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Edie the Teacher

Edie F.
Teaching Assistant
First-year Russian, Summer 2008

"Three years after being a student in CLS, I had the opportunity to return as a teaching assistant for the first-year Russian course. As a former participant, I am aware of the challenges and rewards of participating in the intensive language program at CLS, as well as the skills that are necessary for success in the target language country. This means not only providing students with grammar fundamentals, but also assisting them in reaching communicative competence through a variety of interactive and authentic activities. Again, I understand first-hand the importance of being culturally knowledgeable; I strive to impart that cultural information through relevant music, movies, literature, and so on, often with the aid of technology. Students who enjoy a challenge and would like to improve their linguistic skills and raise cultural consciousness in an atmosphere that will provide them with the instruction and support essential to reaching the next level in language proficiency will find CLS to be an ideal match."