Foreign Language students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull welcomed visitors from Solihull’s German twin town last week, as they took part in an exchange with a partner school from Main-Taunus-Kreis near Frankfurt.
Our A Level German students visited this German partner school, the Albert-Einstein-Schule in Schwalbach, back in December. This return visit was part of the 23rd exchange in a partnership that goes back to 1982. The German students stayed with our students and their families and enjoyed a range of activities, all aimed towards helping the visiting students improve their spoken English and their understanding of the language and the culture.
The visiting students had an official welcome at the Town Hall with the Mayor of Solihull. They also toured the BBC studios at the Mailbox in Birmingham and visited the Birmingham city centre canals, the library and the Birmingham Museum.
Our visitors from Germany had a day in College, shadowing their partner students in their lessons and also had other visits out to places of local interest, including Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon. While in Stratford, the students visited Shakespeare’s birthplace and took part in a workshop at the Royal Shakespeare Company on ‘Romeo and Juliet’, which the Germans will have to study for their equivalent of A levels.
German teacher Deborah Smail-Ross commented:
“It was great to see our friends from Main-Taunus-Kreis again. Some friendships were formed by our visit there back in December and the students all enjoyed meeting up again. I know our visitors enjoyed the trips we took them on and found the exchange really helped them improve their English, but our students benefited as well and have developed their German speaking skills.”
23 March 2016