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.

May von der Kammer is the FLTA for the German program at Pacific University.

German Program Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

May, the teaching assistant, standing outside.

My name is May von der Kammer, I am 21, and I am the current Teaching Assistant for German at Pacific for the academic year 2020/21.
I am from Celle, Lower-Saxony, which lies in Northern Germany. Celle is the entry point for tourists to the Lüneburg Heath and also a beautiful old city. My state is not only known for being a top-rung agricultural state, but the capital of the state is known for hosting trade fairs (CeBIT, the world’s largest technology fair, is probably the more known one). 
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 have fun while learning German. I know learning another language can be quite challenging and intimidating. I learned most of my English after I moved to Portland, so I understand the feeling. 
I am currently studying at Pacific University for my Bachelor’s degree. I’m majoring in psychology and minoring in criminal justice. My personal goal is to go into forensic psychology at one point in my career. I don’t personally come from a teaching field, but a few of my family members are teachers or have been teachers in the past. Still, I’m excited to bring my personally learned experiences to help teach and learn German. I know how students feel while learning a new language, and  I  see my experience learning another language as an advantage in helping students.
The time we are living in currently is limiting our free-time activities, and that’s why I’m now spending a lot of time focusing on my classes. Before COVID, I liked to take trips to the coast with friends to explore the areas. Generally, the outdoors has always been a significant part of my life. Typically you would have found me anywhere where coffee was sold doing homework or other assignments. The fact is, coffee is one of my biggest weaknesses, and I’m pretty content with just getting an iced coffee or cold brew with a bit of milk. 
I am beyond grateful to be here at Pacific and to be able to help my students master the German language and to share 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. 
Even though we live in a strange time, we can get through this together.
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.

-  May| FLTA for the German Program