West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Gabriele May

Gabriele May

World Languages

German Instructor

(408) 741-3053 Ext. 3230



Classes Taught / Teaching

GERM 1A: Beginning German

GERM 11A: German Laboratory

GERM 1B: Beginning German

GERM 11B: German Laboratory

German Immersion Program

LATIN 50: Grammar, Structure, and Roman Culture


UC Berkeley
Dissertation: Tradition im Umbruch - Zur Sophokles-Rezeption im deutschen Vormärz. (Peter Lang Publisher)

M.A., German Literature, German Language, Classics (emphasis on Latin and Greek)
UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley


  • 15 years teaching German and German literature, Latin at SJSU
  • 1 year German at Santa Clara University
  • 2 years of Latin at Foothill College
  • 17 years at West Valley College

Personal Message to Students

Have you heard of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Hegel, Nietzsche, Freud, Einstein, Wagner… just to name a few? Come and learn their language. Become multilingual! Learning German will discipline your habits, improve your reasoning and add fun to your life!

Personal Interests

  • Writing about the two world wars and the effects on future generations
  • Politics and literature of Germany, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana
  • Travels to Berlin, Germany and the South of Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia etc.)
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