Meet the Students!
I left St Brendan’s last year and I am now studying German Studies with Italian at the University of Warwick and have finished my first year with a 2:1.
I loved learning German at A-Level and it definitely advanced by language skills significantly in these two years and sufficiently prepared me for studying languages at University. Studying languages opens lots of doors to me like my year abroad in Germany which I will be undertaking next year and work experience like teaching primary school students basic German which I did last year when I was at St Brendan's. The year abroad will be a valuable lesson to me and will advance my linguistic and social skills and employers value this greatly.
Languages are incredibly important to me because I feel like it is an insight to the culture and being able to speak a language bridges the gap between different cultures. They are also valued in a lot of businesses and can give you an extra edge on other employees who are monolingual. I am passionate about German culture and history and have been able to study this in more detail alongside my degree and it is also possible to pair languages with other subjects in your degree at most universities.
I would always recommend taking a language at A-Level as the standard of language and cultural knowledge is sophisticated and will always be helpful in your life.
I really enjoyed learning German at St Brendan's and I feel that I progressed quickly there. The lessons were always very well structured and used a variety of different techniques and activities so that we got the most out of the lesson time. Lessons were always enjoyable and many activities gave us the option to complete a slightly harder version is we wanted the challenge. We were set a fair amount of homework, but I feel like that only benefited me that much more, because my learning was brought into my time outside of the classroom and encouraged me to keep up the language learning - something that is crucial when learning a language.
After leaving St Brendan's I spent 3 weeks in Germany where I stayed with a family and helped in a local primary school. I assisted with organizing activities and also taught the children a bit of English. I really enjoyed this experience and it was a great way for me to practice my German. Later that year, I spent 3 months as an Au Pair in Munich, Germany. This was also a great experience and different to anything I had ever done before. You get the chance to not only learn the language, but to also experience the culture. I would definitely recommend au pairing, because it is something that you can only do when you are young and is very beneficial for language learners.
I am now at university in Reading and have just finished my first year there, where I am studying Business and German. I really enjoy this course and am looking forward to the next 3 years - one of which I will spend working in Germany.