolved in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and I have learned about American cultures. ¬†Moreover, the teachers are very kind and friendly; they appreciate to talk to students and are willing to help them.¬† Sometimes, I didn’t speak like native people, Debbie corrected and explained for me, or when I had mistakes in writing essays, Sou and Zakia helped me to correct grammar. Likewise, I had practiced listening a lot in Deborah class, and I had great conversations about American cultures with Kristin class. Furthermore, they were always happy to accept all of questions from students, and then they answered anything about my education goals. This ELI program helped me so much. ¬†

Now, I would like to apply for the accounting program in order to continue my goals in the U.S. I choose MiraCosta College because it is a school, which shows high learning qualities, and the professors always care about students’ success that I heard from my cousins. Besides, the college has strong academics, the teachers have large knowledge and many experiences, and interest in teaching. In addition, MiraCosta offers a low tuition compared to other schools in region, and easily gets in. Especially, accounting is one of the most popular majors at MiraCosta. I believe it should help my studying in the future.

My full name’s Chau Duc Hoa. I am from Vietnam. I have been studying in the ELI classes for 4 months, my English skills have improved every day. This is the first time I have studied with international students. I could make friends with other people who came from over the world. At first time, we still have a little bit shy so we didn’t communicate, but in the first day, we had a mini game and everyone had known other people’s name. We studied hard together. In Zakia class, we couldn’t forget how much homework she gave to us, and how fun she made for us to keep our attention on lesson. She spent a lot of time on individual people, because she wanted to talk with everyone and help everyone improve their English. Zakia taught us about vocabulary and reading, Debbie taught us about American speech. They sometimes hung out with my class, and help my class to acquire the English languages rules very much. We hung out many times together, for example, Carlsbad Lagoon, Frisbee, Whale Watching, California Mission, and last week is gone to Boomers. I have many memories from my classes and my teachers. We were happy and so excited whenever they said we have a trip to somewhere every Friday. Every times we hung out together; my teachers still do not forgot to teach us whenever they have a chance. They taught me and my friends a lot of things about American Culture and especially we could talk with American people to improve our English skills. Beside Zakia and Debbie are my other teachers: Sou, Kristin, and Deborah. These are 3 special teachers, they taught my class about pronunciation, writing, American culture, and taught us some experiences when we studied in United States. Even though, sometimes they gave us a lot of homework, but I knew they just want we will pass the final test. They did anything to teach us, they wanted to convey their experience to us, and helped us how to learn good English. ELI class was the first class I took in United States.

A letter to a current ELI instructor from a former ELI student:


How was your weekend?

For me it was so great because i started to teach English!

A Korean who lived in America more than 5 years asked me to teach English!

He could speak survival English but he wanted to communicate more deeply other Americans.

Isn't it amazing? I stayed in America only 2 months and started teaching it.

I taught English when I was in Korea as I told you before.

But this means totally different because here is America.

Anyway, I taught him pronunciation today.

exactly same lecture you gave me.

I became mama Jinny and taught about vowel and showed how the class will go.

5 steps: Vowel-pronunciation problems-music-swallow-link!

After the class, he recognized the improvement of his pronunciation,

and he hugged me for giving wonderful tutoring.

I am so thankful that I can learn such wonderful things about English from you.

Always I love to learn English with mama Debbie's style.

I think I am so lucky to have you as my English teacher!

I Love you:)

Have a nice day!