Cynthia S. Chalupa, assistant professor of foreign languages and coordinator of the Basic German Language Program at West VirginiaUniversity, has been selected to participate in a leadership program in German language education.


The American Association of Teachers of German, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, has established a program called TrainDaF (DaF stands for German as a Foreign Language), which aims to train future leaders in the field of German teaching. This program, now in its third year, is funded through the German government.


Participants will strengthen their leadership skills, develop strategies for advocating German at all levels of instruction and deepen their understanding of Germany and the European Union. Participants will also learn more about the activities of the AATG and the broader field of world languages.


Funds from the German government support the following activities: Program participants will attend an orientation meeting in Washington, D.C., April 24-27. This summer, they will take part in seminars in Germany and will attend the AATG annual meeting in Philadelphia Nov. 20-23.


Chalupa received her Ph.D. from OhioStateUniversity in 2001 and joined the faculty in the Department of Foreign Languages that same year. Her specializations are 19th and 20th century German and Austrian literature and foreign language pedagogy.


“Im very much looking forward to working with the teachers of West Virginia to build our German programs,”Chalupa said.”German is one of the most important languages in the European Union today, and knowledge of German language and culture is an extremely marketable skill that is applicable in world affairs, global marketing and international trade in addition to education.”


Chalupa will be available to provide workshops within West Virginia school districts on Germany, the European Union, and German language and literature instruction beginning in the fall. If you are interested in having a workshop at your school or would like more information about topics, please contact her at cychalupa@mail.wvu.edu or at 304-293-5121, ext. 5514.


The Department of Foreign Languages is one of 16 academic units within the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the largest of WVU s schools and colleges. The department offers the bachelor of arts degree in French, German, Spanish and Russian, and additional course offerings in Italian, Latin and Japanese. Minors and majors within the department include courses in language, literature, linguistics and culture. The department also offers study-abroad opportunities in France, Germany, Mexico and Spain.