Emily Collins, a 2017 graduate of the University of Dallas, has been named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Andernach, Germany. Her ten-month assignment begins in September.
An English and Economics double major, Collins lived in Germany as a child, an experience which helped her decide to concentrate in German at UD. As part of her concentration, she worked as a marketing and communications intern at the Dallas Goethe Center, where she interacted with other staff members in German.
Collins gained classroom experience while at UD by teaching German to third graders at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic school. “I created my own lesson plans centered around the German version of “Little Red Riding Hood” (“Rotkaeppchen”),” she said. “Each week I taught them different vocabulary pertaining to the story–first food vocabulary, then parts of the body, family members, clothing, furniture, etc. I then reinforced the vocabulary with songs and activities.”
Collins believes this combination of experience made her Fulbright application competitive. “Having been exposed to a non-profit and teaching the class was a plus,” she said. Collins said that the application process consisted of two essays and an on-campus interview. Her application was then sanctioned by the university and submitted for the award.
During her time in Germany, Collins is looking forward to becoming part of the Andernach community. “One of the most important aspects of the program is community involvement,” she said. “One of the application questions asks what you would do to become part of the community.”