Alex Blackman, German Lecturer

Alex, who teaches German at Truro College, will teach the subject at Callywith College whilst continuing to teach at Truro College.

What is your background in education?

After completing my MA in Teaching German as a Foreign Language, I moved to England and taught for 8 years at an FE college near Birmingham, before moving to Cornwall in 2004 to teach at Truro College.

What inspired you to pursue a career in education?

I have always loved all aspects of language learning: the technical side that teaches us how to make sense of words and grammar, which enables us to communicate. But equally as important is the opening of doors to new cultures, which helps us develop tolerance and a better understanding of each other.

What will your new role involve?

I will teach A Level German at Callywith College in addition to my teaching commitments at Truro College.

Why do you think Cornwall needs Callywith College?

I think it is important that students have a genuine choice when it comes to their education, no matter which part of Cornwall they live in.

What about working with Callywith College are you looking forward to the most?

I have only ever joined well-established Languages Teams. So, being able to start from scratch and help shape a new department is a very exciting prospect.

What one thing about you might surprise people?

I was born and grew up in East Germany. So, living and working abroad, especially in a Western European country seemed an impossible dream for me. Yet here I am; and I still have to pinch myself every day to realise how lucky I am to be able to choose to live and work in such a beautiful part of the world. I am also very excited about being able to teach students about German Reunification as part of the new A-Level syllabus and to take them to the former border in Germany as part of our exchange programme.

When you’re not working, what is your favourite thing to do?

As I am obviously in love with Cornwall, I really enjoy exploring the county during long walks, preferably when it is sunny...

What advice would you give students considering applying for Callywith College?

Have a good look at all the options available to you, keep an open mind, try not to be swayed by other people and decide what you think is best for you.