RAYLAND - Allen Frederick Flint will kick off his education career in Germany this school year.
He has earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant scholarship to teach English as a foreign language to German high school students.
"I will be spending one school year in Germany," Flint said, adding that on Sept. 10 he will arrive in Mainz, capital of the state of Rhineland-Pfalz on the Rhine river. He will teach nine months of supplemental lessons with his mentor teacher.
Allen Frederick Flint
"I'm going to be teaching culture and history more than the language itself," he said. "The whole idea of the Fulbright Scholarship is to gain an understanding between nations."
Flint noted that Fulbright is an American scholarship that awards scholarships in fields such as teaching, the arts and research. About 17,000 are given to allow for travel to countries worldwide. Germany accepts 140 English teaching scholarships.
"It's very nationally competitive," Flint said, noting that Germany's standards are particularly stringent.
Among other qualifiers, he had to supply a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate (TEFEL).
Flint is a graduate of Ohio University with History and German major and has studies abroad twice.
"I've traveled through Germany but I've never been able to live in Germany," he said, noting he has developed a strong interest in the German culture and has immersed himself in the language from an early age.
"I started taking German in eighth grade. I liked how unique it was. The pronunciation and culture was a little different than the rest of Europe," he said. "I fell in love with the culture."
The scholarship provides air fair and a monthly stipend in Euros.
He added that he looks forward to getting in contact with his mentor teacher and planning out the year.
"I've never taught English and German before. It'll be challenging, getting adjusted to the school system and how its run," he said, noting that the German school holds a different set of classes every day, continuing on the following weekday.
He hopes to represent his country, answer questions and share a picture of America different than what they might have viewed in television and movies.
"I like to be able to present America in a positive light. Give them a better understanding of American culture and hopefully gain the same thing from them, the community and the city," he said.
Flint said he hopes to go on teaching language as a career.
For anyone considering applying for the Fulbright scholarship, Flint recommends they begin building their qualifications and working toward the competition during their sophomore year at least.
"Start early, do the research and talk to your advisors. Use your resources."
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