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UW-Eau Claire Alumnus Receives
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

RELEASED: May 2, 2008

James Patrick Hahn
James Patrick Hahn

EAU CLAIRE — A 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, James Patrick Hahn, a dual major in Spanish and mathematics education, has received a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for 2008-09.

Hahn, who currently teaches Spanish in the Oshkosh Area School District, will teach English or another subject in English in a secondary school in the Madrid area of Spain. In addition to teaching 16-20 hours per week, he also will study the Spanish math education system and how multiple intelligences are used within the classroom.

"I am excited about the opportunity to refine my language skills and to learn more about the culture, people and school system of Spain," said Hahn, who is originally from Platteville. "It will be quite an adventure and I am glad to have this opportunity so early in my career."

This will be Hahn's second visit to Spain. In the spring of his sophomore year, he studied abroad in Valladolid, Spain. He believes that experience will help him adjust to life there quickly.

"I have had a good taste of the county and I know I will appreciate my time in Spain all the more because I've been there and have some idea of what to expect," Hahn said.

The study abroad experience combined with work he did for the Center for International Education helped to encourage him to apply for the Fulbright assistantship, Hahn said.

"I was a peer adviser for the Spain study abroad program and a peer mentor for international students during their orientation at the university," Hahn said. "These experiences and studying in Spain encouraged me to apply for the Fulbright award."

As a Blugold Fellowship winner, Hahn also had the opportunity to do collaborative research for two years with Dr. Erica Benson, an assistant professor of English. They worked on a project on folk linguistics, which he believes will help him complete his project on Spanish methods of teaching mathematics.

"I am sure the methodology skills and the general knowledge of how to approach a project like that is going to be helpful," said Hahn.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright program operates in more than 150 countries with the aim of building mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. It is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, administered by the Institute of International Education, and is a highly competitive national award. The Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

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