NEW TEXAS TECH SEMESTER IN GERMANY FULFILLS FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT IN 15 WEEKS
August 22, 2005
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Date: August 22, 2005
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LUBBOCK – In keeping with President Jon Whitmore's goal for the university to have
5% of its students studying in other countries, Texas Tech University's Department
of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures has instituted a new Study Abroad
program in Germany this fall semester.
Meredith McClain, associate professor of German, has created a 15-week intensive,
immersion course in Quedlinburg, Germany, for beginners in German. Modeled in many
ways on her experience of Oberlin Conservatory's junior year in Salzburg, Austria,
the course concentrates intensely on the acquisition of the German language and culture
for one semester.
This experience allows students to gain a greater degree of linguistic accomplishment
together with deeper awareness of cultural and political differences. The course will
give students the equivalency of four semesters (or two years) of foreign language
"By their return to the U.S. at Christmas, the first group of Texas Tech students
will have attained the foreign language proficiency required by most of the colleges
at Texas Tech and other major universities in America," said McClain. "More importantly,
we hope they will be eager to continue their study of German, Germans and Germany
as continuing undergraduates at Texas Tech."
Stephanie Borst, assistant professor of German at Texas Tech and the on-campus program
recruiter, said the program will offer students a chance to learn much more about
Germany than they'd discover in a textbook.
"This will be an outstanding opportunity for students to learn directly about Germany’s
language and culture, its role within the European Union, and international relations,"
said Borst. "Students will be housed with German families in the UNESCO world heritage
site of Quedlinburg in the Eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt."
The only prerequisite for the Semester Study Abroad program is completion of 15 college
credit hours. No previous German is required.
"The ultimate goal of the program is to make a contribution to Americans' ability
to interact successfully with other cultures, one student at a time," said McClain.
For more information visit http://www.languages.ttu.edu/german/mcclain.htm and http://www.languages.ttu.edu/german/
or contact Dr. Stefanie Borst at (806) 742-3145, e-mail email@example.com.