Due to the Erasmus+ (VET) program, Gábor Horváth, an English-German teacher at the Nyíregyházi SZC Wesselényi Miklós Szakgimnáziuma, Szakközépiskolája és Kollégiuma, was able to take part in an internship with his students in Portugal.
In the following, he reports that learning should never be stopped as a teacher, and how the gained experience has developed his professional competencies and strengthened him in his teaching creed.
“As a language teacher, I am constantly asked which method is the most effective for successful language learning! The only answer I can always give is to go among people you can only communicate with in that language and spend as much time with them as possible. This Erasmus+ program was perfectly suited to this method. We travelled to a foreign country where the common language was English and this was the only communicational opportunity for both students and teachers. I can't imagine a better linguistic competence development.
And the unaffordable plus is that it all happened in the environment of their own profession, which also developed their professional language skills very effectively. It was good to see that both the participants and the accompanying teachers used the language more boldly and confidently day by day and became more and more open to the organizers and employers involved in the program. They didn't even notice that their language skills were improving daily, and that's the most beautiful thing about it.
The young and dynamic team at Braga Mob provided every opportunity for both professional and linguistic development. All of their staff spoke English perfectly and there was no problem with foreign language communication in the internships either. Students met English not only in a professional field, but also during excursions. This country with a very rich history could be discovered in English with the help of professional guides. There wasn’t a day when participants hadn’t encountered the language in some way.
This program reinforced my idea that as a language teacher, I can teach a lot about language in school, but really, spending time in such a foreign language environment is the best lesson for both students and teachers.”
Blogpost author: Gábor Horváth