Tuesday 26th October 2010 by C. Freeman
Year 12 student James Barnes is mentoring younger students in German lessons as part of his Inspiration, Endeavour and Community course.
James, who got an A grade for his German GCSE, helps small groups or individuals in Mrs Hibberd's class for two periods on Wednesday afternoons. He is planning on becoming a secondary school language teacher and so this gives him an insight into what the job entails.
He is going on the Berlin language school trip with other Sixth Formers next year and is studying German at A Level so spends as much time on the subject as possible.
He said: 'I could be working with individuals or groups teaching new things or just helping students with their speech or individual classwork. It is a way for me to gain more experience, know ways of teaching and how to keep the students interested and concentrated on the subject. I was originally going to have a primary school placement but then switched to German mentoring as it is beneficial for me to spend as much time as possible using the language.'