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Initiated by Miss Billing and Miss Goodyear in the English Department, students were asked to submit applications to the Academy of English for the position of English Language Teaching Assistant. The Academy of English received twenty high quality applications, of which just six were selected for the positions of English Language Assistants. The six lucky candidates would go on to work in a range of institutions across Oldenburg: Hayden Cresswell (Academy of English), Abi Jones (Graf Anton Günther Schule), Mia Rogers and Bethany Rowley (IGS Kreyenbrück) and Georgia Rowley (VHS Oldenburg). You can read Georgia’s account of the work experience here.

In addition to the work experience placements, the students were assigned host stay families. Not only did these families give the students a taster of German home life; but they got to see how German families partied the night away on winning the Football World Cup in 2014. Alongside a special Meet-Up-Group, a visit to the local meat factory and a bicycle tour around Oldenburg, the students were given a grand farewell at the Kreyenbrücker Mühle with a certificate and also references from their employers.

You can take a look back at 2014 by watching this film made by the staff and students.