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Student Reports: Ski Instructors Course

Jenny Linnel / Kitzbuhel 
German & Ski Instructors 12 week Course
in Kitzbuhel, Austria Sept/Dec  which she followed with a full working ski season in Austria through to the following April. 
  What did you expect from the course?
“I expected my spoken German to improve considerably. I also expected grammatical aspects to come more naturally by the end of the course. Generally I expected it to be a great way to meet people and become accustomed to the new environment with people in the same situation as myself. I expected my skiing to improve along with my knowledge of teaching methods.”

Were your expectations met?
“ My spoken German definitely improved and I became more confident using it. My grammar was reinforced but still didn’t come naturally. In general the course was definitely a great way of meeting people and I felt my skiing improved dramatically. The ski instruction was fantastic.

What did you think of the lessons and the school?
“ I think that the lessons were good for me. The school was great, and was in a good location. The staff and teachers were always friendly and approachable.”

What were the best/worst parts of your language course?
“My favourite part of the course was when we spent the week free skiing in Kaprun and Zellam See. The worst part was exam day and the wait for the results (although you only had to wait 3 hours). It was definitely worth al the nerves and anxious revision to experience the achievement when you pass. The best part of the language course was the moment when I could suddenly feel the language coming together and realised how much progress I’d made without even noticing it.”

What else could you like to say about the course?
“The travel arrangements worked really well. There was never a problem. I also felt the balance between free time and lessons were perfect. All of the eating arrangements worked really well. I really enjoyed our trip to Schwarz See, walks in the surrounding area and drinks in a quiet bar in town.”

What did you think of Kitzbuhel?
Kitzbuhel is a great place. It has great facilities for communication: two Internet cafes, and Internet phones. It has great places to eat, both in the town and on the mountain, where you can find traditional Austrian dishes or more standard food. The people were great and I always felt safe, walking alone at night poses no problems. I would not call Kitzbuhel cheap but you can live cheaply there. Eating and drinking out can be expensive but it all depends on your lifestyle. There are several nice places to eat and drink that are reasonably priced or there are some more expensive places it all depends which you prefer.

The nightlife is great during the high season. It is quiet during a lot of the course, however the nightlife and après ski was fantastic for the majority of the course in Kaprun, partly because we were always there during the weekends. There is a swimming pool for during the day, plus lots of cafes. There is also a cinema, tennis courts and a football stadium, but skiing is the main activity.”

And would you go again?
“I would recommend the course to people with some prior knowledge of German. CESA was great and all the information provided was very helpful. Passing the exam and wearing the ski instructor’s uniform for the first time are probably my most memorable moments. Also the achievement of getting through your first lessons as an instructor. The times when you know you’ve helped to make someone’s holiday. I will go back next year during my University holidays.”

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