Coordinated by long-time NILE friend, Karin Rath, the trainee teachers from Paedagogische Hochschule Steiermark had a series of sessions with drama specialist, David Farmer, as well as language and methodology sessions with NILE trainers, Maria Byrne, Susi Pearson and Chris Rose. In their second week, course participants were placed in schools in Norwich and the surrounding area, and observed and participated in lessons in their subjects, as well as having a full immersion into UK school life.
NILE Academic Director, Alan Mackenzie, who accompanied Karin on visits to the students on their school placements, said "I was very impressed with the enthusiasm and professionalism of the trainees and how much they had learned from their placements."
On the social side, the trainee teachers were entertained by a Ghost Walk through Norwich, and a performance of the detective thriller Dead Simple at the Theatre Royal, and also went on excursions to Cambridge and London.
Course participants revealed their satisfaction with the course, saying:
"This course was a great experience and I am convinced that I can use all the information for my future career."
"We learned a lot and had a lot of fun while doing it."
"I like the way the lessons were built up from lead-in to communicative activities."
"Excellent teaching methods and lots of interesting activities."
We very much enjoyed having the Austrian trainee teachers with us at NILE, and look forward to welcoming their colleagues in 2016.