In case you didn't know. I decided to try an internship while abroad. So far the experience has been wonderful despite a few hiccups in the beginning. I am an English conversation teacher at the British American Institute. I work Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In addition to teaching classes, I help around the office doing various administrative duties. 

My classes have been going really well. Most of my students are receptive and want to participate. The energy is usually high and they always want to learn. I co-teach with another American named Tyler. He is 2 years older than me and is staying in Aix until April. Some of our lesson plans have included a rhyming game, role play, telling jokes, learning about idioms, 20 questions, what are you afraid of and etc. Our students range from my age to 80. I teach all levels from beginner to advanced. Some of our students have made a lot of improvements while others are taking a little longer. Either way, I really hope I can help improve their English. My end goal of this internship is to really help a student in their English. I want them to be confident and continue practicing English. I hope they have had fun and learned some new material in my classes.

Overall my students are very nice and patient with me, especially when I talk too fast for them. Each of them has a story and each of them is interesting to me. Some may be cocky, too talkative, shy, arrogant, friendly, outgoing, confident, too strong, or really upbeat. No matter which personality I'm up against, all of them have affected me in a different way. I wish I could stay here longer and continue working at this institute to meet more people.

Not only are my classes great, but my co-workers are awesome. I have met some amazing people so far all of them being teachers. Two are from Ireland, two are from England and one is French. Everyone is nice, helpful, friendly and funny. It is a great atmosphere to be in and I feel very comfortable with my co-workers.

On a more serious note, I would have to say communication with the administrative is a little more difficult than my previous employers. It is mostly likely due to the language barrier and the ways of running a business. I am very used to organization, and strong communication. At BAI, I have to work harder to reach those end goals which is not necessarily a bad thing. It has required me to be patient and to accept the differences between two different businesses. So far, I have enjoyed my time at British American Institute. It has been a big part of my experience here studying abroad and I am extremely happy I decided to do an internship. 
 


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