Ian Wright, of New Lenox, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for the 2014-15 academic year. | Supplied photo
Updated: June 23, 2014 10:59AM
North Central College seniors Britney Kravish, of Frankfort, and Ian Wright, of New Lenox, have been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships for the 2014-15 academic year, according to a press release from North Central College.
Kravish, a Spanish major with minors in secondary education and English language learning, wants to become a high school Spanish teacher in the future, the release said.
“My passion and love for language and culture really sparked in high school and continued to grow through college,” she said in the release.
She studied in Costa Rica and also took part in a service trip to Honduras, the release said.
“After these experiences, I began to focus on the social issues of these cultures, aiming to dispel common stereotypes,” she said in the release. “My teaching experiences with ELL students also gave me a new perspective in the challenging process of learning a new language and a new culture.”
Wright, who double-majored in global studies and studio art, studied in Berlin and learned to speak German, the release said.
“I applied for a Fulbright to connect with the German community and promote cultural understanding,” he said in the release. “I am looking forward to engaging students and being a language resource for English language learners as an assistant to an English teacher in a German classroom.”
Wright plans to do research to understand how Germans relate to their landscape and how that impacts their identity, according to the release. The study would be similar to research he did in Iceland that formed the basis for his College Scholar Honors thesis, the release said.
Kravish and Wright are among the three individuals with North Central connections to earn a Fulbright this year, which is a record for the Naperville-based college, according to the release. Each winner gets a fully funded one-year appointment abroad as a cultural ambassador and English teacher, it said.