English with Cayley

Seit Herbst wird unser Englischunterricht von unserer Fremdsprachenassistentin Cayley unterstützt. Hier stellt sie sich selbst vor!

My name is Cayley Frank and I am the English teaching assistant here at the HLW/HLT in Weyer for the 2020-2021 school year.

I am originally from Altadena, California, which is a city just outside of Los Angeles. After graduating from an all-girls Catholic high school, I moved to Portland, Oregon, where I began studying Business Administration at the University of Portland. During my second year at my university, in the 2016-2017 school year, I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Salzburg, Austria. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience there. I was fascinated to live in a foreign country and to become acquainted with a new culture.

My year abroad inspired me to continue my German studies. I graduated from the University of Portland in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Operations and Technology Management and a minor in German. Following my graduation, I worked at Adidas’ North American headquarters in Portland, Oregon, which was just a 10-minute car ride from my university. During my last year of university, I had a part-time internship with Adidas in the finance department, but following my graduation I found a full-time position in supply chain management (logistics).

While I enjoyed working at Adidas, I could never stop thinking about my experience abroad in Salzburg. I knew I wanted to return to Austria to continue to get to know the culture better as well as improve my German. Additionally, I have Austrian relatives, who I have wanted to get to know better. These were all factors which inspired me to apply for an English teaching assistant program in Austria and is ultimately how I arrived here in Weyer.

So far, I would say my goals of getting to know Austrian culture better and improving my German have been mostly successful. I have been able to spend time with my Austrian relatives and enjoyed experiencing an Austrian Christmas with them. Although I have been working on my German, I do have to say the dialect here is quite difficult, but I also think that is the beauty of languages!

Although I have made progress in working towards achieving my goals, COVID-19 has posed some challenges. It’s been more difficult to meet the locals and it’s also been more difficult to travel in Austria. Teaching online has also been an adjustment, as I am sure it has been for all teachers and students. The pandemic has forced me to be more flexible and adaptable to the ongoing changes.

Currently, I live in Steyr and the weeks that I am not in Weyer, I work with the students at the HAK Steyr. I am grateful to have this opportunity to work with the students here. Although I’ve been teaching the students about U.S. culture, I’ve also had the pleasure to learn more about Austrian culture during our classes.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the teaching faculty this year and I look forward to further cultural exchanges during my time here.