Sunday, August 19, 2007

German Summer School

This last week I've been away in Jena, Germany. Jena is in the Bundesland of Thueringen in the East of Germany. I first went two years ago as a compulsory part of my Open University level 2 German course. It's a beautiful town with a fantastic atmosphere.
Eddie Lawler (Lawler Language Services) now runs level 1 and level 3 summer schools, open to everyone. This was an ideal opportunity for me to update my German skills, so I enrolled on the level 3 course. It was a bargain at £400 (we had to find our own way there) for full board, in a fantastic hotel.
There is a full study programme, with lessons in the morning, and usually a trip out in the afternoon. The course content is optional. We covered Science, the local area, Identity, Architecture and Literature as well as taking trips to Erfurt, Cospeda, the Planetarium and, of course, the local pubs and restaurants.
The thought of going abroad alone to do a course where you know no one may seem a little daunting, but it has been a fabulous week and I have met some lovely people. I would certainly recommend the course for next year (indeed I will be attending it!).

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