Escola Túrbula

AINE DOWLING

Hi I'm Aine! I am a 19 year old student at the University of Limerick and I am currently on work placement in Barcelona in a school called Escola Túrbula as an English Language Assistant. I will be working here for six months and so far I am really enjoying it!

Before I began my placement, I was really looking forward to teaching children and my overall stay here in Barcelona. Of course I was unsure of what to expect and quite nervous as I have never lived so far away from home before for this long. However, I was very excited at the same time as this would be a new experience for me. Three girls from my college are also working here so its very fun exploring Barcelona together. I have a big interest in learning new languages and cultures and staying here has definitely developed my understanding of the Catalonian culture. I have settled in now and everything is going well so far. 

The first day

On arrival we felt very welcomed by all of what I can only describe to be very friendly staff including Elia who is an english teacher in the secondary sector who showed us around the school and all the facilities that it includes. It's a beautiful, big school with alot of students. The atmosphere between the teachers and between the teachers and children is very friendly, something which is nice to see. With Elia, we organised our timetables and planning material and asked any questions that were needed to be asked. We were told by Elia what our job would be like and she offered us help with anything that we needed. I was assigned to teach children in nursery and preschool. I also teach primary school students three times a week in the evenings. Its a nice mix with all the different ages and personalities. In the beginning it was a bit confusing to find and remember the classrooms but everyone working here are very nice and helpful which made things alot easier. The first day went well and all of us were very excited to begin this new journey together.

 

A little bit more about my job

Over the past few weeks, I have taken students outside of the classroom in groups of 5 or 6 and created fun activities for them to learn english. Playing games is a very good way of developing their knowledge of the english language as they become familiar with new words and phrases while having fun at the same time. They are passionate to learn english and so far I am satisfied with their progress. I also stay inside the classroom with the teacher where I am greeted with hugs from the children. I check up on their work and art and anything they do inside the class.I have also picked up a lot of spanish words, which is beneficial for me as spanish is one of the subjects I am doing in college.

Overall everything is going well and my time here has been great so far!