Kathrin Shechtman is a faculty member at the Franconian International School in Erlangen, Germany. After her first career in Graphic Design, she became a teacher in 2011 when she graduated from West Chester University in West Chester, PA (USA).
She was first introduced to Dr. Stephen Krashen’s work during observations in a German language class in the early stages of her coursework. In her pursuit to find the most effective and efficient method for her classroom, she found Story Listening in the summer of 2016.
Kathrin Shechtman taught German as a Foreign Language at Phoenixville Middle School (USA) from 2011 - 2014 and the Franconian International School from 2015-2017. She started using Story Listening with all of her classes at the international school from grade one to eight in 2016. She found Story Listening to be the best practice in her culturally diverse (no common language with many students) classroom for every age group. She has also successfully used the method with adults.
She is currently on parental leave, pursuing an MA English Studies, volunteering her time to the Stories First Foundation to promote language teaching consistent with the Second Language Acquisition Theory and translating beginner books into German. She has led Story Listening workshops in Germany and the US with Dr. Mason. This year she was invited back to ETPRS in the Netherlands to run a workshop on Story Listening, after teaching a German demo class at ETPRS in 2016.
„All we need is a teacher, who can tell stories & a library full of books..“ -Beniko Mason