On 1 and 2 March 2018 the 24th annual foreign language competition took place in the BTV-Stadtforum in Innsbruck. At the suggestion of my English teacher Mag. Isabella Überegger and my Cambridge English teacher Mag. Maria Lechner I was nominated to represent the BHAK Schwaz in this competition. After a lot of preparation during the Cambridge English lessons the big day finally arrived. Along with 31 other candidates I had to convince the jury, consisting of native speakers and English teachers at university level, that I am among the best Tyrolean students of vocational schools concerning English.
In the first round I had to describe how you could persuade consumers to buy regionally produced foods more often. After a short preparation of two minutes I had to talk for five minutes, including a short conversation with the interlocutor. The second round consisted of a 10 minutes preparation phase and an 8 minute presentation and talk. My topic was stress and work-life-balance. After successfully finishing the first two rounds the accompanying teacher Mag. Maria Lechner and I had to wait for the results. Luckily the Landesschulrat provided a buffet with delicious snacks so that we were able to pass the time. In the early afternoon the six finalists were presented and fortunately I was one of them. Together with a girl from Innsbruck I had to prepare a 15 minute conversation. The topic we dealt with was the promotion of Tyrol and how to attract young Britons to the heart of the Alps. Each of us had to choose one of the given roles and in the conversation we had to convince our partner that our idea was the more promising one and we had to find an agreement. The results were released in the evening of March 2 with a celebration in the BTV-Stadtforum. I am very grateful for the experience I gained in this competition and it was impressive to see how well Tyrolean students speak English. I also want to thank Mag. Maria Lechner for the training before as well as the company and support during the competition.
Alena Orgler, 5AK
Matthias Wieser, 2AK