The English language and I...
submitted by Beate Walter, Germany
From the teacher
From Juliane Binder
As one of their first reflections for homework in an English exam preparation class for our internal C1 level exam here at Erfurt University, I had asked the group to think about their relationship with the English language. The idea was to stimulate interest and discover motivational triggers as well as boost confidence, elicit strengths and areas for improvement. One of the students came up with this wonderful take on the task that I would consider worthy to be shared with others. I have not changed anything as I thought the text should keep its original voice.
The English language and I…
… are rather good friends but, unfortunately, don’t meet each other that often. We used to spend a great time at school and enjoyed our afternoons together. Sometimes I had the feeling my friend English is already more mature than I was in those days but English could perfectly deal with that situation and was really sensitive.
Then, after school, I went abroad to Estonia. First I thought this would be the end of our great friendship since Estonian tried really hard to become my new friend – but it didn’t manage to replace English. In fact, English and I became closer than never before spending that year at the Baltic Sea (it had followed me secretly…).
However, now that I’ve already been back in Germany for three years we hardly manage to stay in touch. From time to time I meet English at Facebook or read an e-mail from it but to be honest – that’s all. Hopefully, we will spend some more time again during this semester…