Connection Programme

Tuesday November 21, 2017

This month Concord welcomed German teacher Cornelia Kiesel to work in the Modern Foreign Languages Department for two weeks as part of a UK-German Connection Programme. Cornelia has 29 years of teaching experience, so she was a great addition to the MFL team. Previously, Cornelia taught at an International School in Hong Kong – this is where she first made a connection with Concord College. “After I got the acceptance for hosting at a school in the UK, I used my Concord connection – my friend Lesley Carter. She put me in touch with the Modern Foreign Languages Department, with Ms Jane Somerville.” During her time at Concord, Cornelia taught language students about the German school system, about the usage of social media and modern families in Germany, in addition to assisting with the current curriculum. “I have seen a lot of excellent possibilities in different modern languages at Concord College. I enjoyed the classes especially because of their small size... The amount of time every student has to talk is immense. “Furthermore, it was interesting to observe the various nationalities of the students and their different ways of coping with the curriculum. It’s excellent.” Cornelia also discussed the importance of learning Modern Foreign Languages in today’s working world. “In the context of the rapid globalisation, it is very important. A lot of pupils will not start working in their home country. Learning another language helps you to understand and communicate with lots of other people.”