Pennsylvania State University (B.A. Foreign Svc and Int'l Politics)
Arizona State Uniiveristy, Tempe, AZ (Graduate Coursework)
While in the Air Force in Europe, I attended a local Volkshochschule and took German language lesions with French, Turkish, Hungarian and Czech students. It was the equivalent of "German as a Second Language" instruction 100% in German. Although this was informal classroom instruction, I always felt that it was a tutor relationship helping me learn every-day German without the pressure of traditional education formalities.
The tutor-student relationship is dear to my heart because I learned a valuable life lesson while attending Penn State. Since my last year in the Air Force, I knew my major was going to be international relations; specifically Foreign Service and International Politics with a minor in French. It was a step or two above run-of-the-mill political science majors because there were some very specific requirements such as Comparative Governments of Western Europe, Micro, Macro & International Economics, Statistics and others. The lesson that carried through my career and was helpful to many along the way was, that if only 3 hours per week of tutor time earned me a 4-credit "A" in Statistics, then we should better understand how a child, student or employee can benefit from a similar consideration as they learn and apply new information. The one-size-fits-all concept is rigid and does not work for everybody.
My language experience in Germany lead me to venture forth to earn 6 Penn State credits through a semester abroad at the University of Paris (Sorbonne), France. This was, however, a very formal atmosphere and small class of students from about 5 countries where French was the only language of instruction and the only language of student interaction in the classroom.
After graduation from Penn State, I worked for a large US-based humanitarian organization which afforded me the opportunity to live and work in the US West Coast, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, South Korea and Germany. While in the Air Force in Europe, I attended a local Volkshochschule and took German language lesions with French, Turkish, Hungarian and Czech students. It was the equivalent of "German as a Second Language" instruction 100% in German. Although this was informal classroom instruction, I always felt that it was a tutor relationship helping me
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