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Unser Englischassistent blickt zurück

Linz International Business School

Unser Englischassistent blickt zurück

1) What were your expectations when you came here?

I was really not sure what to expect. I had never been to Linz, but had spent a decent amount of time in Austria. I assumed that Linz would be very similar to the other places I had visited, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the city was very unique compared to many of the classic destinations I had visited. I was not sure how difficult conducting classes would be, but I found it to be very fun and engaging. I enjoyed that the emphasis for my role was put on improving students conversational skills.

2) What was surprising for you, what did you not expect?

It was surprising to me how much the students already know. Students displayed very high levels of English knowledge, and that impressed me from the start. I didn’t expect that my main role was to focus on conversation, so I found that this was a great way to improve my relationships with the students.

Another thing that surprised me: There seems to be a general pessimism about Austria from Austrians that really surprises me. Austria is a wonderful place, but I think that Austrian students, or other Austrian adults I have met seem to be very hard on their country. I personally think in comparison to many places in the world Austria is doing a great job, and while of course no country is perfect, I find that Austria is doing a fantastic job in many aspects that we as Americans could learn from. So don’t be so hard on yourselves!

3) What do you like most about Austria?

I love that Austria is a land of contrasts, and is surrounded by many different cultures. I come from a region where you must drive 20+ hours to hear another official language spoken, so I appreciate the multicultural region that is central Europe, and that you can experience cultural differences even within the states of Austria. I especially appreciate Austria’s emphasis on public transportation, and the impressive cities that are found here. They are truly built for people – which is something we could learn from in America. I also appreciate the quality of life which its citizens enjoy. I have come to love the cultural aspects of Austria, and I appreciate how welcoming the people have been to me in my time here.

4 What do you like least about Austria?

There is really nothing that I do not like about Austria. Perhaps the one thing I may miss quite a lot when I am here is how often people smile – in the USA we tend to smile all the time, even at complete strangers, which I sometimes miss. Although I know it is a rather weird cultural trait!

5) What do you think about our students?

Very intelligent, bright minds. My favorite part of my experience this year was getting to know the students and getting to discuss topics with them. They have such impressive analytical minds, and often helped me to learn things about the topics I was teaching. I will miss the students dearly, and I am honored to have had the chance to meet them all!

6) In which way is school different here from those in the USA?

Emphasis on language education is of course one glaring thing I notice. I had no opportunity in Highschool to master a language like the students do here. My school placed much more emphasis on creativity, and less emphasis on hard skills and facts, which I suppose could be a pro or a con depending on how you look at it! We also naturally do not have a dedicated business school for students at that age, so high school in America is always very generic, which allows for a large set of personalization. If I could chose, I would chose an Austrian education specifically for the language learning!

7) What would you say was your most interesting experience during your assistantship?

My most interesting experience during my assistantship was getting to see how different each classroom can be. A simple change of 15-20 students can completely effect the energy of a room, how I teach, and what topics we focus on in a planned lesson. I found this to be a rather interesting phenomenon!

8) Would you work as an assistant again?

I would most certainly work as an assistant again. I loved the role, and I loved my job. I am very honored to have had the opportunity to help further students’ knowledge of English, the USA, and the World!

Linz International Business School

Unser Englischassistent blickt zurück

1) What were your expectations when you came here?

I was really not sure what to expect. I had never been to Linz, but had spent a decent amount of time in Austria. I assumed that Linz would be very similar to the other places I had visited, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the city was very unique compared to many of the classic destinations I had visited. I was not sure how difficult conducting classes would be, but I found it to be very fun and engaging. I enjoyed that the emphasis for my role was put on improving students conversational skills.

2) What was surprising for you, what did you not expect?

It was surprising to me how much the students already know. Students displayed very high levels of English knowledge, and that impressed me from the start. I didn’t expect that my main role was to focus on conversation, so I found that this was a great way to improve my relationships with the students.

Another thing that surprised me: There seems to be a general pessimism about Austria from Austrians that really surprises me. Austria is a wonderful place, but I think that Austrian students, or other Austrian adults I have met seem to be very hard on their country. I personally think in comparison to many places in the world Austria is doing a great job, and while of course no country is perfect, I find that Austria is doing a fantastic job in many aspects that we as Americans could learn from. So don’t be so hard on yourselves!

3) What do you like most about Austria?

I love that Austria is a land of contrasts, and is surrounded by many different cultures. I come from a region where you must drive 20+ hours to hear another official language spoken, so I appreciate the multicultural region that is central Europe, and that you can experience cultural differences even within the states of Austria. I especially appreciate Austria’s emphasis on public transportation, and the impressive cities that are found here. They are truly built for people – which is something we could learn from in America. I also appreciate the quality of life which its citizens enjoy. I have come to love the cultural aspects of Austria, and I appreciate how welcoming the people have been to me in my time here.

4 What do you like least about Austria?

There is really nothing that I do not like about Austria. Perhaps the one thing I may miss quite a lot when I am here is how often people smile – in the USA we tend to smile all the time, even at complete strangers, which I sometimes miss. Although I know it is a rather weird cultural trait!

5) What do you think about our students?

Very intelligent, bright minds. My favorite part of my experience this year was getting to know the students and getting to discuss topics with them. They have such impressive analytical minds, and often helped me to learn things about the topics I was teaching. I will miss the students dearly, and I am honored to have had the chance to meet them all!

6) In which way is school different here from those in the USA?

Emphasis on language education is of course one glaring thing I notice. I had no opportunity in Highschool to master a language like the students do here. My school placed much more emphasis on creativity, and less emphasis on hard skills and facts, which I suppose could be a pro or a con depending on how you look at it! We also naturally do not have a dedicated business school for students at that age, so high school in America is always very generic, which allows for a large set of personalization. If I could chose, I would chose an Austrian education specifically for the language learning!

7) What would you say was your most interesting experience during your assistantship?

My most interesting experience during my assistantship was getting to see how different each classroom can be. A simple change of 15-20 students can completely effect the energy of a room, how I teach, and what topics we focus on in a planned lesson. I found this to be a rather interesting phenomenon!

8) Would you work as an assistant again?

I would most certainly work as an assistant again. I loved the role, and I loved my job. I am very honored to have had the opportunity to help further students’ knowledge of English, the USA, and the World!

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