Performance Studies alum Leonie Ettinger (M.A. '16) has recieved NYU's Outstanding Teaching Award. Each year, the College of Arts and Science recognizes faculty for their outstanding contribution to learning in the classroom. Leonie is an adjunct instructor for the Department of German
Of her teaching philosophy, Leonie states:
"Teaching German to college students requires a balance between effective language pedagogy and stimulating cultural education. In my classroom, I combine these two elements by introducing materials that exhibit peculiarities of the German language, or, in turn, by drawing target grammar from relatable contexts. Beyond exposing students to the German-speaking world, I aim to promote a generally open mind toward encounters with other cultures. Driven by a communicative approach, my teaching style cultivates active participation through discussions, presentations, and group exercises to ensure that students are able to both collaborate and make their individual voices heard."