One of NILE's long-term friends and partner organisations, Kantonschule Wiedikon in Zurich, brought another group this autumn for a tailor-made three-week course combining subject-specific fieldwork with intensive language development and preparation for Cambridge exams.

The group of 22 secondary school students, led by Biology teacher Martin Hefti, spent their first week on field trips and conducting biology research projects in places such as Cley Marshes and Hickling Broad. In the subsequent two weeks, the students worked with NILE trainers, Tom Sarney and Tom Risely, to develop their oral fluency, language awareness, and prepare for the Cambridge CAE exam. The group also packed a lot of social and cultural activities into their stay in Norwich, with a story-telling evening, trips to the theatre to see 'Jeeves and Wooster' and 'The Modern Alchemist', tenpin bowling, and trips to Cambridge, the Queen's estate at Sandringham, and a final weekend in London.

Martin told us that the whole group had severe Norwich withdrawal symptoms on the first Monday back at school in Zurich! We're glad to have made such an impression and look forward to welcoming the group again next year, with a different curriculum focus for their fieldwork week.


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