Michael Hofmann was born and raised in Germany and received a Bachelor in Religious Science from the Augustana Hochschule Neuendettelsau and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Ansbach. Michael has been a Lecturer in the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies at UCSB since 2014 and is currently teaching introductory and intermediate level classes. He also has regular teaching appointments at the Westmont College of Santa Barbara in the Department of Modern Languages. His interests include second language acquisition, communicative teaching methodology, and German as it relates to and used in everyday business life. He speaks English in addition to German and has a reading knowledge of Latin, Hebrew, and Greek. In his free time he enjoys cooking, baking, and spending as much time as possible outdoors, enjoying the Santa Barbara area.