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My name is Katie, and I am now a qualified Teacher.
Châteauroux (a small town in central France)
20 years old
I specialized in French as part of my teaching degree and this allowed us to go and study abroad for a month.
During my trip, I spent one day in University each week, learning about the French education system, and spent the other three days in a school. In school, I observed a range of lessons and taught English to 5/6 year old children.
Being completely immersed in the language did provide some challenges, however I felt that I had enough basic vocabulary to get me through most daily situations.
Yes, talking French daily definitely helped to improve my language skills.
My university planned the trip for us.
Like I said, I studied at University one day a week and was in School teaching for 3 days. In France, the children do not attend School on Wednesday, so this day was spent catching up on Uni work and completing set tasks for our placement. I felt that the balance was really successful.
Two out of the four weekends I was in France, I stayed in the town itself. There, I visited local markets, the cinema, restaurants…etc. The other two weekends I spent in Paris.
The area where we stayed was quite isolated and therefore the evenings were quite dull. The amenities in the local area were also very limited which did make you miss home sometimes!
Definitely! It was a fantastic cultural experience which I gained lots from.
Be prepared! Try and learn as much conversational language as possible before you go.
Personally, I preferred travelling in a group, as I had the support of other people on my course.
Yes, this is something that I hope to do in the near future.
The trip has definitely sparked interest in visiting other countries.Please note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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