Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Judith Hallwachs

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

I did my Bachelor in German and English at the University of Stuttgart – originating from the Swabian area, I had no choice but sticking there for my undergraduate studies, but now, being a grad student, I’m out exploring the world.

What are your interests in German Studies?

My research interests are second language acquisition, interactions of language, culture and interculturality.

Why did you choose University of Waterloo?

The University of Waterloo kind of chose me when I was enrolling in the Intercultural German Studies Program – and I wouldn’t want to change.

Why did you choose this program?

Intercultural German Studies combines my interests perfectly: Studying German in Canada offers a new perspective of the perception of the German language – but it’s not only experiencing the language differently: with it comes experiencing another culture while living abroad.

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

I can see a high probability that it’s going to be in the area of applied linguistics.

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

Actually, I wanted to be a farmer and own a whole bunch of animals that I can take care of.

What is a fun-fact about you? 

Still waters run deep :-)

jhallwachs@uwaterloo.ca

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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