SPEECH (Draft) Welcome. Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, Ms. Armstrong, School of English staff, Teachers, Monitors, Family and Friends. Speech. In our last day of our course, we had learned more than we expected. We came to Queen´s University from all over the world to improve our language´s skills. We are here for different reasons; some wants to grow professionally, others to live a new experience, some to prepare for undergraduate or graduate studies and others are here just for vacationing. In the classroom, we learned about grammar, verbs, conditional sentences and we worked with integrated skills. Because of the mixed nationalities, we have learned about other cultures, other countries and we had a very important lesson: acceptance, tolerance and respect to each other are the ingredients for a successful convivance. We realised that Canada can be really hot in summer and that we would rather be in our home countries in winter. We researched about Canada´s history and the background of this wonderful country. We learned where Canada´s name came from and about the national anthem !Oh Canada!. Living in the residence, was a challenging experience, specially the cooking. In there, we supported each other and good and bad. We shared culture, experience, food and homework. Of course we respected the only rule of the course and we always spoke in English. We were lucky to have wonderful teachers and grate monitors. They were always helping us, listening, correcting, and working with us even if the class was over. They teach us more than just English, they teach us how to express and support our ideas and how to work in our weaknesses and to improve our strengths. Also, where we can buy organic food in Kingston, and how important the biodiesel is for the environment. We realised that we can learn, practice and have fun at the same time with the extra activities. Going to drink a coffee, to play pool, to see a movie, and competing in volleyball tournament for a pizza, were important fields to improve our English. And we can´t forget the rain, it was with us in crucial moments, like Fort Henry “wet trip” and the beach party or better say the bus party. We study hard, but we also had a great time. We will never forget the important lessons: Don´t park in a prohibited space or you will get a ticket. Or that Omega 3 prevents cardiovascular problems, and that we can´t survive only eating at Tim Horton´s. As finals lines, we only want to say, thank you. To our professors, monitors and to the school of English staff. Thank you, for the patient that you had to us, for the knowledge that you shared with us. Thank you for the help that you gave us every time we need it, thank you for your support and for your friend chip. Every ending is just a new beginning. Keep working and reaching your dreams... Thank you.