On 13 February 2023, York welcomed 10 student teachers of English from the University of Münster. In their first week, students attended workshops and modules at the Department of Education. In their second week, students visited local secondary schools.
University staff said:
“It was a huge pleasure to have the German students in my New Directions lecture the other day! They all asked questions, were amazingly articulate and enthusiastic and were very curious about the field of research. I would happily take them on for a whole term…!”
“The students from Muenster were a pleasure to have in my Intelligence module. They were engaged and curious, and they took quickly to the topic and participated enthusiastically in the discussion.”
School teachers said:
“WWU students joined in with German Year 11 (exam class) to help with a carousel of speaking activities. It’s great to have a couple of extra native speakers!”
“Our students thought they were lovely. Happy to do this again!”
“Glad we have been able to support this experience. The German visitors were keen to find out details about teaching and learning and asked pertinent questions.”
“It has been really successful! WWU students were amazed by the culture of learning in an English school.”
Based on this highly successful experience, one Headteacher stated, “Our school would very much like to be involved in providing future international experiences.”
Another school is keen to develop this to the next stage: “It would be good for our staff to have the opportunity to see it in reverse, too. Please let us know how we can help to make this happen.”
On 30 October the Department of Education at the University of York will send York PGCE students to Münster. They will equally experience a week of University teaching and a week of school placement.
YMPSE 2023 is the first of many years of this mutually enriching exchange programme. A great start!
What is YMPSE?
This bilateral exchange between the University of York and Westfälische Wilhelms University Münster was set up by Dr Ursula Lanvers and Mirjam Buehler-Willey (Department of Education, York) and Professor Jungwirth from the Department for professional teacher training, Münster.
The programme contributes to the Department of Education’s strategic goals of diversification, developing our international perspective, and strengthening collaboration with international HEI partners.
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This page records and celebrates twinning activities not only by YMTA but by diverse community groups in York and Münster.