Teaching 2008 - present Assistant Instructor Germanic Studies Department, University of Texas at Austin I prepare, teach, evaluate and grade as the primary instructor. I do not have a TA. There are 4 sections of this class and I serve as the Section Head. The duties of the Section Head include facilitating coordination meetings and mentoring all section instructors, share and organize material, help design exams, and discuss concerns, problems etc. Currently teaching: GER 612 Second Year Accelerated German Taught in the past: GER 506 First Semester German GER 507 Second Semester German GER 312K Third Semester German GER 312L Fourth Semester German GER 612 Second Year Accelerated German Adjunct Instructor Department of Modern Languages, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton/TX I am the only German instructor at the University working within the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. I am currently in the process of restructuring and changing the curriculum design because my precursor had a completely different teaching style. Taught in the past: GER 1410 First Semester German GER 1420 Second Semester German GER 2110 Third Semester German GER 2120 Fourth Semester German Private German Instructor serving students from the greater Austin Area/TX I design Individualized study/learning plans according to language level, time and individual needs. Academic Tutor with Encompass Tutorial Services in Austin, TX I work with High School students on their goal setting, organization and time management skills. 2008-2011 Assistant Instructor Department of Germanic Studies, UT Austin/TX July 2010 Volunteer Instructor, Early Childhood German, German Free School, Austin/TX I developed interactive material and taught children of heritage speakers. (Saturday school, 8 students, 6â€“8 years old) 2009 Volunteer Assistant for Dr Somerholter, German Film Class, at St. Edwards University, Austin/TX (Spring 2009, 8 students) I helped facilitate the film screenings and engage discussions with the students when Dr Somerholter was traveling. 2007-2008 Teaching Assistant, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley/MA I taught the language lab, offered in addition to the regular language course, taken by the professor. I focused on communicative skills and conversations as well as practiced grammar taught in class and GER 101 Conversation class for German Beginners GER 102 Conversation class for German Beginners GER 103 Conversation class for Accelerated Class GER 220 Discussion class for Intermediate German GER 222 Discussion class for Intermediate German Writing Assistant and Tutor, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley/MA In both positions I worked with students on an individual basis to tutor them in their writing skill. 2007 Teaching Intern, St. Ursula Gymnasium, BrÃ¼hl/Germany 2004-2007 Tutor in German, Latin and English, BrÃ¼hl/Germany Material Design 2012 â€œDeutsch im Blickâ€, editing 2011 â€œGrammatik im Blickâ€, grammar supplement material for â€œDeutsch im Blickâ€ and â€œGrimm Grammarâ€ online software (http://coerll.utexas.edu/dib/) Responsible for grammar explanation, exercise design and study tips design sections for the first 4 chapters in collaboration with Christina Kellner for Dr Per Urlaub/Department of Germanic Studies, UT Austin 2011 â€œKebab Connectionâ€ Film Package Responsible for initial idea and material design to didacticise a German- Turkish film production to be used in first year German class. For the Department of Germanic Studies, available to students as a pdf file through Blackboard, UT Austin 2009 â€œDeutsch im Blickâ€, on-line first-year German textbook Responsible for chapter editing, video production, editing, material design and vocabulary editing and recording for Dr. Zsuzsanna Abrams/Department of Germanic Studies, UT Austin â€œIssues in Pedagogyâ€, teaching methodologies online class production. Designed by Dr Carl Blyth and Dr Zsuzsanna Abrams. Active class participant. For teacher education purposes available under http://www.coerll.utexas.edu/methods/, UT Austin
I am creative, idealistic and visionary, and believe in everyoneâ€™s natural talents and their potentials to achieve even beyond own expectations. I work in close collaboration with my colleagues and students to provide them with the support they need in their educational development and careers. I aim to inspire them to become independent thinkers, learners and individuals, who strive to find their own path in life. Understanding that challenges, and making mistakes is normal and even necessary in learning, is one of the most important aspects I point out and ties into my preference of using authentic material, that can also include errors. If spotted by me or my students we discuss and collaboratively decide over the "proper" form and explain what "went wrong". I use material through multi-modal input, which includes pictures, PowerPoint presentations, videos etc. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines I ideally integrate all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and I also vary instructional strategies, to keep the classroom experience interesting and appealing as students have different learning preferences. I apply different methods, which range from team-based learning and competitive challenges to group projects and independent assignments. My own versatile teaching style is based on existing/established ideas and teaching methods that target to be engaging, motivating and productive. When choosing or developing material I also refer to the ACTFL National Standardâ€™s five Câ€™s (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities). I further use humor theory and integrate it in activities and/or other material. For grammar I do not use the grammar-translation method, but encourage students to find their own approaches to discover the complexity and logic of the language. This way, they personalize their learning experience and establish connections or comparisons to their prior knowledge. A variation of instructional methods is also beneficial to keep it interesting, challenging and appealing to the students. Further, I help students develop or improve their study skills to get the most out of their learning. With the primary focus being the student, I aim for a low anxiety learning atmosphere, which encourages the students and in which they can play with the language and â€œlearn by doing.â€ This includes games, role play and creative units. Depending on the course/student(s) I adjust and create the material and work towards the promotion of my studentsâ€™ learning skills. At the same time, I articulate my expectations clearly, so that students can successfully complete tasks. I believe that this has a greater effect on student learning and I utilize any input to improve the quality of my teaching, the atmosphere, interactions and development of material in class. assignment. I provide them with feedback throughout their learning experience and evaluate their growth as they will ideally begin to see their development and achievements and apply the tools and skills learned to other areas of their educational work and life. This way I hope to make the language learning experience valuable beyond the classroom. Ideally this helps students to become more intrinsically motivated as they begin to realize that learning a language is not only important to communicate in a foreign language.
2012 Van Dusen Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching, UT Austin; 2012 Educational Psychology Travel Grant for participating and presenting at AERA in Canada in April, UT Austin 2012 Mentorship Stipend for â€œDeutsch im Blickâ€ Online Mentoring, Facebook Page Moderator and Coordinator, UT Austin 2012 Nominated for the TLC â€œForeign Language Teacher Award 2012â€, UT Austin 2011 Stipend for Graduate Scholar Seminar participation, UT Austin 2011 TLC Development Grant to design â€œGrammatik im Blickâ€ supplemental grammar material for online software â€œGrimm Grammerâ€/â€Deutsch im Blickâ€ in cooperation with Christina Kellner for Dr Per Urlaub, UT Austin 2011 Nominated for the TLC â€œForeign Language Teacher Award 2011â€, UT Austin 2011 TLC Professional Development Grant Award for Comedy Film Material Design and Conference travel, UT Austin 2011 Van Dusen Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching, UT Austin 2010 Rheder Award for Excellence in Service, UT Austin 2010 Van Dusen Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching, UT Austin 2009 Van Dusen Graduate Fellowship Award, UT Austin 2009 Germanic Studies Travel Grant for participating and presenting at the Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference in April, UT Austin 2008 Texas Chair Fellowship, UT Austin 2007-2008 Full Teaching Assistant Scholarship for the Academic Year 2007/2008, Mt. Holyoke College (covering tuition, room, board and honorarium) 2007 3rd Prize in â€žGo Out Study Abroadâ€œ Contest, University of Bonn/Germany
2010-present University of Texas at Austin, TX/USA, College of Education: PhD Student in Educational Psychology (HDCLS); 2008-2010 University of Texas at Austin, TX/USA: Master of Arts (M.A.) in German Culture and Language May 2010, Report Title: â€œHumor in the Foreign Language Classroomâ€; 2007-2008 Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA/USA: Certificate in English, Academic Year Fellowship Program; 2004-2007 Rheinische-Fiedrich-Wilhelms UniversitÃ¤t, Bonn/Germany: Grundstudium and ZwischenprÃ¼fungen and two semesters of Hauptstudium in North America Studies Program (NAP), Political Science and Geography (B.A. Degree equivalent)
Professional Development 2012 AERA Conference, D-Team presentation â€œGoal projectâ€, Vancouver/Canada (Apr) TEXFLEC Conference, â€œExploring the boundaries of implicit and explicit language instruction in collaborative online toolsâ€ with Jeong-bin Park and Dr Diane Schallert, UT Austin (Feb) 2011 CTL, Graduate Scholar Seminar participant, UT Austin (Fall); Proctor for UT Law School, Proctoring law exams, UT Austin (Fall Finals); KFLC Conference, â€œUsing humor effectively in the Foreign Language Classroomâ€, University of Kentucky (April) 2010 AATG Workshop and Presentation, â€œThe Many ways to Use a Wikis in Edcuational Settingsâ€, UT Austin (Sept); DIIA Workshop, â€œTeam-Based Learningâ€, UT Austin (Mar); Interpreter for Mayor Schulte-Wissermann from Koblenz, Germany and former and current mayors of Austin (Mar); Third Biannual Graduate Student Conference, Department of Germanic Studies, â€œEU Sponsorship of Minority Languages: KÃ¶lsch and Its Rural Variationsâ€, UT Austin (Mar) 2009 AATG Workshop, â€œMusic in the German Classroomâ€, St. Edwards University, Austin (Sept); DIIA Workshop, â€œAssessing Writingâ€ UT Austin (Oct); KFLC Conference, â€œWorld-Wide-Map: Using Google-Maps in the Foreign Language Classroomâ€ University of Kentucky (April) 2008 Assistant Instructor Workshop, UT Austin (Sep); DIIA Conference, Graduate Student Instructor Colloquium â€œCreating Meaningful Learningâ€ UT Austin (Sep); DIIA Workshop, â€œLearning Styles and their Implications for Instructionâ€, UT Austin (Oct) 2007 Teaching Assistant Workshop, Mt. Holyoke College (Sep) 2004-2007 Participation in yearly Bonn International Model United Nations Conferences and other projects Sponsored by the United Nations in Bonn, Germany