April 09, 2014
Communications and Marketing
Saint Anselm College senior Rebecca Jordan has received a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to teach English in Germany. Jordan was selected for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program where she will serve as a cultural ambassador strengthening English language education while providing first-hand knowledge of the United States.
The English major and German minor, will be placed in a community outside of Germany's major cities, where she can reach a population that does not traditionally have access to English speakers or individuals from the U.S. In addition to teaching, she may give presentations on the United States' culture, society and history, lead language labs, tutor, and participate in local activities and events.
Jordan's interest in the Fulbright opportunity stemmed from her travels studying in Germany and Scotland. Her time abroad gave her a deep appreciation for other cultures. During a stay in Germany, she had a particularly inspiring experience assisting an English class, which inspired her to apply for the Fulbright.
"I assisted several classes and honestly, it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I want to give back to the country that helped excel in my own education," said Jordan.
As an on-campus tutor and a licensed substitute teacher, Jordan has experience teaching and assisting students in learning a language. "After pursuing languages for nearly six years, I understand how complicated and frustrating learning a language can be," she said. She hopes to use her skills and knowledge to help German adults learn English as well as gather their own impressions of a foreigner.
Jordan has also been accepted into the University of Connecticut's comparative literature program to earn her master's and doctorate degrees. Upon completing her Fulbright award, she will continue her education, focusing on war and literature in Germany during the early twentieth century. She hopes to become a college professor.
She recently received the Honorary Conley Scholarship from the English department and is editor of the college's literary publication, The Quatrain.
Jordan was one of 395 applicants to the 2014-2015 Fulbright ETA program in Germany in which only 140 grants were given.
The Fulbright Program offers a variety of grants for students as well as for alumni and professors. Last year, Saint Anselm professor Loretta Brady received a Fulbright in Cyprus.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries.