Outstanding German Educator Nikolaus Euba
Friday, December 6, 2013
Posted by: AATG
Nikolaus Euba received AATG’s highest honor,
the 2013 Outstanding German Educator Award, at the recent conference in Orlando. This award is presented in recognition of excellence in teaching and
outstanding contributions to the German teaching profession.
Language Program Coordinator and Lecturer in German at the University of
California, Berkeley since 2003, instructs language and foreign language methodology
courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. He directs Berkeley’s German
Language Program with ten different multi-section courses at five levels. He is
responsible for curriculum development and implementation, placement testing,
advising, and training and supervision of graduate student instructors.
Mr. Euba is co-author of the intermediate textbook
Stationen, now in its second edition and characterized as "elegant and
attractive” by Professor Claire Kramsch. He is a certified ACTFL oral proficiency
tester and director of national DAAD-sponsored methodology workshops for
teaching assistants and junior faculty.
Colleagues at Berkeley, within the AATG, graduate and
undergraduate students alike, all attest to Niko Euba’s dedicated distinction.
Graduate students in his pedagogy seminars praise his effectiveness; his
pedagogical skills; the organization of his courses; the breadth of his
knowledge; the intimate connection between theory and practice; and his
helpfulness inside and outside the classroom. Undergraduate students praise his
holistic approach; his organization; his helpfulness; his efficiency as a
language teacher; his willingness to explain things thoroughly; and his ability
to create a perfect learning environment.
As a mentor, Mr. Euba guides undergraduates through their
process of learning German and in their selection of study abroad courses. He
mentors graduate students carefully in their process of becoming
teachers—training future academic instructors to be inquisitive and reflective
Niko Euba’s efforts outside the classroom are no less
impressive. Whether it be a colleague who details the visible gusto with which
students perform at Mr. Euba’s annual stagings of German Cabaret, or the
undergraduate student who warmly thanks him for joining students for meals
after school and supporting the student-led German club, praise in support of
Niko Euba is unanimous.