EAL: Harry and Donya meet again

Posted In EAL, Overseas, Sixth Form

After meeting for conversation practice a few weeks ago, Donya and Harry decided to meet again, this time with Harry conducting the interview. It’s a fascinating insight to some of the differences between Britain and Donya’s home country, Iran.

Donya Pesaran interviewed by Harry Yoo

Where are you from?


Where is Iran?

In the Middle East. It was Persia which had a king and queen.

Where do you live?

I live in the capital city – Tehran. It’s very busy and that’s why I like it here; it’s so quiet.  I don’t like London.

Why did you come to Bethany?

I was here for two years in Year 9 and 10.  I went back home and did my iGCSEs and then came back for my A-levels.  I was very happy to come back.  Bethany is a great community.

What subjects are you doing?

Maths, Drama, Business and Politics.

How long does it take to get home?

It’s about 6 hours to Dubai – I live there as well.  From Dubai to Iran it’s about another 3 hours.

What’s it like living in a Middle Eastern country?

It’s very interesting.  The people are very interesting. Most have grown up in European countries.  There are two groups of people – those raised in European cultures and those raised in Middle Eastern cultures.  Iran is very good at art and cinema – everyone’s into art.

What do you want to do in the future?

I’m going to study International Business Management and I’d like to do a PhD.  Then I’d like to work with my cousin or my dad and then start my own company.

How are schools different?

Boys and girls are educated separately.  We don’t do GCSEs.  There is an exam that you need to enter university after studying for 8 years at school and we have to study 15 subjects.  When you go to university, which is mixed, you have 20 courses.