Janett Münch is a second year Ph.D. student in the binational program Transcultural German Studies between the Herder-Institut of the University of Leipzig and the University of Arizona. She received her B.A. and her M.Ed. in German and English from the University of Oldenburg, Germany. Although it is her first time in the United States, Janett has had the chance to experience foreign cultures and countries on several occasions. She worked as an Au-Pair in Birmingham, England in 2004-2005, completed an internship focusing on teaching German as a Foreign Language in Kaliningrad, Russia during her Master’s degree, and took part in the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) language assistant program in 2010-2011. As a DAAD language assistant, Janett taught German at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia in Moscow. She also worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Leipzig and coordinated the establishment of a German Department at the Salahaddin University in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. Janett’s research interests include the culture of the German speaking countries, the concept of Memory Sites (“Erinnerungsorte”) in the foreign language classroom as well as Claus Altmayer’s “Deutungsmusteransatz” and discourse analysis. She enjoys traveling and watching independent movies, especially in art-house cinemas. In fall 2012, Janett is teaching GER 310 – Present Day German: Its Structure and Use.