German Educational Trainees (GETs)
German Educational Trainees (GETs) aim to boost language learning and intercultural dialogue in schools whilst providing an invaluable opportunity for German trainee teachers to enhance their classroom practice.
German trainee teachers from Universities in Mainz, Leipzig, Koblenz and Saarland work in Scottish schools for a six month placement from September/October to March/April. Participating students are native German speakers, training to become secondary teachers of English, which means that their level of English is advanced, as is their knowledge of the pedagogy associated with teachers modern languages. They are looking to gain invaluable teaching experience in an English-speaking country, as a compulsory component of their teacher training. This experience can be in either primary or secondary schools, or both.
Find out more on the Get Across Borders website: http://www.get-across-borders.uni-mainz.de/.
Expressions of interest are now being taken from local authorities interested in hosting GETs during the 2020/21 session. Contact SCILT for more information and to complete the note of interest form: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feedback on GETs programme:
"Having the support of a German language speaker has made a huge impact on staff language skills, giving them the confidence to take forward the 1+2 initiative and implement it from early through to second level" - Primary teacher, 2015/16
"My main task was to provide students with the opportunity to practise their language. I helped them to improve their pronunciation, to expand their vocabulary, and also to speak German and reduce their inhibitions" - GET student 2015/16
"He has helped us develop our confidence in speaking the language and expressing ourselves. Having a native speaker is a great way to learn more about the culture and traditions of a country a get a real impression as to what life is like" - Advanced Higher pupils, 2016/17
"The pupils find it really interesting to have a German native speaker teaching them. They are keen to hear about the German way of life, the culture and the food. They also love learning German proverbs and slang" - GET student 2016/17
The GETs programme is supported by Johannes Gutenberg Universitat Mainz, Goethe-Institut Glasgow and SCILT.