– Experience Internship Liverpool –
31.03.2019 – 18.04.2019
Hi, my name is Leona and I am 20 years old. I do an extra qualification in school in Germany which include a 3 weeks internship abroad. The internship was organised by two organisations called “Bildung im Ausland” and “Intern Europe”. They offered a group trip to Liverpool during the Easter holidays.
My Internship started 31.03.2019. We arrived late in the evening, so my first day was 01.04.2019. My group joined a 1-week language course with 15 hours a week at Imagine English Language Academy and we were all at different levels. My friend Jana and I joined the B1 class with David. The course started every day at 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM. In our class there was one woman from Columbia, one from Spain and one man from Italy. We practiced a lot of speaking in this week because David said that Germans often practice more grammar and the Spanish or Italian speakers are likely to be better in speaking and less in grammar. Jana and I loved the class, David was always interested in specific country habits or how some words are spoken in another language. Sometimes he tried to draw something on the whiteboard, but his drawings wasn’t that good. I didn’t even recognize some of his drawings until Jana translated it to German 😀 But anyway, it was funny.
In lessons we focussed on new vocabulary and pronunciation, so we learned new words regarding travelling, business and shopping. In pronunciation we learned how to pronounce thorough, tough or borough. We were given homework every day to reinforce what we had learned.
I also joined three times the class of Pinar who taught B2. There we learned new vocabulary in respect of crime and we improved our listening comprehension. In my class were three Spanish girls and Pinar liked us to do some group work together. In David’s class I spoke a lot of German in the break with Jana whereas I spoke in B2 class in the break with one nice girl from Spain. I think you will improve more if you are in mixed classes or you force yourself to speak in English even with students from your own country.
In the afternoons of the first week I started working at Imagine English. The administration assistant called Ousmane who is from France introduced me into my tasks that I would continue from her because she left on the Thursday of my first week. Ousmane told me that her time at Imagine English was great and I was lucky to be doing my internship here. Ousmane showed me general tasks like advising students, working on the Database, creating certificates for students and how to work with the printer, because printers are always different.
Every Thursday I joined the “coffee and conversation”. Imagine English organize it every week. Students who liked to join are welcome. We meet at a café and talk about different subjects in English while drinking some coffee or eating something. It is nice because it is a relaxed atmosphere and you come into contact with different people from all over the world. At the weekend Imagine English join Daytripper. They organize some trips on Saturday or the whole weekend for about £40 for one day. I didn’t join one of these trips because at the weekend me and my friends liked to see Liverpool as much as possible. I can recommend visiting the Anfield Stadion or to watch a football match in a pub. Even if you are not a football fan, the atmosphere is so good. Besides that, every Monday, there is a pub quiz in “Ma Egerton`s” that is really funny. The pub is next to the Lime Street Station.
While working for Imagine English I got tasks to do like general administration tasks, marketing tasks, photocopying, advising students… Amanda, the Business Manager, and Tim, the director, asked me to think about a project. They didn’t want me to only work in administration. We decided that I will write an “Experience of Liverpool internship” which you are reading here. But I also created the biographies of the teachers which you find on this website. I think it was good to have an own little project for more or less three weeks because you have to organize it on your own and you get to know the teachers.
In my time I noticed this school as a place with a welcoming and family atmosphere. Amanda and Tim are very nice and lovely, and they wanted me to get as much experience as possible here in Liverpool. They supported me and even offered me some free lessons to improve my English. In school it was never exerted pressure on me to do something. In three weeks, I think I have learned much and gained new experiences. Working in a country whose language you cannot speak perfectly is not always easy but Amanda and Tim as well as the other teachers have pushed me to speak English confidently and getting integrated into the Imagine English family.