Reflections on a Wonderful Year and Exciting Prospects Ahead

As the school year draws to a close, it's the perfect time to reflect on the incredible journey we've had and to look forward to the exciting developments in the coming year. One of the most thrilling prospects is that next year, the "Buchrain Goes International" project will expand to include all of the 5th and 6th-grade classes, bringing our total to eight classes participating in this fantastic initiative.

A key element of our success has been the collaboration with a university expert who provides theoretical insights and regularly checks in to see how we are progressing. This support has been invaluable in ensuring that our methods are effective and that we are continually improving.

The most rewarding aspect of this project for me has been witnessing the significant improvement in the students' English skills. It's amazing to see them confidently speaking English during our CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) lessons and understanding me when I communicate with them. This progress isn't limited to academic English; the students also share their lives, friendships, and stories with me—all in English. These interactions go beyond the lesson material, allowing us to build genuine relationships.

Seeing the students' excitement when they meet me on the playground and ask about my life is truly heartwarming. This exchange is a two-way street: while they learn from me, I also learn a lot from them. Their enthusiasm and curiosity inspire me every day, and it's a privilege to be part of their educational journey.

The project has not only been beneficial for the students but also for me personally. Being an international educator, it has given me the opportunity to find a rewarding job in Switzerland. This experience has been special and transformative, enhancing my professional growth and cultural understanding.

Team teaching has also played a crucial role in our success. By working together, we provide the students with more opportunities to learn and close any gaps in their understanding. My native British English helps with pronunciation and exposes the students to authentic language use, further enriching their learning experience.

I am eagerly looking forward to seeing the continued progress of our 6th-grade students and welcoming new 5th graders into the project. The journey ahead is full of promise, and I am excited to see how our students will continue to grow and thrive in this international environment.

Here's to another year of learning, growth, and unforgettable experiences!

Warm regards,

Miss Carter

Schule Buchrain

Adlermatte 10
6033 Buchrain


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