In January of 2020, four students from the Faculty of Education visited the Humboldt University of Berlin as part of an annual exchange program. The students had the opportunity to observe classes taught by German education students during the practical block of their studies, and also learn more about how work-integrated learning is incorporated in Education students' curriculum at this particular university. They were also given a chance to informally assist during the German classes.
The four Maties ready to attend a seminar.
Nicole Minnies, Rozanne Theron, Alexa Plaatjies and Delmé Barkhuizen were selected as the successful candidates to represent Stellenbosch University in this exchange program. Applicants were asked to write an essay on the theme of the exchange which is multilingualism in the classroom. Shortlisted candidates were interviewed by Prof C van der Walt, Dr M van der Merwe and Mnr J Ruiters, the collaborators on the programme. After this, the final four were selected.
Nicole Minnies in front
of the “Mitte Kampus” of the Humboldt University in Berlin.
The students stayed in accommodation provided by the host university, a stone's throw away from where they would attend the classes. Apart from the academic obligations, the students enjoyed exploring the city of Berlin and its rich culture.
Nicole Minnies and Alexa Plaatjies assisting a German student teacher with his project.