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Studying Abroad With TLC: Youhei’s Story TLC 語学留学:陽平の留学物語

Interview by Risa Okayama, TLC Alumni and Intern

Risa is completing her degree in Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) at TLC Host Campus, University of Central Oklahoma

Hello! I’m Risa Okayama from Japan. I’m a former TLC student and gladly, I’m doing an internship with TLC. I had an opportunity to have an interview with a former, Japanese, TLC student, Youhei Shimozaki. He was studying English at TLC a few years ago and he’s a graduate student now! He wants to share his experience at TLC with you. If you’re thinking about studying abroad, please don’t miss the opportunity!


Q&A for Youhei, a former TLC student

Q1: Why did you decide to study abroad in America?

A1: There is a program to be an athletic trainer that I’m interested in at UCO’s master so that’s why I chose TLC. UCO is TLC’s host campus.

Q1: アメリカ留学しようと思ったきっかけは?

A1: 夢であるATC(アスレチックトレーナー)になるため。

Q2: What are three things that you like about Oklahoma and Edmond

A2: Safe, clean, peaceful

Q2: エドモンドの好きなところを3つ教えてください

A2: 安全、綺麗、静か

Q3: Could you explain a little about your experience with your American homestay?

A3: They are warm-hearted people, sweet and good at cooking.

Q3: ホームステイはどんな人たちですか?

A3: とても暖かく、料理も美味しく、優しい、いい方々でした。

Q4: What do you think about TLC’s teachers?

A4: All teachers were nice and kind. Also, it is good that teachers are different by the level. I learned more about knowledge at the high level and teachers gave me motivation for studying when I was at the low level.

Q4: TLCの先生についてどうおもいますか?

A4: 先生は熱心で優しく、わかりやすく教えてくれます。クラスのレベルにより先生が違うのは良いことだと思います。上位のレベルのクラス先生がたには多くの知識を学び、下位のクラスの先生には学ぶモチベーションを与えてもらったと思います。

Q5: Where were your classmates from?

A5: Vietnam, China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Columbia, and Portugal.

Q5: クラスメートはどこの国出身ですか?

A5: 主に韓国、ベトナム、中国で他に少数派としてサウジアラビア、ポルトガル、コロンビアです。

Q6: What’s your main source of transportation in Edmond?

A6: When I was with a homestay, it was a car and a bicycle. (I just recommend you use the bicycle around UCO campus)

Q6: 主な交通手段は?

A6:  ホームステイ先の送り迎えと自転車です。(大学周辺以外での自転車はオススメしません)

Q7: What were you most surprised when you came to America?

A7: Refill service at a restaurant and paying with a credit card for splitting the check

Q7: アメリカに来て一番驚いたことは?

A7: 飲食店でのリフィルサービスとクレジットカードでの割り勘

Q8: What are three big differences between America and Japan?

A8: I learned the importance of telling my feeling and appreciation directly to people

Q8: カルチャーショックはありましたか?あったとしたらどんなことでしたか?

A8: 日本よりも家族を大切にすることをダイレクトに表すことで、感謝や自分の気持ちをちゃんと口に出す大切さを知れました。

Q9: Have you eaten any “American food”?

A9: I have. I’ve eaten Mexican food, Tacos, and Nachos, which I hardly can find it in Japan.

Q9: 日本でいうようなアメリカンフードは食べましたか?

A9: 基本、いろんなもん食べてます。日本であまり食べないもので食べてるのはタコスやナチョスなどのメキシカン料理です。

Q10: What was your English level when you arrived at U.S.?

A10: My score was 48 for TOEFL-PBT and 550 for TOEIC. These scores were same as around a level 6 of TLC. I wasn’t good at speaking at all.

Q10: アメリカに来た当初の英語のレベルは?

A10: TOEFL-PBTが48、TOEIC550くらいだったはずです。ほとんど喋れてないです。

Q11: What’s the difference between American English education and Japanese English education?

A11: A grammar class is easy in U.S. However, listening and writing are the hardest parts. U.S. English education is more focused on writing and grammar. To improve listening and writing skills, it is important to talk with American friends outside of a class.

Q11: アメリカと日本の英語教育の違いは?

A11: アメリカでの文法の授業は本当に簡単です。ただしリスニングやライティングは日本で相当やってなければかなりキツく、スピーキングはまず無理です。ただし、アメリカでは文法とライティングを叩き込まれるので、しっかり授業外でネイティブの学生や友人と話すことが大切です。

Q12: What is the best thing of TLC?

A12: They offer specialized classes of TOEFL and IELTS at TLC and their teachers are excellent. Also, teachers made time for answering my questions and practicing interviewing with me so, they were really flexible.

Q12: TLCのベストな事は?

A12: TOEFLとIELTSに特化したクラスがあり、その先生が非常に優秀です。またクラス外での質問や放課後にクラスを開いてもらったり、面接のために個人のクラスを作ってもらったりと非常に融通が効きました。

Q13: Do you recommend TLC? If so, why? Or if not, why not?

A13: I recommend Japanese to come to TLC because there are many kind and dedicated teachers.

Q13: TLCを留学を考えている日本人におすすめしますか?

A13: 優しい先生に熱心な先生が多くオススメです。

It is important to note that Oklahoma education accredidation requires international students to meet at least a minimum TOEFL score and complete at least 12 weeks of English practice in the upper levels of TLC’s program. It is recommended to finish level 9 at TLC and if doing Graduate studies, to complete APL. Many of TLC’s other partner schools will accept completion of TLC’s level 9 Intensive Program or Business English Program in place of a TOEFL score. If you have any additional questions about TLC’s university partners or studying abroad with The Language Company, please let us know by emailing info@thelanguagecompany.com. Share your academic goals with TLC before you even arrive and we will help to counsel you to prepare for the most appropriate academic path.



Home Away From Home: 聖輝のホームステイ経験談


Home Away From Home: Masaki’s Homestay Experience

Interview and photos by Risa Okayama, TLC Alumni and Intern

Risa is completing her degree in Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) at TLC Host Campus, University of Central Oklahoma


Q&A for Ann, TLC Homestay Mom

Why did you decide to be homestay? I wanted to give my children the opportunity to get to know students from different countries. I wanted my children to appreciate all the different cultures of the world.



How long have you been doing homestay? I have been doing homestay for 18 years.



What is the best part of living with international students? I would say my favorite parts are getting to know the different personalities of the students and the differences in their cultures.




What would you say to international students who are interested in living with an American family? It is very important because being a part of an American family is the only way to truly practice conversational English, and feel like they can fit in while in this culture.



From your perspective, what is the benefit of living with homestay? I think the constant interactions with the American family and extended family members is the biggest benefit to the international student.



What are the different nationalities that you have hosted? I have hosted students from Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Venezuela, Africa, and Vietnam.



What have you learned from hosting internationals? I have learned how similar they are to American kids in the way they like to have fun, learn, and joke around. I have learned how it feels to be loved and considered a mom to so many young adults from different countries.





Q&A for Masaki, TLC and JCFL Japanese student

What do you like the most about living with homestay? My homestay always takes me to the lake and theaters during weekend.




Do you think it is helpful to learn and develop your English by living with a homestay? Why or why not? I think it is helpful, especially to improve your listening because I hear English every day and my homestay talks fast and with a lot of energy in English. Therefore, when I talk with other people now, I can catch English much better.




What kinds of activities have you had with your homestay so far? I have been here almost two months and I have enjoyed doing Summer activities like having a BBQ, Kayaking, and sailing at the lake with my homestay.




What surprised you the most about living with an American Family? My homestay doesn’t care about little things. When I came to her home, I expected to have many rules, but she just expects me to keep my room clean.



Do you enjoy American food? What is your favorite American dish? I enjoy steaks, lasagna, diamond tea, cereal, and hotdogs.



What has surprised you about American culture? American people respect and practice their religion very openly. My homestay has prayer before every meal.



Would you consider your homestay a home away from your home? Yes, Ann and Gary welcomed me as one of their family members.




Sample American Homestay


Note to Readers: This is just a sample homestay. Each home may vary. Required services, accommodations, and policies for homestay are published on TLC’s website. TLC has many experienced homestays and homestay is available at each TLC location.







Student Salute: Anood Srooji

By Anood Srooji, TLC Alumni

My name is Anood Srooji. I am from Saudi Arabia. I have a small family including my husband, daughter and son. She is 9 years old and he is 6 years old. When they came to U.S.A they were so young, they have grown up here. I came to U.S.A 4 years ago. I was a TLC- Edmond Student back in 2012. I am studying for a Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Management, at University of Central Oklahoma.

I job shadowed at OU Medical center and I did a lot of volunteer work. In December of 2015 I will return to Saudi Arabia and I will try to find a job at hospital or diet center because I like to help the people to be healthy in their life.

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  • What was the most important thing I learned at TLC?

Among the many things that I learned at TLC- Edmond, the most important was how to communicate in an academic context. Prior to joining the institution, I didn’t know how to do a presentation project, how to write an essay in English, or even how to introduce myself. Also, I learned how to be social person by giving presentations and having discussions, whether in the institute or outside. Now, I have become more friendly with people because I met classmates from many different countries of the world. I learned from the friendships many things, like how to make their food, but in healthy way. Also, I learned how to respect all religions and different cultures. I got to know many teachers and staff members. They were like my family so, I didn’t feel like just a foreigner. Finally, I thank you all for your help, interest in my success, and support in helping me to achieve.

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  • What do I miss most about TLC- Edmond?

I really miss all my teachers who gave me genuine support in my life at TLC- Edmond. I think that TLC- Edmond is best choice for anyone who wants to have a great resume for their future profession. By attending TLC, I received many admission opportunities from other universities in U.S.

  • Now I will tell you about my experience at University of Central Oklahoma

UCO faculty members collaborate with international students. That makes the student feel there is no difference between the U.S. students and international students. They made me feel like part of a family, not just a student. This is so amazing. People there were so friendly and polite. I got from UCO many experiences and every day I get new opportunities. This helps me to have a strong personality to future challenges. Also, I got many opportunities from UCO and had many interesting experiences, such as I visited a local dairy factory and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. These travels were very enjoyable. I learned many things about my major in Nutrition. I liked teaching methods at UCO and I will apply these methods in my job, life and community when I return to my country. Finally, I want to say from my heart, thank you to University of Central Oklahoma for the support offered to me. I want to give a special thanks to my degree adviser about her interest in helping me to succeed. In summary, it is a very important stage in my life. I will keep all my memories in my mind forever.

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In the end, I want to give a recommendation for The Language Company to people who want to study English in the U.S. for academic goals or who want to come to U.S. to improve speaking. The TLC- Edmond center is the best place to learn English as a Second language.


نبذة مختصرة
اسمي العنود سروجي, من المملكة العربية السعودية. لدي عائلة صغيرة تتكون من زوج وابنه تبلغ من العمر 9 سنوات وابن يبلغ من العمر6 سنوات. عندما جئت إلى الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية كانوا صغار جدا، نشأوا وتعلموا هنا.. وقد كنت طالبه في المعهد عام  2012.والأن أدرس للحصول على درجة الماجستير في علوم التغذية وإدارة الأغذية في جامعة وسط أوكلاهوما
ولقد قمت بالعديد من الأعمال التطوعية. وبأذن الله سوف أعود إلى المملكة العربية السعودية في ديسمبر عام 2015 وسأحاول العثور على وظيفة في مستشفيات أو مراكز الحمية وذلك لأنني أحب مساعدة الناس اللذين يفضلون التمتع بصحيه جيدة في حياتهم

أهم الأشياء التي تعلمتها في المعهد
من بين العديد من الأشياء التي تعلمتها في  المعهد كان أهمها كيفية توصيل وسياق الكلام الأكاديمي. وقبل الانضمام إلى المعهد ، لم أكن أعرف كيفية القيام بمشروع العرض، وكيفية كتابة مقال باللغة الإنجليزية. أيضا، تعلمت كيف يكون الشخص اجتماعي من خلال تقديم العروض، والمناقشات، سواء في المعهد أو خارجه. الآن، لقد أصبحت أكثر ودية مع الناس لأني التقيت بزملاء من مختلف بلدان العالم. ولقد تعلمت من الصداقات أشياء كثيرة، مثل” كيفية احترام جميع الأديان والفرق بين الثقافات” . تعرفت على معلمين وموظفين كثيرين, كانوا مثل عائلتي. ولذلك، لم أكن أشعر بالغربة. أخيرا، أشكرهم جميعا لمساعدتهم واهتمامهم ودعمهم لي

ما الذي افتقدت “كثير” في المعهد
افتقدت حقا كل أساتذتي الذين قدموا لي الدعم الحقيقي في حياتي. أعتقد أن معهد- إدموند هو افضل خيار لمن يريد بناء مساره المستقبلي الباهر .وبفضل من الله ثم  المعهد ، تلقيت العديد من فرص القبول من الجامعات الأخرى في الولايات المتحدة
تجربتي في جامعة وسط أوكلاهوما
أعضاء هيئة التدريس في جامعة وسط اوكلاهما كانوا جدا متعاونين مع الطلاب الدوليين. وهذا يجعل الطالب لا يشعر بوجود فرق بينه وبين الطلاب الأميركيين. وهذا جعلني أشعر بأنني جزء من أسرة ، وليس مجرد طالبه لديهم. هذا كان مدهش, الناس كانوا جدا وديين ومحترمين. وقد حصلت على العديد من التجارب والخبرات وكل يوم أحصل على فرص جديدة. هذا جعل شخصيتي قوية لمواجهة تحديات المستقبل. وأيضا، حصلت على العديد من الفرص كزيارتي للمصانع والجامعات الاخرى . وكانت هذه الرحلات ممتعة للغاية. تعلمت أشياء كثيرة عن تخصصي في التغذية. أحببت طرق التدريس وسأطبق هذه الأساليب في عملي، وحياتي ومجتمعي عندما أعود إلى بلدي. وأخيرا، أريد أن أقول من كل قلبي، شكرا لجامعة وسط أوكلاهوما على الدعم الذي قدموه لي. أريد أن أقدم شكر خاص لكل من كان له سبب في مساعدتي ودعمي للحصول على شهادتي ولتحقيق نجاحي. ، وهي مرحلة مهمة جدا في حياتي. وستبقى في ذاكرتي و ذهني إلى الأبد

وفي النهاية، أريد أن أعطي توصية على معهد اللغة للأشخاص الذين يرغبون المجيء للولايات المتحدة الامريكية لدراسة اللغة الإنجليزية لأهداف أكاديمية أو غيرها. معهد-إدموند هو أفضل مكان لتعلم اللغة الإنجليزية كلغة ثانية

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