Teaching assistants from abroad round out Lycoming College's modern language department

Teaching assistants from abroad round out Lycoming College's modern language department

Anne-Laure Bouchet, Paul Schulte and Carmela Lopez Gimenez

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Lycoming College welcomes three language teaching assistants who will help students speak and write more like a native speaker of the foreign languages they are learning. The teaching assistants also will help students learn more about the cultures of regions where those languages are spoken.

The teaching assistants have been awarded Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program grants and will be able to take courses at Lycoming for academic year 2016-17. The Fulbright teaching assistant program helps inspire Americans to travel and study overseas, and make U.S. citizens better prepared to engage with businesses, governments and organizations abroad.

“The Fulbright program is a vital component of our Modern Language Studies Department. It enables our students to interact daily with native speakers of the target language at conversation tables, in the dining hall and during extracurricular activities,” said Len Cagle, modern language department chair and assistant professor of German. “Many students form lifelong friendships with the teaching assistants and visit them in their home countries when they study abroad. Most of the assistants also maintain relationships with our faculty long after their year with us has ended.”

Paul Schulte of Germany earned his bachelor’s degree from the Ruhr-University of Bochum and is currently pursuing a master’s degree there. His undergraduate work was focused on 19th and 20th century German history, British history and politics, and the relationship between Britain and the European Union. For his masters, he is studying teaching methods for foreign languages and history. He spent a semester abroad at Newcastle University and plans to become a teacher in Germany.

Anne-Laure Bouchet of France received her bachelor’s degree in English and history from the Université Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-la-Défense and her master’s degree in international relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence. Her master’s focused on international organizations, development aid and the Middle East region; her thesis revolved around the evolution of French development aid policies in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. She is also interested in anthropology, development policies, cross-cultural studies and linguistics.

Carmela Lopez Gimenez of Spain received her bachelor’s degree in English language and literature, with German as second language from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. As part of her undergraduate degree, she was an exchange student at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. She also holds a master’s in language teaching from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and a master’s in translation and intercultural mediation from the University of Salamanca, Spain. Other topics of interest include postcolonial literature and gender studies, task-based learning, and translations of Galician authors into Spanish.

The teaching assistants are three of nearly 400 young educators from 50 countries who have traveled to the United States in the 2016-2017 academic year through the Fulbright FLTA Program to help internationalize U.S. colleges and universities, a key goal of many institutions as they prepare students for the 21st-century workforce and globalized world. Recipients of Fulbright FLTA grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

Since 2001, more than 4,000 Fulbright awardees have been Fulbright FLTAs. Fulbright FLTA scholarships are awarded by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. More information about the Fulbright program is available at http://eca.state.gov/fulbright or http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/.

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments, universities, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

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