Aus Ohio und Kentucky kommt das Team der beiden COST Studenten, die uns seit Anfang des Jahres im Unterricht begleitet haben. Ob bei der Einführung in die Gedichtanalyse oder Science Fiction, "legends", "role play" oder Projektarbeit, haben sie mit unterschiedlichen Schwerpunkten eine große Bandbreite des Englischunterrichts als "native speakers" mit unterstützt, in der Projektwoche, bei der Auswahl der Schüler für den USA-Austausch und nicht zuletzt bei der Durchführung der ersten mündlichen Englischprüfungen in Klasse 6. Viele neue Eindrücke haben ihren Aufenthalt geprägt und Spuren hinterlassen, wie man ihren Berichten entnehmen kann:
"My name is Katie Lee and I have had the amazing opportunity to work in some of the classrooms at KLS since January. I am from Lexington, Kentucky and am finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Middle School Education with focus in English and Social Studies content.
I chose Middle School Education because I think the students at this age are very impressionable, plus very entertaining sometimes. I absolutely love history and love exploring how people before me lived their lives. I think history and the study of people is fascinating, and I love being able to share these studies with students. I really enjoy reading a book and discovering a whole new world in that book, and I find the different perspectives students can come up with quite interesting. I love having the opportunity to broaden their horizons in my classroom.
Ever since I started college, I really wanted the chance to study abroad. Because of the specificity of my major, I knew I couldn’t study abroad and graduate on time. When I heard about the COST program, I immediately started researching to see if it would be a reasonable option for me. The idea of getting to completely immerse in a different culture was a very exciting notion for me. Living in Germany has definitely been a learning experience for me, but not one that I would trade for anything.
Teaching at KLS has been a great experience. Working with my cooperating teachers and my students here has really been an eye-opening experience. I have learned things about myself and my culture at home that I did not know before. I have had many opportunities to travel when I am not in school, and I have made the most of it. This has been an amazing experience all around and I would do it again in a heartbeat."
"My name is Kyle Janosch. I am from Kent, Ohio, USA. I have been living in Cologne since January and I have really enjoyed my time working with everyone at KLS. I would like to thank the entire faculty and the students of KLS for teaching me so much over these three months.
I am a senior English education major at Kent State University and I am completing my last semester before I graduate. I grew up around Chicago, Illinois and have always been interested in teaching English because I love reading and sharing ideas about books and poetry.
When I first found out I was going to Germany through the COST program I was very excited and very nervous. I had never been outside of North America before and I had never been to a country that spoke a different language than I did. My cooperating teachers and all the faculty have been very kind in welcoming me and teaching me how to be successful teaching and living in Germany.
While in Germany I was able to experience a lot both inside and outside of the school. I travelled all around Cologne, visiting many of the museums and viewing most of the famous landmarks. The highlight of my trip was Carnival, which was unlike anything I had ever experienced.
I have learned a lot about teaching from working in the German school system. I am very happy to have been given this opportunity because it has allowed me to grow and become a much creative and engaging teacher.
Overall, I want to thank everyone who made this experience possible. The lessons I have learned while teaching at KLS will stay with me forever and will make me a better teacher and a better citizen of the world."
Wir danken den beiden für ihren Einsatz und wünschen ihnen für die Zukunft alles Gute und vor allem möglichst bald eine Stelle als Lehrer/in!