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Petra loves the outdoors!


Petra holds a Master Degree in Romance Languages (French and Italian) and German as a Foreign Language from the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universitaet in Munich, Germany.

She came to the US in 2004 and has taught undergraduate and graduate ESL courses at UW since 2010. In 2014, she became an ACTFL Certified English Oral Proficiency Tester. Petra organizes the yearly International Graduate Assistant Orientation and teaches the International Teaching Assistant Fall Workshop Series. In alignment with one of her favorite quotes from Khalid Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed, Petra would like all international students to graduate from UW with not only a degree in their fields, but also great English and cross-cultural communication skills: “…if culture was a house, then language was the key to the front door, to all the rooms inside.” Intercultural competency, oral skills, teacher training, and language assessment are her professional emphases. She is the contact person for international graduate students and graduate coordinators regarding all language evaluation and language support related questions.

In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, walks her dog on the prairie and hikes or cross-country skis at Happy Jack and the Snowy’s. She also enjoys good food, discussions with her American and international friends, reading and watching movies. When asked for advice regarding language improvement, she would say: Use the many resources on campus to mingle with Americans as much as possible, get involved in a student club or association, watch TV, listen to the radio; and deep-read a lot of books (skimming doesn’t count, sorry).

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English Language Center

Department 3707

1000 East University Avenue

Cheney International Center (CIC)

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: 307-766-3630


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