Haoluan (Aaron) Lyu is using the academic skills he gained during his English programme here at OPAIC, to help him with his Construction studies.
Aaron came to New Zealand from Shanghai during high school. He studied basic English in school. However, he needed a more academic programme to prepare him for tertiary study, so he enrolled in our New Zealand Certificate in English Language.
The programme was different from the English study he had done in the past and he found it difficult at first. But now he’s glad he worked hard and completed the programme.
It taught him how academic English worked, which prepared him for his Construction programme. He’s now better able to structure his written assignments. His vocabulary has improved too.
He says his teachers were excellent and made English writing structures clear and logical.
“The most important part is, don’t give up.”
Aaron always wanted to go into the construction industry. He plans to move into the Bachelor of Construction after his diploma. After he graduates, he hopes to find a job as a site assessor then eventually a site manager.
For now, he’s enjoying the challenge of his construction diploma and also finding time for extracurricular events around campus including our recent Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebration.
He also works part-time as a trainee electrician, which he says helps him with his construction studies as the fields are related.
Learn more about the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4).