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Laura

Hallo, Guten Tag, Bonjour, Hola, Bom dia and Hello!

I am an instructor of German and English as a Second Language (ESL) at Indiana State University, where I work part-time. I teach on campus German elementary and intermediate German classes and all levels of ESL writing classes, as well as summer language and ESL writing classes. As an instructor of the lower level German classes, my goal is to introduce the German language to students through culture, and to show new language learners the joys and possibilities that come with learning a new language. On the intermediate and advanced level, the focus is on teaching language through culture, as well. At the higher levels the focus is also on working on each of the four skills, reading, speaking, writing and reading, more intensively. I teach German and ESL, because I grew up learning foreign languages, and find that knowing at least one foreign language should be everybody’s life goal! I’ve walked (and still am) many miles in a language learners shoes, and it has been a fun walk. I want to share my experience and expertise with YOU! I truly believe that everyone can learn a foreign language.

Originally from Düsseldorf, Germany, I am now in my third year teaching German at Indiana State University. I am an ISU alum, having earned my M.A. in Language Studies/TESL with an emphasis on teaching German and ESL at ISU in 2014. I have a B.A. from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, where I double-majored in Anglophone Studies and French Language and Culture. In addition to teaching German, I teach ESL writing courses for international students at ISU.

Personal language and culture experience: My language and cultural exchange experience is extensive. I began learning English in 5th grade and French in 7th grade. My life has become truly international at age 16, when I first spent time abroad during high school, and later in college. I spent my time mostly in the U.S., and the French-speaking part of Switzerland. I know bits and pieces of other languages, such as Spanish (of course!), Portuguese, and I have fun deciphering Dutch and Danish, because it is so close to German. In the U.S., I have lived in California, Kansas, Washington D.C., Colorado and Indiana.

In my free time, I like to travel, be it overseas or just taking a quick trip to Bloomington or any of the other cities in close proximity. I love to discover new music, magazines (all languages!) and books and have been on sports teams all my life. Before college I rode horses for as long as I can think and ran track and cross-country. Lately I have been keeping active and balanced doing Crossfit. I've never tried yoga, but really want to; it is the very next item on the to-do list.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Duisburg-Essen - Bachelors, Double-major: Anglophone Studies/French Language and Culture

Graduate Degree:

 Indiana State University - Masters, Language Studies/TESL

In my free time, I like to travel, be it overseas or just taking a quick trip to Bloomington or any of the other cities in close proximity. I love to discover new music, magazines (all languages!) and books and have been on sports teams all my life. Before college I rode horses for as long as I can think and ran track and cross-country. Lately I have been keeping active and balanced doing Crossfit. I've never tried yoga, but really want to; it is the very next item on the to-do list.

College English

Conversational French

Conversational German

French 1

German 1

German 2

German 3

German 4

High School English