Seit Anfang diesen Jahres haben wir wieder eine neue Praktikantin bei uns. Camryn stammt aus Kalifornien und studiert Lehramt an der FU Berlin. Außerdem unterstützt sie uns, was wir ziemlich Klasse finden. Zeit das Camryn sich vorstellt:
Hi! My name is Camryn Gulbranson, and I am so excited to be living here in Berlin. I am a
university student from the University of California, Santa Barbara and currently studying
English Literature at Freie Universität. Yes, I travelled all the way to Germany to study English (and German of course)! I began learning German two years ago to appease my family, all of whom are fluent in the language. Much to my surprise I ended up really enjoying learning German, which inspired me to study abroad here in Germany. Since moving to Berlin, my German has improved much more than I expected, but I still have a long road to fluency ahead of me!
Aside from tutoring in Berlin, I have also tutored English in the Middle East. During the Summer of 2017, after I graduated from high school, I lived in Abraq Khaitan, Kuwait. There, I taught English at the American Baccalaureate School during the day and worked at a tutoring center called Oxford Academy in the afternoon. I also taught English to young students at Abington Elementary School’s summer school program in Washington, DC.
I have experienced a few culture shocks in Germany. Not only in regards to the food, culture and transportation, but also the entire university system. Professors at German universities tend to be very “hands-off”, meaning responsibilities fall on the student, and only the student. At most American universities, it’s not uncommon for professors to email you something like, “Hey, are you doing alright?” if you miss a few classes, or to offer you assistance if they notice you struggling in the class. All in all, I’ve learned to appreciate the German “hands-off” approach to the university system here because I’ve become so much more responsible and independent with my coursework, and I have definitely improved my time-management skills.
Another culture-shock: the people! The locals I have encountered here seem much more reserved than Americans. In the States, it’s not uncommon for a random lady in the grocery store to compliment your shoes for some guy on the Metro strike up a conversation with you about how nice the weather is (this can start to become a little annoying, to be honest). I was definitely guilty of trying to make small-talk with strangers when I first came to Germany, but after being met with some pretty bewildered looks, it didn’t take long for me to drop this American habit.
What do I think of the SprInt Tutoring Center?
I am so glad I started tutoring here at SprInt! The students who I have worked with are all so eager to learn, creating a very positive and hard-working environment. Although, I have definitely had my fair-share of difficulties when first starting to tutor here. The tutoring center where I worked in Kuwait was quite different because I was given a rigid, ready-to-go lesson that was individually tailored for each of my students. At SprInt, I am not told what to teach the students, and I must work with each one individually to determine his or her English level and then create a corresponding lesson plan. Doing this, though, really helped me learn how to think on my feet in a classroom environment and has been a super helpful experience for my future (possible) teaching endeavors!
Der Artikel stammt von Camryn Gulbranson, Praktikantin bei SprInt.