The year spent abroad gave me the opportunity to experience life in another country and try my hand at teaching, which I really enjoy.
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"Since graduating I’ve worked in both France and Spain teaching English as a foreign language to students of all ages and backgrounds. I’m currently living and working at a private school in Seville, Spain as an English teacher and have recently earned a promotion to Head of English Studies at the same school. I’m constantly travelling between England, Spain and France which is certainly a good thing for my itchy travelling feet!
"My first job as an English teacher at the University of Franche-Comté in France came as a result of a teacher exchange link between Nottingham Trent University and the University of Franche-Comté. After being told about the opportunity by the French department at NTU, I applied, passed the interview and left for Besançon in September 2008. It’s a fantastic link which opens many doors both in a professional teaching context and on a personal level and is a great way to make use of the language skills learnt throughout the degree. I’m so glad that I was given the opportunity to do it!
"As Head of English Studies I play a key management role in terms of liaising with parents, staff and students. I handle all of the academic aspects of teaching such as preparing syllubi and materials for classes, organising teachers and ensuring high standards in and out of the classroom. As well as this, I organise activities out of class time such as cinema trips for students and teachers, which is great fun.
"If I hadn't studied languages and taken part in the year abroad I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now. The year spent abroad gave me the opportunity to experience life in another country and try my hand at teaching, which I really enjoy. One of the things I appreciated most about the course was that almost all of the lessons and assignments were taught in the target language. This can be hard work at the beginning, but I feel it’s an important part of learning a language properly. Aside from the language aspect of the course, the content of the classes including history, culture and literature were very important in providing the foundation for understanding how other cultures work, which helps enormously when integrating into a new country. My language studies have sparked many an interest which I’ve carried through into my current career and keep me wanting to find out more.
"My advice to other students would be to look for opportunities and grab them when you see them. Sometimes the thing you were least expecting to enjoy turns out to be the best thing you ever did."