A Day in My Life
Sprachschüler in Australien lernen Englisch auch bei Aktivitäten und Ausflügen. Eine Studienreisenlehrerin begleitet und betreut sie dabei. JULIE COLLINS berichtet.
A teacher who looks after foreign students in Australia
ello! My name is Robyn Allen. I live on Bribie Island in Queensland, Australia. I am 62 years old, and I have a husband and two grown children. I’m a study-tour teacher at a school called St John’s Anglican College, and have been so for more than eight years now. We have mostly Chinese students. (In the past, we have had Japanese and Koreans, too.) They are usually aged between five and 17 and come during the Chinese school holidays.
I wake up at around six o’clock in the morning, have breakfast and get ready for work. Around 7.10 a.m., I drive to the school and arrive by about 7.30. I like to be there early to prepare my classroom for the day. For example, if I’m doing mapping, I might put the outline of Australia on the board. I also like to put up what we are doing for the day to inform the students about it.
Around eight o’clock, I go to the administration building,
and I sign in. I might collect any photocopying I have and speak to the staff. At 8.15 a.m., I go down and start to greet the students. I say hello to their homestay families and make sure everything’s OK. By 8.30, all the students have arrived. We count them, make sure we have them all, then we walk with them up to the classroom.
Once we arrive there, I review the previous day’s excursion: where we went, their thoughts about it, what they liked, what they didn’t like. We compare it with what their life is like in China. Then we have a lesson, perhaps on Australian geography. We might put the major cities, states, territories and maybe all the places of interest, like Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, on a map of Australia. We learn about the meaning behind the Australian and Aboriginal flags. At this point, it’s usually time for us to start gathering up our things. We then escort the students to a bus on which we’ll go to that day’s activities.
On a typical day, we might go to Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens — lovely gardens here in Brisbane with subtropical plants and flowers. We take the students to a pretty lake with lots of different kinds of bamboo, where we sit. The students enjoy taking photos and having morning tea there. Around the lake, there’s a lot of bird and animal life.
Then we would go to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which also has a lot of Australian animals and birds. The students particularly love the chance to be photographed actually holding a koala. There are also kangaroos. You can actually pat them and be very close to them. You can see Australia’s native dogs — dingoes — and lots of other animals, too.
When we return to school, the students are tired, but they’re very happy as well. And around four o’clock, they’re picked up by their homestay families. The students can’t wait to tell them all about their day’s outing.
When I have said goodbye to the students,
I usually return to the classroom to collect all my things — my teaching resources. Then I drive home. There, I relax by getting dinner ready. After dinner, I have a shower and do some reading. I might also prepare the things I will need for the next day’s lesson.
Our study tours consist mainly of taking the students on outings to see Australia’s way of life and culture. Our English lessons also revolve around the places where we take students. For example, we might talk about Australian animals if we are taking them to Lone Pine. If we go to the beach or to Movie World, we’ll talk about beach safety and the fact that our sun here in Australia is very, very strong, and about the need to keep oneself covered, wear a hat and drink plenty of water.
All in all, I think the students have an excellent time. I really enjoy my job. The students are great fun.