German Language Teaching Assistants, 2015-2016

jonasI am Jonas Richter from Germany and I am the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant at Sonoma State University for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. Back home, I’m studying English and Social Science with a focus on Political Science at Bergische Universität Wuppertal to become a high school teacher. I grew up in a little town called Nossen, located between Dresden and Leipzig in Saxony, East Germany. I am so excited and really looking forward to meeting all the German students and doing great activities with you guys! I am an outgoing person, and assisting you in your German studies and organizing German events on campus are one of my main goals while being at Sonoma State University. I welcome all SSU students, including those who aren’t familiar with the German language & culture yet, to participate in our German events. One of them is the biweekly German Film Series, which takes place on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in 1028 Stevenson. I will show films in German, with English subtitles, and everybody is welcome! I am also hosting the weekly „Kaffeestunde“ on Tuesdays from noon to one at Charlie Brown’s. I will also organize more events and field trips during my stay and will work together with the SSU German Club. Check out the SSU German Program homepage and the SSU German Club "Gemütlichkeit" on Facebook for info!

Check out Jonas Richter's final SSU presentation "The European Union in World Politics," presented May 3rd, 2016.


anneHello everyone!
My name is Anne Frohn, and I'm 23 years old. I am studying to become an elementary school teacher in Freiburg, a small town in the southwest of Germany. My major subjects are English and Protestant Theology, but I will also teach German and Mathematics. I've been here at Sonoma State for two weeks already, and I am really excited about starting the German lessons as an LTA or Language Teaching Assistant!
I decided to study a year abroad because I want to get to know American culture, especially the American school system, and I am really looking forward to meeting a lot of new and interesting people and their cultures as well as making you more familiar with the German language and culture. I am sure that this cultural exchange is a very important experience for everyone in our present world which is becoming more and more globalized and multicultural.
I am really happy to get the chance to really get to know another culture from the inside!
In my freetime I enjoy traveling (Sri Lanka, Israel, and South Africa are some of my last travel destinations), reading, singing and being outside, for example hiking.
I look forward to meeting all German students in their language classes, and I hope to see a lot of you soon in the "German Intensive"-meetings as well as in the SI tutoring sessions.  I hope that the cultural exchange will motivate you to learn the German language and to come to Germany one day for one or two semesters abroad! :-)
Alles Gute! --Annelara

Hey everyone! My name is Lara Damm, I am 25 years old and I'm studying to become an elementary teacher at the University of Education in Freiburg. For the next two semesters I will be a LTA in the German Program -  am really excited about this :)! 
I taught children through an internship in Germany, but never university students - but I am sure it's going to be great and we can learn a lot from each other!