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This week's student voices are that of our Italian group

Posted by Elodie Mallet on 22-Mar-2019 12:30:00

The Student Voice is a glance into the experiences of students from all over the world who have studied with us at Celtic English Academy, here in Cardiff. These testimonials are a first-hand reflection of the impressions left on each student from their time at our academy in the capital city of Wales.

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This week's homestay provider voice is from Deborah

Posted by Elodie Mallet on 21-Mar-2019 14:01:54

The Homestay Voice is an opportunity to glance into the experiences of our homestay who are welcoming International students here in Cardiff. This testimonial is a first-hand reflection of the impression on our homestay provider for hosting students in their home.

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This week's student voice is Benyamin from Iran

Posted by Elodie Mallet on 19-Mar-2019 12:00:00

The Student Voice is a glance into the experiences of students from all over the world who have studied with us at Celtic English Academy, here in Cardiff. These testimonials are a first-hand reflection of the impressions left on each student from their time at our academy in the capital city of Wales. 

 

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This week's student voice is Sonia from Greece

Posted by Narumi Katahira on 16-Mar-2019 13:00:00

The Student Voice is a glance into the experiences of students from all over the world who have studied with us at Celtic English Academy, here in Cardiff. These testimonials are a first-hand reflection of the impressions left on each student from their time at our academy in the capital city of Wales.

 

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Lena - not goodbye, but see you again!

Posted by April Pugh on 14-Mar-2019 15:13:56

  

'See you again! never Goodbye'

It is unbelievable, but my time in Cardiff is coming to an end as I will be flying back to Germany on Sunday afternoon. Not only will I take with me the many new clothes I bought in St David’s shopping centre, but also lots of wonderful memories and a wealth of experience.

Before I came to Cardiff to start my internship at Celtic, I was scared. Although I’ve spent some time abroad before, and although I have been teaching German for three years in Germany, I still thought I might not be able to meet the requirements of doing an academic internship in a well-known language school. I was also anxious about my host family and my colleagues: Will they be friendly? Will I understand them when they talk to me? Will I have to make them coffee all day?

After six weeks, I can now say with certainty that my fear was much ado about nothing. I’ve stayed with a perfect host family. They’ve been welcoming and friendly since the beginning and I’ve felt completely at home in their house. They took me to Quantum Fitness, an entertaining gym where you don’t need to sign a contract (so you might want to go there if you stay for a shorter period of time) and we worked out together. They also took me to Barry Island and the Cardiff Bay Barrage and showed me around like tourist guides. And, each Sunday, they took me to the Bowls Club, where I got to know both the sport (which we don’t have in Germany), and many kind-hearted elderly people. Staying in homestay has been a wonderful experience for me and I hope I will return to Cardiff to visit my second family again!

I’ve also enjoyed my work at Celtic. Everyone has been so friendly towards me – office staff, teachers, and students. I’ve never walked up and down as many stairs in one day before and I’ve never spent as much time in the rain, but nevertheless I’ve loved working at Celtic and I am really sad to leave! What I’ve enjoyed most has been all the interacting with students. I’ve loved working in the classroom as a teaching assistant as well as helping with student enquiries in the office (giving out the books from the small office library was fun) and going on trips with the groups. It was also interesting to look behind the scenes, too. I found out how the attendance is reported; how new students are uploaded to the Celtic online platform; and how the starters are processed every week. Thank you to the staff at Celtic who have been friendly and helpful at all times, I’ve enjoyed my internship a lot!

All I have left to say now is “Auf Wiedersehen” – it is German and does not mean “Goodbye”, but “See you again!”

#NewFriends #FindYourEpic #LearnEnglishinWales 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This week's student voice is from our group from Finland

Posted by Marie Davies on 14-Mar-2019 09:55:00

The Student Voice is a glance into the experiences of students from all over the world who have studied with us at Celtic English Academy, here in Cardiff. These testimonials are a first-hand reflection of the impressions left on each student from their time at our academy in the capital city of Wales.

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This week's student voice is from Elias, Brazil

Posted by Marie Davies on 09-Mar-2019 12:21:00

The Student Voice is a glance into the experiences of students from all over the world who have studied with us at Celtic English Academy, here in Cardiff. These testimonials are a first-hand reflection of the impressions left on each student from their time at our academy in the capital city of Wales.

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This week's student voice is Marek from Slovakia

Posted by Elodie Mallet on 08-Mar-2019 12:40:00

The Student Voice is a glance into the experiences of students from all over the world who have studied with us at Celtic English Academy, here in Cardiff. These testimonials are a first-hand reflection of the impressions left on each student from their time at our academy in the capital city of Wales.

 

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April's story on International Women's Day

Posted by April Pugh on 08-Mar-2019 08:32:13

International Women’s Day 8th March

My story – I’m Possible

For this International Woman’s Day 2019, I wanted to share my story in the hope that it might encourage you to follow your dreams, to believe in yourself and to bravely state – “I’m possible” when everyone around you is shouting that your goal is “impossible”.

My story started around 18 months ago, it was a difficult period in my life and at times I felt hopeless. But I decided the best way to empower myself was by educating myself. I had always dreamed of completing my Masters’ degree, yet until that point, I had never really had the motivation or determination to make it happen. That all changed when I came across a meme online…

 

 

As a mother, I felt it was my duty to show my young daughter how to work hard, reach for the stars and create a better life for us both. With a steely resolve I applied for a post graduate course in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and managed to secure funding.

Then came the hard part, convincing the course director, my manager, and my family that I was able to be a full-time Masters’ student, full-time teacher and full-time mother all at once. I politely smiled as they cautioned….’there just aren’t enough hours in the day, you’ll never fit everything in, it’s impossible to do all three well at the same time.’ But I reasoned that if other women before me could overcome even greater obstacles then I could at least try because (as Bob Marley said) you never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice.

Of course, it was not an ideal situation, but I never gave up: working throughout the day, looking after my little girl and studying intensely late at night once my daughter was sound asleep in bed. With each small success my confidence grew and what started as a faint whisper deep in my conscientiousness grew louder each day – I can do this!

Fast forward to December 2018 and the day of my graduation had arrived. I am so proud to be able to say that not only had I achieved my dream of gaining a Masters, but that I had done so in style. I was awarded The Professional Learning Outstanding Achievement accolade for earning a distinction in every module on the course and obtaining the highest score for a dissertation in the university department’s history.

 

Above all I’ve learned that a spark of self-belief accompanied by a whole lot of courage and determination can propel us to where we want to be. Echoing the words of Maya Angelou ‘go out there and grab life because Life loves the person who dares to live it!’

 

 

 

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Lena - my experience of International Women's Day in Germany

Posted by April Pugh on 08-Mar-2019 08:00:00

 

International Women’s Day 8th March

Every year on the 8th of March, the International Women’s Day is celebrated all around the world. In some countries, this day is just as important as Mother’s Day. Flowers, chocolate or other gifts are given to women to celebrate their day and in some countries the International Women’s Day is a public holiday, so people don’t have to work on that day. But what is this day about? I will tell you some facts about the International Women’s Day and how I celebrated it last year.

The first Women’s Day was celebrated 110 years ago, on the 28th of February 1909. It was organised by the American Socialist Party and was limited to New York City. Others picked up the idea and soon the day was celebrated annually on the 8th of March, although at first mainly by socialist and communist groups. This changed when in 1975 the International Women’s Day was adopted by the United Nations.

The International Women’s Day has different purposes in different countries. In some places, it is a way of protesting against the inequality between men and women, unfair laws or the absence of human rights. In other countries, such as in the UK, it is a day to celebrate womanhood and, especially, the strong women who have fought and are fighting for their rights. That women in the UK nowadays can vote, choose any profession they like and have the same rights as men should not be taken for granted. To be honest, the International Women’s Day is not of great importance in Germany. Since I live in a smaller town, there are no events taking place and the International Women’s Day is just another ordinary day. But last year, it was really special for me.

I teach German as a foreign language in Germany and many of my students are refugees from countries such as Syria, Iraq or Eritrea. I had prepared a normal lesson for the 8th of March last year – but the female students in my class had other plans. It was very special for them to spend the International Women’s Day in Germany because women and men are equal in Germany: women can be teachers and lawyers and politicians, and with Angela Merkel we have a female leader of our country. So, when my students came into the classroom in the morning, they not only were wearing their finest clothes, but also they had cooked and baked traditional dishes from their countries. Instead of studying German grammar, we then spent the day discussing the differences between our countries, especially the treatment of women, their rights and their career perspectives. The students told me that they loved Germany because of the many possibilities they were given and that they wanted to celebrate Women’s Day because they finally felt strong and well-educated. After all what has happened to them, they said they were proud to be women in Germany. I was very happy that they celebrated the International Women’s Day with me – they showed me that I was privileged to live in a country where women can achieve the same as men. And they also showed me that the International Women’s Day is important to raise awareness because not every woman is as privileged as I am.

 

#InternationalWomensDay2019  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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