Alan Massey

Fremdsprachen-Assistent in Schuljahr 2012/2013

My name is Alan Massey. I was born in the city of Anchorage, Alaska, the largest city in the state. Because of my father's occupation we were required to move around quite a bit, taking us to different parts of my own country and also different parts of the world. Through this, I was exposed to many different cultures.

After graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in Political Science and another degree in Dual-Languages (German and Japanese) I set out to gain more international experience through the Fulbright. My reason for choosing Germany, other than it being part of my major, was the exchange year that I had six years ago in a small town near Aachen. While there, I had the opportunity to take classes as a normal student at a high school not so unlike Theodor-Heuss Gymnasium. I was also given the opportunity to live in a German hot family.

I wanted to get a different perspective on the German school system and gain a further understanding of the pedagogical methods that were used. Eventually, I hope to take these experiences to a classroom of my own. Not at the high school level, but at a university.

After I have completed my year in Germany I hope to enter a graduate program for applied linguistics or comparative political science.