Staff Stories – Catherine (Pip) Penman

As an English literature graduate and competitive sports woman I joined the school of English as an activity leader. I was excited by the prospect of a school that understood the immense benefits of supplementing classroom work with sports and activity.  Edinburgh School of English is more than just a language school and it’s through our activities that theory gets transformed into real life skills. It’s fantastic organising events for groups of kids from so many nationalities, it’s such an incredible social experience for them.

The activity programme also gives me the opportunity to work closely with the kids in a more relaxed environment. I really enjoy hearing their general conversation in English improve, and for me, it’s especially interesting to discuss their opinions of Scotland in comparison to their own countries. I get to learn so much about foreign cultures, discussing everything from politics to favourite musicians while the kids get the challenge of explaining it all in English- it’s a good deal!

By the end of each session it’s always so rewarding to experience our students using their new language skills to make friends and bond over the challenges our activities present.   I love witnessing  how sports tournaments, dance classes, scavenger hunts and so much more help pull down the language barriers that class teachers have been working against . As a result our students are left with an international network of friends they never would have imagined possible before the summer.

 

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