Students of the Institute of Foreign Languages Took Part in Mini-Refendariat Project
This year the students of the IFL of PetrSU took part in the international Mini-Refendariat project organized by DAG (Deutsche Auslandsgesellschaft, Lubeck, Germany) and held in cooperation with the Department of the German and French Languages of the IFL.
Three 5th year students of the program Teacher Education, who study the German language as the first or second foreign language, Maria Levkina, Anna Kachura, and Anzhela Praslova, took part in the project. Altogether the project featured 13 students from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Estonia.
The program lasted one month and included residence in the city of Lubeck followed by assignment to cities of Schleswig-Holstein. There the students lived in host families and had teaching practice at German schools. Our students lived and taught in Norderstedt, Eckernforde, and Haide. Board, studies and work at the schools were financed by the German side.
The Mini-Refendariat project aims to immerse students in the language environment and provide them with an opportunity to converse with native language speakers, teach at German schools, and introduce them to the German system of education. The program included three preparatory and two final seminars in Lubeck (for instance, «Digitales Deutsch» (German Language on the Internet), «Umgangssprache» (Spoken German Language), «Stationenlernen im Fremdsprachunterricht» (Teaching Method for Foreign Language Classes). The focus of the program was on daily visits to a school, which lasted 3-4 hours. The students had to hold at least eight classes of the German language.
During this month the students have visited around 60 classes, took part in preparation and organization of the Doors Open Day, as well as held around 15 classes in the German language and DAZ (German language as the second language for children who recently moved to Germany), English, French, Russian, the world around us, and several electives.
The participants of the project also took part in various seminars organized by the Institute for School Education in Schleswig-Holstein, for example, «Bloggen mit Schülerinnen und Schüler» held in the city of Kiel, met with future teachers from Germany (in the city of Neumunster), and went on tours to Hamburg and Luneburg.
On the final days, the participants of the Mini-Refendariat met with the students who had taken part in the SPRINT project of DAG. The participants of the two projects shared their impressions on the time spent in Germany and the programs they had joined. All discussions were in the German language.
Anna Kachura shares her experience:
“This month in Germany has flown by. I had my teaching practice at a German school in Eckernforde. It is a small city in the northern part of the country on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Teaching at a German school undoubtedly helped me master proficiency in the German language and learn about their system of education. Classes were held in a friendly atmosphere with genial and amiable teachers. I have held 18 classes of German, DAZ and the English language, as well as attended several events. I thank our Institute and Deutsche Auslandsgesellschaft for this amazing opportunity.”