Festivals, Football and Photography!

Vocational students from the BBS1 Arnoldi-Schule have been enjoying a 6-week stay in the festival town of Cheltenham. They have been gaining valuable insights into UK organisations whilst completing work experience placements. As part of their programme, they have also had opportunities to visit the beautiful Cotswold landscapes including Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, the university city of Oxford, and London.

Michelle B. took advantage of attending a ‘Beyond Body Confidence’ talk at the recent Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival. Lukas L. has been following his interest in football whilst in Cheltenham by attending matches at Cheltenham FC, who are placed third in League Two following four consecutive wins.  Similarly, Sina S. has made the most of the sunny autumnal days to pursue her passion for photography. Thanks to Sina for the beautiful photos she has shared! Tomorrow sees the start of the 70th Cheltenham Literature Festival with lots more exciting events taking place in Cheltenham.

Delingua is pleased to have such long-standing links with the BBS1 Arnoldi-Schule in Göttingen  and is proud to support Cheltenham Twinning Association and its international exchanges with its twin towns of Annecy (France), Göttingen (Germany), Sochi (Russia) and Weihai (China) as well as the friendship links with Cheltenham in Pennsylvania (United States), Kisumu in Kenya and Stampersgat in the Netherlands.

Flying the flag for Europe

Delingua Training is continuing its well-established links with the Verwaltungs- und Wirtschafts-Akademie (VWA) Göttingen with students recently undertaking 3-week placements sponsored by industry as part of their BA (Hons) Business Administration courses. Such programmes include working in a private, public or charitable organisation, staying in a carefully selected host family, as well as attending a 1-day orientation and English language workshop. Based in the beautiful festival town of Cheltenham, Delingua Training is able to organise tickets to different events. For example, recent students attended a talk as part of the Cheltenham Well-Being Festival held in the prestigious Parabola Arts Centre at Cheltenham Ladies College. In addition, students visited Oxford and London.

3-Month Education Internship

Studying to become a primary school teacher specialising in English and German at the Carl Ossietzky University Oldenburg in Germany, Hanna W. has successfully completed the required 3-month overseas placement thanks to a programme offered by Delingua Training.

To provide a range of hands-on educational opportunities, Hanna undertook two different placements across a three-month period. She gained valuable educational experience assisting at a high-performing primary school in Cheltenham. In addition, staying in a host family enabled Hanna to be immersed in English. Subsequently, Hanna undertook a placement in a leading residential language school near to the beautiful city of Bath. There she helped staff organise tailored English language teaching programmes as well as social activities for clients from around the world. During her free time, Hanna visited London and Oxford and found time to play tennis, go running and swimming and visit a traditional English pub.

Swiss Success

It was a real pleasure for Delingua Training to welcome students from BSDHZ in Zurich, Switzerland for a 3-week retail-focused English language and work experience programme. The varied and interesting programme included a retail workshop hosted by leading UK retailer John Lewis and Partners, workshops by highly experienced retail consultant, Rachel Davies, and EFL tutor, Helen Michael, as well as a motivational skills workshop led by Stuart Langworthy – an England Football Manager!

During the three weeks the students, staying with host families in Cheltenham, had ample opportunities to improve their English as well as gain confidence in being independent by  studying and working in an overseas country. Orientation and background to Cheltenham was provided via an interactive workshop at The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and a stimulating guided walking tour by Jane Handoll.  In addition, the students also enjoyed visiting Bath, Bristol, Gloucester, London and Oxford including a visit to the world-famous Dining Hall at Christ Church College in Oxford, which featured in the Harry Potter films.

 

Early Years’ Job Shadowing

We are delighted to have hosted a job shadowing programme for Claudia Oppliger, an Early Years’ Tutor from Switzerland, this week. The programme entailed a 1-2-1 session with a highly experienced CLIL practitioner, who provided Claudia with a range of ideas, tips and resources of how to enhance bilingual teaching in  the curriculum for vocational Early Years’ students. In addition, it has been a privilege to facilitate visits to local nurseries, a Children’s Centre, a secondary school and the Cheltenham and Forest of Dean campuses of Gloucestershire College, where staff have provided invaluable insights into aspects of Early Years’ provision from the perspectives of tutors, teachers, practitioners and apprentices. The programme has also offered opportunities to gain a knowledge of the Early Years’ statutory requirements and best practices, and to discuss similarities between the Switzerland and the UK.

Forest School and Outdoor Learning

This week six teachers from the Istituto Comprensivo Bossolasco Murazzano in Italy successfully completed an individually tailored  job shadowing programme focusing on outdoor learning. The teachers gained hands-on experiences and methodological insights across a range of educational settings with the aim of increasing outdoor learning opportunities for their infant, junior and senior pupils.

The teachers took part in English language tuition, visited Dunalley Primary School, Churchdown Village Infant School with a focus on Forest School activities, and Pittville School, and had a tour of the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum in Cheltenham. They also enjoyed a visit to St Joseph and St Teresa Catholic Primary Schools in Wells job shadowing Forest School Expert, Chris Trwoga, which included learning how pupils made an Easter prayer garden from natural materials. At Hallr Wood in Somerset, the teachers were treated to a further day working with Chris Trwoga together with Manager of Hallr Wood, Deb Millar, at this inspirational outdoor woodland-based learning facility. At Abbey Home Farm in Cirencester, the teachers gained further knowledge of the benefits of outdoor learning in the context of organic food and farming at this residential farm setting, which provides a variety of educational programmes for groups including disadvantaged young people.

Fiorenza Baudana commented: “Amazing Forest experience… we enjoyed and learnt different ways of teaching in the middle of nature.” Whilst Gabriella Marengo added that teaching outdoors benefits not only the physical health, but also the mental health of students.

Carol Stephens of Delingua Training was delighted to facilitate this programme: “It has been a pleasure hosting this Erasmus+ programme, especially as the visiting teachers engaged so positively in all parts of the programme to generate new ideas for outdoor learning in Italy.”

 

 

 

Work Experience Case Studies

A small group of Borbeck grammar school students from Essen in Germany have successfully completed 2-week work experience placements. As students attending the bilingual department of the school, they had excellent levels of spoken and written English. Nonetheless, before the work placements started, Jacqueline Newcombe (MA), a specialist English as a Foreign Language Tutor, with many years of experience tutoring students, provided expert English language tuition, which focused on increasing the students’ knowledge of every day and professional English.

Case study 1: Working in a welcoming local primary school, Philipp gained insights into similarities and differences in teaching methods, school facilities and classroom resources between England and Germany. It was a fulfilling experience being immersed in the language, learning new vocabulary relating to subjects, and participating in the extra-curricular activities. Philipp commented he really liked working with children and getting to meet new people.

Case study 2:  Jan gained hands-on experience in a retail environment at a high street shop, which also boasts a successful online store. Tasks included sorting, categorising and displaying, e.g. books and music. Training was provided in work place safety and knowledge was gained in the UK Gift Aid scheme. According to Jan, the best part of his placement was: “meeting all the wonderful people working at Oxfam, and having a variety of things to do each day.”

Case study 3: Interested in a career in medicine, Katharina working worked alongside therapists, carers and social work students in a residential setting for adults with disabilities. Katharina gained hands-on experience of therapeutic, sensory and occupational interventions. She also learned a lot about different kinds of disabilities and how to help residents to live as independently as possible.

A visit to Bath, a UNESCO world heritage city, rich in history included a tour of the Roman Baths and free time to explore this beautiful Georgian city. The following day the students explored London on foot seeing tourist sights, such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square.

If you are interested in a work experience programme, get in touch today at info@delinguatraining.com

Join the trip to Göttingen, Germany

Interested in German culture? Interested in learning some German? Then book your place on this trip to Cheltenham’s historic and beautiful twin town of Göttingen, Germany organised by Cheltenham Twinning Association from Thursday 25 July to Friday 2 August 2019.

This is an excellent opportunity for residents of Cheltenham and the surrounding area to get to know this welcoming and vibrant university city. You are assured of a warm welcome from the Mayor of Göttingen to long-standing and new friends!

In Göttingen, you can stay with local people free of charge in their homes and experience true German life or pay to stay in a hotel.  During the 5 full days in Göttingen a programme of events and excursions will be organised including a welcome reception in Göttingen’s  beautiful Old Town Hall, a barbeque with members of the Göttingen Twinning Association, a twinning party for all participants and hosts, and excursions to the picturesque town of Wernigerode in the foothills of the Harz mountains, a visit to Scharfenstein castle, where whisky is produced (with tasting), as well as a trip to nearby Friedland, once on the border of the GDR with a tour of its refugee transit camp.  There’ll be plenty of time to explore Göttingen, as well as to meet people and make new contacts.

The organised travel there and back will be by coach with overnight stops in the Belgium town of Leuven on the way out, with a visit to Ypres, and the pretty town of Bruges on the way home.  The cost of the organised coach travel with overnight stops is approx. £295 pp.  Alternatively you can chose to make your own travel arrangements and join the group in Göttingen.

For further details contact: Annette.wight@cheltenham.gov.uk  or tel. 01242 264311.

Cheltenham placements: working, social and cultural insights

Six vocational students, who study at the BBS1-Arnoldi Schule in Göttingen, and four undergraduate students from the VWA Göttingen are currently enjoying work experience placements organised by Delingua Training in Cheltenham.

Since arriving on 1st September 2018, the students have been gaining insights into the British way of life, and improving their English skills by staying with host families and working in a range of placements from schools, to charities, to businesses.

Whilst not in the workplace, there have been trips to the world famous Christ Church College in Oxford, as well as to the Roman Baths in the UNESCO world heritage city of Bath. In addition, students have enjoyed attending a high level rugby match between Gloucester and Bristol Bears, a humorous version of Molière’s Tartuffe, set in a modern day Asian community in Birmingham at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, and a theatrical performance of Dracula at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham.

Making the most of the summer holiday

Klara, a student from the IGS-Geismar Schule in Cheltenham’s twin town of Göttingen travelled independently to undertake a 3-week work experience placement combined with 1-week sightseeing during her summer holiday.

With a good standard of English, Klara quickly settled into her placement in a primary school in Cheltenham, where she was a classroom assistant. With a strong interest in theatre, Klara helped with the preparations for the school’s colourful summer performance of Aladdin. Klara also participated in a visit to Slimbridge – a wetland wildlife and bird park.

A highlight for Klara was a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon with guided tours of three of the Shakespeare historic houses before attending an evening performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan Theatre. In contrast, a visit to a national festival held at Cardiff castle, in the capital city of Wales, highlighted aspects of Welsh culture. In addition, with Cheltenham located in the centre of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) of more than 2,000 km2, Klara was able to explore some of the Cotswold villages.

 

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