Shona Clancy – Foreign Language Assistant

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My name is Shona and I’m cur­rent­ly a stu­dent at Lan­cast­er Uni­ver­si­ty in Eng­land. I study Ger­man and lin­guis­tics and I’m in my third year. For­eign lan­guage stu­dents at my uni­ver­si­ty must under­take either a work or study place­ment in their third year, so I chose to work as an Eng­lish teach­ing assis­tant through the British Coun­cil (sim­i­lar to the Eras­mus pro­gramme) and was assigned to Hein­rich-Hertz-Gym­na­si­um for this year.

I went to a UK gram­mar school, which is in essence the same as a Gym­na­si­um in Ger­many, so I under­stood that school­work and home­work demand­ing. Dur­ing my time at school, we had mul­ti­ple lan­guage assis­tants from Ger­many who helped us great­ly in our learn­ing. This expe­ri­ence was one of the many rea­sons I opt­ed to be an assis­tant this year.

I went to a UK gram­mar school, which is in essence the same as a Gym­na­si­um in Ger­many, so I under­stood that school­work and home­work is often demand­ing. Dur­ing my time at school, we had mul­ti­ple lan­guage assis­tants from Ger­many who helped us great­ly in our learn­ing. This expe­ri­ence was one of the many rea­sons I opt­ed to be an assis­tant this year.

I have been at HHG since Sep­tem­ber and will remain here until the end of May. I give pre­sen­ta­tions of vary­ing lengths, help with small lan­guage prob­lems using my knowl­edge as a native speak­er, and had lots of fun prepar­ing fes­tive class­es around the holidays.

So far it has been a delight work­ing with the pupils, as they are all wel­com­ing and eager to learn. I am con­stant­ly impressed by the lev­el of lan­guage even young stu­dents are pro­duc­ing and wish my Ger­man was at that lev­el when I was 12 years old! My short time here so far has even led me to con­sid­er­ing teach­ing after I grad­u­ate, with a goal to becom­ing a Ger­man teacher in the UK.

Thanks to the eager stu­dents and encour­ag­ing staff, I learn new things every day. I am also lucky enough to be able to run an Eng­lish con­ver­sa­tion after-school club for 10th to 12th graders. Gen­er­al­ly, I just let the stu­dents to talk about things they are pas­sion­ate about or inter­est­ed in, as I find they wor­ry less about mak­ing small gram­mat­i­cal errors, so the result­ing con­ver­sa­tion feels more nat­ur­al. It has been a won­der­ful expe­ri­ence so far get­ting to know indi­vid­ual stu­dents, too.

I hope young stu­dents find the love for lan­guage-learn­ing that I did in sec­ondary school and hope my remain­ing months here will be as enjoy­able as the last few.

Über uns

Das Heinrich-Hertz-Gymnasium ist eine Schule besonderer pädagogischer Prägung mit mathematisch-naturwissenschaftlichem Profil, das über eine jahrzehntelange Tradition in der Förderung von mathematisch und naturwissenschaftlich interessierten und begabten Schüler:innen verfügt.

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