Aus Georgia und Alabama oder eigentlich aus Texas kamen unsere beiden COST Studentinnen von Januar bis April 2014 und haben den Unterricht verschiedener Jahrgangsstufen in Englisch und in ETE bereichert, ob in Vorbereitung und Durchführung von mündlichen Kommunikationsprüfungen, der Analyse von Lektüren wie “Holes” und “Killing Honour” oder der Entwicklung von “business plans”. Neben dem Unterricht haben sie sich auch in Kultur und Geschichte eingearbeitet und Karneval in Köln erlebt, die (Überreste der) Mauer und das Brandenburger Tor in Berlin besucht und Münchner Weißwürste probiert. Hier sind ihre Berichte:
Hello! My name is Marie Sartain, and I am a fourth-year English Language Arts Education student at Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama), although I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I've been working with 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade classes while at KLS during the Spring 2014 semester. Having this opportunity to work with several different grade levels has been very interesting for me, since every group comes with its own personality. I never would have been able to work with such a wide age-range if in an American school, and it has given me a better understanding of how students develop over time and how to address students at each age.
An extremely valuable aspect of being a COST student at KLS is the opportunity to experience German culture in a different way than an American student would if they were doing a traditional semester abroad. Rather than spend the majority of my time in university classrooms and studying for class exams, I have been able to experience (and contribute to) a German secondary education institution. This COST internship has also given me the chance to live in and explore a highly diverse and historic city such as Cologne. It's also been a wonderful opportunity to learn a little German as well!
Also, being a COST intern at KLS has really helped me to grow as a beginning teacher. In my college courses, I learned a great deal about the theory behind secondary education. However, there is nothing quite like trying to apply these ideas in a real-life classroom. Additionally, this experience has taught me how to more effectively teach English to non-native speakers, which will better prepare me for my career as a teacher in the U.S. While these students have learned from me, I have gained valuable experience and personal growth as a teacher, which I will carry with me when I return to the U.S. to undergo graduate studies with a teaching assistantship. I am forever grateful to the staff and students at KLS for allowing me into their school and allowing me this life-changing learning opportunity.
My decision to participate in the COST program was the best decision I ever made. The past three and half months have been different, exciting, challenging, fulfilling, and wonderful. I am so grateful to all of the teachers and students at KLS who helped make this experience a truly incredible one. Getting to teach with multiple different teachers, in multiple different classes, with multiple different students was an invaluable experience. Every day is different and each class and teacher has a unique personality, which allowed me to learn so much in such a short period of time. I will miss all the teachers, students, and getting to hear “Good morning Miss Gallagher” at the start of every class.
From the cathedral to Carnival, I fell in love with Cologne this semester. The people, the restaurants, the culture, and the history all make this city absolutely unforgettable. I know I will always remember enjoying coffee and cake outside of Cafe Fromme during a break from classes. I will always remember walking through Volksgarten park on a sunny spring day. I will always remember the breathtaking (in more ways than one) view of the city from the top of the cathedral. Living in Cologne has been wonderful in so many ways, and I have loved getting to know the city over the past few months.
Because of this program, I have gotten the opportunity to travel to more countries and cities than I ever thought possible in only four months. I have met so many people, seen so many sights, and had more fun than I could ever have imagined. I’ve explored the canals of Amsterdam, the streets of Paris, and the mountains of Switzerland. The more places I go, the more I want to see. This experience has given me a love of traveling that I know I will have for the rest of my life.
In the past semester, I have learned so much about myself. I have acquired invaluable professional experience, a passion for traveling, and a love of Germany. Every single student and teacher at KLS helped to make my semester abroad one of the best semesters of my life. I am beyond grateful to have had this experience and to everyone who helped make it possible. As sad as I am to leave, I take comfort in the knowledge that I will be back one day. Thank you, KLS, for a wonderful, life-changing semester.
Wir wünschen beiden alles Gute für ihre weiteren Pläne mit dem Masterstudium!