Angelina Knoll, a bilingual elementary education exchange student from Germany, studied at Lesley to learn about the American way of teaching.
University enjoys exchange relationships with universities around the world, such as the University of Education in Freiburg,Germany (UEF). Because of a shared commitment to teacher education, UEF and Lesley established an exchange agreement to give students from both institutions the opportunity to study internationally to build a global
perspective into their academic training. Since 2010, three UEF students have studied at Lesley and one Lesley student spent a year at UEF.
Lesley hosted Angelina Knoll from UEF during the spring 2014. Each
of the courses Angelina took at Lesley addressed her interest in integrating a global aspect into her understanding of educational pedagogy. In Introduction to Communication, Angelina
studied how human beings interact in various cultural settings. Teaching Language Arts and
Literature allowed her to see “how educators teach
writing and reading in a multicultural society like America. This was useful for me as a future English teacher in Germany.” Angelina also
remarked on the strong impact the material presented in Characteristics of Children & Youth with Special Needs had on
her understanding of the importance and challenges around disabled children and
young adults’ full participation in school and society.
In her field placement
at the Graham and Parks Elementary School in Cambridge, Angelina learned a lot about classroom management and
had the chance to practice teaching in an English-speaking classroom. Her kindergarten students exhibited curiosity about Germany and the German language, so
Angelina and her field supervisor introduced a project about Continents and Countries
with a focus on Germany. Angelina planned and delivered lessons around German fairy tales and songs, and taught the students how to count in German. She was delighted to see the students engaged and eager to learn
more about Germany and other countries as well as talk about
their own home countries.
UEF students have very positive experiences at Lesley, and we promise the same to Lesley students who study with us. UEF's student population is very international, and Freiburg is in close proximity to France, Italy and Switzerland, ensuring Lesley students a very good global experience at UEF.
-Dr. Mechthild Hesse, UEF professor
Visit our Exchange Programs page to learn more about study at UEF and other exciting exchange locations.
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