Institute of English Languages and Literatures

Who We Are

Meet the Tutors

Rebecca Tari was born in Ventura, California, and when she was five years old, her family moved to Stuttgart. Growing up in a German-American household, her interest in languages and cultures surfaced early on. After completing her Abitur in 2020, Rebecca started to study B.A. Interdisciplinary American Studies in Tübingen. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking for family and friends, reading about new topics, traveling, and spending time in nature with her dog, Lilly.

Fabian Güvenc was born and raised in Villingen-Schwenningen. He completed a traineeship as as an industrial clerk with the additional qualification in international economical management in 2020, and started his B.A. in Interdisciplinary American Studies in the wintersemester 2020/2021. His interests cover many areas (as does his major), therefore, he went from organizing anti-racism roundtables and helping with department events to starting out as a tutor in the Research and Writing Center. He recently completed his year abroad at Tufts University in Boston, MA and furthered his studies, especially in the context of International Law and Criminal Justice. His stay abroad also enkindled his passion for cheerleading and his subsequent participation in the NCA Cheer Nationals 2023. If he has time for anything other than cheerleading or preparing his law school application, Fabi enjoys to meet-up with his friends, read a good book, exercise, cook, and deepen his foreign language skills.

Robin Edds was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, in windswept North East England. His family moved to Luxembourg when he was three, and it was the multilingual environment there that sparked his interest in languages. After completing the European Baccalaureate in 2012, he studied for a master’s degree in Physics and Philosophy in the UK. This was followed by a few years working in a bookshop in London, and he started his MA in English Linguistics here in Tübingen in October 2021. Robin spends his free time learning languages, reading, and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Julia Klumbach grew up in rural Baden-Württemberg where she completed her Abitur in 2017. After that she moved to Tübingen to pursue a Bachelor of Education in English, Math, and History. In order to fulfill not only her passion for teaching but also for films and novels, she is now doing a Master of Arts in American Studies alongside her Master of Education in Tübingen. In the course of her studies, she spent one semester each in Ireland and Sweden because she loves getting to know other cultures. In her free time Julia likes to read and to discuss novels with the two book clubs she is a member of. She also enjoys watching and discussing movies with friends.

Vincent Fix is half Berliner and half Swabian and grew up in the Black Forest and at the Müggelsee. Blossoming in these two surroundings, he grew a curiosity for the differences in people and how they communicate early on. He has four younger brothers, making him the family tutor and home Wikipedia. Consequently, he began studying English, philosophy, and political science in 2020 to become a full-on teacher so he could finally answer all their questions. In 2021/2022, he participated in Tübingen’s “Lehr:werkstatt” program and accompanied a fifth-grade English class for an entire year. The consecutive year, he completed an exchange year at Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA. When he is not thriving in his studies, Vincent enjoys singing in choirs or on his own, writing & reading, traveling around (often backpacked) and having a noble cup of tea while spending time with his amazing friends.

Meet the Director

Shawn Raisig has been teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language since 2003. She taught English in the U.S. at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), and the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR). She also taught a variety of academic English courses at the Sprachenzentrum for the Bauhaus University in Weimar, and she has been an instructor for academic English at the University of Tübingen since 2007.

In addition to teaching ESL/EFL, Shawn co-founded the Research and Writing Center for the English Department at the University of Tübingen in 2008, and she has been the acting director ever since. She is currently an active member of the European Writing Center Association (EWCA) and the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW). Her research interests include writing methods and pedagogy as well as teacher and tutor training.

Shawn received her B.A. in German from the University of Michigan and spent one year studying abroad at Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg. She received her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Eastern Michigan University and was actively involved in the professional organizations MITESOL (Michigan TESOL) and TESOL.

In her spare time, Shawn enjoys almost any sports-related activity (running, biking, swimming, and hiking are her favorites!), reading, and drinking coffee and tea with family and friends.