University of Colorado at Boulder (Humanities)
Western State College (Other)
My experiences with German began 20 years ago, with Frau Großmann, my German 1 teacher at Longmont High School. Frau Großmann also facilitated a Berlitz German exchange program, which I volunteered my willing parents to host an exchange student from Berlin, in the year 1999. This experience was highly motivating to me, and encouraged me to exhaust all classes at the High School level, which obligated the school district to pay for two German classes for me at the university level, during my senior year!
I then traveled to Europe in Summer of 2000, upon graduation from High School, to partake in the overseas portion of the program, which was one of the most exciting and indelible experiences I've had. After returning back to Colorado, I started as a Freshman at CU Boulder, where I would progress to the level of taking Professional German. Although deciding not to major in German, I still kept practicing German through friendships I've made, educational websites I've utilized, and groups I've joined over the years.
I have now decided to pursue my German to the next level, and plan on moving to Germany within the next year or two, or to finish my final 6 to 9 credits needed for a CDE Endorsement to teach German at the High School level. In the mean time, however, I would like to help students pursue their goals in learning German, helping them realize the necessity of regular practice, as "Der Weg ist das Ziel"("The way is the goal.").
My approaching will be as hands-on as possible, with the use of objects (realia) to further support the learning. Another method I would employ would be the Total Physical Response, which incorporates physical movement into the lesson plans. Interactive projects will be included, such as role-play scenarios, geared towards the skill level of the student. When it comes to the use of grammar, I can incorporate the necessary ratio to meet school standards, while at the same time, realizing that grammar can be taught along-the-way, which encourages use of acquired vocabulary.
I have a current Colorado teacher's license, as well as a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), which is easily transferred into the teaching of German. Dear Students,
My experiences with German began 20 years ago, with Frau Großmann, my German 1 teacher at Longmont High School. Frau Großmann also facilitated a Berlitz German exchange program, which I volunteered my willing parents to host an exchange student from Berlin, in the year 1999. This experience was highly motivating to me,
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