Foreign Language Teaching Assistant | German

Pacific University has hosted Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) since 1994.  Over the years, FLTAs have come from such countries as Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, Tunesia, and Uruguay.  FLTAs assist in language classes, tutor, facilitate language conversation tables, and organize cultural events on and off campus. They also make themselves available for public presentations about their cultures and enrich campus life with their international perspectives.

Christina “Tina” Capellari is the FLTA for the German program at Pacific University.

German Program Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

Hallo und Servus,

Tina, German FLTAMy name is Christina “Tina” Capellari, I am 23 and I am the current Fulbright Teaching Assistant for German at Pacific for the academic year 2017/18.

I am from Graz, Styria, which lies in Southern Austria. My state is not only known for its beautiful landscape, but also for its famous “Kürbiskernöl” (pumpkin seed oil), which I am kind of missing by the way haha.

I am proud and honored to represent my country and my culture here at Pacific. My main goal in helping to teach German is to make all students feel comfortable and to help them having fun while learning German. I know learning a foreign language can be quite challenging and intimidating, especially when you start learning it quite late. I know what I am talking about, I started learning Swedish at the age of 20 myself. Therefore, I want to take away the fear of learning a foreign language and want to show instead, what an enjoyable experience it can be.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in English and American studies with a minor in Media Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Communication. I don’t come from a teaching background; my professional field is communication. However, I see this as an advantage, as I bring in new approaches and perspectives to language teaching and learning. Moreover, communication is always the key factor to mutual understanding, which also applies to language learning. My overall career goal later on is to work in sports marketing. My dream is to work for Nike, so it cannot be a coincidence that the Nike World Headquarter is so close to Pacific.

In my leisure time I love to workout! I think by now everybody here at the school knows that the gym (which is conveniently right next to my house) is my second home and that I spend a lot of time there. I am also happy to be able to practice with the track and field team here at the school, as I used to be a track and field athlete when I was younger. When I’m not at the gym, you’ll probably find me at the Starbucks on campus, as coffee is one of my biggest weaknesses. Fun fact, I always get a venti cappuccino with non-fat milk and sugar free vanilla syrup, it’s my all-time favorite.

If I am not at the gym or at Starbucks just keep looking for a girl dressed in pink on campus and you will probably spot me right away, as pink is my favorite and signature color. The color pink is bright and radiating, which perfectly matches my personality. I am a bubbly and goofy person, who always stays positive and looks on the bright side of life, no matter what. I am full of life and passionate about everything I do and I always amaze people with my positive spirit and my energy.

I am beyond grateful to be here at Pacific and to be able to help my students mastering the German language and sharing aspects of my culture with them. I enjoy our conversational tables and cultural nights and I can honestly say that I profit as much from spending time with my students as they hopefully do from spending time with me.

Go Boxers! #boxernation

PS: Lorely French is the best professor ever and anybody who is not taking one of her German classes is definitely missing out on something.

- Tina | FLTA for the German Program