Alumni Spotlight: Borworn Tanrattanaphong

Borworn is a full-time lecturer for the Faculty of Economics at Kasetsart University in Thailand. He currently studies Agribusiness and Commerce at the PhD level at Lincoln University in New Zealand. Spending time in New Zealand is one of the best things in his life.

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Why did you choose this program?

Firstly, because Lincoln University is known for its agricultural programs. Moreover, many of my friends recommended Lincoln University's English Language School as one of the best in New Zealand for gaining academic English skills and I hoped to improve my English before enrolling in my PhD studies. Finally, the tuition at Lincoln University was somewhat cheaper than other schools, while maintaining an incredibly high standard of teaching.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Lincoln University English Language School provided a lot of materials related to practicing my English skills. Also, the staff of Lincoln University English Language School provided other academic resources, sharing useful websites for practicing English skills. If I need some help from my teachers, I was able to talk to them anytime I needed. They are willing to help their students without any biases.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

If you are looking to improve your English skills, particularly in an academic sense, Lincoln University English Language School is one of the best for doing so. Set the time aside to pay attention and focus on your studies. Make sure to do the homework assigned and continuously practice your English skills.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I have class about five days a week. On Monday and Tuesday, class is 9 am - 3 pm, and from 9 am - 12 pm the rest of the week. In class, we cover a lot of different English skills including writing, reading, listening, and speaking. Additionally, each student is assigned to write an academic report.

What was the biggest challenge you faced during your time abroad?

My biggest fear was being able to listen and understand, especially when talking with native English-speakers. Sometimes I can't keep up.

In order to overcome this, I joined clubs to make local friends and participated in community activities. I also visited Christchurch and talked with locals on walks through Hagley Park. I kept in contact with the people I met and used those opportunities to practice my listening skills.