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In October 2013, I started to study the two subjects bachelor English and Russian (teaching profession) at the University of Göttingen, which I successfully completed in March 2017 with a B.A., Bachelor of Arts, degree. My studies included British and American literature, Medieval English studies, English and Russian technical methodology, Russian language practice, Russian linguistics, and Russian literature, pedagogy, and teaching practice. Throughout my studies, I put an emphasis on Medieval English literature and chose that field for my bachelor’s thesis. Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales always intrigued me, so I composed a thesis entitled “Predestination in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.”

 

Since April 2017, I am enrolled in the M.Ed., Master of Education, program for English and Russian. However, in Germany, the M.Ed. programs mainly deal with technical methodology and educational sciences which is why I applied for a second master’s program, English Philology and Slavic Philology in the M.A., Master of Arts, program in the subsequent semester. In this way, I get the chance to delve much further into the subjects and I am happy about that. So far, I completed courses in Medieval English literature, Russian language practice (until C1 level), Ukrainian language practice (until B1 level), Latvian language practice (until A2 level), regional studies of Russia and Ukraine, Old Church Slavonic, and many more fields.

From February to June 2018, I completed a mandatory semester abroad in Daugavpils, Latvia, as part of the M.Ed. program for Russian. Although Russian is not the official language of Latvia, the country has a remarkable Russian minority. In Daugavpils, which is located in the south-east of the country, not far from the borders to Belarus and Russia, Latvians are even outnumbered by Russians. More than half of the population of Daugavpils are ethnic Russians while Latvians only make up one fifth of the city’s population. Other large minorities are the Polish and Belarusian communities in Daugavpils. Thus, I was able to study Russian literature entirely in Russian at Daugavpils University. Moreover, I took two courses in British literature as well as a language practice course in Latvian, which I completed with A1 level. Three months later, in September 2018, I took an intensive Latvian language course at the University of Greifswald, where I went as guest student. I completed both Latvian courses with the highest possible grade.

After my graduation with two master’s degree, presumably in September 2020, I intend to apply for a position as a lecturer at DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). They offer positions for German university graduates to teach German as a foreign language at a foreign university for 2 to 5 years. I would love to go to either Latvia or Ukraine, but I would be willing to go to many countries in Eastern Europe or Central Asia. Back in Germany, I would like to pursue a career in academia, but that is still in the future.


Fields of interest:

 

➢ Old English language and literature, esp. “Beowulf”

Middle English language and literature, esp. “The Canterbury Tales”

➢ Old Church Slavonic (slověnьskъ językъ)

➢ Russian language, literature, and culture

➢ Ukrainian language, literature, and culture

➢ Latvian language, literature, and culture*

 * Although Latvian is not part of any of my two degree programs, I became interested in Latvian during my semester abroad.