Foreign Language Scholars – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Foreign Language Scholars

As a top producer of Fulbright scholars among the student body, the Colleges are also host to a different cohort of talented Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) hailing from the Fulbright Scholar Program and other international pathways. This year, three FLTAs contribute their linguistic and cultural experiences to campus: Roxana Nabati from France, Friederike Jandewerth from Germany and Malik Al-Masoodi from Iraq are teaching and participating in campus programs.

While Nabati and Al-Masoodi are Fulbright Teaching Assistants, Jandewerth is the first Blocker Teaching Fellow to be hosted at HWS. The Blocker Teaching Fellow program is funded by the Julius G. Blocker ’53 Endowed Fund and is an extension of the Colleges’ robust efforts to foster cross-cultural understanding and exchange.

Jandewerth, who is from Kirchhellen, Germany, has already spent a semester in England and hopes to teach the English language in her home country. Possessed with an avid interest in travel, she has written to an American pen-pal for the past 10 years and plans to meet her longtime pen-pal for the first time this fall. On campus, she is teaching an introductory class in German, which has offered her an opportunity to experience curriculum planning and implementation in the classroom.

Nabati, from Bourg la Reine, France, has held positions teaching French in Spain and teaching at an elementary school in France. Her love of travel and teaching brought her to the United States as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant. She has become immersed in on-campus cultural activities, including African dance classes, Buddhist meditation sessions and academic talks given at the Colleges. Nabati also teaches an introductory French class and hosts a French table at the Office of Intercultural Affairs on Mondays.

Al-Masoodi, who is from Baghdad, Iraq, is teaching introductory Arabic courses. He previously served as an English teacher in Iraq as well as completing his first Fulbright position at the University of Idaho. Earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature and linguistics at University of Baghdad and a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Idaho, he has spent a significant portion of his time in America teaching his native language of Arabic. Al-Masoodi also leads a language table for all HWS students, which involves speaking Arabic and playing traditional Iraqi games.

“Part of our scholarship is to be cultural ambassadors of our countries and to be looking for opportunities to present our cultures and our languages,” he says.