Sprachreise England 2019
von Lea Jane (9-2)
Am Sonntag, den 07. April 2019 kamen wir nach einer 19-stündigen Busfahrt müde aber auch sehr aufgeregt in Bournemouth an. Den Nachmittag nutzten wir, um uns auszuruhen, auszupacken, unsere Gastfamilien kennenzulernen und um die Haltestelle zu finden, an der wir jeden Morgen abgeholt wurden.
Am Montag hatten wir nach etwas Freizeit, in welcher wir Bournemouth erkundeten, fünf Unterrichtsstunden in der Sprachschule Cavendish School of English, um unser Englisch sowohl mit Spielen und Diskussionen als auch mit Wiederholung verschiedener Grammatikphänomene zu verbessern. Bevor dies geschehen konnte, wurden wir jedoch in zwei Klassen nach den Sprachlevel B2 und C1 eingeteilt. Unseren zweiten Abend in England verbrachten wir im schuleigenen Kino und schauten nach einem komplizierten Abstimmungsverfahren den Film The Maze Runner in Landessprache.
Am Dienstag ging es in die Landeshauptstadt nach London. Nach einer Führung vorbei am Buckingham Palace und am Elizabeth Tower, stand die Fahrt mit dem London Eye an, wobei wir London von oben bestaunen konnten. Nachdem wir etwas Zeit hatten, um London auf eigene Faust zu erkunden, ging die Führung im Eiltempo zurück, da wir rechtzeitig unseren Bus erreichen mussten.
Der Mittwoch startete wieder mit zwei Stunden in der Sprachschule, fuhr jedoch mit einem Ausflug nach Salisbury fort, um die dortige Kathedrale zu besichtigen, die außerdem die u.a. Magna Carta beherbergt. Nachdem wir wieder etwas Freizeit hatten, ging die Tour weiter nach Stonehenge. Da der Parkplatz allerdings etwas weiter entfernt war, stand uns noch ein kleiner Fußmarsch bevor, um das jahrtausendealte Monument zu betrachten. Zum Abendessen kehrten wir noch einmal zu unseren Gastfamilien zurück. Anschließend holte uns unser stets für einen ironisch-humorvollen Kommentar zu habende Busfahrer Dirk erneut ab, denn der restliche Abend wurde mit Karaoke verbracht.
Den vorletzten Tag unserer Sprachreise blieben wir der Schule fern, und freuten uns stattdessen auf einen Tagestrip nach Oxford, wo wir allerdings nur einen Bruchteil der insgesamt 63 dort beheimateten Universitäten gesehen haben. Neben den beeindruckenden Universitäten, die teilweise Inspirationen oder sogar Drehorte der Harry-Potter-Filme waren, haben wir auch die Cover Stalls (ein überdachter Markt) gesehen und uns in unserer Freizeit noch weiter umgeschaut. Für den Abend war kein weiteres Programm geplant, da wir diese Zeit nutzten, um unsere Sachen zu packen, denn am nächsten Tag stand schon wieder die Abreise an.
Am Freitagmorgen wurde es dann Zeit, uns von unseren Gastfamilien zu verabschieden. Nach den letzten fünf Unterrichtsstunden in der Sprachschule verbrachten wir unsere letzten Stunden in England wieder in Bournemouth, an der Atlantikküste, bevor wir dann letztendlich unsere Rückreise antraten.
A trip we will never forget
by Nathalie (9-1)
On Saturday, 6th April 2019 at 4 pm, we, 34 ninth-graders from our school and four teachers (Mrs. Fischer, Mrs. Scholz, Mrs. Linsel and Mr. Theek), set off for Bournemouth, a lovely coastal town in England. The journey was an almost 20-hour coach journey, including two hours on the ferry. Of course, we were all very tired when we arrived in Bournemouth on Sunday at about 2 pm. Our host families picked us up and some of them showed us the town or went to the beach with us. But a few of them also just brought us to their house and let us get some sleep.
On the next day, on Monday, our coach picked us up at 8:30 in the morning. First, we had some free time to discover the beautiful city centre of Bournemouth. After that, we had 5 lessons at the Cavendish School of English. Finally, we also had a cinema evening there. The film we watched was ‚Maze Runner‘, of course it was in English and there were English subtitles as well.
On Tuesday, we went on a full day trip to the British capital city, London. Because London is a huge city, we had a tour guide who showed us the most popular and important sights. For example, we saw the Elizabethan Tower with Big Ben, the bell (it was being restored), Buckingham Palace and the river Thames. We also had a ride on the London Eye which was really cool. The view was incredible, but also a little bit blurry. Unfortunately, the weather was not so good on this day. The sky was grey and it was raining. But later, the sun finally came out.
The following day, we had two lessons at the Cavendish School of English first. Then we went on an excursion to Salisbury and Stonehenge. On Wednesday, we were really lucky with the weather. Usually, it is very cold and windy at Stonehenge. But on our trip, it was pleasant. We were very impressed by Stonehenge and the history behind it. Amazing! In Salisbury, we saw Salisbury Cathedral. We all took many photos of it, because it’s very impressive. Another thing we saw is the Magna Carta, an important source of democracy. In the evening, we had karaoke at the Cavendish School of English which was very funny, nice and entertaining.
On Thursday, we had a full day trip to Oxford which was the nicest trip of the language study travel for many of us. Here, we saw the world-famous University of Oxford, the Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library and the Bridge of Sighs. After a guided city tour, we had a lot of free time in Oxford. Some of us went shopping, for example in a shopping centre called “Westgate”. The weather was amazing and the city tour was very interesting. That’s why it was a wonderful day.
Unfortunately, the next day, it was time to say “Goodbye, Bournemouth.” Our host families brought us to the coach meeting point where the coach picked us and our luggage up. Then we were driven to the Cavendish School of English. We had 5 lessons of school there. After that, we had 4 hours of free time to visit Bournemouth Beach, the city centre or the big wheel. In the afternoon, we started our departure and arrived in Leipzig on Saturday noon.
It was a very exciting experience to live in a British family and to speak English almost all the time. We visited interesting places and learned many new things. For all of us, it was a good time. For sure, the students who will take part in the language study travel next year will have just as much fun as we had.
The Study Trip – an Impressive Trip to England!
by Cécile (9-2)
The English study trip to Bournemouth took place from the 6th April 2019 to 13th April 2019. Bournemouth is located near the sea, so you’re able to spend hot days on the beach; it’s a suitable place to enjoy your holidays. We travelled there by coach for about twenty hours. Altogether we were 34 students and four teachers: Mrs Fischer, Mrs Scholz, Mrs Linsel and Mr Theek.
We departed at Bautzener Straße, next to our school, at four thirty in the afternoon. On our journey we had several breaks after every two to three hours. While travelling we spent the time in multiple ways, e.g. we talked a lot, slept, read books, listened to music and we even watched the film „LOL“ on the monitor. At six in the morning we took the ferry from Dunkirk, France to Dover, England.
Our final arrival in Poole in England was at one p.m. and our host families picked us up. Each morning the coach driver collected each student and teacher from their assigned bus stop.
On Monday, before we had our first lessons, our group visited Bournemouth, which basically means we went further into the city (specifically the area around the beach) since the school is in Bournemouth too. In our free time, lots of students headed to the beach or looked into the shops that were nearby. Later that day, we came back to the Cavendish School of English for our first five lessons. Based on our level of English as a result of an online test which we did before our journey, we were divided into two classes: students with level B1 and C1. Every student got a workbook which we were allowed to keep. The students agreed with their new teachers for the week on what they would like to focus on (listening, speaking, writing) or prepared something in advance to work on first. At the end of the day our coach driver dropped us off on our bus stop.
On Tuesday, there was a full day trip to London planned. A guide accompanied us and led us through rainy London. We took a ride on the famous London Eye and on top you have an amazing view of London, although it was rainy and the glass front was full of rain drops. Later on, after we had some free time starting off at the huge and crowded Piccadilly Circus, we stood in front of the worldwide known Buckingham Palace and we even got the chance to see the guards marching up and down!
For Wednesday the schedule or itinerary of the day was packed with two lessons at the Cavendish School Of English, a visit to Salisbury and to Stonehenge. In Salisbury we got to see the cathedral – and the inner view is beautiful! We could also see the Magna Carta from 1215. In Salisbury our freetime was kept short because of the following visit to Stonehenge. There was a 30-minute walk from the car park to the attraction. We were allowed to walk around ourselves to take some pictures. In the evening there was karaoke back at Cavendish School for another hour and a half.
On Thursday, a second full day trip was planned – to beautiful Oxford. There was a third guide who led us safely through the city. He showed us the colleges, Bodleian Library and told us lots of facts connected with telling some background stories. He showed us the statue by which J.K. Rowling’s Nearly Headless Nick was inspired. In Oxford the teachers gave us four hours of free time. Whether we would go to the newly opened shopping centre or again have a look at the colleges – we felt free to explore the charming Oxford.
The last day in England came fast. It was scheduled the following: at 7.30 in the morning we met and put our luggage into the coach. Afterwards we went to the Cavendish School Of English for another five lessons. At the end we received a certificate and a report, handed over by our teachers from Cavendish. Starting at noon we had free time in Bournemouth and it was even longer than in Oxford! Our departure was in the evening. At midnight we arrived in Dover. Although we unfortunately missed the ferry, we got another one shortly after. Finally after the 20-hour drive we arrived in Leipzig at one p.m.
All in all, this trip is worth it to join and I would recommend it. On the one hand we were often tired and it was sometimes stressful, but on the other hand we got lots of impressions about the British way of life and of England’s cities and what it is like to be there.
Photos were taken by Nathalie and Lea Jane
Wir Lehrer bedanken uns an dieser Stelle bei Panke Sprachreisen für die sehr gute Organisation der Sprachreise, dem Busunternehmen Möbius und den Fahrern für die sichere Hin- und Rückreise, bei unserem Förderverein für die finanzielle Unterstützung sowie bei all den Schülern und Schülerinnen, die stets pünktlich frühmorgens an der Bushaltestelle waren, die die vereinbarten Zeiten auf den Ausflügen eingehalten haben und zum Gelingen der Sprachreise beigetragen haben.
Die weiteren Ergebnisse der Umfrage zur Sprachreise finden sich im internen Bereich bei Unterricht Englisch.
Autor: Cécile B., Nathalie P., Lea Jane K.