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Six Week Programs

Faculty of Education


The following is information on international practicum opportunities offered in the current academic year. Please note that the International Practicum sites may change from year to year. An information session for International practicum placements is held each year in mid to late September. The date for this meeting will be announced at the start of year Certification Orientation day.

Germany

This program is open to pre-service teachers enrolled in the Integrated program in Years 4 and 5, and in the final year of the After-Degree program. Pre-service teachers in all streams may apply. The practicum location is at Gymnasium/Realschule Eringerfeld, a Grade 5-11 boarding school located near Geseke in northwest Germany.

In Germany, students are streamed at age 10 into university or non-university paths. This practice has marginalized German-Turkish students, and Gymnasium/Realschule Eringerfeld was created to help bridge that gap. The school runs on an extended day timetable from 8 am - 8 pm, Monday to Friday with students boarded on site. Most subjects are taught in German, and English is taught as a subject – much like we teach core French in Manitoba schools. The U of W pre-service teachers work with English teachers in these classes.
Pre-service teachers study German language and TEFL pedagogy in preparation for this practicum. These classes occur in three-hour blocks for eight-ten weeks prior to travel and are provided at no cost to the pre-service teachers selected for this practicum.
Criteria for application to this Program include an open and curious approach to inter-cultural learning, willingness to take a course in German, capacity to work co-operatively in a close group environment, a willingness to work an extended day, and an interest in living in a unique cultural environment.

When: Mid April to mid May. Dates for 2018 are April 14 (arrive) until May 18.
Costs: While many costs are subsidized by the school, students are responsible for return airfare (approx $1300), room and board at Gymnasium Eringerfeld (approx $800), and any other expenses.
Accommodations: The entire U of W contingent will stay on-site in a separate dorm setting and eat in the school cafeteria.
Contact: Laura Sokal

China

This program is open to pre-service teachers enrolled in the Integrated program in Years 4 and 5, and in the final year of the After-Degree program. Pre-service teachers in all streams may apply. The practicum location is at Clifford School in Guangzhou, China

When: Mid April to mid May.
Costs: Students are responsible for return airfare (approx $1600)
Room and board is covered
Contact: Brian Proctor

Australia

This program is open to pre-service teachers enrolled in the Integrated program in Years 4 and 5, and in the final year of the After-Degree program. Pre-service teachers in all streams may apply. The practicum location is not yet confirmed as we continue to liaise with our Australian contact.

When: Mid April to mid May.
Costs: Approximate costs $3500
Students are responsible for return airfare and accommodation/meals
Contact: David Taylor