Country in which you worked as a Language Assistant : France (Lyon)
How did the program helped your language development?
I studied French in high school and university but I had always yearned for the opportunity to live and work in France.The Language Assistant Program afforded me that opportunity and I would simply describe it as life changing. I was able to improve my command of the French language through daily interaction with natives. Furthermore, I learnt different lingoes and other nuances of the language that one does not learn in a classroom setting. I will admit, I was a little intimidated by interacting with the natives at first but overtime with practice I gained more confidence.
Interestingly, my participation in the Program helped to strengthen my command of my own native language, English. I had to pay keener attention to my pronunciation, enunciation and overall use of language. This was to ensure my students heard the authentic sound of a native English speaker and they understood when I spoke in class. In preparing and delivering the lessons, I also become more mindful of certain technicalities such as phonetics and syntax. Additionally, I was able to learn a little Spanish based on my interaction with other Language Assistants from Spanish speaking countries.
Any other comments?
Even though I lived and worked in France, I was able to visit other European countries such as Spain, Italy and Switzerland.This broadened my appreciation for various cultures and made the experience more enriching.I forged life long friendships and I met some amazing persons. I am grateful to have participated in the Program as it prepared me for my current job as a Foreign Service Officer. I wish to encourage anyone who is considering to participate in a Language Assistant Program to go for it! It will change your life .
Le plus beau voyage c’est celui qu’on a pas encore fait. - The best trip is the one we haven’t done yet.
Current country of residence: Jamaica