Ms Christiane Guenther
Lecturer
Modern Languages
Telephone: (01792) 513021
Room: Office - 417
Fourth Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

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

  • ML-150 Modern Languages - Introduction to Language Teaching

    By focusing on various aspects of the learning and teaching of modern foreign languages, this module provides an overview of contemporary principles and methods of language teaching which embeds the language skills speaking, listening, reading, and writing alongside vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation in the same curriculum. We will take a closer look at each language skill and the demands that it places on both the teacher and the learner and discuss the choice of methods, resources and content suitable for the MFL classroom while also considering different learning styles. In order to put theory into practice, the students plan, coordinate and reflect upon a lesson which they present to their peers in class while making use of methods and techniques they have learned.

  • MLG108 German for Beginners I

    The module is specifically designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the German language. Student will acquire basic vocabulary as well as a grasp of fundamental grammatical structures and will be able to communicate in both written and spoken German. The four contact hours are dedicated to developing vocabulary, writing, reading, listening and speaking skills. 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.

  • MLG140 Languages for All - German 1

    Students will be able to gain basic knowledge within the A1 level of the Council of Europe scale in reading, writing, listeneing, and speaking in German, and using German in an effective way in everyday situations.

  • MLG141 Languages for All - German 2

    Students will be able to gain basic knowledge within the A1 level of the Council of Europe scale in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in German, and using German in an effective way in everyday situations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)