Ateah came to ELC Brighton as an almost complete beginner and left at an advanced (C1) level. On his last day at ELC he comemnted about his experience.
"I have been living in Brighton for quite some time of my life. I lived all that details - sweet and bitter. Despite a lot of difficulties and hardships, I overcame them by the praise of Allah and they went like a glimpse of an eye.
When I came to England, there was nothing in my linguistic possession. Although I brought some English words and phrases, they did not serve me at that time. I almost started from scratch, I can still remember the first lesson at the ELC, and it was with Charlie, the beginning was only "Emotional Faces" means yes and L means no. Only then did I build strong bases of English, I took the optimal steps in a gradual stairway of levels until I reached an advanced level. That would not have happened without perseverance and patience. As a result, those qualified me to obtain very good scores in IELTS that enable me to enroll in the majority of universities in the UK.
Not only was my study linguistic but also I learnt lots of different cultures with schoolmates and we exchanged views and corrected misconceptions we all had had. More importantly, I gained knowledge of friends who are wonderful.
Thanks to Allah then thanks to my virtuous teachers - here is my dream being achieved. Not to forget to mention my fabulous friends, thanks to everyone assisted and motivated me to complete my way and many thanks to each staff in ELC who understood my problems and helped me to be to what I am.
I heartily miss my family, my friends and my country. Impatiently, I am waiting for the landing on my homeland but undoubtedly, I will miss the ELC, my schoolmates and Brighton. So has come the time to say goodbye. Thank you for all and I wish you all happiness in your lives."