DAAD-Lektorin Christiane Günther joined the Department in 2011, having previously worked as a Lektorin, teacher and intercultural trainer at the University of Potsdam and language institutes in Berlin, Argentina and at the University of Mississippi, USA. Besides her M.A. in German, second language acquisition and TESOL, she also holds a CELTA certificate and is a trained mediator.

At Swansea University, Christiane teaches German language and interpreting courses and received the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award in 2014.

Additionally, she initiated the extra-curricular activities Sprachcafé (German language sessions with German Erasmus students and students interested in German at Swansea), Kinoabend (German film night) and the German language afternoon “Prynhawn Almaeneg” for the community and is the staff coordinator for the German Society. In 2013 and 2016, she received funding to take 14 students to Berlin on a week-long study trip.

Furthermore, she developed a successful intercultural workshop for students going on their year abroad and offers staff training in that field.

What is the DAAD?

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) currently provides financial support to more than 55,000 individuals every year by offering funding to students, researchers, and academics worldwide. The DAAD also actively promotes Germany as an international study and research destination, and, last but not least, plays a major role in promoting the German language at higher education level worldwide.

If you have any questions about studying, working and living in Germany, scholarships and other programmes offered by the DAAD please come to Christiane’s office hour or send her an e-mail to make an appointment.

Teaching

  • MLG108 German for Beginners I

    The module is specifically designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the German language. Its aims is to enable you to acquire basic vocabulary as well as a grasp of fundamental grammatical structures, enabling you to communicate in both written and spoken German. The four contact hours are dedicated to developing your vocabulary, writing, reading and speaking skills. The fourth hour involves independent study in which you practise introduced topics at your own pace. Classes are conducted mainly in German. In addition to class work, students are also expected to undertake extensive private study.

  • MLG109 German for Beginners II

    This module follows on from MLG108. It is designed for students who have basic knowledge of the German language. Its aim is to enable you to widen your vocabulary and to grasp fundamental grammatical structures, enabling you to communicate in both written and spoken German.

  • MLG160A German Language 1A

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of German which will equip students with the skills needed to use German in day-to-day life and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary German society and culture appropriate to levels B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The module also aims to enhance students¿ employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of German in contexts relating to the world of work. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLG160B.This module is also available through the medium of Welsh.

  • MLG160B German Language 1B

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of German which will equip students with the skills needed to use German in day-to-day life and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary German society and culture appropriate to levels B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The module also aims to enhance students¿ employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of German in contexts relating to the world of work. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLG160A. Classes will be conducted mainly in German. This module is also available through the medium of Welsh.

  • MLG260A German Language 2A

    This module builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of study, and will equip students with the skills needed to use German in more complex social and professional contexts. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German, enabling students to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. It aims to establish a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students' vocabulary to read, write, interpret and debate issues related to contemporary German society and culture appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Moreover, the module further enhances students¿ employability by systematically developing a personal professional career planning portfolio, providing a sound insight into the world of work. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLG260B. Classes will be mainly conducted in German. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module.

  • MLG260B German Language 2B

    This modules builds on and consolidates the skills and knowledge acquired in MLG260A by concentrating on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It specifically aims to prepare students for their Year Abroad and/or extend intercultural awareness, widening students¿ vocabulary to read, write and do presentations about topics related to Germany. The module also aims to enhance students' employability by training them them to give a successful presentation using appropriate IT applications. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLG260A. Classes will be conducted mainly in German. There is also a Welsh-medium version of the module.

  • MLG270A Intermediate German Language 2A

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of German which will equip students who have previously taken MLG108 and MLG109 Beginner German. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary German society and culture appropriate to levels B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The module also aims to enhance students¿ employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of German in contexts relating to the world of work. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLG270B. Classes are conducted mainly in German.

  • MLG270B Intermediate German Language 2B

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of German which will equip students who have previously taken MLG108 and MLG109 Beginner German with the skills needed to use German in general and professional environments. The module concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary German society and culture. The module also aims to enhance students¿ employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of German in contexts relating to the world of work. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLG270A. Classes will be conducted mainly in German.

  • MLGM06 Beginners German for Postgraduate Students

    The module is specifically designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the German language. During the first term, its aims is to enable you to acquire basic vocabulary as well as a grasp of fundamental grammatical structures, enabling you to communicate in both written and spoken German. The second term aims to widen your vocabulary and fundamental grammatical structures, enabling you to communicate in both written and spoken German. The four contact hours are dedicated to developing your vocabulary, writing, reading and speaking skills. Classes are conducted mainly in German. In addition to class work, students are also expected to undertake extensive private study.

  • MLT307 Interpreting - Health Option

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation, and Bilateral Consecutive modes of Interpreting (including Telephone Interpreting). The context is Health, covering a selection of topics in the following areas: Structure of the NHS and the equivalent National Health Services in the other cultures studied; General Practice, Physiology and Professionals: The Role of the GP & The Role of the Consultants; Diseases: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Prognosis (conditions and diseases of the Circulatory, Digestive, Respiratory, Reproductive and Urinary Systems); and Mental Health. There will be a mixture of lectures on Interpreting Theory, live sessions, and language-laboratory based practical sessions using the latest technology to enhance your learning. The assessment will be an Essay (30%) and a Practical Exam in the Lab. (70%). A wide range of materials will be available on Blackboard to practice the different modes of interpreting in your own time. This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies)

  • MLT330 Interpreting - Local Government Option

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation, and Bilateral Consecutive modes of Interpreting (including Telephone Interpreting). The context is Local Government, covering a selection of topics in the areas of Council Structures, Council Services, Social Services, Environmental Health & Protection, and Education. There will be a mixture of lectures on Interpreting Theory, live sessions, and Language Laboratory practical sessions using the latest technology to enhance your learning. The assessment will be an Essay (30%) and a Practical Exam in the Lab. (70%). A wide range of materials will be available on Blackboard to practice the different modes of interpreting in your own time. This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies)

  • MLTM07 Interpreting - Health Option & Introduction to Conference Interpreting

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation (L1 into L2 and L2 into L1), Bilateral Consecutive (including Telephone Interpreting), Conference Consecutive, and Simultaneous-Whispering modes of Interpreting. The contexts are Health issues and Current Affairs, covering a selection of topics in the following areas: Structure of the NHS and the equivalent National Health Services in the other countries studied; General Practice, Physiology and Professionals: The Role of the GP & The Role of the Consultants; A&E cases; Diseases: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Prognosis (conditions and diseases of the Circulatory, Digestive, Respiratory, Reproductive and Urinary Systems); Mental Health and Current Affairs related to Health issues of the cultures involved (Language 1 & Language 2). There will be a mixture of lectures on Interpreting Theory, live sessions, and Language Laboratory practical sessions using the latest technology to enhance your learning. The assessment will be an Essay (30%) and a Practical Exam in the Language Laboratory (70%). A wide range of materials will be available on Blackboard to practice the different modes of interpreting in your own time. This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (Health), examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies). Successful candidates will also be encouraged to apply to the European Commission Directorate General for Interpretation placement and freelance opportunities.

  • MLTM30 Interpreting - Local Government Option & Introduction to Conference Interpreting

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation (L1 into L2 and L2 into L1), Bilateral Consecutive (including Telephone Interpreting), Conference Consecutive, and Simultaneous-Whispering modes of Interpreting. The contexts are Local Government and Current Affairs, covering a selection of topics in the areas of Council Structures, Council Services, Social Services, Environmental Health & Protection, Education and Current Affairs of the cultures involved (Language 1 & Language 2). This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies). Successful candidates will also be encouraged to apply to the European Commission Directorate General for Interpretation placement and freelance opportunities.