PhD German

Where and what did you study before you came to Germanic and Slavic Studies at University of Waterloo? Alexander Sullivan

I completed my Bachelor of Arts at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. I studied German with a minor in Classics.

What are your interests in German Studies?

I'm most interested in Second Language Acquisition as a research area, maybe even as applied to the language classroom.

Why did you choose University of Waterloo?

It was really a package deal with the program. I had heard about IcGS when I was still in my undergraduate in 2011 and I was immediately interested. Although I ended up taking a year away from academia and another two years as a foreign language assistant in Germany this program was always in the back of my mind.

Why did you choose this program?

I was instantly intrigued by how different the program was compared to anything else I had seen in Canada: one year in Waterloo, one year in Mannheim, courses in a wide variety of topics (culture, literature, and linguistics). I'm only in my second semester of the program, but it's certainly living up to my expectations.

Do you already know what you want to write your thesis on?

Not really? I've been trying to keep my mind open to different options and really get a sense of what I like. That being said, I've started to develop an interest in second language acquisition in adults, specifically migrants.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A lot of things, but I'll list a few: cartoonist, marine biologist, chef, physicist, brewmaster, professor. I guess I have a wide range of interest.

What is something people wouldn’t guess about you?

I have my shodan (first degree black belt) in Shito-ryu karate.

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