I am graduating with my Ph.D in Germanic Languages and Literatures and a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in August 2016 and will join the faculty at UCSB in the German and Slavic Department starting in the fall quarter. I have also completed a Teaching Citation that included a number of professionalization workshops on various teaching related topics. In 2013, I received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
I am a near native speaker of German with a strong grasp on grammar, native like pronunciation, and broad knowledge of German Literature, Film, and Culture. Additionally, I have spent a lot of time in Germany and am quite familiar with everyday practices and customs and norms.
My teaching style is very personalized. I adapt my teaching methods to the students' learning styles and employ various techniques such as visuals including video materials, audio, written materials, and technology. As a 2 year teaching with technology fellow at my Ph.D. institution, I have learned about various technological tools that may assist in the acquisition of a foreign language.
My strength in teaching German lies in the fact that I myself learned German as a foreign language. This helps me understand why students' struggle with certain topics and how they can be best addressed as I had to go through the process myself.
Finally, teaching German is my passion. I truly enjoy seeing students succeed in the various areas of German language acquisition. There is no better feeling than being abel to help a student improve their language skills.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Hunter College - Bachelors, German
Graduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - PHD, Germanic Languages and Literatures
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