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UW Germanics graduate, Billy Fidler, returns from a Fulbright year in Germany 

Submitted by Ellwood Wiggins on September 21, 2012 - 3:27pm
Augsburg Freilichtbühne

Billy Fidler, who graduated with a German major from UW in 2011, writes: "My year in Augsburg, Germany, on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship was an extremely rewarding experience. In addition to greatly improving my teaching and German skills, I was able to travel extensively and participate in many cultural and educational opportunities. I attended two Music Pedagogy seminars at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich at the invitation of a friend of mine, who is the Head of the Music Pedagogy Department and a professor there. Since she knew that I majored in Percussion performance as well as German at the UW, she also asked me to teach different percussion techniques and styles throughout the seminars, which was very fun and always enjoyable. Outside of education, some of the cultural opportunities I took advantage of were attending operas and concerts in different cities. One of the highlights was seeing a production of the Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner at the Freilichtbühne in Augsburg (pictured). Through the high school at which I was working, I started a successful weekly English Stammtisch at an Irish pub close to the school, where the students from my 11th and 12th grade classes would come and practice English conversation. It was very interesting, as an American, to be practicing English over a beer with my 16 - 18-year-old students. I'm very grateful to the Fulbright Program for giving me the opportunity to spend a wonderful year in Germany, and to the UW Germanics Department for the great program that prepared me for my time there and for the invaluable advice and recommendations for my application. I would highly encourage future Germanics students to apply for the Fulbright ETA, and wish them all the best."

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