My name is Emily Pasquale and I’m from Cheshire.
Why I chose to study BA English, Language and Education at Leeds
I was eager to go to the University of Leeds as I loved the campus, the sports facilities, and it is a highly ranked University. The course appealed to me as it gives students the opportunity to study abroad, gain a year in industry, and finish with a CELTA qualification, providing a great deal of teaching opportunities. I have always been interested in learning languages: at school I studied French, Spanish, German and Latin. Being half Italian I always wanted to study and become more fluent in the language, which this course enabled me to.
I am so happy with my course. I really enjoy modules that look into lexis and syntax, and implications for teachers and learners. I loved my Italian module last year, it really helped my grammar and made me a more confident speaker. I am also glad I have chosen some optional business modules as they prepare you for the future in terms of applying for graduate schemes. I am also excited for January in order to begin the CELTA qualification.
There are so many University facilities. There are plenty of computer clusters and well-stocked libraries. There can be a rush for certain resources around assignment deadlines but there is generally a big enough range that even if a particular book is out of stock, there will be something similar available.
The support in the School of Education has been phenomenal. I have needed help with changing modules due to clashes with training, or programme seminars due to matches and my course co-ordinator, Penny Robinson, has been extremely supportive and understanding. Penny has also been extremely helpful to each individual on the course who wants to study abroad, or undertake the CELTA qualification. I have found the levels of interaction with staff in the school to be one of the course’s strongest points. Tutors are always available to help and they are all passionate about teaching.
Outside of Studying
I was part of Leeds RAG in first year, as I wanted to take part in a volunteering project at Bugoigo School, in Uganda, Africa. I spent one month in Uganda with the charity "Soft Power Education" which seeks to improve the quality of life for children living in rural Uganda by enhancing education and refurbishing primary schools. I independently raised over £600 for the charity before the project. I helped in Uganda by teaching English to class sizes of 75, coaching sport, painting classrooms and helping to make bricks, foundations and walls for the schools.
I also play for the University of Leeds Netball team – we have regular training including 7-9am fitness on Monday morning before lectures, and training 8-10pm the same evening. In second year, I was voted to be on the Leeds University Netball Committee as Fixtures Secretary, which I had to balance with training and my studies. I was voted to be Sports Rep as part of the Hall Executive in 1st year in which I attended weekly meetings to discuss issues as well as organising the sports events for the year.
Life in Leeds
There is always something going on in Leeds. It's a friendly city that's big enough to have everything you could need such as culture, shopping, and nightlife, but small enough so that everywhere is easily accessible.
My advice to prospective students
If you are thinking about coming to Leeds I would definitely recommend it, the people are great, the course is brilliant and there are so many clubs and societies.