MARQUETTE – Anne Chitwood, a Northern Michigan University senior from Hersey, Mich., has received a Fulbright Scholarship for 2006.
From October until May, Chitwood will serve as a teaching assistant in the Austrian village of Lienz. She will teach English as a second language to high schoolers. She is a French education major and German education minor, and is currently completing her student teaching in Wisconsin. She will graduate from NMU this Saturday.
“I’m ecstatic; this internship not only gives me the opportunity to develop professionally as a foreign language teacher, but also to speak German on a regular basis and learn more about the Austrian culture.”
Carol Strauss, modern languages and literatures assistant professor at NMU, said that the Fulbright Scholarship is extremely competitive.
“The Austrian school system is very rigorous,” she said. “They will not tolerate anything less than excellence, thus the Fulbright Commission has to select candidates carefully.”
The scholarship is sponsored by the Austrian-American Educational Commission, the Fulbright Commission, and Austrian Ministry of Education.
Since 1963, this program has provided college and university graduates with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria as teaching assistants who enhance the instruction of the English language and serve as firsthand resources for lessons about American culture.