Having graduated with a first-class degree in Business Studies, German Studies and Educational Science (Wirtschaftspädagogik) from Mannheim University, Ute Keller joined Swansea University’s German Department in October 1992 as Fachlektorin, initially mainly offering Business language courses to students at all levels.
In her capacity as departmental Erasmus co-ordinator (German), she has been administering the Year Abroad for students completing intercalary placements in German-speaking countries.
For her successful approach to teaching she has been awarded, on three occasions, the University’s highest award for excellence in learning and teaching – to-date, she is the only member of staff at the university to hold the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award.

Areas of Expertise

  • German language and culture

Teaching

  • 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.

  • MLG301A German General Language 3A

    This module offers practice and development of skills in translation from German to English, writing in German (with a particular focus on essay writing), and German oral and communication skills. Writing classes will give you practice in the exercises covered by the module, with the essay writing element conducted mainly in German. Following an integrated teaching approach you will be able to reinforce and expand your existing grammatical knowledge in a series of grammar workshops. One hour per week is dedicated to oral practice, further increasing your speaking, listening and presentation skills. You are expected to take part in class discussions with a native speaker of German based on written texts, audio and video materials. In addition to class work, students are expected to undertake extensive private study.

  • MLG301B German General Language 3B

    This module offers practice and development of skills in translation from English into German at an advanced level, as well as German oral and communication skills. Writing and oral classes will give you practice in the exercises covered by the module. Following an integrated teaching approach you will also be able to reinforce and expand your existing grammatical knowledge in a series of grammar workshops. One hour per week is dedicated to oral practice, further increasing your speaking and listening skills. You are expected to take part in class discussions with a native speaker of German based on written texts, audio and video materials. All classes are conducted mainly through the medium of the target language. In addition to class work, students are expected to undertake extensive private study.

  • MLG350 German for Professional Purposes 3

    Students will be introduced to the skills needed to extend further their written and oral proficiency in specialised business-related areas of the German language. Students will expand their knowledge of business terminology and will familiarise themselves woth the core concepts of selected areas of marketing. Topics include market research, market segmentation and the marketing-mix. Carrying out a team-work based project they will increase their transferable skills by setting up and presenting a strategic marketing plan for the introduction of a German product into the British market. With the aim of improving students' linguistic accuracy further they will practice various aspects of German grammar throughout the academic year. The module is taught in German, and classes are conducted in a creative and highly interactive atmosphere.