Anna Hawajska-Waters

Anna Hawajska-Waters

Instructor, Language Program Coordinator

1890 East-West Road
Moore Hall 458
Honolulu  HI  96822

Phone: (808) 956-4167
Fax: (808) 956-9536
E-mail: hawajska@hawaii.edu

Education

  • M.A. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. 2003.
  • M.A. Maria Curie-Sklodowska University of Lublin, Poland, 1999.

Courses Taught:

  • German 101, 102 – Elementary German
  • German 201, 202 – Intermediate German
  • German 303 – Reading and Writing / “W” focus
  • German 361 – German Civilization
  • German 362 – Modern German Civilization / “O” focus

Grants

  • Goethe Institut Scholarship in Berlin, Germany, 2008.
  • DAAD Research Scholarship in Paderborn, Germany, 1998.
  • DAAD Scholarship in Berlin, Germany, 1997.

Awards

  • Honorary Member: Delta Phi Alpha, National German Honorary Society.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is based on creating and maintaining a learning environment in which students feel supported and motivated to learn. I employ a student-centered approach, using a variety of interactive activities to foster communication skills, while simultaneously developing reading and writing abilities. I prepare my lessons carefully, making an effort to go beyond the text book. I emphasize the cultural aspect of language and encourage creative expression via activities such as role-plays and writing poems.

Teaching Evaluations

In teaching evaluations, students highlighted the following qualities:

  • true passion for teaching;
  • competent, knowledgeable and well-organized;
  • innovative teaching methods;
  • informative, interactive and presents materials in fun way;
  • forms strong bond with students;
  • shows a genuine concern for students well-being and their academic success;
  • fosters comfortable, encouraging environment in the class; and
  • positive, patient, fair, caring, flexible, excellent social and communication skills.
 

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