Location of Study: Munich, Germany
Program of Study: Carl Duisberg Centrum
Sponsors: Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures
A brief personal bio:
I’m a rising sophomore at Notre Dame. I’m a double major in International Economics (German) and the PLS, as well as a student in the Glynn Family Honors Program. I’m originally from Buffalo, New York, and I live in St. Edward’s Hall here at Notre Dame. I first began studying German this year, undergoing two semesters of Intensive German in preparation for my International Economics degree.
Why this summer language abroad opportunity is important to me:
What I hope to achieve as a result of this summer study abroad experience:
Over the summer, I’ll be spending six weeks in Munich studying at the Carl Duisberg Centrum. I’ll be studying for 30 hours a week in a classroom setting, but time spent outside of class will be just as beneficial as I strive to gain proficiency in German. I’ll be living in one of the largest cities in Germany, speaking German with native Germans as I navigate through daily life. Using German in real contexts every day, combined with the specific, targeted language instruction I’ll receive at the Centrum, will enable me to reach high levels of proficiency in German over a very short course of time. Furthermore, I’ll be staying with a host family throughout the six weeks, so I’ll learn firsthand how the language is used in the home. Through all of these experiences, the SLA Grant will enable me to advance several levels of fluency.
My specific learning goals for language and intercultural learning this summer:
1) At the end of the summer, I will be able to communicate in German with proficiency equal to at least two semesters of German instruction at Notre Dame.
2) At the end of the summer, I will be able to communicate with my German peers with more natural language, and with deeper understanding of their linguistic background, than would have been possible at Notre Dame.
3) At the end of the summer, I will be able to articulate complex ideas using words and constructions that would sound natural to a native German speaker.