Prior to my current role as Lecturer for German Language, I joined the Department as the DAAD* Lecturer in 2011. Beforehand, I worked as a Lektorin, teacher and intercultural trainer at the University of Potsdam and language institutes in Berlin, Mendoza / Argentina and at the University of Mississippi, USA. Besides a M.A. in German, second language acquisition and TESOL, I hold a CELTA certificate (A) and I am a trained mediator.

At Swansea University, I teach German language and interpreting courses for undergraduate as well as postgraduate students. I received the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award in 2014 and earned my HEA Fellowship in 2017.

Apart from teaching, I advise students with the scholarships and stipends made available by the DAAD and I organise week-long study trips to Germany for German language students at Swansea. 

I am also the staff coordinator for the German Society and I coordinate intercultural workshops for students going on their year abroad and offer staff training in that field.

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

DAAD* - German Academic Exchange Service

 

Areas of Expertise:

German language and culture

Language teaching and learning

Intercultural Workshops

DAAD Scholarships

Upskilling courses for German language teachers at primary and secondary schools

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.

  • ML-320 Modern Languages Dissertation Preparation

    This module introduces you to the practice of research and dissertation writing in the field of Modern Languages and will guide you in the first part of your dissertation preparation. Areas covered include: selecting a relevant topic, asking relevant research questions, preparing and writing up a literature review, preparing and writing up a research proposal, research methods and library research tools, making use of foreign-language sources, structuring your dissertation, analysis and argumentation, compiling a bibliography. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will have three meetings with your supervisor. By the end of the module you will have developed your dissertation topic, know what methodology you will use and have acquired knowledge of how to organise and lay out your dissertation. Assessment for the module consists of a literature review, a research proposal and a presentation.

  • ML-321 Modern Languages Dissertation

    This module provides students with the opportunity to research one aspect of French, German, Italian or Hispanic culture in detail, and to present the findings of their research in a dissertation of 8000 words. The module will be taught by means of four practical seminars on research and writing skills, and through three formal supervision sessions with a dissertation supervisor. Your supervisor will help you to find a topic, suggest research strategies, agree a suitable title, discuss the structure of your dissertation, and will read closely and comment on one draft chapter. The topic may relate to a module you are doing at Level 3, provided that this does not involve a duplication of material and is agreed with the module coordinator in advance. The dissertations may be written in English, in your target language, or in Welsh (where Welsh-medium provision is available).

  • 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.

  • MLG150 Languages for All - German 3

    This module is designed for students who already have some basic previous knowledge of the German language. Students will be able to gain linguistic knowledge within the A2/1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in German. Special emphasis is given to the development of learners¿ communicative skills so as to allow them to use the language in an effective way in everyday situations. Students wishing to reach the full A2 stage according to the CEFR will be able to do so by additionally completing MLG151 in teaching block 2.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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), 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).