Hello, my name is Matthew Pullan and I come from the north of England.
I moved to Austria in September 2012 and worked for four years as an English language assistant in various schools in Graz. In 2013 I moved to St Radegund, partly in order to be closer to the local paragliding site (I am a keen pilot myself).
Starting at a new school is always accompanied by a little apprehension. Luckily, everyone is very friendly here and the staff are very supportive. In my lessons I have tried to prioritise contact with genuine spoken English and also to provide an interesting glimpse of English culture. Recently, the English teaching team decided to introduce a new approach to contact with the native speaker, namely "Tea and Talk". In these small groups it is possible to focus more on actual speaking that is relevant to real life situations; all over a nice cup of tea of course. The new approach certainly seems to be going down well with the pupils.
Highlights of the year so far include the "Life Hacking" project, where pupils had to present their favourite time or labour saving trick from You Tube. The standard of some of the presentations was very high. Recently, on the 5th of May, there was also an amateur radio project day, where the pupils in year 4 got to learn more about all aspects of radio technology courtesy of the Österreichische Versuchssenderverband. I am an amateur radio license holder myself, (callsign OE6FEG), so it immediately occurred to me to put the school in contact with the ÖVSV.