Three of the Colleges language departments have welcomed new teaching assistants this year, all recipients of competitive international grants aimed at promoting high quality language programs. Christine Pichler of Kärnten, Austria, the teaching assistant for the German Language Department, and Kamel Tabeche of Alger, Algeria, teaching assistant for Arabic language, are both recipients of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program. Kuan-yi Chao of Taipei, Taiwan, earned the Alliance for Language Learning and Education Exchange (ALLEX) grant and will serve as a teaching assistant in the Asian Languages and Culture Department.
Pichler received both her bachelor and master’s degrees in sociology from Karl Franzens Universität. She has worked as a kindergarten teacher, as well as a teacher for after school programs. Her passion for helping other people has led her to work with troubled youth, and she eventually hopes to become a teacher and reach children who don’t have a positive outlook on their future.
Tabeche received his bachelor’s degree in Translation of Arabic/French/English from Algiers University, Department of Translation and Interpreting. In Algeria, he instructed children in both Arabic and English, and worked for the government as a guide and interpreter.
Chao received her bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and literature from National Cheung Kung University, Taiwan, and her master’s degree in applied linguistics and bilingualism from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. She has worked as a part-time lecturer instructing in English at six universities, and has served as a full-time lecturer at the National Cheung Kung University. Chao has received several teaching certificates from various educational institutes including the International Education Foundation and the Test of English for International Communication, and the Language Training and Testing Center. She has had several articles published on linguistics.
The FLTA program is funded by the State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and works to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities, while providing future foreign teachers of English with the opportunity to refine their professional skills and knowledge of U.S. culture.
ALLEX is a program that seeks to promote Chinese and Japanese language programs of high quality in the United States and Canada.
In the photo above, Pichler leads a class in German.