My name is Adrienne Young and I graduated in May of 2013 with a BA in Spanish and Education (K-12 world language license). In my time at Augsburg, I studied abroad in Granada, Spain for a semester in the Spring of 2012 and spent six weeks as an ESL instructor in Suchitoto, El Salvador as a Batalden Scholar in the Summer of 2013.
Since graduating this spring, I have been busy completing my clinical practice (student teaching), both at Irondale High School in Mounds View and Emerson Spanish Immersion in Minneapolis. The nature of my license requires a split placement: I spend half the semester teaching high school, half elementary school. After completing my clinical practice in December, I will complete the remainder of my state tests (MTLEs) to finally obtain my license!
I spent the first half of Summer 2013 teaching English in a small city an hour north of San Salvador, El Salvador. I established my own curriculum and practice for my classes and was the sole English instructor for my stint there. I taught all classes in Spanish because it was a basic English course for beginners. Without a doubt, the preparation I needed to take on this internship came from this department’s ability to teach meaningful, challenging, and world-aware courses.
I felt 100% prepared for clinical practice and beyond once leaving Augsburg, and it was because of the outstanding courses and professors. The Spanish and Education courses I took were taught with an incredible awareness and appreciation of diversity that is necessary for developing the appropriate skills to be an effective citizen and educator. It is because of attending a school so completely founded in the mission of service to one’s neighbor and community that I feel equipped to cause change in the world through becoming a World Language teacher.