> Catarina Feliciano
WSE Lisboa: Expo
My journey at Wall Street English began not very long ago, but since my first class I felt like I was among family. I am writing this paper to compliment my little WSE Expo family! Classes wouldn’t be the same without those faces we’ve come to know and love. Sandra, with her nice smile and kind words everytime we enter the door; Marina, who is always available to help us and has a great sense of humor. Finally, Filomena who is very thoughtful and challenges us to be the best we can and give all we can give in order to improve as learners and as persons. The School would not run smoothly as we are used to without Gisela: she’s one of the funniest persons I know and she’s always there for us in any time of need. Last but not least, our Consultants with whom we can always count on for helping us, explaining everything and giving us the tools to step up our English. João who is my consultant, is an inspiring professional and he always has a good life story to share with me. I can’t imagine my life right now without those people. So I thank Wall Street English and I wish a happy 20th anniversary with 20 more to come!
My journey at Wall Street English began not very long ago, but since my first class I felt like I was among family.
> Elsa Luis
WSE Torres Vedras
Works in a school for adults with disabilities
Hi there folks. My name is Elsa and I was a student at Wall Street Institute, in 2013. When we closed our company – my husband and I – in 2012 we didn’t know what to do with our lives but we really needed a job. It was extremely hard to find a job for us because Portugal was starting the economic crisis and we were almost 40. After a lot of nights without sleeping, we decided to move to Canada, a strange country that we didn’t know a lot about, but outside of Europe where, apparently, the crisis was. Maybe we could have tried Germany but German is a very hard language to learn. To start this new adventure my husband came here alone to find a job and a house and I decided to improve my English while waiting for my son to finish the school year and, then, come as well. The only English I had was back to school years. I think I found a good school with great teachers and I had fun. It was an awesome experience and if it were today I would pick the same school. Canada is a huge country with friendly people and a big Portuguese community, mainly in Toronto City. There is a lot to explore and nature is well preserved. They care about nature as well they care about animals, children, women, and people with disabilities. Canadians don’t have a large History like we do but they still have roots with the Natives. In winter time the weather is really cold but all the houses and facilities have heat and air conditioner. On the other hand, summer can be very hot too. I found a job in a school for adults with disabilities and I really like it. My Portuguese is useful for them and, at the same time, I practice my English. Some of them call me “teacher” and they are special friends. First, I started as a volunteer and this is what everyone can do because they appreciate volunteers. I’m doing free English classes on Saturday morning with a Canadian teacher. There is light differences between English from England and Canadian English. My husband works at construction, like most of the immigrants, and he is a roofer. My son is going to the High School (grade 9) and he is a great student. His marks are excellent and he is almost fluent in English. He is in a Catholic School because it’s more disciplined than the public ones. To get there we had to prove that he has the Baptism and we are Catholics. The major problem here is the immigration service. They are not easy to deal with and is a long way to go until everyone get a status. But each one of us has a fighter inside so, if you guys want to come to Canada, learn English first, then go forward and you will get it. Now I’m volunteering for Parapan Am Games, the Paralympic side of Pan Am Games. I applied and I was accepted to work in the Information Booth. I have never done something like this before but they were looking for someone speaking Portuguese and here I am showing my linguistic skills (Portuguese, Spanish, and, of course, English). I hope you all enjoy my text and good luck for everyone.
Hi there folks. My name is Elsa and I was a student at Wall Street Institute, in 2013. I think I found a good school with great teachers and I had fun. It was an awesome experience and if it were today I would pick the same school.
> Karina Paiva
WSE Póvoa de Varzim
Hello! My name is Karina, I’m 26 years old and I live in Póvoa de Varzim since October 2007, but I’m from São Paulo, Brazil. In January 2011 I decided to improve my English… “Even better, I decided to learn English again.” During my school years, I studied English for almost 6 years but the only thing that my teacher taught me was the verb TO BE… AMAZING!!! So, I chose WSE to learn English and I can say to all of you, who are reading this; it was one of the best choices I’ve ever made! I started in Survival1 and I still remember I wasn’t able to speak or to write anything, except the ordinary words. “Hello, how are you? And bla, bla, bla”, but since then I can say that my English improved a lot! I did the full course, like I said before I started in Survival 1 and I finished in Mastery 2 and today I’m able to speak and write in English. WSE Póvoa de Varzim helped me reach my goals, and for that the only thing I have to say is… WSE thank you very much for all!
WSE Póvoa de Varzim helped me reach my goals, and for that the only thing I have to say is… WSE thank you very much for all!