Verstärkung für den Englischunterricht

Mit Beginn des Schuljahres 2014/15 konnten wir einen ganz besonderen Kollegen an unserer Schule begrüßen. Weit angereist aus dem sonnigen Florida verstärkt Allen Kupetz (rechts im Bild)unser Kollegium und sorgt mit seiner Anwesenheit und seinen Informationen über die Vereinigten Staaten für manchen Aha-Effekt in den Klassenräumen, auf dem Schulhof und auch im Lehrerzimmer. 


Im folgenden Text stellt er sich vor: 


When I first started studying German four years ago, I had no idea where it would take me. I loved the history, I loved the culture, and I found many great friends from Germany. Today I am a part of the Fulbright Association, which brought many wonderful Germans to America and has allowed me to work here as a foreign language assistant.My name is Allen Kupetz, and for the past year I have brought to students in Auerbach stories about life in America as well as help with the fun (but sometimes difficult) English language.I grew up in Orlando, Florida, four hours from Miami and only 40 minutes from Disney World. On hot summer days, when the temperature could reach 40 degrees, I enjoyed finding ways to cool off. The best beaches were an hour away, and I loved to go to New Smyrna or Daytona Beach with family and friends. But when it became very cold, around 16 degrees (plus!), I would find other fun things to do. I love watching movies – in fact, German films like The Blue Angel, Keinohrhasen, and M helped me learn the language. I also like to write: I have written several plays, short stories, and I am currently writing my second novel. And when the weather is good, I like to go sailing and play tennis; I was able to do both often when I studied at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.I remember my German tutors in college. Like me, they were part of a cultural exchange organization and traveled across the ocean to make people like me more comfortable with a foreign language. We would sit in the cafeteria and have lunch together, or we would grab a coffee, and we just talked. Half of the time we spoke in English (so the tutors could practice), and half of the time we spoke in German (so I could practice). It got to the point where I was so comfortable with the German language that I wasn’t too nervous to try anymore. I didn’t feel pressure, I didn’t feel stressed, when I spoke German, and this allowed me to speak much more than I had before. It was a good feeling, to be so comfortable as to not be scared, and I decided long ago that that’s what I want my students to feel as well. Yes, I want to teach the students of Geschwister-Scholl-Schule about the English language and about American culture, but more than that I want them to feel good about what they’re learning. I want them to realize that English can be fun. I want to find out what the students like, so that when they start talking about it in English they realize that they can do it. I remember how good it felt to be talking about classes, or movies, or anything else for half an hour, and only realizing in the end that I had held a conversation in German. It’s a fantastic feeling, this surge of well-earned confidence, and I want my students to feel the same way.I have traveled throughout the Vogtland, looking to discover more of the region. Everywhere I go, however, I still want to return to Auerbach to discuss it with the people I’ve met. There is this incredible draw to Auerbach, this fantastic feeling I get when I make my way up the small hill to the Scholl-Schule. Not only has everyone in the town welcomed me and made me feel at home, but the walk to school feels like a daily adventure, one for which I am incredibly excited. Every day is a challenge to capture the students’ interests, and every day I get this good feeling as I walk through the school doors and see everyone walking around. There is a certain glow in students’ eyes when they find something they enjoy, and it means the world to me that I see that glow when I talk with them, when I present my lessons to them, when I hold conversations with them. Years ago I learned how much I liked Germany. But it wasn’t until I came to Auerbach that I learned how much I like the Vogtland. Everyone has made living here a pleasure. I feel completely at home when I walk around town or I return to my flat in Rodewisch. And I am incredibly lucky to work with so many wonderful students. Every day that I come to school, I am happy to pass on some of my knowledge to them. As the year has progressed, I have seen how much their English has improved. I have seen how much fun everyone have learning a foreign language. And thanks to the incredible students and teachers I worked with every day, I have seen the positive impact that teaching has. Because of how my Fulbright program works, I will not be able to teach in Auerbach next year, but I know I will never forget this delightful and unique experience that the people of the Vogtland have given me.