Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

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

I completed my B.A. in German and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Alberta’s Augustana campus in the wonderful city of Camrose, Alberta!Matt Martin

What are your interests in German Studies?

My interests are quite varied. I am particularly interested in areas in applied linguistics such as conversation analysis, experiential learning in second language acquisition, and multilingualism, and I am also very interested in perceptions of North American Indigenous peoples in Germany, German feminist literature, and eco-criticism. 

Why did you choose University of Waterloo?

I chose UW because it offered the only language-related graduate program I could find that actually looked interesting. 

Why did you choose this program?

I chose the ICGS MA program because of its emphasis on experiential learning through its various teaching workshops, teaching assistantship/research assistantships, and through spending half of the program living and breathing German in Mannheim.

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

No, but I do have some vague ideas as to the direction of the thesis, which is reassuring and exciting! 

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

I wanted to be “Paaawl Bwant” (Paul Brandt). After presumably realizing the obstacle posed by my lacking vocal abilities, I changed my mind to pilot or marine biologist.

What is something people wouldn't guess about you?

People might not guess that I had to do Kindergarten twice (I wasn’t ready to part with the sandbox after round one).

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