This summer, I’m studying abroad with funding from the German Academic Exchange Service and the Texas Language Center. (Thank you! We spent all our money on building a house.) For my dissertation, I needed to put together a workshop on drama-based instruction for doctoral students who teach German. I have some great people in my committee for both German and for drama-based pedagogy, but no one combines the two. Elmar got summer funding to put together an online course, which he could do from anywhere thanks to the wonders of technology. So here we are in OWL.
A friend of mine from Dresden, Germany just arrived in Austin with his wife and their two daughters (ages: 2 years, 8 weeks). He’s a mechanical engineer researching the structure of cacti for his dissertation. So obviously his path led him to Texas. But it also brings my path full circle. Continue reading
It looks like the decision will not be reversed.
Doesn’t matter. We should still fight it. Continue reading
I really struggled to capture the essence of myself as an educator. This is probably my third rewrite in the past month with significant revisions. I’ll be emailing this out tonight – any comments, critiques, etc.? Continue reading
I took a risk today. I taught verb conjugation using the verbs “to smoke pot” and “to drink heavily”. But I think it paid off. Continue reading
As long as I’ve been involved in the study abroad field, I’ve heard about the NAFSA Conference for International Educators, which is held annually at different locations in North America. It’s the largest conference in the field of international education, with 8000+ attendees. Continue reading
So I haven’t been blogging as regularly as I had planned. I blame grad school applications. I would like to do a PhD at the University of Texas in either German or foreign language education. The application process took about two months and cost over $200 ($160 GRE exam + $65 application fee). That was a hard pill to swallow, as the application process for my MA in Germany took about two days and cost nothing. But if things work out, it will certainly be worth the cost and effort. Continue reading
I copied this from the blurb I wrote for my 10-year high school reunion. Seems appropriate to repost now that we’re blogging. It covers my life in a nutshell from 1998 – 2008. Let me know if anyone wants an update from 2008-2011. Continue reading
We’re going home. Well, I’m going home. Sort of. I’ve never actually lived in Austin, but it’s one of those cities where I can just show up and feel at home. Berlin feels the same way. There are familiar places, familiar faces, and I can always come and go as I choose. I’ve stayed with various people in various neighborhoods in both cities and it was like living there temporarily. Going back always feels comfy, like putting on a favorite sweatshirt. And I often manage to borrow a bike.