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Student Spotlight – Jerome Hubert January 28th, 2018

Jérôme has been studying at ELC Boston for seven weeks. He decided to move to Boston as a break from working in France, taking this opportunity to continue his English studies. Jérôme graduated from university in France and works as an engineer in renewable energy. He hopes that improving his English skills at ELC will be helpful for when he returns to the workforce. As a writer, Jérôme hopes he will be able to write his stories in English for his new friends in the United States.

In terms of your experience at ELC in particular and Boston in general, what do you feel most proud of?
This is Jérôme’s first time in the United States and he is proud of himself for making the move to Boston! Specifically, at ELC, Jérôme is proud of himself for moving up two levels in his grammar class and for learning how to use modal verbs. “I am gaining confidence in my speaking skills.”

What has been the best activity you participated in and why?
Jérôme loves signing up for activities and encouraging his classmates to do the same. He is always ready to suggest an idea for an activity, such as Escape the Room. “I really enjoyed the cookies and gingerbread activity with teacher Michelle. It was great to spend time with other students, to learn about them and their cultures.” Jérôme also participated in our Wii Party, where students played Wii Tennis and Bowling. Afterwards, students were so inspired by their own performance that they went to the bowling alley downtown to further practice their skills!

What teacher at ELC made the most impact on you and why?
“Dave and Michelle’s classes have been great for me. They have different teaching styles than other teachers I have had in the past and they both have great senses of humor. Their humor reminds me of my friends back home.”

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?
Now, because it is winter in Boston, Jérôme never leaves the house without his fingerless gloves! “They are a special gift from my friend in France so they are important to me.”

What are your hobbies?
Jérôme is an avid writer, concentrating on short stories and poetry. He loves writing in French, but hopefully someday will write his stories in English. During his stay in Boston, Jérôme is working on a blog in English where he writes about his experience in the city, places he has explored, and his observations for his friends and family back home. “It’s not really a hobby, but when I’m not writing, I enjoy going for walks and getting acquainted with the city.”

What is your favorite English word?
“I don’t really have one, I guess. Maybe I would say, ‘lovely,’ because it is a nice word with a nice meaning.”

What is your favorite American food/place?
“Easy, Five Guys. They have really great hamburgers and French Fries.” Jérôme learned about the origin of the word, “french fries” in his conversation class which makes them even more interesting and delicious to him. His favorite place in Boston, however, is the Boston Common, “a great place to walk and a great place for a lunch break. It is also a nice place to make new friends…like squirrels.”

What would your advice be to an incoming ELC student?
“I would tell them to not be shy. Speak with the staff because they can help you with your English and are very nice.”

What does the future look like for you?
“I will apply to work at ELC school…. just kidding. When I return home, I will spend time visiting my friends and I will actually apply for a new job. I work as an engineer in construction and specialize in insulation and renewable energy. What I have learned at ELC will be useful in my new career.”


Jerome at ELC Boston