Host a Teacher from Germany – Why take part in the programme?
Our school felt that we had brought a piece of the world into the classroom by hosting the German teacher for 3 weeks. It encouraged our students to see things from a different perspective, preparing them to become good citizens. (UK coordinating teacher, Francis Askew Primary School)
Schools that have hosted a teacher from Germany this academic year share their highlights and the benefits of the programme:
This experience has been incredibly powerful for the school and pupils. It has enabled pupils to experience a taste of Germany which is very important as many of our students would never be able to afford the opportunity to visit Germany. German language is no longer such an abstract concept for our pupils as they have been able to connect with German pupils and Germany. I would recommend every school to apply.
Visits can take place at any time between September and July with the freedom to tailor the programme to your common interests.
It provides real opportunities for creativity. You can take it in any direction because you are not restricted. Putteridge High School
For schools not able to host a language assistant, the Host a Teacher programme allows pupils to benefit from lessons about German culture and linguistic support at no extra cost.
UK-German Connection provides a great opportunity for schools to share their experience and knowledge in a cost-effective way. Charlton Manor Primary School
It’s a great way to exchange resources
Need some ideas for activities to teach a certain topic? Teachers at Oakthorpe Primary were left feeling inspired after sharing ideas and resources with their teacher from Germany.
Swapping ideas and sharing resources can be quite enlightening and stimulate further ideas for projects and links. Oakthorpe Primary
It’s an excellent professional development opportunity
Hosting a teacher from Germany can give you a unique perspective of teaching techniques and can give you some fresh ideas to try out in the classroom.
It was wonderful to be able to share my practice with the teacher and learn about how he teaches. Woodrow First School
We benefited from sharing experiences and learning from each other, particularly regarding teaching children who do not have English/German as a first language.
Pupils benefit from cultural input and linguistic support
Bring pupils’ learning to life! Having a native speaker in the classroom who is able to share cultural information first-hand provides students with a tangible learning experience and enthusiasm.
The children gained a unique perspective into a different culture and way of life. Woodrow First School
It was such a benefit having not only a “native speaker” but also a teacher – the pupils’ preparation and performance in oral exams really benefitted from her presence and input.Kelso High School
We had a fantastic experience hosting a teacher from Germany and I can fully recommend the programme to any school considering it – it may seem like extra work but on the contrary, the benefits far outweigh the initial planning. Being sent an extra teacher for free is a godsend – she was an instant hit with our students and they loved the contact with an authentic German speaker as well as hearing about school life in Germany.
It can lead to bigger things…
Hosting a teacher from Germany could open up further opportunities for activities or a possible link between the two schools.
After hosting a teacher from Löhne, Spalding High School set up an orchestra exchange, which is still going strong.
A new pen pal scheme was set up between Year 7 pupils at a school in Hertfordshire and their German visitor’s school.
The visit has made the partnership real and personal to both pupils and staff. Bishop Hatfield Girls’ School
Top tips from UK hosting teachers
- Plan your visitor’s timetable in advance, so that as many classes or year groups can benefit.
- Speak to the teacher before they come to ensure that you have broken the ice beforehand.
- Get them involved in all aspects of the school, not just the German department.
- Ask the German teacher to prepare a presentation of their school/local area or bring photos.
- Ask the German teacher to bring letters from their pupils introducing themselves as well as authentic materials.