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Why send students on a Work Experience trip?

Any linguist will tell you that the most beneficial way to learn a language is in the country where it is spoken. Of course the formal learning of a language is important but in order to get the most out of your studies you have to put the theory into practice by actually conversing with native speakers of the language.

"By the end of the week, everything had changed - I felt confident in ordering food, talking to French people in shops in French and in general, just blending in with French culture."

Tom Lees, Bordeaux, France

Many of our students tell us that they start off the week lacking in confidence and are nervous that they will be unable to understand the locals due to the speed of their speech. By the end of the trip all the nerves and self-doubt have disappeared and students say they are able to converse naturally and confidently.

Our Work Experience programme aims to provide students with all the relevant opportunities in order to benefit from the experience in terms of their language skills. Students tell us that they develop independence, a sense of responsibility and that they enjoy making new friends and exploring the local culture.

"I now feel so much more positive about my French exams, I have gained confidence and independence, not to mention improving my job prospects in the future, as well as gaining a detailed insight into French culture."

Imogen Page-Jarrett, Rouen, France

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Improve their language skills
  • Achieve total immersion in the language
  • Enhance university and job applications
  • Gain confidence and independence
  • Meet new friends and socialise
  • Experience the local culture

Our students tell us that they come back from their trips feeling more inspired, motivated and enthusiastic about learning their language. Many go on to study languages at university and contact us again in the future to arrange an individual work placement abroad as part of our 18+ work placements.

If you have any further questions about our work experience programme please feel free to contact us