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Professor to teach English as a foreign language in Germany

Bob Weissberg, a communications studies professor at New Mexico State University, has been selected for a senior Fulbright lectureship at the University of Erfurt, Thuringia, in eastern Germany.



Bob Weissberg, a communications studies professor at New Mexico State University, has been selected for a senior Fulbright lectureship at the University of Erfurt, Thuringia, in eastern Germany. (New Mexico State University photo by Darren Phillips)

rg will work in the Department of English Linguistics from September 2002 to July 2003 to help develop its recently established English language training and teacher education programs.


As director of the International Intensive English Program at New Mexico State, Weissberg is accustomed to training international students in English and raising their fluency levels to the minimum required at the university. At Erfurt, he will develop and teach courses in English as a second language to students and to German teachers of English working towards advanced degrees. He will also consult with faculty at the university who are interested in teaching and making presentations in English.

"I'm really looking forward to this opportunity," Weissberg said. "This is a whole new area of professional development for me. It will be interesting to see how foreign languages are taught in Europe. I hope to bring many language teaching innovations back to New Mexico State."

Weissberg said the University of Erfurt was established in medieval times, but was closed for many years. It converted to a technical institute under the administration of communist East Germany. The university reopened in 1989 after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He said the school is working toward curriculum reforms in line with practices of western Europe and the United States.

The Fulbright program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, offers programs in 37 disciplines in 140 countries. Since 1945 the program has given more than 250,000 scholars the opportunity to travel across continents, across disciplines and across cultures.

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CUTLINE: Bob Weissberg, a communications studies professor at New Mexico State University, has been selected for a senior Fulbright lectureship at the University of Erfurt, Thuringia, in eastern Germany. (New Mexico State University photo by Darren Phillips)

Julie M. Hughes
May 28, 2002