Cal State Long Beach Graduate Student Krista Lange Selected for Fulbright

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Krista Lange, a graduate student in Germanic studies at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), has been selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Scholarship that will have her in Germany for the 2010-11 academic year.

The award, which runs from Sept. 6, 2010-June 30, 2011, covers round-trip airfare and a monthly stipend for serving as a secondary school assistant English teacher.  She will serve her teaching assistantship in Saarbrücken, the capital of the German state of Saarland located on the borders of France and Luxembourg.

Part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Fulbright ETA Program is designed to improve foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States.  Participants are placed in schools or universities outside of capital cities in more than 20 countries and are fully integrated into the host community, increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country.

Lange holds a bachelor’s degree from Chapman University in business administration with an emphasis in international business and a double major in German.  Along with studying for her master’s degree at CSULB, she is currently a teaching assistant for a German 101A course.

In 2002, when she was 16, Lange traveled to Germany for the first time to live with a family in Hamburg for six week as a summer exchange student.  Since then, she has traveled to Germany every two years, including spending a semester studying at the Freie Universitaet Berlin.

“Each time I go abroad I feel as if Germany is my second home, and I enjoy every minute that I spend there,” Lange said.  “I am just so excited to be able to stay in Germany for a year so that I may gain an even further understanding of the culture, language and the way of life.”

To help improve her students’ language and knowledge of the United States, Lange will be asked to share America’s culture and way of life; give presentations on different topics related to the United States; create activities that encourage students to communicate in English; and participate in or lead seminars, workshops and/or training.

Lange appreciates the opportunities open to her through the Fulbright scholarship program, and she hopes to seek out future job opportunities in both education as well as international business.

“In the future, I would love to become part of an organization like the Fulbright Commission, which promotes international understanding and education,” she said.  “My Fulbright will help me achieve these goals by giving me access to a community of people of like thinkers who value an international education.  I also believe this experience will give me the opportunity to become a better teacher and will provide insight into possible ways that we can improve our education systems.”

The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges.  Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict.

Today, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s premier scholarship program.  It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the primary source of funding for the program is through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the Department of State.  Since the Fulbright Program’s inception, approximately 294,000 participants have been chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential.

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