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ELC Boston Student Spotlight: Ismail Boutaleb April 21st, 2015

Ismail came to the U.S. in January of 2014 not knowing much English. He began studying at other English language schools before coming to ELC in January 2015. Ismail studied with us for one month in the TOEFL Preparation Course, graduated, and then went on to apply to universities in the Boston area. We are happy to say that Ismail was accepted into the graduate program for Project Management at Northeastern University and will be a regular around Boston.

Why did you decide to study English at ELC Boston?

Because some friends recommend it to me, they said they had the best TOEFL Preparation. I guess I would have to agree with them cause after I recommended ELC to my housemates.

What is your favorite thing to do in Boston? What is your favorite thing about Boston?

I like the city; it has a lot of interesting museums. It is a student city, lots of people our age. I like to go out and explore, be with my friends. I only wish that the nightlife were better because everything here ends too early.

Where is your favorite place to go out?

I like to go to Harvard. The atmosphere in Cambridge is great. I also have friends who live over there, so I go there to hang out with them and have fun.

Have you traveled around New England? What and where has been your favorite place?

I went to New Hampshire and it wasn’t bad. My uncle lives there and he needed me to shovel the snow. I’ve been to New York, which I know is not New England, but it was great there especially the nightlife, and Times Square, which was something totally unique!

How would you compare Paris vs. Boston?

It is similar Boston and Paris. The weather is colder here and people are friendlier here. Here I feel more responsible, because it is a new challenge, because when I first came here in 2014 I couldn’t speak the language and now I understand everyone so much better. Paris is a big city; Boston is smaller, but has a lot of students, so there is always something going on.

Do you like the Boston accent and can you imitate it?

I like it. *He then says “Park the car in the Harvard yard” in his best Boston accent.*

Best memory from ELC Boston?

I have good memories from everyone at ELC. However, Robert’s accent was something I always will remember. He once told us about his upbringing in the Italian neighborhood of Boston, which I enjoyed.

How would you sum up Boston in one word to an incoming ELC student?

AMAZING!

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